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Calendar of Events

General Chapter Meetings and Presentations, Chapter Field Trips, Annual Chapter Events, Creosote Ring Subchapter Events, and other, non-CNPS events which may be of interest to our members are posted here, organized by date. You may also view events in Google Calendar format. For board meetings, click here.

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All events are subject to change - please check back here often for updates, additions, cancellations, etc. For trips involving traveling any distance to meet, it's also a good idea to check with the trip leader the day before to make sure nothing has changed.

April

April 3, Tuesday, 7pm: Some bristlecone history: A closer look, with Daniel Pritchett, Volunteer Archivist/Historian, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on some bristlecone history: A closer look, presented by Daniel Pritchett – Volunteer Archivist/Historian – UC White Mountain Research Center

April 7, Saturday, 1-3pm: "Sage & Sierra" reception, talk, Q&A, and book signing, Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant Street, Independence

Mary DeDecker's daughters, Carol and Joan, have published a memoir of growing up in the Owens Valley: "Sage and Sierra: a Memoir - Growing up in the Owens Valley." They will be at the Eastern California Museum on April 7 for a reception, brief talk, Q&A, and book signing. Mary's interest in botany is a theme throughout the book.

April 10, Tuesday, 7pm: Up close and personal. Using pictures from automated cameras at desert water sources to recognize individual bighorn sheep and estimate population sizes, with Dr. John Wehausen – Research Scientist, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on Using pictures from automated cameras at desert water sources to recognize individual bighorn sheep and estimate population sizes, presented by Dr. John Wehausen – Research Scientist

April 10, Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30pm: Mining 101: A Workshop with Bonnie Gestring, Cerro Coso College 4090 W Line St, Bishop

Friends of the Inyo, the Sierra Club, and Inyo350 are pleased to present this workshop with Bonnie Gestring, the Northwest Program Director at Earthworks, free and open to the public. This workshop will help you understand current industrial hardrock mining techniques, how contemporary mining operations usually effect ecosystems and surrounding communities, how an industrial mine could affect Conglomerate Mesa and nearby areas, and how citizens can impact federal decision making about mining on public lands.

April 14, Saturday, Pollinator Garden Workshop with Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Looking to revamp your garden this season, but don’t know where to start? At our free Pollinator Garden Workshop, you’ll hear from local experts about hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and how you can create a blooming haven for pollinators right in your backyard. This free event is open to any member of the public who is looking to enhance their garden with native plants and local pollinators.

For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Ryan at ryan@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.

CNPS Event April 15, Sunday, Deadline for submissions to the May-June Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter

Please send your articles or information to the newsletter editor, newsletter@bristleconecnps.org by April 15, 2018 for the May-June issue.

April 16 -19, and/or April 19-23 (Monday-Thursday) Volunteer Opportunity: Eureka Dunes Botanical Monitoring, Death Valley National Park / Friends of the Inyo

Death Valley National Park staff need volunteers to help with annual monitoring of two endemic plants, Eureka dunegrass and Eureka Valley evening primrose, that occur nowhere else on Earth.
The park will lead two surveys this month: Monday, April 16—Thursday, April 19 and Monday, April 23—Thursday, April 26. Monitoring will be strenuous, requiring climbing to the tops of tall dunes and hiking up to five miles each day. Volunteers are encouraged to commit to an entire four-day monitoring period if possible. Volunteers will camp with park staff at the Eureka Dunes Campground—bring your own water!

Space is limited: four volunteers are needed for the April 16 survey and eight volunteers are needed for the April 23 survey. Email julia@friendsoftheinyo.org to save your spot.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience spring at the Eureka Dunes while contributing to important research!

April 17, Tuesday, 7pm: Can't we all get along? Competition and coexistence between native fishes of the Owens Valley, with Christi Kruse – California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2017 WMRC Mini-grant recipient, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on Competition and coexistence between native fishes of the Owens Valley, presented by Christi Kruse – California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2017 WMRC Mini-grant recipient

April 20, Friday, 7pm, Lecture: Landscapes of the Eastern Sierra as Climatic Time Machines, with Dr. Ben Hatchett – Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada, Reno, Cerro Coso College in Bishop, 4090 W Line Street

Lecture: Landscapes of the Eastern Sierra as Climatic Time Machines, with Dr. Ben Hatchett – Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada, Reno, Cerro Coso College in Bishop, 4090 W Line Street.

April 21, Saturday, 10am-3pm: Earth Day in the Park

Activities, booths, tables, games - all in the bishop city park. Free.

April 21, Saturday, 7pm, Film Screening: Happening - A Clean Energy Revolution, Inyo Council for the Arts

A documentary by Jamie Redford about climate change solutions with special emphasis on California and Nevada, plus two short films on climate change. Inyo Council for the Arts. Free.

April 24, Tuesday, 7pm: A Survey of Patterned Body Anthropomorphic Figures in the Native American Rock Art of the West, with Courtney Smith – Local Rock Art Specialist, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on A Survey of Patterned Body Anthropomorphic Figures in the Native American Rock Art of the West, presented by Courtney Smith – Local Rock Art Specialist.

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May

May 1, Tuesday, 7pm: Exploring Pristine Seas: protecting the last wild place in our oceans with National Geographic. Dr. Jennifer Caselle, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2018 schedule here.

Dr. Jennifer Caselle, Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara.

May 8, Tuesday, 7pm: Ethical concerns in conservation of biodiversity: examples from desert fishes and mountain lakes. Phil Pister, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2018 schedule here.

Phil Pister, Executive Secretary Desert Fishes Council.

CNPS Event May 9, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop. All members are welcome.

CNPS Event May 12, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Field Botany and More by Fault. Leader: Jerry Zatorski.

In the middle of the Owens Valley, the Earthquake Fault of 1872 has a prominent mark on the landscape. There are places where the offset is an obvious drop off, others with spring-fed sag ponds, and others with elongated meadow habitats. We will explore several of these areas beginning with a fault line meadow north of Twin Lakes. There will be brief stops at Goose Lake and Billy Lake to compare the two lakes one natural and the other man made. After that we will look at two mitigation projects that have taken advantage of the Fault’s physical geography. Finally we will stop at a more classic precipice overlook as one might expect along a fault line. Naturally there will be a good dose of early season valley floor botany along with other natural features.

There will be about 5 miles of moderate hiking at a botanist pace and expect to be done by late afternoon. 4WD vehicles are recommended as the dirt roads on the Valley floor are always unpredictable. Participants should bring lunch, snacks and plenty of fluids. Dress for the weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes.... Click here for a downloadable version of an Owens Valley plant list which can be printed out or uploaded to a smart device. We will meet at 8:00 AM at the Blackrock Reststop, about 15 miles south of Big Pine and about 10.5 miles north of Independence. For more information contact Jerry at jerryzat@gmail.com.

May 15, Tuesday, 7pm: Owens Lake: an in depth look at its past, present, future. Kathy Bancroft, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2018 schedule here.

Kathy Bancroft, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation.

CNPS Event May 19, Saturday, 9am: Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Harkless Flat and Blake Mine. Leader: Steve Matson.

This trip takes us by car east up the Death Valley Road out of Big Pine into the Inyo Mountains. We may stop in the Waucoba Lake beds briefly, and then again at Devil's Gate before turning off on a generally well graded dirt road. We hope to take in all the shrubs and annuals along the dirt road as we cross over to an outstanding overlook of the Owens Valley. We will focus on limestone outcrops and seek out Erythrtanthe calcicola, Hecastocleis shockleyi, Eriogonum glandulosum. If time allows, we will walk down a steep rough trail to mine site perched high above the valley. Meet at 9:00 AM at the visitor Kiosk at the corner of 395 and 168 in Big Pine; Contact: Steve Matson, ssmat@sbcglobal.net, 760-938-2862.

May 22, Tuesday, 7pm: Big bears, big lizards and little ground squirrels: The importance of comparative physiology in wildlife conservation and human medicine. Dr. Hank Harlow, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2018 schedule here.

Dr. Hank Harlow, Professor Emeritus Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming and Emeritus Director of the UW-NPS Biological Field Research Station in Grand Teton National Park

CNPS Event May 23, Wednesday, 7pm: Program: Discovering Mono County Plants: Making Progress Towards a Complete Checklist, with Ann Howald. Location: Mammoth Ranger Station auditorium, 2500 Highway 203, Mammoth Lakes

Botanists have been studying Mono County’s plant life since William Brewer and the Whitney Survey team collected and identified plants near Mt Dana and Mono Lake in the 1860s. Other past investigations have focused on the Sweetwater Mountains, the Bodie Hills, the Mono Basin, the Glass Mountains, the White Mountains and other locations. A checklist of the plants of the Rock Creek watershed was finished in 2017, and a study of Adobe Valley plants is in progress. This talk will focus on Ann Howald’s efforts over the past 3 years to compile an annotated checklist of all the plants known from Mono County, using the results of these previous studies, as well as her own work. Ann has studied the plants of Mono County since 1975. Since retiring 3 years ago, she has focused on plants in out-of-the-way locations in Mono County, especially those rarely visited by others. And she has reviewed thousands of Mono County plant collection records from herbaria all over California, leading to some fascinating detective work to verify which plants actually occur in Mono County. Her recent work, and that of others, has resulted in the addition of 24 species to the total list of plants known from Mono County, including two species new to California. At present, the total number of plant species known from Mono County stands at 1695, and counting!

Ann Howald first visited Mono County as a child on family fishing trips. During a geology field trip while a UC Santa Barbara undergrad, she first became aware of a shrinking Mono Lake and learned about its threatened ecology. Ann finished her BA in Zoology, then continued at UCSB to complete an MA in Botany. Always a starving student, in 1975 her graduate advisor offered her a summer job documenting the plants of the new UC natural reserve at Valentine Camp in Old Mammoth. This is when her love affair with the plants of Mono County really began. Since then, she has been a summer visitor to Mono County every year. She now lives in Hilton Creek throughout the summer, spending winters in Sonoma. In addition to working on a Mono County plant checklist, Ann does volunteer work and leads field trips for the California Native Plant Society, the Mono Lake Committee, the BLM, State Parks, and Sonoma County Parks. She teaches a field seminar on High Country Plants and Habitats for the Mono Lake Committee each summer. In her spare time, she pulls wildland weeds.

CNPS Event May 26, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Waucoba Wash. Leader: Jerry Zatorski.

Waucoba Wash drains the southeast side of Waucoba Mountain into Saline Valley. The wash doesn’t drain into Saline Valley proper, but joins others as they make their way down a long alluvial drainage to the NW corner of Saline Valley. This is fortunate as we begin our trip at just over 5,700’ elevation away from the searing weather that can plague the Saline Valley by late May. We will explore the wash from the Saline Valley road and make our way upslope visiting four different spring and seep areas. Naturally, where there is water in the desert, there are usually interesting things to discover, especially plants and animals. From a 1973 Mary DeDecker plant list, it’s reported that there is Narrow-leaf Cottonwood, Populus angustifolia, up in the canyon, although a search on the internet was not successful in showing any records of this species in Wacouba Wash or the canyon. Nor are there any records of Black Cottonwood, Populus trichocarpa, for this location on the Calflora website either, so if there is a cottonwood up there with narrow leaves, which is it?

There will be about 5 miles of moderate hiking at a botanist pace with about 975’ of elevation gain and loss, and expect to be done by afternoon. 4WD vehicles are recommended as the dirt roads into Saline Valley can be unpredictable. Participants should bring lunch, snacks and plenty of fluids. Dress for the weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes.... Click here for a downloadable version of an Inyo Mountains plant list which can be printed out or uploaded to a smart device. We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Glacier View Campground just north of Big Pine (US 395 x SR 168). For more information contact Jerry at jerryzat@gmail.com.

May 29, Tuesday, 7pm: Bear Essential? The past, present, and potential future of grizzlies in California. Dr. Peter Alagona, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2018 schedule here.

Dr. Peter Alagona, Associate professor of history, geography, and environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara, as well as the founder and facilitator of the California Grizzly Study Group.

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June

CNPS Event June 2, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Bodie Hills, Masonic Area. Leader: Ann Howald, partnering with Dick Hihn of the Range of Light Sierra Club group.

Meet at 9am at the Bridgeport Forest Service Office on Highway 395, a few miles south of Bridgeport. Going into the Bodie Hills on the Masonic Road, we’ll make a couple of stops to look for pinyon-juniper understory plants, then continue on to do some easy to moderately strenuous hiking in the Masonic town area and/or lower Masonic Mountain. We’ll be looking for some not-too-commonly seen taxa like: Astragalus oophorus var. lavinii, Boechera bodiensis, Collomia tinctoria, Lathrocasis tenerrima, Lupinus brevicaulis, Muilla transmontana, Nemacladus rigidus, and Phacelia monoensis. We’ll return on the Masonic Road. This will be an all-day trip. High clearance vehicles needed. A joint trip with the Range of Light Chapter of the Sierra Club, but conducted at our usual botanist’s pace! For questions contact Ann: (707) 721-6120 or annhowald@vom.com or, from the Range of Light Group, Dick Hihn (760-709-5050; rhihn@skidmore.edu)

June 5, Tuesday, 7pm: Back from the Brink: Bighorns, Peregrines, and Foxes in Yosemite National Park. Sarah Stock, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2018 schedule here.

Sarah Stock, Wildlife Ecologist at Yosemite National Park, CA

CNPS Event June 23, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Botany for Beginners, Mammoth/Long Valley. Leader: Michèle Slaton.

The general public, including adults and kids of all ages, are welcome on this field trip to learn some basic skills to get you started in identifying plants. We will focus on learning common wildflowers, starting with common traits used to recognize plant families. You’ll learn how to identify plant parts and how to use a plant key.

Have you ever wished you knew the names of the native plants near your home or on your favorite outings? Do you ever wonder how to figure out a plant’s name? Now is your chance! We will explore places in bloom from Long Valley meadows to Convict Creek and the Sherwins, and get to know the common plants in flower. Experienced botanists are welcome also to share their skills.

We will meet at 9am at the Green Church at the intersection of Hwy 395 and Benton Crossing Road, and carpool to the extent possible. Bring everything you need for a full day in the field. All instructional materials will be provided, but bring a hand lens or magnifying glass, and plant guide/key if you have one. Contact Michèle Slaton (760-920-8693 or mslaton02@gmail.com) with questions. Michèle taught college botany for two years and has worked for the past 18 years as a Forest Service and Park Service botanist and ecologist in eastern California.

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July

CNPS Event July 21, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Wyman Canyon, White Mountains. Leaders: Courtney Collins & Michèle Slaton

We will explore the areas in bloom from the bristlecone pine forest down into pinyon-juniper woodlands and riparian areas. We can expect to see several showy wildflowers, and also rare plants, including Dedecker’s clover (Trifolium kingii ssp. I), small-flowered rice grass (Stipa divaricata), and Nevada ninebark (Physocarpos alternans). We’ll spend time searching for the limestone daisy (Erigeron uncialis) – a treasure first seen in Wyman 30 years ago, but not documented since.

We will meet at 8:30am in Big Pine at the intersection of 395 and 168, and regroup again at 10am at the top of Wyman Canyon (the southern intersection of the Bristlecone Road with Wyman, ca. 2.5 mi. north of Schulman Grove). 4WD will be required. Bring everything you need for a full day in the field. Contact Michèle Slaton (760-920-8693 or mslaton02@gmail.com) with questions.

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Being Planned:

The Bristlecone Chapter normally hosts two events on alternate years – a Spring or Summer Sojourn and the Bristlecone Chapter Banquet. In 2013 we held a Spring Sojourn in Big Pine. The Sojourn is a weekend of field trips, evening programs and visiting. In 2009 it was held in July at the Crooked Creek Facility in the White Mountains. In 2011 and 2012 we did not hold a special event due to lack of available volunteers. The 2010 Banquet was held in July at the Crowley Lake Community Center. In order to continue hosting these events, we need volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to help organize events or to lead a trip, contact any board member!

Look for future events here, including field trips, meetings, future Spring or Summer Sojourns (weekends of field trips), Banquets, Native Plant Sales, Conferences and other events of interest to botanically minded folks.

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About Bristlecone Chapter Events

Bristlecone Chapter Field Trips:

Every year the Bristlecone Chapter plans a variety of excursions to interesting and floriferous places. Our trips usually begin in late March to points in the low desert of our region, such as Death Valley or the Mojave Desert, where the flower display begins in early spring. We generally follow the flowers up in elevation as spring and summer progress, ending our quest for blooms in the highest regions of our awesome surrounding mountains in mid-summer. Our explorations usually finish with an appreciation of fall colors displayed in the extensive aspen groves found in the Eastern Sierra. We also schedule seed collecting or cleaning trips and work parties at the Mary DeDecker Native Plant Garden in Independence.

Everyone is welcome on our field trips, whether or not you are a member of CNPS, and whether or not you know a turnip from a scarlet monkeyflower!

Please keep in mind that all events, especially field trips which rely on outdoor conditions, are subject to change. Check back here often for updates, additions, cancellations, etc. Also, especially for events requiring travel, consider contacting the trip leader the day before the trip to confirm.

Field Trip Policies

Event Photos

See photos of previous field trips and events in our scrapbook, and more recent event photos may be found on our Facebook Page

Annual Bristlecone Chapter Events:

The Bristlecone Chapter hosts two events on alternate years – a Sierra Spring or Summer Sojourn, and the Bristlecone Chapter Banquet. Whether we hold these special events or not in a given year depends on how many dedicated volunteers step up to organize and help make them happen. If you are interested in volunteering to help us put on one of these events, or for any other reason, contact any board member!Our chapter members are encouraged to attend both events. The public is also welcome.

The Sojourn is a weekend of field trips, evening programs and visiting. In 2013 it was held at the end of May at the Sierra Adventure Center at Bernasconi Ranch located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains west of Big Pine at an elevation of about 5000 feet. In 2009 it was held in July at the Crooked Creek Facility in the White Mountains. Watch the newsletters and events page for when the next event is planned!

Also don't miss our Annual Native Plant Sales!

General Bristlecone Chapter Meetings and Presentations:

Membership meetings include brief discussion of chapter business, followed by a presentation by a guest speaker. Presentations are geared to appeal to persons of a wide range of knowledge of native plants, from beginners to professional botanists. The November meeting each year is a pot luck, often with a members’ slide show in lieu of a speaker.

Unless otherwise announced, General Chapter Meetings will be at the White Mountain Research Station (3000 E. Line St. Bishop).

Board Meetings

Board Meeting locations will be announced on this site and via email before each meeting, and have been held at the USFS/BLM Conference Room (351 Pacu Lane, Bishop), the ESICE office (2nd and Pine, Bishop), the Friends of the Inyo offices (819 North Barlow, Bishop), or board member's homes in the past. For information on our southern sub-chapter meetings, see the Creosote Ring Sub-Chapter page.


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