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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. 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.

Currently, with shelter-in-place in effect to combat COVID-19, most (or all) in-person events are being canceled. We'll see you in the field sometime, just not during this crisis. Wear a mask, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible - let's get through this!

January

CNPS Event January 7, Thursday, 5:30 pm: Naturehood Gardening: Urban Gardening | Renters and Small Spaces, State CNPS Virtual Program

We will delve into the creative possibilities and rich experiences of native gardening in California cities. From containers to tight spaces, balconies to sidewalk medians, we'll discuss opportunities to transform urban spaces into habitat as renters and homeowners. Hear from CNPS Garden Ambassadors with diverse experiences cultivating native plants in cities across California and pick up some great tips and tricks. Register for this event and then check your email for your unique link to join the webinar. Contact: David, dbryant@cnps.org

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

January 13, 2021, Wednesday, 6-7 pm: Happy Place Book Club: The Hidden Life of Trees (Zoom), Eastern Sierra Land Trust

In The Hidden Life of Trees, author Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which some of us can be blissfully unaware. Join ESLT’s online book club to discuss this New York Times best seller. Support our local businesses and order from Spellbinder Books! If you mention you’re a part of ESLT’s book club you’ll receive 10% off. To RSVP and get the Zoom meeting information, contact Gabrielle at gabrielle@eslt.org.

CNPS Event January 20, Wednesday, 6 pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting (on Zoom)

All members welcome. To join, contact Kathleen Nelson at goatheads@aol.com

CNPS Event January 22, 2021: Deadline for Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Applications

Grants for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra are available to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12). Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Applications must include written support from a major advisor or teacher.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. The deadline for the 2021 Grant is January 22, 2021. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2021. More information and application: http://bristleconecnps.org/dedecker/grant/index.php

January 30, 2021, Saturday 1-5pm: Wonders of a dryland moss: Syntrichia from genomes to ecosystems, Brent D. Mishler, Kirsten Fisher, and Jenna Ekwealor, plus guest appearances by other members of the research group , Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE - Workshop is full! Wait list only.)

This workshop will take a different perspective than many workshops. Instead of being broadly comparative among lineages at one level, we will look at multiple levels of biological organization in one lineage, the desiccation-tolerant moss genus Syntrichia, the subject of an integrated National Science Foundation grant (https://3dmoss.berkeley.edu/). Short presentations will be given on different aspects of our project, including genomics, population genetics, reproductive biology, physiology, systematics, and ecosystem function in the biotic soil crust. These will be interspersed with activities and discussion, and will give participants an unusually holistic picture of biology and how seemingly different subdisciplines interact. Literature and other materials for use in the workshop will be mailed to participants ahead of time.

Course Fee: The registration fees for this workshop will be paid for by the 3D Moss NSF grant, so there is no charge to participants (but registration is required).

Register for the wait list here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

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February

CNPS Event February 3, 2021, Wednesday, 7-8pm: Fire and Ecosystem Resiliency, CNPS Mt. Lassen Chapter, Virtual Program

Pete Warner, a botanist and plant ecologist hailing from Sonoma County, will provide a brief survey of some of the ecological effects of vegetation fires, focusing on recent burns and native plant populations in Sonoma County, and discuss the complex relationships of factors and effects associated with wildfires and ecological resiliency (e.g., climate, species evolution, land management practices). Visit https://mountlassen.cnps.org/ to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

CNPS Event February 4, Thursday, 5:30 pm: Naturehood Gardening: Seasonal Aesthetics for the Native Garden, State CNPS Virtual Program

Your garden can both look beautiful and provide habitat year-round. Join in on the virtual program to learn from gardeners across California. Register for this event and then check your email for your unique link to join the webinar. Contact: David, dbryant@cnps.org

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

February 13 2021, Saturday, 1-5pm: Fiddleheads! Become fern fluent! Carl Rothfels and Cindy Looy, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE - Workshop is full! Wait list only.)

This course will be an introduction to the ferns of the world, with a focus on species that can be observed in the wild in California. We will learn the basics of fern morphology (What is an indusium? Is a frond just a leaf by another name?), fern ecology (including the spectacular desert ferns of the southwest), and fern evolution (Are ferns “ancient” plants? What are their closest living relatives? Why did all the Cheilanthes in California just become Myriopteris?). We’ll end the course with a virtual tour of the major groups of ferns and their representatives here in California. The goal is to turn all course participants into skilled fern-observers: when next you see a fern you’ll understand what it is, what it does, how it does it, and where it came from, evolutionarily-speaking. Some keying of fern specimens will also be involved. Course Fee: $75 general public and $50 for members of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium. Register for the wait list here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

CNPS Event February 15: March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

February 27 2021, Saturday, 1-5pm: Life in the Carboniferous swamps, Cindy Looy and Ivo Duijnstee, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE)

The Carboniferous (359-299 million years ago) is an exceptionally interesting period in Earth’s history. Geographically, ecologically, atmospherically, and climatically, the world was unlike anything we see today. What are now Europe and America formed the Euramerican floral realm, an equatorial located landmass with little topography. In the later parts of the Carboniferous, the Euramerican region was periodically covered by widespread peat swamps. These swamps were dominated by tall lycopod trees, giant horsetail relatives, tree ferns and seed ferns, making for an alien looking, Dr. Seuss-like landscape. In this workshop you will get acquainted with the plants that inhabited these wetlands and the unusual conditions that facilitated them, and you will learn how we reconstruct these plants and their communities in incredible detail.

Course Fee: $75 general public and $50 for members of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium.

Register for this workshop here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

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March

CNPS Event March 3, Wednesday, 7pm: Cultivating Place: Under Western Skies, Mt. Lassen Chapter Event

Cultivating Place: Under Western Skies with Jennifer Jewell, creator, writer and host of Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. Visit https://mountlassen.cnps.org/ to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

CNPS Event March 6, 2021, Saturday, 1-5pm: Angiosperm morphology for plant identification, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE)

Bruce G. Baldwin and Susan Fawcett Join us for this beginner's guide to botany. This course welcomes those who would like to expand their knowledge of plants. Students will learn the basic concepts of plant morphology and the terminology needed to identify plants using botanical keys like those in the second edition of The Jepson Manual and the Jepson eFlora. We will cover the entire plant body, including stems, roots, leaves, flowers, and fruits!

Course Fee: $75 general public and $50 for members of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium. Register for this workshop here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

CNPS Event March 17, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: All members are always welcome to join. Further details will be made available on our website and/or by emailed updates as we take it day by day to account for Covid-19 developments - contact Michèle Slaton for details on how to attend.

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April

CNPS Event April 7, Wednesday, 7pm: Bumble Bees, Mt. Lassen Chapter Event

April 7, 7 pm Bumble Bees. By: John Whitelsey. Proprietor, Canyon Creek Nursery & Design. Visit https://mountlassen.cnps.org/ to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

CNPS Event April 15: May-June Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the May-June Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any 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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