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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, most (or all) are still being held online. We'll see you in the field soon, we hope! Wear a mask, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible - let's get through this!

May

CNPS Event May 3, Monday, 12-1pm: Virtual Pollinator Garden Workshop Series: Eastern Sierra Native Plant Gardening, Eastern Sierra Land Trust-Bristlecone Chapter Event - ONLINE - NOTE: ESLT has been having occaisional issues with their website - if you get an "internal server error" message, refresh your browser and it will likely fix it.

Katie Quinlan The Plant Sales and Greenhouse Manager of the Bristlecone chapter, will share what plants do well in a garden locally and highlight what plants will be available at the Spring Plant Sale. Check the Eastern Sierra Land Trust website for updates on how to attend: eslt.org/event/virtual-pollinator-garden-workshop-native-plants/

In this live, informative webinar, we’ll discuss what California native plants will work best to beautify your garden this season. Q&A session with Katie Quinlan will be held at the second half of the webinar. For more information and to RSVP, email Gabrielle at gabrielle@eslt.org.

CNPS Event May 7, Monday, 12-1pm: Virtual Pollinator Garden Workshop Series: Gardening for Pollinators with Pete Pumphrey, Eastern Sierra Land Trust Event - ONLINE - NOTE: ESLT has been having occasional issues with their website - if you get an "internal server error" message, refresh your browser and it will likely fix it.

Join Pete Pumphrey, previous Eastern Sierra Audubon Society President and a wealth of knowledge on gardening for the right kind of animals in mind for this workshop in the Growing Together Series.

He’ll share a wealth of knowledge on gardening for the right kind of animals, including native and migrating pollinators. Bring your questions for the Q&A session. For more information and to RSVP, email Gabrielle at gabrielle@eslt.org.

CNPS Event May 10-14, Spring Native Plant Sale - ONLINE, Bristlecone Chapter CNPS event. 

Our online store for the plant sale is NOW LIVE from 8 am Monday, May 10th through Friday, May 14th to place your orders. The URL for the plant sale site is california-native-plant-society.square.site/shop/bristlecone/32. Participate in the Bristlecone Chapter’s Online Plant Sale to purchase your garden’s native plants for the spring season. Invite passing pollinators to your outdoor space and celebrate the new gardening season! Once orders are submitted, buyers will receive instructions to schedule pick up for their orders at White Mountain Research Center (3000 E. Line St., Bishop) on Saturday, May 15th. Click here for a list of plants that will be available.

Directions for the Online Plant Sale: 

  1. Click on the PLANT you want, select the SIZE option (if there is one), making sure to select an option that also says "BRI"for the Bristlecone Chapter is after the option you choose.
  2. Choose Store Pickup and make sure it is "White Mountain Research Center" 
  3. Choose the QUANTITY you would like.
  4. Click Add to Cart
  5. When you are done shopping, click CHECKOUT
  6. Fill in your details - providing your email and phone number are necessary in case there is a question about your order.  Click NEXT
  7. Fill in your payment information and “Apply”
  8. Review and submit your order
  9. Print out your order.  At the bottom of the order will be information about who ordered it,  your contact information, and your pickup time and location. 
  10. NOTE THAT PICK-UP TIME IS BETWEEN 9-1 ON SATURDAY MAY 15TH. 
  11. MASKS ARE REQUIRED
  12. If you have the black pots to return don’t forget to bring them and a box to bring your plants home in is appreciated.

Proceeds from the annual native plant sales provide funding for our Mary DeDecker Botanical Grants. The grant program is a fitting way to remember Mary DeDecker’s many contributions to the people and plants of the Eastern Sierra.

CNPS Event May 12, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting, ONLINE

Location: All members are always welcome to join. To obtain a link for the meeting, contact Kathleen Nelson.

CNPS Event May 14, Monday, 12-1pm: Virtual Pollinator Garden Workshop Series: Cultivating Creativity in Your Garden with Roberta Lagomarsini Eastern Sierra Land Trust Event - ONLINE - NOTE: ESLT has been having occasional issues with their website - if you get an "internal server error" message, refresh your browser and it will likely fix it.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is hosting Roberta Lagomarsini to help you spark your inner creativity and add personal touches to your own yard. Roberta will share her own experience and ideas of turning her outdoor space into not only a space for plants and pollinators, but a space for art and originality.

For more information and to RSVP, email Gabrielle at gabrielle@eslt.org.

CNPS Event May 19, Wednesday, 5:30 pm: iNaturalist in Bishop City Park: Socially-distanced Introductory Workshop with Marty Purdy, Bristlecone Chapter Presentation

Are you interested in citizen science? Want to turn your nature photos into biodiversity data that can be used by scientists and naturalists from around the world? If so, then iNaturalist is for you! iNaturalist is a worldwide biodiversity database and social network for naturalists and scientists. Join Bristlecone Chapter Education Chair and botany graduate student Marty Purdy for an introduction to the app and mini BioBlitz in Bishop City Park. This socially-distanced outdoor program will include a brief introduction to the functionality of the iNaturalist app vs. the website, how to contribute high-quality biodiversity data to the platform, and a collaborative effort to document as much wild biodiversity within Bishop City Park as possible! iNaturalist beginners and veterans are welcome. Smartphones with the iNaturalist app downloaded and an iNaturalist account are required for full participation.

Meet at Bishop City Park at 5:30 pm, Wed., May 19, under the veranda just west of the Senior Center (682 Spruce St).  Remember to bring your mask – participants will be required to wear one. Need help getting the app on your phone? Show up 15 minutes early and we can help.

May 25, Tuesday, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm: Film Viewing and Panel Discussion of Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute, hosted by Teri Red Owl

Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute tells the untold story of America’s longest lived water war between the Owens Valley Paiute and the city of Los Angeles. Find updates and more information at http://www.oviwc.org/paya-movie/.

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June

CNPS Event June 15: July-August 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.

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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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