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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.

February

CNPS Event February 1-3, 2018; Statewide CNPS Conservation Conference, Los Angeles Airport Marriott - Registration Deadline January 14th!

Every 3 years, the CNPS Conservation Conference brings together California's conservation community for the largest gathering of its kind. Scientific sessions cover a broad spectrum of topics, and special events provide time for collaboration, networking, and fun.

Pre-conference workshops provide professional skills training, while field trips allow you to get to know local plants with local experts. Three days of scientific sessions and special events provide a forum for collaboration and appreciation of our beautifully diverse flora. You will have opportunities to connect with like-minded others, while learning about current research and trends, and contributing to future plans for California's native plants and natural habitats.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Whether your career centers around natural resources or you just love native plants, the CNPS Conservation Conference will have something for you. Join more than 1,000 attendees including professional and amateur botanists, biologists, ecologists, conservationists, landscaping professionals, nursery managers, land use planners, students, agency staff, policymakers, environmentalists, researchers, backyard gardeners, volunteers, and native plant lovers from California and beyond! CNPS members are especially encouraged to attend and represent their local chapters and initiatives from around the state.

Start networking now – Register and share the Facebook event page!

CNPS Event February 7, Wednesday, 6pm: Field Trip Planning Meeting, followed by our CNPS Program at 7pm (see description below). Location: George Lozito Conference Room, 166 Grandview, behind Child Care Connection/JKBS/ICSOS offices, Bishop.

Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip Planning meeting. Wednesday, February 7, 6 pm. George Lozito Conference Room, Jill Kinmont Boothe School, 166 Grandview Dr., Bishop Bring your field trip ideas. Pizza and salad provided. All members are welcome.

CNPS Event February 7, Wednesday, 7pm: CNPS Program: Considerations when designing a native plant garden, learning from our mistakes, with Katie Quinlan. Location: George Lozito Conference Room, 166 Grandview, behind Child Care Connection/JKBS/ICSOS offices, Bishop.

California Native Plant Society Bristlecone Chapter's own plant propagator, Katie Quinlan, will be sharing tips and considerations when putting in a native plant garden. When planning a native garden there are many elements to think about: how tall will the plants grow, which plants tolerate shade and which ones need full sun, which plants would be good along a path, and which ones need space where they can spread? What is the best way to water and how often? Are native plants really just a bunch of weeds? Besides saving water, what other benefits do the native plants provide? What about fire, are natives more flamable than cultivated plants? All these questions and more will be answered.

Katie Quinlan has been the director of the Native Plant Propagation center since 2009. She has been an avid gardener since childhood but didn't start gardeneing with natives until she was given the job at the probagation center. Over the last 8 years she has converted much of her own garden to native landscapes and has learned a lot from mistakes made along the way.

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March

CNPS Event March 13, Tuesday, 9am, Bristlecone Chapter Volunteer Opportunity: Bitterbrush planting to help with Round Fire recovery

Volunteers Needed Tuesday, March 13, 9:00 am Come help water the bitterbrush seedlings planted in the Round Fire burn areas. We meet at the corner of Boundary Road and Lower Rock Creek Road. Let Katie know before the 13th if you are coming so that we can plan for you. Contact Katie Quinlan at president@bristleconecnps.org.

CNPS Event March 14, 2018,Wednesday, 6pm, Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting Wednesday, March 14, 6:00 pm Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop. All members are welcome.

CNPS Event March 21, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00pm, Bristlecone Chapter Program: Bishop Paiute Tribe Food Sovereignty Program Overview: Highlighting the Program’s Work with Native Food Plants. Speaker: Jen Schlaich. Location: George Lozito Conference Room, Jill Kinmont Boothe School, 166 Grandview Dr., Bishop

Food Program Specialist for the Bishop Paiute Tribe's Food Sovereignty Program, Jen Schlaich, will be sharing an overview of the program's work. Jen will highlight partnerships and educational events that have focused on native food plant establishment and use. Jen's perspective will also be shared regarding easy-to- grow native food plants for personal use around your home, how to prevent over-harvesting, and cooking ideas for a few common "weeds" (non- native plants) that are high in nutrients and can be incorporated into weekly meals! Jen Schlaich has been the Food Program Specialist since the start of the Bishop Paiute Tribe Food Sovereignty Program in 2015. She has been involved in small-scale food and seed system work for more than ten years, including two years in Senegal, West Africa. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Community Herbalist Certification from Pacific Rim. Currently, she is working towards certification by the American Herbalist Guild.

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April

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.

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May

CNPS Event May 12, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Field Botany and More by "De 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.

CNPS Event May 19, 2018, 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.

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 Saline Valley can have 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.

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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)

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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