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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.

March 2020

March 5-8, 2020: Botanical Islands in the Northern Mojave Desert: Exploring the flora of the Amargosa River Basin, Jepson Herbarium Workshop, Naomi Fraga, Inyo County

The Amargosa River Basin in southeastern Inyo County, California, holds exceptional water resources that form isolated alkaline wetlands, or hydrological islands, which support numerous endemic plant species. It also contains striking sky island mountain ranges that are primarily composed of calcareous rock. This region has seen very little botanical documentation in the past despite the fact that alkali wetlands and calcareous substrates are known to hold several rare and endemic plant species. On this trip, we will explore findings from recent floristic expeditions in the Nopah Range and Resting Spring Range and surrounding valleys in the Amargosa River Basin. The study area is at the intersection of two major floristic provinces, the Mojave Desert and the Great Basin Desert, and holds many disjunct populations, species at the edge of their range, and rare and endemic taxa. Field trips will explore expansive wetlands and calcareous mountain slopes. We will also meet with local experts involved in conservation efforts.

Accommodations not included, but special rates available for both camping and rooms for the group at the Shoshone RV Park (https://www.shoshonevillage.com/death-valley-rv-parks-shoshone-rv-park/). Details will be provided upon registration.

Transportation: Not provided. Driving up to one hour to field sites might require 4WD vehicle.
Hiking: Moderate to occasionally strenuous
Start/End: Thursday, 4:00 pm – Sunday, 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $375 (Friends of the Jepson Herbarium) /$405 (general public)
Credit: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

Register for this workshop here

March 7, Saturday, 2-4 pm: Mule Deer Migration Corridor Field Trip, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Join us for an informative field trip to the Round Valley mule deer herd’s migration corridor. Biologist Tim Taylor with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will share updates on some of the challenges the deer are facing as we explore the beautiful Round Valley migration area.

This is a free family-friendly event. Please leave your canine friends at home. Binoculars are recommended but not required, and please remember to dress accordingly for the weather. Stormy weather may lead to postponement of the event. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information including meeting location and to RSVP, please contact Marie Ring, ESLT Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member, at marie@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.

CANCELED March 10, Tuesday, 7pm: Sierra Nevada and White-Inyos Separating after 100 Million Years Together, Cite Irreconcilable Tectonics, with Dr. Allen Glazner, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 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.

Allen’s research focuses on magmatism and plate tectonics of western North America, with special emphasis on the Sierra Nevada Range and Yosemite National Park. He has coauthored three Geology Underfoot books on California regions: southern California, Death Valley-Owens Valley, and Yosemite National Park.

CNPS Event March 18, Wednesday: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: Virtual meeting - contact Michèle Slaton for details on how to join.

CNPS EventCANCELED March 18, Wednesday, 7 pm: Desert Protection and Plant Connection, Bristlecone Chapter General Meeting and Program, USFS/BLM Offices Meeting Room, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop.

Speaker Bryan Hatchell, the Desert Lands Organizer with Friends of the Inyo, will be informing us of energy development threats in the California Desert Conservation Lands. Plans that guide conservation and renewable energy development in the desert may rapidly change under the current administration, which strengthens the need of continued advocacy for conservation and science. We will learn of the landscape level issues and then narrow in on what neat desert plants that exist at each site of concern. Come and enjoy the desert talk with desserts provided!

CANCELED March 24, Tuesday, 7pm: Some Overlooked Bristlecone History, with Daniel Pritchett, Historian, White Mountain Research Center, 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.

Daniel retired from White Mountain Research Center in 2016. He has a strong interest in the history of the research station, the White Mountains, and our surrounding high desert environs. His column, ‘From the Archives’ in the WMRC newsletters are often about historical accounts of WMRS (now WMRC).

CANCELED March 27 and 28, 2020, Friday and Saturday, 6pm: Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2020 World Tour

Inyo Council for the Arts is thrilled to once again host Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, returning for its 27th year to the Eastern Sierra, Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th, 2020. This year’s films explore the mountain world, highlight new landscapes and remote cultures, and showcase exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports. Screenings are in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6pm, films start at 7pm, with different films shown each night. For more information, call Inyo Council for the Arts at 760-873-8014 or visit us at 137 S. Main St in Bishop. Tickets are available at our office on Main St, Eastside Sports in Bishop, and the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes.

March 30, 2020 - DEADLINE: American Penstemon Society Grants

The American Penstemon Society is once again seeking proposals for funding. The purpose of the APS Special Projects Program, $1000 maximum, is to stimulate activities that promote knowledge and appreciation of Penstemons. Many kinds of projects will be considered. In addition, APS provides a grant for graduate students, with funding up to $2000, whose research directly involves Penstemons. Please see the APS website for more information and an application for both opportunities.

CANCELED March 31, Tuesday, 7pm: Honoring Ancient Ancestors: How we can use the Lessons of the Past to Build a Better Future, with David Lee, Western Rock Art Research, 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.

David is an independent researcher, author and lecturer who has documented hundreds of rock art sites in western North America and northern Australia.

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April 2020

CANCELED April 3-5: Spring Wildflower Exhibit 2020, Maturango Museum, 100 East Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest

As springtime comes closer, we look forward to the wildflowers blossoming along the Eastern Sierras. In the lower elevations, wildflowers bloom sooner than in the higher elevations allowing flower seekers to see the variety of wildflowers throughout the spring and into the summer. The Maturango Museum hosts a Wildflower Exhibit in the early spring showcasing wildflowers that bloom in the Indian Wells Valley and in the surrounding canyons. This year’s exhibit is Friday, April 3 through Sunday April 5 from 10 am to 5 pm each day. The cost for entrance to the Wildflower Exhibit is $2.00 for adults and children are free.

The speaker for the weekend event is Maria Jesus who is a master’s student at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden/Claremont Graduate University and a 2019 Switzer Fellow. Maria is researching the flora of the Southern Inyo Mountains, Inyo County. She states, “Here, Joshua trees, emblematic of the Mojave Desert, give way to Pinyon and Juniper woodlands which are characteristic of the Great Basin Desert. This unique transition zone is home to many endemic and rare plants including Hesperidanthus jaegeri, Nemacladus ‘inyoensis’, and Perityle inyoensis.” During her presentation, Maria will share her preliminary results of her floristic research, including new occurrences of rare taxa and an update on the conservation status of Conglomerate Mesa. Maria’s presentation is on Saturday, April 4 at 3:30 pm at the Maturango Museum. More information and photos on the Maturango Museum site (not yet updated to the 2020 Wildflower Show as of 3/7/20 - check back).

CNPS Event April 4, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm: Pollinator Garden Workshop, at White Mountain Research Center.

Imagine - your outdoor space filled with native plants and buzzing with lively butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. At the Eastern Sierra Land Trust Pollinator Garden Workshop, you'll learn how to turn that dream garden into a reality!

Local guest speakers will be there to talk about native plants and our important local pollinators. They're the secret to a blooming backyard and to bringing your garden to life year after year.

Come learn how to make your space into a pollinator haven, and how you can secure help from ESLT for your garden in 2020. If you choose to be a part of the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, ESLT can provide you with a $125 voucher for native plants and help you plan, build, and certify your garden as pollinator-friendly in 2020.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Marie at marie@eslt.org or call (760) 873-4554 (or check the ESLT website to confirm the event will be occuring.)

Learn more about the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project here.

CANCELED April 7, Tuesday, 7pm: Translocation of Bi-State Sage-Grouse: Augmenting critically small populations of sage-grouse in Parker Meadow, with Mary Meyerpeter, Biological Technician, United States Geological Survey, 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.

Mary is a Biological Technician with USGS who works in collaboration with the USFWS, BLM, USFS, CDFW and LADWP in an effort to augment critically small sub-populations in the Bi-State area through sage-grouse translocations. Mary and her colleagues have just completed the third year of translocations of birds from the Bodie Hills to the Parker Meadows area. Mary will discuss these translocations (the first ever completed) as a tool for increasing critically small sub-populations of sage-grouse.

CANCELED April 9, Thursday, 7pm: The Use of Drones in Support of Public Infrastructure Projects, with Sean Robison, Engineering Technician III, Mono County, 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.

In 2017 Mono County launched a pilot project to examine how drones and photogrammetry might be of benefit to county projects. This talk illustrates the types of projects where drones and photogrammetry have proven beneficial as well as the pros and cons of choosing drones over other methods of data collection.

CNPS Event April 15: May-June 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.

CNPS Event April 22-24, 2020: Intro to Plant Identification, Redding, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

Introduction To Plant Identification: 15 Common Plant Families of Southern California, taught by Julie Kierstead. This is a 3-day introductory workshop. We will begin by teaching basic plant morphology with a focus on the structures necessary for plant ID. Participants will learn the specialized terminology necessary to identify plants in 15 common CA plant families. These families contain more than 5000 taxa, which account for more than 70% of the plant diversity in CA. Learning the characteristics of these plant families will reduce the amount of time required to key many plants to genus and species. We will utilize live material and taxonomic keys to better understand morphology in each family. Scientific names, along with common names, will be used throughout the workshop. The class will include classroom presentations and exercises and two half days in the field in the eastern Klamath ranges and adjacent Cascade foothills. Common native families, genera, and species will be covered, including species in conifer forest, oak woodland, foothill chaparral, grasslands, and seasonal wetlands. Ferns and conifers will be covered (but no non-vasculars). . $395 CNPS Members / $415 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

CANCELED April 28, Tuesday, 7pm: Title TBD, with Sophia Layser Borgias, University of Arizona, Tucson, 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.

Sophia is a doctoral student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include water governance, hydropower conflicts, and social mobilization in Latin America and the western United States.

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May 2020

CNPS EventUpcoming Bristlecone Chapter Field Trips in May- Dates and Details TBA - check back!

Klondike Lake area, Leader: Steve Matson. An exploration of the area surrounding the lake in search for the newly described Nemacladus (depending on precipitation). More details TBD.

CNPS Event May 2, Saturday, 11am-2pm: GardenFest, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler Street, Bishop

The annual GardenFest will be held at 250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop on Saturday, May 2, 11am - 2 pm. This free, family-friendly community event will be buzzing with activity. On Saturday May 2nd, you can learn gardening tips and receive expert advice from local Master Gardeners, purchase native plants from California Native Plant Society, enjoy kids' nature crafts, win raffle prizes, enjoy local food and drink, and more! You can also learn more about our Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, which helps local gardeners bring their gardens to life by attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and other important pollinators.

Join the extravaganza at 11AM after the Choo Choo Swap Meet. You can attend both, so come out for a great Saturday in Bishop. Questions? Ask Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member Marie Ring by emailing marie@eslt.org or by calling (760) 873-927.

CNPS Event May 13, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

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

CNPS Event May 20, 2020 Wednesday, 6pm Potluck, followed by desserts and a program at 7pm: Botanical Grant Symposium (Local Botanical Research from DeDecker Grant Recipients), Bristlecone Chapter Program; Speakers, topics, and location TBA

Three recipients of CNPS Bristlecone Chapter DeDecker Grants will present the findings of their botanical explorations and research of eastern California. Please join us for a potluck beginning at 6pm, and presentations at 7pm with desserts. Bring a dish to share if you can.

CNPS Event May 23, Saturday: Conglomerate Mesa, Leader: Maria Jesus. Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip

Maria is leading a hike around one of her field sites for her work on the flora of the Inyo Mountains. She will also be seeking volunteers to help with her field work. Trip and work details TBD - check back for updates!

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June 2020

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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July 2020

CNPS EventUpcoming Bristlecone Chapter Field Trips in July - Dates and Details TBA - check back!

Harkless Flat, Leader: Steve Matson. A visit for a population of Cuniculotinus gramineus. Specific details TBD.

White Mountains, Leader: Elijah Hall. Follow Elijah to his research sites and learn about his research. Details TBD.

CNPS Event July 7-8, 2020: Rare Plant Survey Protocols, Truckee, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

Rare Plant Survey Protocols: A Scientific Approach, taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims, with a guest lecture from Kristi Lazar. In this workshop you will learn to conduct rare plant surveys and report your findings, contributing to the documentation and protection of California’s profusion of unique rare plants. This training includes a full day in the field getting hands-on experience. $395 CNPS Members / $425 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

CNPS Event July 28-30, 2020: Intro to Plant Identification, Mammoth Lakes, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

Introduction To Plant Identification 15 Common Plant Families of Southern California, taught by Nick Jensen & Sandy Namoff. In this workshop you will learn to identify plants in 15 common families, which account for over 5,000 taxa – more than 70% of the plant diversity in CA! Together we’ll cover plant parts/terms in the classroom and get hands-on field experience in the Eastern Sierra. $395 CNPS Members / $415 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

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August 2020

CNPS Event August 15: September-October 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.

CNPS Event August 18-20, 2020: Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé: The CNPS & CDFW Combined Method, Santa Cruz, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

In this workshop you will learn to sample vegetation hands-on using the rapid assessment/relevé survey methods, which provide scientific methodologies to collect data crucial for knowing and understanding California’s unique vegetation communities. $375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

CNPS Event August DATE TBA, 9-11am: the Bristlecone Chapter Annual Plant Sale at the White Mountain Research Center:

This is the largest native plant sale of the year, and yes, we can accept credit cards! Open to the public at 9am. Members can start at 8, and if even you become a member that morning, you can get in at 8am! A wonderful array of native plants is offered every year.  A variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees adapted to our area will be for sale. Here is a list of plants in the 2019 plant sale (check back for 2020 updates).

Prices: Plant prices are $5.00 for small tree pots, $8.00 for gallon pots, and $10 for large tree pots. If you have any of the black plastic pots from last year’s sale we would love to recycle them for you.

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.

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September 2020

CNPS Event September 1-3, 2020: CEQA Impact Assessment With Emphasis on Biological Resources, Sacramento, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

In this workshop you will learn how CEQA can be leveraged to give California’s plants and lands a voice in the face of development. We’ll cover how to read and analyze the biological resources section of an EIR or MND, and to submit critical, scientifically-based comments. $375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

September 15-17, 2020: H5II – The Second Conference on the Research and Management of High Elevation Five Needle Pines in Western North America from, Missoula, MT - https://highfivepines.org/

The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation is proud to host H5II, an international conference bringing together forest managers, researchers, and advocates on the future of five-needle pines in high-elevation ecosystems of Western North America. Many high-elevation, five-needle pine forests are rapidly declining throughout North America. In particular, the six species we will focus on (including Great Basin and Rocky Mountain Bristlecone, Whitebark, Limber, and Southwestern White Pine) are of great ecological and symbolic importance to both the U.S. and Canada.

With this conference we intend to: (1) bring together scientists, managers, and concerned citizens to exchange information on the ecology, threats, and management of these important pines; 2) learn about the threats and current status of pine populations; (3) describe efforts to mitigate threats through restoration techniques and action plans; and, (4) build a foundation for the synthesis of research efforts and management approaches. Go to https://highfivepines.org/ for more information and to register

September 24-27, 2020: Some Like It Hot: Late Summer Flora of the Eastern Mojave Highlands, Jim André and Tasha La Doux, Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Jepson Herbarium Workshop

The Eastern Mojave Desert represents one of the most floristically diverse regions in California. This incredible diversity is, in part, due to the region's proximity to the North American Monsoon and its prominent summer rainfall regime. Approximately 10% of eastern Mojave annuals are considered "summer annuals," species that germinate following summer rainfall. In addition, more than 25% of perennial species in this region flower in late summer/early fall. Examples of plant families that respond to summer rain include: Nyctaginaceae, Amaranthaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Polygonaceae, Poaceae, and Asteraceae. This course will introduce botanists to the ecology and taxonomy of the diverse late summer/early fall flora in the eastern Mojave Desert, with special emphasis on rare or unique species. Through field observation, lab identification, and evening presentations, participants will gain a better understanding for the major plant families that comprise the hot-season flora. This field-intensive workshop is intended for botanists with moderate to advanced taxonomic training, but also for those with an interest in learning more about this seldom-seen component of California's flora. Field trips will target the mid to higher elevations of the Mojave National Preserve, planned in accordance to optimal blooming conditions.

Accommodations: Shared dormitories with bathrooms. Tent camping will also be available.
Meals: Dinner Thursday through lunch Sunday included.
Transportation: Vehicles must have good clearance and sturdy tires (including spare!). Carpooling possible. High clearance 4x4 with extra passenger space preferred.
Hiking: Easy to moderate; short hikes in sometimes rugged terrain.
Start/End: Thursday afternoon - Sunday 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $570/600
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

Register for this workshop here

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October

CNPS Event October 15: November-December 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.

CNPS Event October 27-29, 2020: Mitigation Measures & Monitoring With Emphasis on Botanical Resource Issues, Imperial Beach, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

In this workshop you will learn the framework for mitigation and mitigation monitoring, especially considering botanical resources, and how laws like CEQA can be leveraged to advocate for responsible mitigation measures that keep California’s natural habitat resources in mind. $375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

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December

CNPS Event December 15, Saturday: January-February Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the January-February 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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