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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.

January 2020

CNPS Event January 15, 2020, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

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

January 22, 2020, Saturday, 5-6:30 pm: Open House Celebration, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Join us as we mix and mingle with conservation partners and community members like you! We'll lift our glasses in celebration, as we kick off another year of protecting and caring for this incredible region. RSVPs are helpful but not required. If you plan to attend, please contact Marie Ring at marie@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.

CNPS Event January 23, 2020: 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 2019 Grant is January 23, 2020. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2020. More information and application: http://bristleconecnps.org/dedecker/grant/index.php

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February 2020

CNPS Event February 15, 2020: 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 20-23 2020: Charismatic Microflora: The Ecology and Management of Biological Soil Crusts, Jepson Herbarium Workshop, Matt BowkerKirsten FisherBrent MishlerTom Carlberg, and Mandy Slate, Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx, CA

Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) are communities of cryptic organisms, including cyanobacteria, mosses, and lichens that typically stand less than 0.5 cm in height. Biological soil crusts have a significant impact on the world because of their extensive global distribution and their regulation of ecosystem functions. They also provide the opportunity to study amazing biological traits such as desiccation tolerance. These communities are easily damaged or destroyed by human activities such as cattle grazing and off-road vehicle use and are of considerable concern in managing dryland environments.

This workshop will cover the basics, including: What is a biocrust? What are biocrusts composed of? How are biocrust organisms identified? Where are biocrusts found? How do the organisms in biocrusts manage to survive and reproduce in such a seemingly harsh environment? What role do biocrusts play in ecosystems? How can biocrusts be managed? How and where to find compelling, charismatic, and crucial biocrusts? We will combine classroom lecture with hands-on activities at the microscope, and visits to the field.

The Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx is located at Soda Springs on the northwestern edge of the Mojave National Preserve. The surrounding habitats support a range of plant communities, including halophytic vegetation, marsh communities, ponds and springs with pondweed, cattail and sedges, extensive creosote bush scrub and saltbush scrub stands, crescent sand dunes with psammophilous vegetation and plants stabilized by mesquite thickets and the rocky slopes and ravines of the Soda Mountains. Soda Springs itself is home to the Mojave Tui Chub, an endangered fish species, and a variety of desert reptiles and mammals. In addition, 92 bird species have been sighted at the center.

The cost of this workshop has been reduced by a subsidy from the National Science Foundation as outreach for the collaborative grant "Desiccation and Diversity in Dryland Mosses" (https://3dmoss.berkeley.edu/) of which the first three listed instructors are Principal Investigators.

Meals: Dinner Thursday through lunch Sunday are included.
Transportation: Not provided. Personal vehicle or carpool required for field trip.
Hiking: Easy
Start/End: Thursday, 4:00 pm – Sunday, 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $75
Credit: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

Register for this workshop here

CNPS Event February 25-27, 2020: Vegetation Mapping, Redlands, 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!

Vegetation Mapping,In Conjunction with Aerial Information Systems & the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. Taught by Rachelle Boul, Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Julie Evens, & John Menke. In this workshop you will learn techniques for fine-scale vegetation mapping, an invaluable tool for understanding California’s natural resources. Through hands-on exercises in a GIS lab and in the field, you will get direct experience creating and validating a GIS vegetation map. $665 CNPS Members / $695 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

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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.

CNPS Event March 18, Wednesday, 7 pm: General ChapterMeeting and Program, Bristlecone Chapter Event - location TBA.

Speaker Bryan Hatchell of Friends of the Inyo will discuss botanical restoration projects in the eastern Sierra. Check back for more information as the date draws closer.

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.

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April 2020

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.

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May 2020

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.

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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 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 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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November

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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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