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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.

October

October 10, Wednesday, 9am-2:30pm: Inyo County Water Commission Field Trip: More About Water in the Eastern Sierra

The Inyo County Water Commission invites the public to participate in a field trip to learn more about water in the Eastern Sierra and how that most important of natural resources affects our lives in myriad ways.

We will meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine and from there drive to the Owens Lake Plover Wing Plaza; a stunning installation, which celebrates the transformation of Owens Lake into one of the birding hot spots in the West. Next, we will travel to a promising recreation project, the Owens River Water Trail. We will finish the tour near the Alabama Gates with views of the Lower Owens River’s islands marsh.

Trip capacity is limited; please R.S.V.P to Laura Piper at 760-878-0001 or lpiper@inyocounty.us. The tour may be contacted while in progress by calling 760-920-1169. See linked flyer for more information (PDF)

October 11, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: The Lives of Massive Stars, Chris Bochenek (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

CNPS Event October 15, Monday: November-December Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

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

October 16, Tuesday, 7pm: The Geology Behind the Scenery in Owens Valley Movies, with Allen Glazner, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present two special lectures this October that are free and open to the general public. Lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on The Geology Behind the Scenery in Owens Valley Movies, with Allen Glazner. Allen will give a brief overview of events that produced the "Deepest Valley" and its remarkable scenery. Allen Glazner is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He conducts research involving volcanic rocks, granites, and plate tectonics in eastern California, including the Owens Valley, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite, and the Mojave Desert. He is the author of three popular books on California's geology: Geology Underfoot in the Owens Valley and Death Valley, Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park, and Geology Underfoot in Southern California.

October 23, Tuesday, 7pm: Winter 2018-19: Will it be "Tremendously Big and Tremendously Wet?" with Chris Smallcomb, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present two special lectures this October that are free and open to the general public. Lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is Winter 2018-19: Will it be "Tremendously Big and Tremendously Wet? Chris Smallcomb, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno, will present his expectations for the coming winter season and what that means for the region. Over the past six years, we've seen wide swings from exceptional drought to prolific amounts of rain and snow, driven primarily by the numbers of atmospheric rivers. He'll speak on the limits of weather predictions - ranging from snow squalls to seasonal outlooks - and specific challenges to forecasting weather and flooding in the eastern Sierra. Come ready with your weather questions since Chris will finish with his "Ask a Meteorologist (Almost) Anything" conversation.

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November

November 8, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: Using Extragalactic Flashes of Radio Waves to Probe the Stuff Between the Stars, Kathryn Plant (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

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December

December 6, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: The CO Mapping Array Pathfinder, Kieran Cleary (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

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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