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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.

This year, with shelter-in-place in effect to combat COVID-19, most (or all) events are being canceled. We'll see you in the field sometime, just not during this crisis.

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 16-21 - ONLINE - The Bristlecone Chapter Annual Plant Sale will be online, with curbside plant pick-up on August 22nd at the White Mountain Research Center:

Normally, this is the largest native plant sale of the year located at the White Mountain Research Center (3000 E. Line St in Bishop). In consideration of public health and safety, we are putting a new plan of action in place: an online sale with curbside pickup. The online sale will be open from the 16th to 21st of August. Orders are to be picked up on Aug. 22nd. As orders come in, pick-up times will be arranged to avoid too large a group at the WMRC. See details here, and check your email and/or the website this month to access the online store.

Plants: Here is a list of plants currently growing for the plant sale (only plants with numbers listed are available - updated in July 2020).

Prices: Plant prices are $5.00 for small tree pots (half-gallon), $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 when you come pick up your plants.

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 August 18-20, 2020: Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé: The CNPS & CDFW Combined Method, Santa Cruz, State CNPS Workshop - NOTE - CNPS is cancelling April-July workshops and is postponing decisions on Aug-Oct workshops. They are working on processing refunds for cancelled workshops.

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.

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September 2020

CNPS Event September 1-3, 2020: CEQA Impact Assessment With Emphasis on Biological Resources, Sacramento, State CNPS Workshop NOTE - CNPS is cancelling April-July workshops and is postponing decisions on Aug-Oct workshops. They are working on processing refunds for cancelled workshops.

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: New Dates: October 5-7, 2021: 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 2020 H5II Conference was been rescheduled for 2021 due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The website will be fully updated soon. Registration and Abstract Submission remain open. Already registered for 2020? We will be contacting you with options and refunds if necessary.

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 (NOT cancelled, but check website)

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

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

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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.

October 17, 2020: Spatial phylogenetics: A "big data" approach integrating ecology, evolution, and conservation, Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (NOT cancelled, but check website)

Biodiversity has usually been measured by examining changes in the number of species across a region to identify areas of particularly high species diversity and endemism. Beta-diversity, or turn-over on the landscape, is likewise typically measured by comparing proportions of species shared among subareas. However, investigations based on species distributions alone miss the full richness of understanding that can result from taking a phylogenetic approach. Fortunately, advances in digitization of natural history collections, broad-scale DNA sequencing of many taxa represented in pubic databases, and scaling-up of methods for building phylogenies have made it possible to apply a phylogenetic approach to assessment of biodiversity and endemism that can be termed "spatial phylogenetics." New methods such as Categorical Analysis of Neo- And Paleo-Endemism (CANAPE) and phylogenetic range-weighted turnover (PhyloRWT) can identify hotspots of diversity and endemism, assess their make-up, and characterize similarities and differences among them. Using hypotheses tests based on a spatial randomization, insights can be gained into ecological, evolutionary, and biogeographic processes that have shaped these patterns. These new phylogenetic methods are also useful in conservation assessments by identifying complementary areas of biodiversity that have unique evolutionary histories.

This workshop will be a combination of lecture, classroom activities, and discussion and will cover the basic principles of the methods described above. Examples will be given from the several floras from around the world including Australia, Chile, Norway, and Florida. The cost of this workshop also includes an evening event and reception where the instructor will give a presentation focused on recently published applications of these methods to the California flora.

Start/End: 1-5 pm.
Course Fee: $75
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 2 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

October 19-21, 2020: Wetland Delineation: Identification and Delineation of Federal and State Aquatic Resources, Terry Huffman, Rush Ranch, Solano County, California, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (NOT cancelled, but check website)

Aquatic resources include wetlands, as well as all other types of aquatic habitats. Wetlands are typically viewed as the soggy portions of the landscape that are covered—often intermittently—with shallow water, have soils saturated with water, and have plants that look different from those in surrounding areas. Scientific studies show that wetlands are essential for maintaining the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of the aquatic ecosystem. Federal and state programs regulate impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitats as part of their overall water quality protection strategy. These agencies differ in how wetlands and other waters are defined and how they are geographically delineated.

This three-day workshop will emphasize the definitions and delineation methods for wetlands and other aquatic habitats used by the (1) US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Environmental Protection Agency; (2) California State Water Resources Control Board and its Regional Water Quality Control Boards; (3) California Department of Fish and Wildlife; (4) San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; and (5) the California Coastal Commission. Other definitions and delineation methods used by US Department of Agriculture and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to identify and delineate aquatic resources will also be discussed in comparison to the wetland and other waters definitions and delineation methods used by the Corps and EPA.

The course offers clear and concise explanations and comparisons of the wetland definitions and methods used by these agencies, including the latest changes in methodology and approaches for delineating jurisdictional boundaries; explanations of key terminology; and practical hands-on field experience for private consultants, agency personnel, attorneys, academics, and the general public who are involved with resource protection, impact assessment, environmental restoration, and/or seeking project authorization from the above mentioned agencies. Our course instructor’s primary method of instruction is “learning by doing,” so prepare to get dirty!

We will meet at the Solano Land Trust’s Rush Ranch facility near Suisun City, Solano County, California, for classroom lectures and field training exercises. Classroom lectures in the mornings will prepare us for afternoon field training exercises that provide hands-on experience using the various wetland delineation methods, with a focus on field delineation of wetland-upland boundaries and analysis of results. Field work will include exploring how and why the various definitions and associated methodologies produce different results in terms of wetland area delineated. Class will be held rain or shine! Presented in cooperation with the Solano Land Trust.

Transportation: Personal vehicle required for field trip (carpooling possible)
Hiking: Easy, flat terrain.
Start/End: Monday, 9:00 am – Wednesday, 5:00 pm.
Course Fee: $475/$505
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

CNPS Event October 27-29, 2020: Mitigation Measures & Monitoring With Emphasis on Botanical Resource Issues, Imperial Beach, State CNPS Workshop NOTE - CNPS is cancelling April-July workshops and is postponing decisions on Aug-Oct workshops. They are working on processing refunds for cancelled workshops.

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

December 4-6, 2020: Mushrooms and Mycorrhizae of Mendocino, Matteo Garbelotto and Teresa Sholars, Albion Field Station and local field sites, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (NOT cancelled, but check website)

This workshop will provide techniques to identify some of the common edible, toxic, and ecologically important mushroom species on the Mendocino Coast. Each day will start with classroom presentations and the afternoons will be spent in Bishop pine and mixed redwood forests seeing species in the field. The following topics will be covered: identification and phylogeography of mushrooms, description, classification, and ecology of mycorrhizae, importance of mycorrhizae in forestry and the food industry, population genetics and mycorrhizae, the mycorrhizal community: factors affecting its composition, how disturbance affects mycorrhizae and forest age.

This workshop will be a combination of lecture, classroom activities, and discussion and will cover the basic principles of the methods described above. Examples will be given from the several floras from around the world including Australia, Chile, Norway, and Florida. The cost of this workshop also includes an evening event and reception where the instructor will give a presentation focused on recently published applications of these methods to the California flora.

Accommodations: Shared dormitories with bathrooms.
Meals: Dinner Friday through lunch Sunday included.
Transportation: Not provided. Personal vehicle or carpooling required to access field sites.
Hiking: Easy to moderate
Start/End: Friday 4:00 pm – Sunday 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $400/$430
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 6 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

December 10 – 11, 2020: Poaceae I, J. Travis Columbus UC Berkeley and local field site, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (NOT cancelled, but check website)

Prominent in plant communities throughout California, the grass family, Poaceae, is the state’s second most diverse plant family (after Asteraceae). Its members include cool-season and warm-season species, annuals and perennials, natives and exotics, and widespread dominants and rare endemics. This workshop will provide a better understanding of this ubiquitous, species-rich family. Participants will be instructed in detail on the vegetative and reproductive features of grasses. Aspects of anatomy, physiology, and ecology will also be addressed. Most of our time will be spent learning to use the identification keys in the second edition of The Jepson Manual. Special attention will be given to difficult couplets and taxa. In addition, participants will learn how to identify common genera by using diagnostic characteristics. If conditions are favorable, we will go to the field on Friday afternoon; most of this class will take place in a lab classroom.

Experience required: Some previous plant identification.
Transportation: Personal vehicle required for possible field trip (carpooling possible).
Hiking: Easy
Start/End: Thursday, 8:30 am – Friday, 5:00 pm.
Course Fee: $350/380
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

December 12 – 13, 2020 : Poaceae II, J. Travis Columbus UC Berkeley and local field site, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (NOT cancelled, but check website)

For those who have taken the introductory workshop or have experience with grass identification, the advanced grasses workshop offers a greater variety of California genera and species for study, more practice with keying, and more genera to learn on sight. Completion of the introductory Poaceae workshop (Poaceae I), or equivalent prior experience, is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of grasses to share with the group.

Experience required: Working knowledge of grass morphology and previous plant identification experience, including keying grasses
Start/End: Saturday, 8:30 am – Sunday, 5:00 pm
Course Fee: $350/380
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

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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