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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. 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.

We are starting back to in-person events! Wear a mask, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible - let's get through this!


CNPS Event September 22, Wednesday, 7 pm: DeDecker Botanical Grant Research Projects, Bristlecone Chapter Event

Join us for lightning presentations from recipients of the 2021 Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant. The chapter will host an evening symposium covering local research in botany and ecology, with interactive discussion time on the important conservation relevance of each project. Click here for Zoom link.

Presenters and Presentations:

Carolyn Mills, a master's student at California Botanic Garden/Claremont Graduate University who works as a biologist with the Great Basin Institute in Death Valley National Park will share preliminary results of her research, including range extensions and new occurrences of rare taxa in the Nopah Range, and she’ll highlight Mary DeDecker's contributions to the flora.

Ashely Grupenhoff is an ecology graduate student at UC Davis studying the consequences of altered fire regimes on species composition, ecosystems, and future fire behavior. Ashley will examine the impacts of a recent thinning project on forest structure and the subsequent changes on plant diversity and predicted future fire behavior at Valentine Camp UC Natural Reserve near Mammoth Lakes.

Maria Jesus will discuss her master’s research documenting the flora of the southern Inyo Mountains—a regionally important plant area with limited representation in botanical collections. Maria recently graduated from California Botanic Garden’s botany program and is looking forward to advancing native plant conservation in her future endeavors.

Elijah Hall is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Riverside studying how climate change is impacting flower-pollinator relationships through time (phenologically and interannually) and space (elevationally) in the White Mountains. Elijah will discuss how floral abundance and phenology can shift interannually and what these changes mean for the future of plants and pollinators in the White Mountains.

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October 5-7: The Second Conference on the Research and Management of High Elevation Five Needle Pines in Western North America, Virtual conference, High Five Pines

Scientists, management professionals and outdoor enthusiasts—join us in exploring the latest techniques, research findings and land management recommendations on High-Elevation Five-Needle Pine Ecosystems. Register at

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 Contact Elaine with any questions.

Saturday, October 26-Tuesday, October 29: Cal-IPC 30-Year Anniversary Symposium Online or in-person (still TBD), organization

Connect with colleagues from across the state and beyond to get the latest updates on effective tools, relevant research, and strategic management approaches. Join for special session talks on invasive plant management to protect biodiversity in California and beyond, strengthening conservation by broadening community access, lessons learned from 30 years of invasive plant management, and new mapping tools to increase project effectiveness. Symposium features also include discussion groups, and posters covering a wide range of topics related to invasive plant biology and management. Register now before early bird rates end August 20:

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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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