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General Meetings and Presentations

CNPS Event May 19, Wednesday, 5:30 pm: iNaturalist in Bishop City Park: Socially-distanced Introductory Workshop with Marty Purdy, Bristlecone Chapter Event Presentation

Are you interested in citizen science? Want to turn your nature photos into biodiversity data that can be used by scientists and naturalists from around the world? If so, then iNaturalist is for you! iNaturalist is a worldwide biodiversity database and social network for naturalists and scientists. Join Bristlecone Chapter Education Chair and botany graduate student Marty Purdy for an introduction to the app and mini BioBlitz in Bishop City Park. This socially-distanced outdoor program will include a brief introduction to the functionality of the iNaturalist app vs. the website, how to contribute high-quality biodiversity data to the platform, and a collaborative effort to document as much wild biodiversity within Bishop City Park as possible! iNaturalist beginners and veterans are welcome. Smartphones with the iNaturalist app downloaded and an iNaturalist account are required for full participation.

Meet at Bishop City Park at 5:30 pm, Wed., May 19, under the veranda just west of the Senior Center (682 Spruce St).  Remember to bring your mask – participants will be required to wear one. Need help getting the app on your phone? Show up 15 minutes early and we can help.

Bristlecone Chapter Board Meetings:

CNPS Event May 12, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting, ONLINE

Location: All members are always welcome to join. To obtain a link for the meeting, contact Kathleen Nelson.

Previous programs:

White-crowned Sparrow, photo by Robin Eliason
CNPS Event December 16, 6pm: Bristlecone Chapter - Eastern Sierra Audubon Joint Holiday (Zoom) Party, with speaker Deanna Dulen: A Mosaic for Re-Wilding Damaged Landscapes: Climate Refugium, Forests, and Birds

Join the Bristlecone Chapter and Eastern Sierra Audubon for a virtual holiday party and presentation. We'll start with announcements from 6-6:30 before the program at 6:30-7:30: A Mosaic for Re-Wilding Damaged Landscapes: Climate Refugium, Forests, and Birds Presented by Deanna Dulen. What are the possibilities of re-wilding some of the lost and degraded habitats ravaged by climate change including intense mega-fires? This presentation will present some information on the emerging field of Climate Refugia and fire recovery science, and some of the experimental efforts in collaborating with birds to restore lost forests. We'll end with a Q&A Session at 7:30-and wrap-up by 8:30 pm.

Deanna Dulen

Deanna retired in June 2020 after a 37 year career as a civil servant. She served as Superintendent at Devils Postpile National Monument since 2000. During her tenure she contributed leadership in resource stewardship and climate change adaptation with a focus on climate refugia research, and fire and fuels management. Deanna worked as the first Director of the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center for 10 years developing interpretive and science communications programs and exhibits. She worked as an interpretive ranger at Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Denali, and Death Valley, as a firefighter on the Olympic National Forest, and as a letter carrier with the US Postal Service to fund her college education at UC Santa Cruz where she graduated with highest honors in Environmental Studies. She plans to continue travelling with her husband and his travel business, Sherpa Travel, and to contribute to international work in Nepal with a non-profit she and her husband founded in 2012, Friends of Himalayan Sherpa to improve the quality of life in the remote and rural Himalayan villages through education, health care, and protection of natural and cultural resources.


For further information contact Michèle Slaton.

Past Presentations with Recordings:

CNPS Event September 23, Wednesday: 7pm, Bristlecone Chapter Virtual General Meeting: California Desert Protection and Desert Flora - Recording available here if you missed it!

Virtual presentation by co-speakers Bryan Hatchell and Maria Jesus.

Bryan Hatchell, whose talk, "Desert Protection and Plant Connection" was canceled in March due to the pandemic, is the Desert Lands Organizer with Friends of the Inyo, and looks at energy development threats in the California Desert Conservation Lands. Plans that guide conservation and renewable energy development in the desert may rapidly change, which strengthens the need of continued advocacy for conservation and science. He will share landscape level issues and then narrow in on what neat desert plants that exist at each site of concern.

Maria Jesus whose April talk at the Maturango Museum and May field trip to Conglomerate Mesa were both cancelled due to the pandemic, 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.

The recording of this program is available here.

CNPS Event October 20, Tuesday, 6-7pm: Conservation Stories, a Virtual Lecture Series, with Sophie Winitsky, California Botanic Garden (formerly Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden)

Sophie will give a talk on Calochortus excavatus tonight as part of this lecture series. To register, go to - there will be a Zoom talk every third Tuesday of the month from 6pm - 7pm. Join in for an evening of conversation about conservation. You must register online to receive the Zoom link. The suggested program fee is $10, but there will be an option to register for the talk free of charge.

If you missed last month's virtual talk hosted by the California Botanic Garden featuring Sophie Winitsky discussing conservation issues in the Adobe Valley in Mono County with CalBG Director of Conservation Programs, Naomi Fraga, then look no further than the following link to watch a recording of the presentation.

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