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CNPS Event May 23, Wednesday, 7pm: Program: Discovering Mono County Plants: Making Progress Towards a Complete Checklist, with Ann Howald. Location: Mammoth Ranger Station auditorium, 2500 Highway 203, Mammoth Lakes

Botanists have been studying Mono County’s plant life since William Brewer and the Whitney Survey team collected and identified plants near Mt Dana and Mono Lake in the 1860s. Other past investigations have focused on the Sweetwater Mountains, the Bodie Hills, the Mono Basin, the Glass Mountains, the White Mountains and other locations. A checklist of the plants of the Rock Creek watershed was finished in 2017, and a study of Adobe Valley plants is in progress. This talk will focus on Ann Howald’s efforts over the past 3 years to compile an annotated checklist of all the plants known from Mono County, using the results of these previous studies, as well as her own work. Ann has studied the plants of Mono County since 1975. Since retiring 3 years ago, she has focused on plants in out-of-the-way locations in Mono County, especially those rarely visited by others. And she has reviewed thousands of Mono County plant collection records from herbaria all over California, leading to some fascinating detective work to verify which plants actually occur in Mono County. Her recent work, and that of others, has resulted in the addition of 24 species to the total list of plants known from Mono County, including two species new to California. At present, the total number of plant species known from Mono County stands at 1695, and counting!

Ann Howald

Ann Howald

Ann Howald first visited Mono County as a child on family fishing trips. During a geology field trip while a UC Santa Barbara undergrad, she first became aware of a shrinking Mono Lake and learned about its threatened ecology. Ann finished her BA in Zoology, then continued at UCSB to complete an MA in Botany. Always a starving student, in 1975 her graduate advisor offered her a summer job documenting the plants of the new UC natural reserve at Valentine Camp in Old Mammoth. This is when her love affair with the plants of Mono County really began. Since then, she has been a summer visitor to Mono County every year. She now lives in Hilton Creek throughout the summer, spending winters in Sonoma. In addition to working on a Mono County plant checklist, Ann does volunteer work and leads field trips for the California Native Plant Society, the Mono Lake Committee, the BLM, State Parks, and Sonoma County Parks. She teaches a field seminar on High Country Plants and Habitats for the Mono Lake Committee each summer. In her spare time, she pulls wildland weeds.

For further information contact Michèle Slaton.

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Bristlecone Chapter Board Meetings:

CNPS Event May 9, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

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

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