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General Meetings and Presentations

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.


Bristlecone Chapter Board Meetings:

CNPS Event Date and Time TBA: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: All members are always welcome to join. .

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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