Skip to Content

Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Spring Flower - Mojave Woodyaster

Mojave Woodyaster, Black Canyon,
Photo by Larry Blakely

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a state-wide 501(c)3 non-profit organization of lay persons and professionals who share an interest in California’s native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters, seeks to increase the understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all.

The Bristlecone Chapter covers all of Mono and Inyo Counties and northeastern Kern County, an area that includes the east slope of the Sierra Nevada, the Northern Mojave Desert, the Inyo and White Mountains, and the Owens Valley. The southern end of the Bristlecone Chapter’s geographically large territory, in and around the Indian Wells Valley, has its own sub-chapter, Creosote Ring.

News:

The May-June 2020 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is June 15th, 2020.

Return to Top

Upcoming CNPS Events

Field Trips, Meetings, and other events of interest scheduled for the next month or so – for more events, including non-CNPS events which may be of interest to our members, see our Events Page.

CNPS EventCANCELED Upcoming Bristlecone Chapter Field Trips in May- Dates and Details TBA - check back!

Klondike Lake area, Leader: Steve Matson. An exploration of the area surrounding the lake in search for the newly described Nemacladus (depending on precipitation). More details TBD.

CNPS Event CANCELED May 2, Saturday, 11am-2pm: GardenFest, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler Street, Bishop

The annual GardenFest will be held at 250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop on Saturday, May 2, 11am - 2 pm. This free, family-friendly community event will be buzzing with activity. On Saturday May 2nd, you can learn gardening tips and receive expert advice from local Master Gardeners, purchase native plants from California Native Plant Society, enjoy kids' nature crafts, win raffle prizes, enjoy local food and drink, and more! You can also learn more about our Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, which helps local gardeners bring their gardens to life by attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and other important pollinators.

Join the extravaganza at 11AM after the Choo Choo Swap Meet. You can attend both, so come out for a great Saturday in Bishop. Questions? Ask Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member Marie Ring by emailing marie@eslt.org or by calling (760) 873-927.

May 9, Saturday, 10-11 am: Virtual “Victory Garden” Workshops, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Are you ready to relish that one-of-a-kind, hands-on connection with the bright spring season? We can help you create a blooming backyard and even grow your own food, with these virtual versions of our popular pollinator garden workshops! Special guest speakers will join us online to discuss native plants, pollinators, soil, growing vegetables, and more. You’ll learn how to make a garden that’s a haven for butterflies, birds, and bees, and just how these creatures help bring your garden to life.

During our first virtual gathering on May 9th, we’ll be focusing on wildlife-friendly gardening. For more information, contact ESLT Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member Marie at marie@eslt.org.

CNPS Event May 13, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: Online only - contact a board member if interested in attending

CNPS EventCANCELED May 20, 2020 Wednesday, 6pm Potluck, followed by desserts and a program at 7pm: Botanical Grant Symposium (Local Botanical Research from DeDecker Grant Recipients), Bristlecone Chapter Program; Speakers, topics, and location TBA

Three recipients of CNPS Bristlecone Chapter DeDecker Grants will present the findings of their botanical explorations and research of eastern California. Please join us for a potluck beginning at 6pm, and presentations at 7pm with desserts. Bring a dish to share if you can.

CNPS Event CANCELED May 23, Saturday: Conglomerate Mesa, Leader: Maria Jesus. Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip

Maria is leading a hike around one of her field sites for her work on the flora of the Inyo Mountains. She will also be seeking volunteers to help with her field work. Trip and work details TBD - check back for updates!

CNPS Event June 15: July-August 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 EventUpcoming Bristlecone Chapter Field Trips in July - Dates and Details TBA - check back!

Harkless Flat, Leader: Steve Matson. A visit for a population of Cuniculotinus gramineus. Specific details TBD.

White Mountains, Leader: Elijah Hall. Follow Elijah to his research sites and learn about his research. Details TBD.

CNPS Event July 7-8, 2020: Rare Plant Survey Protocols, Truckee, State CNPS Workshop

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!

Rare Plant Survey Protocols: A Scientific Approach, taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims, with a guest lecture from Kristi Lazar. In this workshop you will learn to conduct rare plant surveys and report your findings, contributing to the documentation and protection of California’s profusion of unique rare plants. This training includes a full day in the field getting hands-on experience. $395 CNPS Members / $425 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

CNPS Event July 28-30, 2020: Intro to Plant Identification, Mammoth Lakes, State CNPS Workshop

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!

Introduction To Plant Identification 15 Common Plant Families of Southern California, taught by Nick Jensen & Sandy Namoff. In this workshop you will learn to identify plants in 15 common families, which account for over 5,000 taxa – more than 70% of the plant diversity in CA! Together we’ll cover plant parts/terms in the classroom and get hands-on field experience in the Eastern Sierra. $395 CNPS Members / $415 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

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 18-20, 2020: Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé: The CNPS & CDFW Combined Method, Santa Cruz, State CNPS Workshop

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.

CNPS Event August DATE TBA, 9-11am: the Bristlecone Chapter Annual Plant Sale at the White Mountain Research Center:

Wondering About our Plant Sales…? Though spring plant sale events have been cancelled, we are still selling plants by the order. Call Sue Weis at 760-937-2595 if you'd like to meet at the White Mountain Research Station growing facility to buy plants that were grown last year. We are unable to accept credit cards at the moment, so bring checks or cash (unable to make change). We are also trying to grow more plants for the late summer sale, though plants will likely be limited in diversity and quantity.

The late summer sale (date TBA) is the largest native plant sale of the year, and yes, we can accept credit cards! Open to the public at 9am. Members can start at 8, and if even you become a member that morning, you can get in at 8am! A wonderful array of native plants is offered every year.  A variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees adapted to our area will be for sale. Here is a list of plants in the 2019 plant sale (check back for 2020 updates).

Prices: Plant prices are $5.00 for small tree pots, $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.

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.

Return to Top

For more events, including some from other organizations, see the Bristlecone Chapter Events Page

Return to Top

Like us on Facebook!

Facebook Page

The Bristlecone Chapter now has a Facebook Page! If you are on Facebook, head on over and "like" us (or click "like" in the box at left) to get updates in your Facebook newsfeed. While you are there, post a message on our wall, share photos or links of interest, let us know what you think!

Return to Top


But Wait! There's More:

Return to Top