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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 January-February 2015 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is February 15th.

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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.

January 3, Saturday, 7am: Death Valley Christmas Bird Count

For more information, including a map of where to meet, see this page on the Death Valley CBC. Contact Linda Manning, email: linda_manning@nps.gov; phone: 760-786-3252.

January 10, Saturday, 10am: Conversation #88 of 100 Conversations About Water: Walking Water Pilgrimage with Coordinator Kate Bunney, Metabolic Studio

Walking Water is an invitation, an action, an educational journey and a prayer intended to bring together the voices of the many Peoples of the Eastern Sierra and Los Angeles watersheds through the act of walking together - through a pilgrimage that follows the waterways—natural and manmade—between Mono Lake and Los Angeles. It includes the way of circle— practice of deep listening and speaking that contributes to community building, the sharing of old and new stories, the healing of differences and conflict. www.walking-water.org

The Metabolic Studio is Hosting One Hundred Conversations About Water during the Centenary of the LA Owens River Aqueduct. Please Join Us at 10am on Saturday, January 10th at the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden (Main Street at Willow, Lone Pine) for Conversation 88: Walking Water Pilgrimage with coordinator Kate Bunney. For more information, call 510-468-7113.

January 10, Saturday, 8:30am: Monthly COSA Bird Walk & Census, Eastern Sierra Audubon

Audubon volunteers lead monthly bird walks on the second Saturday of each month (unless otherwise indicated). We meet at 8:30am (7:30 am in June, July, August, and September) at the trailhead behind the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street, and walk from there to the Bishop Paiute Tribe's Conservation Open Space Area. We are keeping species lists and observing behavior as well as identifying birds, for the purpose of creating bird lists for the site. We hope to see you there!

All are welcome - these walks are for birders of ALL LEVELS, beginners included! We will bring extra binoculars and field guides to share. Please meet at 8:30am on Saturday, January 10, at the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street in Bishop. Contact Hillary Behr for more information, or if you are interested in leading a future monthly walk: hillarybehr@yahoo.com.

January 10: Shoeshoe and Cross Country Ski Outing, Friends of the Inyo

Spend your Saturday getting to know the winter side of the Inyo National Forest! We will take a 2 mile ski and snowshoe hike along the edge of Obsidian dome and into the old growth stands of Jeffrey Pine. This area is known for winter sightings of marten and a good diversity of resident birds. Meet at the Obsidian Dome parking area at 9am with proper winter equipment for several hours out. Check back on the Friends of the Inyo event page for updates as snow conditions change. contact: Jora at jora@friendsoftheinyo.org

CNPS Event January 13-17, 2015: CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference - Celebrating 50 Years of Progress and Promise, San Jose, California

Join over 1,000 conservation and native plant enthusiasts in San Jose! Attendees include scientists, conservationists, university professors and students, policymakers, professional and amateur botanists, landscaping professionals, and land-use planners from California and beyond. There will be over 300 presenters for 25 themed sessions, lightning talks, plenary and keynote speakers, scientific and chapter poster sessions. Register by October 31 for Early Registration Savings! More information about the conference here.

January 14, 5pm: Final Final Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative (ESRC) Meeting: Finalizing a Recreation Strategy, Cerro Coso Community College, Bishop Campus

The Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative (ESRC) has been busy, and to continue preparation for the Inyo National Forest Management Plan Revision Process, the ESRC is inviting recreation enthusiasts and regional stakeholders to participate in its first meeting of the new year, scheduled for Wednesday January 14, 2015, "Finalizing a Recreation Strategy." The meeting will begin with a brief orientation session for interested participants who haven’t previously attended an ESRC meeting or those who would like a review of the work previously completed by ESRC participants. Visit the ESRC webpage for more details. The orientation session will begin at 5:00pm and the ESRC meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m., with both being held at the Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop.

January 14, 2015 – DEADLINE (extended): Inyo County Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA) Comment Period Closes

Remember the REGPA? The Bristlecone Chapter and CNPS State submitted our scoping comments and we are still waiting for the Draft Environmental Impact Report to be released. The Inyo County Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA) was released on November 5th. The County approved a request for an extended comment period, with a new deadline of January 14, 2015 – COB. For more information, check the County website at http://www.inyoplanning.org

January 15, Thursday, 5:30pm: Conversation #87 of 100 Conversations About Water: Living in the Rain Shadow - Rural Communities and the Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Program, Metabolic Studio

The Metabolic Studio is Hosting One Hundred Conversations About Water during the Centenary of the LA Owens River Aqueduct. Please Join Us for Conversation 87: Living in the Rain Shadow - Rural Communities and the Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Program, featuring a film (Bristlecone Media) exploring the challenges facing disadvantaged Eastern Sierra Community Water Systems, followed by a discussion with community members.

Join us on Thursday, January 15 at 5:30 pm, at 117 Washington Street, Lone Pine. For more information call 760-208-9938.

CNPS Event January 28, 6pm: Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip Planning Meeting, White Mountain Research Center, 3000 East Line Street, Bishop

Come and sign up to lead or co-lead a field trip in 2015. Pizza and salad provided. This year's field trips will focus on locating rare plant species in our area. See our Native Plants of Interest pages for some ideas, see our available plant checklists for more inspiration, take a look at the Wildflower Hotspots of the Eastern Sierra booklet for location ideas, and see the CNPS Rare Plant Database for an incredibly useful tool - input county, quad map or maps, time of year the plant blooms, and much more to help pinpoint rare plant populations. Contact Sue Weis (sueweis@aol.com) for more information. Program will follow at 7pm (see below).

CNPS Event January 28, Wednesday, 7 pm: Climate Change Impacts in the Eastern Sierra: Where do we go from here? Bristlecone Chapter Program (General Meeting) at White Mountain Research Station, 3000 East Line Street, Bishop.

Join us for special guest Holly Alpert, a former Bristlecone Chapter board member who will share what she learned in her years working on Climate Change Analysis for the Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Region. Holly will offer an overview of the climate change analysis, focused on water resources with some analysis of climate change impacts on ecosystems. She will talk about how this information can be used, what needs to be done next, and what other information is needed. Come hear Holly's talk and take a chance to say hello as she visits us from her new home in Colorado. For further information contact Michèle Slaton.

February 4, Wednesday, 7pm: Raptors of the Eastern Sierra with Ron Oriti, Eastern Sierra Audubon

There are 17 different raptors that typically are found in the eastern Sierra. Ron Oriti will cover the basics of each species - their habits, and the differences between the male, female, and immature, but the highlight of the presentation will be the wonderful photos of each species. Ron has many great photos of 16 of the 17 species and will be showing as many of those photos as we have time for. You will love seeing these raptors up close.

Ron Oriti is a retired Planetarium Director and astronomy teacher. He was a research assistant in meteoritics at UCLA, and has co-authored a textbook on astronomy for beginning colleges students. His love of nature, and the outdoors brought him to the Eastern Sierra. With the aid of the digital camera, he has specialized in photographing local landscapes,wildflowers, dragonflies, butterflies, lizards, raptors, and other birds.

Questions/comments: programs@esaudubon.org; 760-920-8541.

February 7, Saturday, 9am: Sierra Bighorn Field Trips, California Fish & Wildlife and the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation will hold two field trips this winter to observe Sierra bighorn in their winter habitat. The field trips will take place on Saturday, February 7 and Saturday, March 7. We will meet at 9 a.m. at our office parking lot on the corner of Church Street and North Fowler in Bishop. Please wear sturdy boots and bring sunscreen, snacks, water, and binoculars if you have your own. Space is limited; please email asksnbs@wildlife.ca.gov or call (760) 872-3159 for reservations, directions, or more details.

February 25-26, 2015: Managing Pinyon-Juniper Expansion in Sagebrush Ecosystems: Next Steppe for the Bi-State Sage-Grouse, CVIC Hall in Minden, Nevada

Please join us! The purpose of the forum is to advance the next step of conservation for Bi-State sage-grouse populations, and achieve prioritization and implementation of large-scale projects through recently committed funding and collaboration between federal and state agencies, NGOs and private individuals.

More Information and Registration (free and includes lunch): http://monocounty.ca.gov/community-development/page/pinyon-juniper-expansion-forum

February 28, Saturday, 8am: Winter Wildlife Wander with Tom & Jo Heindel, Eastern Sierra Audubon

Tom and Jo Heindel have annually lead a popular auto excursion between Klondike Lake and Tinemaha Reservoir. Mountain Bluebirds, Bald Eagles, bobcat, elk, owls, creepers, mergansers, sparrows and swans – are examples of species which have turned up on past tours. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Glacier View Campground off U.S. 395 just north of Big Pine. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, scopes. The outing should end mid-day. For more information please call the leaders at 760-938-2764.

March 7, 2015, Saturday, 9am: Wildflowers of Short Canyon, Friends of the Inyo

Join us on a wildflower exploration of Short Canyon, an Area of Critical Environmental Concern with spectacular botanical resources at the edge of the Owens Peak Wilderness. Nearly 300 species of plants have been described in this canyon. Meet at the trailhead parking lot at 9am. For questions and to carpool from the Hwy 395 and 14 junction contact Jora: joraATfriendsoftheinyo.org

March 7, Saturday, 9am: Sierra Bighorn Field Trips, California Fish & Wildlife and the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation will hold two field trips this winter to observe Sierra bighorn in their winter habitat. The field trips will take place on Saturday, February 7 and Saturday, March 7. We will meet at 9 a.m. at our office parking lot on the corner of Church Street and North Fowler in Bishop. Please wear sturdy boots and bring sunscreen, snacks, water, and binoculars if you have your own. Space is limited; please email asksnbs@wildlife.ca.gov or call (760) 872-3159 for reservations, directions, or more details.

March 31, 2015, Monday: Deadline: American Penstemon Society Special Project Grants

The American Penstemon Society is seeking to fund small projects that focus on scientific or horticultural aspects of Penstemon, especially those that promote conservation or public appreciation. Grants of up to $1000 are available. The deadline for application is March 31, 2015, with funds distributed in May. Details are provided on the linked flier.

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

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Conservation Updates

See our Conservation pages for updates on current issues relating to native plants and their habitats, such as Inyo National Forest Plan Revisions and Invasive Species. We will start up the Conservation Alerts emails again soon, if you signed up previously or wish to sign up - check back to the Conservation page!

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