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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 May-June 2015 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is June 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.

May 1, Friday, 3-6pm: GardenFest! Eastern Sierra Land Trust (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

The Eastern Sierra is abloom - join us as we "ring in the spring" and celebrate our Earth's bounty at our annual GardenFest! Held at the ESLT Garden at 250 N. Fowler Street in Bishop. Learn from Master Gardeners, swap gardening tips and stories, share seeds, and purchase plants from local nurseries and organizations. We will offer children's activities for our younger gardeners, too. This free, family-friendly event will take place from 3 - 6pm this Friday at the new ESLT office backyard at 250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop. We hope to see you there!

The Bristlecone Chapter will be selling native plants and answering questions about native gardens at this event.

May 3, 2pm: Herb Workshop, Bishop Nursery (Home Street) - Master Gardener Workshop

Free Workshop - Come learn all about herbs and how to care for them. Plants and supplies will be on sale after the presentation for a hands-on option. Master Food Preservers will be in attendance to discuss preserving herbs also. This program is brought to you by the Master Gardeners of Inyo and Mono counties and the UC Cooperative Extension Service.

May 6, Wednesday, 7pm: Second Showng! Raptors of the Eastern Sierra with Ron Oriti, Eastern Sierra Audubon

The first presentation of Raptors of the Eastern Sierra was such a hit that we have scheduled an encore to include those of you that missed the first one! This will be a repeat of the same presentation that was given in February of 2015.

The May 6th program will be held at the U.S. Forest Service/BLM Building in Bishop on West Line Street, near the DMV. Please welcome back Ron Oriti for this encore performance! Doors open at 6:30, with the presentation starting at 7:00pm. Seating is limited!

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.

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

CNPS Event May 6-7, Tuesday-Wednesday: Introduction to Plant Family Identification, CNPS Education Workshops

This is an intensive introductory course on how to recognize plant families, focusing on the 25 dominant families of native plants found in California. Plant identification can be a challenge; however, if you know the basic leaf, flower, and fruit characters of the most common plant families, you will be able to significantly reduce the amount of time required to properly identify most plant species. It is geared towards anyone who wants or needs to improve their knowledge and skills about identifying native and naturalized plants. Emphasis will be given to southern California species; however, information learned in this class will be readily applicable throughout California and elsewhere. Common and rare species will be covered. The class will include classroom presentation and exercises, and field excursions, primarily into the Ventura River and Ojai Valley in Ventura County. We will spend at least half the time in the field. Riparian, chaparral, and coastal sage scrub plants will be covered. (for more details - see CNPS Education Workshops page)

Taught by: David L. Magney
Location: Center for Earth Concerns, Taft Gardens, Ojai
Cost: TBD

May 9, 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 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.

CNPS Event May 16, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: East Mono Basin Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

A Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH) for Astragalus pseudiodanthus, Astragalus kentrophyta var. ungulatus, and we’ll visit the dunes on the east side of Mono Lake. We’ll meet at the Von’s parking lot in Bishop at 9:00 to carpool – contact me if you need to meet the group somewhere else along the way. Roads are sandy, so 4WD is best.

Pre-Field Trip Report: Very little is blooming out east of Mono Lake. We could still possibly find the Astragalus species, but a high clearance 4WD vehicle is definitely needed. Please contact me if you want to attend: Sue Weis at 760-873-3485 or at sueweis@aol.com.

May 16, Saturday, Buttermilks Birding, Leader, Jerry Zatorski; Eastern Sierra Audubon

In the upper Buttermilks, May is an excellent time to catch may resident birds in full spring song and many others on their way to mountain breeding locations. This will be a 4 mile round trip hike, beginning at 7400’ and slowly ascend to 7900’. In the lower portions the various sagebrush specialists can be seen and heard, and in the upper portion the Jeffrey Pine forest hosts many mountain species from warblers to grosbeaks.

Bring binoculars, scopes (if they can be easily carried), field guides, camera and an ear for bird song. We should be done by afternoon. Participants should bring food & fluids, and dress for the spring weather and hiking.

Meet at 7:00 AM at the Buttermilk Road and SR 168. Because parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged. Vehicles with 4WD and clearance are recommended. For more information contact Jerry at 387-2920 or jerryzat@gmail.com.

May 16, Saturday: Excelsior Auto Tour, Friends of the Inyo

The little known and seldom traveled Excelsior range is a 61,000 acre roadless area straddling the CA-NV border in the NE corner of the Inyo National Forest. It is a land of pinyon-juniper trees, alkali wetlands, dunes and sagebrush rich in paleo and archaeological history. Four-wheel auto tours are a great way to experience the edge of the roadless area in one day. We'll visit key points of interest as we explore the Great Basin edge of the Inyo National Forest. Contact Jora to RSVP or if you have any questions at jora@friendsoftheinyo.org.

May 23, Saturday, 8am-noon: Breakfast with a Botanist, Friends of the Inyo

Interested in learning more about which flowers are blooming in the Eastern Sierra? Spend the morning with delicious baked goods and coffee, talking about the botanical basics of how to identify wildflowers. We'll then go for a walk up the incomparable McGee Canyon, look at common wildflowers, and discover what's blooming. Perfect for the family, beginner, or the experienced botany enthusiast. Make sure to bring sturdy shoes, water, and appropriate attire for the walk up McGee.

Meet at the East Side Bake Shop at 1561 Crowley Lake Drive, exit off of Hwy 395 at McGee Creek. Contact Friends of the Inyo at 760-873-6500 or email at info@friendsoftheinyo.org for more information.

Sweat bee (Halictus sp.) on a California poppy Photo by Rollin Coville

Sweat bee (Halictus sp.) on a California poppy
Photo by Rollin Coville

CNPS Event May 28, Thursday, 7pm: Bristlecone Chapter General Meeting and Program: Bee-friendly Habitat Gardening, with Jaime Pawelek. Crowley Lake Community Center

Jaime Pawelek, a researcher in the Urban Bee Lab (UCB) will present on the benefits of native bee habitat gardening. Learn about the biology and ecology of native bees and their important role in most ecosystems. Jaime will then present on the most common bees found in urban areas and how homeowners can attract these valuable pollinators to their own gardens. Look for the lab's new book, California Bees & Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists, available now through Heyday Books.

Jaime Pawelek is the project manager for the CA Statewide Urban Bee Survey in the Urban Bee Lab at UC Berkeley. Her work also includes identifying the lab's collections of both CA and Costa Rican bees, managing the experimental bee garden on campus, updating the website and Facebook page, and giving many talks and garden tours throughout the state. She also designs bee-friendly habitat gardens with her business, Wild Bee Garden Design.

CNPS Event May 30, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Bodie Hills, Leaders: Julie Anne Hopkins and Jeff Hunter

Did you know that some 450 different plants species, in 73 families are known to occur in the Bodie Hills, including native plant communities that provide habitat for wildlife? Join Jeff and Julie Anne on this outing to explore some of the National Forest lands, as the BLM lands in the Bodie Hills are closed to outings until July because of the Sage Grouse breeding window. We will start our outing on Masonic Road and drive on rough gravel roads, stopping at various points to look at the flora and see what is out this year.

Meet at 9am at the Bridgeport Ranger District office (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) on 395 - just south of Bridgeport. Participants should bring layers, sunscreen, a hat, water and a sack lunch (and a chair or something to sit on while eating lunch might be nice). Binoculars would be good as well as we might see raptors, pronghorn antelope & more. 4WD vehicles, or vehicles with high clearance are required to drive these roads. Carpooling is encouraged and we can organize it at the ranger office. We should return by around 3pm. Contact: Julie Anne Hopkins.

June 2, Tuesday, 7pm: Breaking Badly: Forecasting California Earthquakes, Dr. Morgan Page, Research Geophysicist, US Geological Survey (SNARL Lecture) - note new venue!

Lectures are held 7 PM Tuesday evenings at the Page Center at SNARL (1016 Mount Morrison Road). Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour. For more information contact Annie Barrett, anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655, Or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654. For more of the SNARL Spring Lecture Series, see this year's flyer: SNARL 2015 Lecture Series (pdf).

June 3, Wednesday, 7pm: Stories of Discovery: Citizen Science and Rare Reptiles of Eastern California, Venue TBA, Eastern Sierra Audubon

The Great Basin Desert of eastern California supports a remarkable, yet mysterious assemblage of squamates (snakes and lizards). For many species, this area forms the northern edge of their known distribution. Others are quite rare, their populations scattered and isolated after the drying of the deserts. Southern Mono and northern Inyo Counties, in particular, are a “black-hole” for scientists who study squamates. This lack of basic information can inhibit conservation planning. As with ornithology, web platforms for citizen science initiatives can play a huge role in pulling back the curtain on knowledge gaps. In his talk, presenter Adam Clause will provide a primer on squamate biodiversity in the region, discuss how citizen science can help improve our understanding of that biodiversity, and finish with an overview of his personal research on the Panamint alligator lizard.

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

June 3-7, Wednesday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: California's Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, and Identification

Location: UC Hastings Reserve, Carmel Valley
Instructors: Gordon Frankie, Sara Leon Guerrero, Jaime Pawelek, and Robbin Thorp

Are you interested in learning more about the most important pollinators in your gardens? California's native bees are extremely diverse (~1,600 species) and are critical for providing ecosystem services not only in wild habitats but also in agricultural and urban settings. This course will provide basic information about native bee biology and ecology with a specific focus on identification to the generic level. Course participants will spend time collecting in the field at the UC Hastings Reserve and at a nearby diverse garden in Carmel Valley. They will also spend time in the lab viewing and keying collected specimens. Evening lectures on a variety of related topics will add to the field experiences. This workshop is an extension of the previously offered weekend bee workshop, with more focus on bee identification. Read more...

Workshop fee ($600/$640) includes lodging and meals from Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch. Most participants will be accommodated in dormitory-style rooms with twin or bunk-style beds. Space outside the bunkhouse is also available for camping. Showers and flush toilets are available. This workshop will conclude Sunday afternoon.

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

June 5-7, Friday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Seaweeds of Central California

Location: Big Sur
Instructor: Kathy Ann Miller

This workshop will focus on the seaweeds in the vicinity of the Landels-Hill Big Creek Ecological Reserve in Monterey County. We will review the basics of intertidal seaweed zonation and ecology as we collect specimens for closer study in our campground lab. Seaweeds can be difficult to identify: we will focus on vegetative morphology. Let’s update a preliminary list of conspicuous seaweeds generated from our new specimen database! Read more...

Workshop fee ($370/$410) includes instruction, meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and Reserve fees.

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

CNPS Event June 6, Saturday, 8:30am, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Mule Springs, Inyos, Leader: Steve Matson

At the base of the Inyo Mountains south east of Big Pine is a perennial spring surrounded by remarkable plant diversity. We should be able to find plants like Hecastocleis shockleyi, Petalonyx nitidis and Eucnide urens. Some interesting fish reside there as well. We will cover very little ground on foot, but some uneven ground can be expected. Dusty dirt road access. Bring lunch and water. It may get a little warm, so meet at 8:30 at the Glacier View Campground entrance at the junction of 395 and 168 on the north edge of Big Pine. For more information, contact trip leader, Steve Matson, at ssmat@sbcgobal.net or 760-938-2862.

June 6–7, Saturday-Sunday: Visions of the Past: First Discoveries, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The Mono Basin is filled with monuments to a bustling past—take a journey back in time and discover its fascinating history. The past will spring to life as you hear stories of the discoverers, the prospectors, and the families who settled here and made the Mono Basin their home. Visit Dogtown, Monoville, Bodie (with a special visit to the Bodie Bluff!), Mono Mills, stagecoach routes, railroads, and gold mines. Terri Geissinger is a Bodie State Historic Park interpreter and guide with a contagious love of history. $155 per person / $140 for members, More information and registration...

June 9, Tuesday, 7pm: The Impacts of Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Declines on Algae and Insect Communities in Sierra Nevada Lakes, Dr. Thomas Smith, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara (SNARL Lecture) - note new venue!

Lectures are held 7 PM Tuesday evenings at the Page Center at SNARL (1016 Mount Morrison Road). Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour. For more information contact Annie Barrett, anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655, Or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654. For more of the SNARL Spring Lecture Series, see this year's flyer: SNARL 2015 Lecture Series (pdf).

June 13, Saturday: Glass Mountains, Friends of the Inyo

Save the Date! Check back for updates.

June 13, Saturday: South Shore Kayak, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

Early summer reveals snow-capped mountains towering over a glassy Mono Lake—a great time to kayak! Join Stuart Wilkinson and a Mono Lake Committee staff member for a guided naturalist expedition that will cover a wide variety of topics relating to this unusual Great Basin lake, such as geology, ecology, history, and politics. Expect to see underwater tufa towers, birds, brine shrimp, and lake-bottom springs. Some kayak experience is helpful, but not necessary; kayaks and safety equipment are provided. $105 per person / $95 for members. More information and registration...

June 13-14, Saturday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Trees of California, Part I - Workshop Full: Wait List Only

Location: Bay Area Woodland Field Sites
Instructor: Paul Fine

In this workshop, we will learn how to identify native California trees in the field using reliable sterile characters (bark, architecture, leaves) that are always present on the plant. We will revisit Jepson’s list of trees and update it to match current taxonomic concepts and also add species that were inexplicably left out of his book. In the first installment of this workshop (we envision this workshop as the first in an annual series that will eventually visit nearly all of the native trees throughout the state), we will visit three Bay Area parks and learn around 70 species of native woody plants in their natural habitats, including (almost) all of the San Francisco Bay Area trees, about 45 different species. Read more...

Workshop fee ($250/$290)

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

June 13, Saturday, 7:30am: 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 7:30 am in June, July, August, and September, and 8:30 am the rest of the year. Meet at the trailhead behind the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street, and we will 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 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.

June 16, Tuesday, 7pm: Sage Grouse in Long Valley and Bodie: A New Name and New Management, Mike Casazza, Research Wildlife Biologist, US Geological Survey (SNARL Lecture) - note new venue!

Lectures are held 7 PM Tuesday evenings at the Page Center at SNARL (1016 Mount Morrison Road). Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour. For more information contact Annie Barrett, anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655, Or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654. For more of the SNARL Spring Lecture Series, see this year's flyer: SNARL 2015 Lecture Series (pdf).

June 16-18, Tuesday-Thursday: Woodpeckers of the Mono Basin, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

Join North American woodpecker specialist Steve Shunk for this dynamic overview of Mono Basin woodpeckers. Woodpeckers are one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and at least nine species of woodpeckers occur regularly in the Mono Basin, making the forests around Mono Lake a perfect stage for observing these amazing forest carpenters. Steve has studied the ecology of western forests for the last 16 years and recently completed the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America. $165 per person / $150 for members. More information and registration...

CNPS Event June 18, Thursday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Coyote Plateau. Leaders: Julie Anne Hopkins and Friends of the Inyo

DATE CHANGE - this trip will be on JULY 18th, NOT June 18th.

June 19-21, 2015: Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, birdchautauqua.org

Get your binoculars ready for the 14th Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua coming June 19-21, 2015! We hope you’ll be here to celebrate and support the rich diversity of bird life, the legacy of avian research, and the ongoing conservation efforts in the Eastern Sierra—all while having a darn good time. This year's musical guest: Mumbo Gumbo from Davis, CA. This performance is free and open to the public on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 12:30pm, at Mono Lake County Park. We hope to see you at the Chautauqua!

Registration opens Monday, April 15th at 6:30am. We encourage you to register online at that time as some classes do fill quickly. As you gear up for registration, please read our tips for a smooth registration process. There are no early registrations. The complete Chautauqua program will be available online soon, so you can choose your first, second, and third choices ahead of time.

June 23, Tuesday, 7pm: Threats of Climate Change to Eastern Sierra Plant Communities, Dr. Erin Riordan, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA (SNARL Lecture) - note new venue!

Lectures are held 7 PM Tuesday evenings at the Page Center at SNARL (1016 Mount Morrison Road). Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour. For more information contact Annie Barrett, anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655, Or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654. For more of the SNARL Spring Lecture Series, see this year's flyer: SNARL 2015 Lecture Series (pdf).

June 25-28, Saturday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Strange Soils and Unknown Plants: Botanical Documentation in the Trinity Alps - Workshop Full: Wait List Only

Location: Coffee Creek area, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Instructor: Dylan Burge and Julie Kierstead Nelson

Participants will learn about the diversity of plant life in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, while also contributing to knowledge of the area by collecting plant specimens and other data in areas where collections have never before been obtained. Over the course of three days, we will visit sites that have rarely, if ever, been visited for the purpose of botanical documentation, including sub-alpine meadows on and off serpentine, serpentine fens, and serpentine riparian areas. Participants will be instructed in the technical aspects and vocabulary of botanical documentation, and allowed to make collections that will eventually be deposited in the Jepson Herbarium. Participants will also learn to use minimum impact techniques and ethical collecting practices, which are especially important when doing necessary scientific documentation in wilderness areas. Read more...

Workshop fee $490/$530 includes instruction, campground fees, and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. We will be staying in a developed campground with drinking water, picnic tables, flush toilets, and access to swimming in a nearby creek.

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

June 26-28, Friday-Sunday: Music & Ecology in the Mono Basin, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

This nature and music adventure in the Mono Basin will connect the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada and Mono Lake with the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven and Jean Sibelius. The seminar will include dinner catered by Linda Dore at the Hawkins' home on the north shore of Mono Lake. Priscilla Hawkins received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, holds a California Teaching Credential and has taught cello and chamber music for 40 years. Cole Hawkins earned a Master's in Biology at Fresno State and a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M. $180 per person / $165 for members. More information and registration...

CNPS Event June 27, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Day: Devil’s Postpile weed work day. Leader: Sue Weis

This is a trip to help keep cheatgrass out of Devils Postpile National Monument with the park ecologist. We’ll check the trail to Rainbow Falls and also Bear Crag climbing area on the Inyo NF. Meet at the Round Valley Road turnoff at 8:30 and carpool or 9:30 at the Postpile parking lot. Bring a lunch, gloves, and regular field gear. About 2-3 hours of work, then lunch. Possibility of a visit to the Agnew Meadow wildflower trail on the way out. Check back for updates or call Sue Weis at 760-873-3485 or at sueweis@aol.com.

CNPS Event June 27, Saturday, 9am-Noon: First Mammoth Area Native Plant Sale of the summer

Mammoth holds 2-3 smaller sales of plants that will grow well in the Mammoth area each summer. Contact Mammoth Plant Sale Coordinator, Sherry Taylor, plant.sales@bristleconecnps.org and ask to be put on her mailing list for future updates.

June 30, Tuesday, 7pm: The Fate of Sierra Nevada Glaciers, Dr. Greg Stock, Park Geologist, Yosemite National Park (SNARL Lecture) - note new venue!

Lectures are held 7 PM Tuesday evenings at the Page Center at SNARL (1016 Mount Morrison Road). Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour. For more information contact Annie Barrett, anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655, Or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654. For more of the SNARL Spring Lecture Series, see this year's flyer: SNARL 2015 Lecture Series (pdf).

CNPS Event July 4, Saturday, 8:30am: Golden Trout Lake, Leader: Sue Weis, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip

Strenuous 3 mile hike (6 miles round trip), but we may find some RPTH plants that haven’t been visited for a long time. New trail for me, but sounds interesting. Bring a lunch, sun gear, good shoes, for a full day hike. Meet at Forest Service west parking lot, off West Line on Pacu Lane, at 8:30 am. For more information call Sue Weis at 760-873-3485 or at sueweis@aol.com.

CNPS Event July 6-8, Tuesday-Wednesday: Introduction to Plant Family Identification, CNPS Education Workshop

Save the Date! For updates or more details - see CNPS Education Workshops page

Taught by: David L. Magney
Location: Sagehen Field Station, Truckee

July 7, Tuesday, 7pm: Sources of Bacterial Contamination in Eastern Sierra Nevada Streams, Dr. Roland Knapp, Research Biologist, SNARL, UC Santa Barbara (SNARL Lecture) - note new venue!

Lectures are held 7 PM Tuesday evenings at the Page Center at SNARL (1016 Mount Morrison Road). Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour. For more information contact Annie Barrett, anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655, Or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654. For more of the SNARL Spring Lecture Series, see this year's flyer: SNARL 2015 Lecture Series (pdf).

July 10-12, Friday-Sunday: Mono Basin Natural History: Aquatic & Terrestrial Habitats, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The Mono Basin is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent; this field seminar will be an overview of the varied habitats that are found here. We will enjoy the rich diversity of mammals, butterflies, wildflowers, trees, and other plants as we explore the Mono Basin, and a major focus of this seminar will be the identification and ecology of birds that breed here. A kayaking exploration of Mono's south shore is included in this class. David Wimpfheimer has been educating and interpreting birds and California's natural history for over 20 years. $245 per person / $230 for members. More information and registration...

July 11, Saturday, 7:30am: 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 7:30 am in June, July, August, and September, and 8:30 am the rest of the year. Meet at the trailhead behind the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street, and we will 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 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.

July 16-19, Thursday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Advanced Grasses - Workshop Full: Wait List Only

Location: SFSU Field Campus, Yuba Pass
Instructor: Travis Columbus

For those who have taken the introductory workshop or have experience with grass identification, the advanced grasses workshop offers a greater variety of California genera and species for study, more practice with keying, and more genera to learn on sight. Time will be split between the lab and field. Completion of the Poaceae workshop, or equivalent prior experience, is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of grasses to share with the group. Hiking will be easy to moderate. Read more...

Workshop fee ($490/$530) includes instruction, tent or tent cabin camping at the Field Station, and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Accommodations include showers, toilets, and potable water.

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

July 17-19, Friday-Sunday: Insects & Plants: An Ecological Marriage for the Ages, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

Explore the complex, intimate relationships and attractions between insects and plants, including the threats to this essential relationship and how cultures, artists, and poets have interpreted this "marriage for the ages." Richard Potashin is a longtime Eastern Sierra resident who, in a previous life as a landscape gardener, developed a passion for native flora. Nancy Hadlock has been a naturalist, interpreter, and educator for the National Park Service and US Forest Service for over 30 years. $165 per person / $150 for members. More information and registration...

CNPS Event July 18, Saturday, 7am: Upper Convict Creek and Mildred Lake Basin. Leader: Jerry Zatorski. Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip

Mildred Lake basin is known as one of the few locations for two rare California native shrub species, Short-fruited willow, Salix brachycarpa, and Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. Aside from these rare shrubs there are also an additional handful of other rare species, hard to find elsewhere in the Eastern Sierra. The hike up to Mildred Lake is about 6 miles one way with a round trip of 12 miles, beginning at 7621’ going up to 9800’. This is a moderate to strenuous trek for most hikers, and participants should be in good hiking condition at high elevation. We should be back down by late afternoon. Participants should bring lunch, snacks and plenty of fluids, field guides, hand lens. Don’t forget binoculars! This is also an excellent place to see and hear many breeding bird species. Dress for the weather, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes... We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Convict Lake trailhead (1.7 miles S of US 395 on Convict Lake Rd the parking lot is a right turn before Convict Lake Resort). For more information contact Jerry at 760-387-2920 or jerryzat@gmail.com.

CNPS Event July 18, Saturday, Joint Bristlecone Chapter-Friends of the Inyo Field Trip: Coyote Plateau. Leaders: Julie Anne Hopkins and Jora Fogg from Friends of the Inyo

On Saturday, July 18, 2015 the Bristlecone Chapter will join Friends of the Inyo for a rigorous hike, hopefully full of wildflowers and birds, on the Coyote Plateau. Trip details will be posted soon – check back to either the Bristlecone or Friends of the Inyo website.

July 18, Saturday: Los Angeles Aqueduct Tour, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The Mono Basin extension of the Los Angeles Aqueduct began transporting water 350 miles south to the City of LA in 1941. Visit all the major aqueduct facilities in the Mono Basin and learn about the aqueduct's effects on Mono Lake, its tributary streams, the Upper Owens River, and land management in the area. The group will discuss the history of water diversions, the effort to save Mono Lake, and the future of habitat restoration. Greg Reis is the Committee's Information & Restoration Specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in Mono Basin hydrology and restoration. $105 per person / $95 for members. More information and registration...

July 19, Sunday: Mono Basin Streams: Flow, Fish, Forest, & Fowl, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The new stream restoration agreement reached with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power will begin changing the Mono Basin's streams for better in the next few years. Join the Committee's Information & Restoration Specialist Greg Reis for a tour of Lee Vining and Rush creeks to see and discuss evolving restoration philosophies, the process of reaching the stream restoration agreement, and what the expected results are for flows, fish, trees, birds, mammals, and Mono Lake. $75 per person / $65 for members. More information and registration...

CNPS Event July 24-25, Saturday ( Friday optional): Glass Mountain Peak and Sawmill Meadow. Leader: Michael Honer. Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip

We will explore the eastern flank and summit plateau of this obscure volcanic peak following a vague hiking trail near Sawmill Meadow. Starting in lodgepole and Jeffrey pine woodland, we’ll quickly ascend a deep pumice valley passing things like Penstemon newberryi, Monardella odoratissima, and Eriogonum lobbii. We’ll lunch on the wide summit plateau accompanied by dwarfed Pinus albicaulis, Penstemon speciosus, Astragalus monoensis, and Raillardella argentea. Stupendous 360-degree views of the Mono Basin, Adobe Valley, Long Valley, Sierra and White Mountain crests will be unavoidable.

The hiking distance is only about 2 miles, but with a 2000-foot elevation gain. So bring plenty of water, lunch, sun protection, and warm / windbreaking clothing because the weather could be quite variable. Good hiking boots and GAITERS are recommended. The trip back down will be a fun cross-country glissade down steep slopes on crunchy pumice the size and texture of Kix cereal.

Meet 9:00 AM Saturday July 25 along Sawmill Meadow road, appx ¼ mile NW of the meadow. We should return to the cars around 3:00.

OPTIONAL Overnight camp at Sawmill Meadow: Friday July 24, starting around 2pm: we’ll poke around this spring-fed meadow & nearby slopes looking for other interesting things.

July 24-25, Friday-Saturday: Mono Basin Mammals for Kids, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

This class is designed for kids ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions (a parent or guardian must accompany kids taking this seminar) who are curious about the mammals found in the Mono Basin, from desert sand dunes to the forests and alpine meadows of the high Sierra. Through live-trapping and field observation of tracks, scat, burrowing, and the animals themselves, this seminar will introduce participants to the diversity of mammals found in Mono Basin, with an emphasis on kid-friendly instruction. John Harris is a Professor of Biology at Mills College whose interest in Mono's mammals began in 1975 while studying chipmunks as an undergraduate. $90 per person / $80 for members. More information and registration...

July 24-25, Friday-Saturday: The Eriogonum Society Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada

This year we will explore the higher regions near Reno. We will have a slightly different format than in past years with identification held in the field rather than a lab. Those of you who attended our inaugural meeting in Reno please note that this meeting will feature sites not visited then. This event is open to Eriogonum Society and Nevada Native Plant Society members only. Please join either group to become eligible for registration. For more information, see their meeting page and their field trips page.

July 31-August 2, Friday-Sunday: Mono Basin & Bodie Photography, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

Join this warm and supportive field seminar to enhance your photo-taking abilities in the uniquely beautiful Mono Basin and at the world-renowned Bodie State Historic Park. Field trips and classroom sessions will combine to cover a multitude of photographic topics. Plus, the group will visit Bodie for after-hours evening access. David Gubernick is an internationally and nationally published and award-winning nature photographer and workshop leader. His exhibition prints can be seen at Gallery Sur in Carmel and the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur. Limited to 12 participants. $300 per person / $275 for members. More information and registration...

July 31-August 2, Friday-Sunday: Introduction to High Country Plants & Habitats, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

This class will explore the mosaic of habitats found in the Eastern Sierra high country—flower-filled meadows fed by meandering streams, sagebrush-covered slopes, lodgepole pine forests, subalpine lakes bordered by willows, and flowery rock gardens. Sight identification of common trees, shrubs, and wildflowers will be emphasized, as well as the many ways that plants, birds, insects, and other wildlife interact in high country habitats. Ann Howald is a retired consulting botanist who has taught popular Committee field seminars for over ten years. $165 per person / $150 for members. More information and registration...

CNPS Event August 1, Saturday, 9am-Noon: Second Mammoth Area Native Plant Sale of the summer

Mammoth holds 2-3 smaller sales of plants that will grow well in the Mammoth area each summer. Contact Mammoth Plant Sale Coordinator, Sherry Taylor, plant.sales@bristleconecnps.org and ask to be put on her mailing list for future updates.

CNPS Event August 8, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Mono Pass (north). Leader: Michele Slaton

We will explore Bloody Canyon that leads to Mono Pass, between the Mono Lake Basin and Yosemite National Park. The hike will begin at about 8000 ft. at Walker Lake, and proceed up the steep trail about 5 miles, toward Mono Pass, at over 10,000 ft. We will hike through spectacular Jeffrey pine, fir, and western white pine forests, up into whitebark pine, mountain hemlock, and alpine zones. Our purpose will be to pursue a number of botanical mysteries! We will be looking to find and record the health of populations with sparse or uncertain occurrence and/or threat information on the Inyo National Forest, including alpine bentgrass (Agrostis humilis), Congdon’s sedge (Carex congdonii), Tioga pass sedge (Carex tiogana), and rock sandwort (Minuartia stricta). We will also explore the mysteries of 1880’s collections of Hall’s bush-mallow (Malacothamnus hallii), and Sierra milkvetch (Astragalus lentiginosus var. sierra) … the latter of which would be an extremely rare and important find if identified correctly!

There are options to day hike a short route, or to backpack in for 1 or 2 nights, so please contact Michèle Slaton (760-920-8693 or mslaton02@gmail.com) if you are thinking of coming, so that we can discuss logistics and secure permits.

August 8, Saturday, 7:30am: 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 7:30 am in June, July, August, and September, and 8:30 am the rest of the year. Meet at the trailhead behind the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street, and we will 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 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.

August 13-16, Thursday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: The High and Wet Flora of the White Mountains - Workshop Full: Wait List Only

Location: Bishop and Crooked Creek Station, White Mountain Research Center
Instructor: Jim Morefield

Through driving tours and easy to moderate walks (up to about 3 miles), participants will have the opportunity to explore the southern half of the White Mountains, observing and identifying diverse flora and learning to recognize various geologic and ecologic settings that influence species distributions and adaptations. Thursday will be spent visiting lower-elevation wetland sites on our way up to our weekend base station at Crooked Creek (10,000 feet). Friday and Saturday will be spent visiting wetland and upland sites in various geologic settings at subalpine and alpine elevations (possibly up to 13,000 feet), depending on seasonal conditions. Sunday will include additional stops at lower elevation wetland sites as we leave the mountains. Hiking will be moderately strenuous. Read more...

Workshop fee ($510/$550) includes meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch, dormitory-style accommodations with indoor bathrooms and showers (or camping) at Crooked Creek Station, and some transportation. This workshop begins Thursday morning in Bishop.

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008. Registration preference will be given to individuals who have not previously attended a Jepson-sponsored White Mountains Workshop.

August 14-16, Friday-Sunday: Geology of the Mono Basin, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

From volcanic craters to glacial moraines, earthquake faults to tufa towers, the Mono Basin displays some of the most unique, spectacular, and accessible geology anywhere in the world. This seminar, consisting mostly of field visits to the premier sites, will present in understandable fashion the geologic stories of the Mono Basin. Greg Stock is the first ever Yosemite National Park geologist. He has authored or co-authored over 50 papers and abstracts on Sierra Nevada geology, and is co-author of the book Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park. $165 per person / $150 for members. More information and registration...

August 20-21, Thursday-Friday: Birding the Migration: Mono Basin & Bridgeport Valley, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The east slope of the Sierra Nevada is a major migration route for birds traveling from northern nesting areas to warm southern habitats. As a result, late summer is the time of year to see fall migrants and early arriving wintering birds in the Mono Basin and Bridgeport Valley. If the water level of Bridgeport Reservoir is high enough, this seminar will include a half-day of birding by boat. Dave Shuford has been a staff biologist at Point Blue Conservation Science for over 30 years. He has conducted numerous surveys and research projects in the Mono Basin and beyond and is well acquainted with where to find birds in the Eastern Sierra. $190 per person / $175 for members. More information and registration...

August 21-23, Friday-Sunday: Loosen Up with Watercolor, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

With larger brushes and brilliant transparent watercolor, learn to express your vision of the remarkable landscape of the Mono Basin through this field seminar. Painting exercises focusing on design and color will form the basis of this class for beginners to intermediate painters while working both indoors and outdoors. Instructor Penny Otwell paints professionally in the Sierra Nevada, and her distinctive syle has evolved as a self-taught painter. Her work has been influenced by the work of Chiura Obata, Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, and Wayne Thiebaud. $175 per person / $160 for members. More information and registration...

August 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Late-Season Compositae - Workshop Full: Wait List Only

Location: UC Berkeley
Instructor: Bruce G. Baldwin and John L. Strother

Beginning with an overview of morphological characteristics of composites (family-wide), including a review of terms used in descriptions and keys, we will provide a synopsis of diversity within Compositae and a brief introduction to recognition of tribes. Then, we will concentrate on identifying the diversity of summer/fall-flowering composites that go unnoticed by spring-oriented botanists and will consider their evolutionary relationships and natural history. We hope this workshop will provide participants with botanical enthusiasm for California’s second spring, well after the last of the early-season bloom fades. This workshop does not include a field trip. Familiarity with a dissecting microscope and experience using dichotomous keys is useful but not essential. Read more...

Workshop fee $250/$290

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

August 22-23, Saturday-Sunday: Birding the Migration: Mono Basin & Long Valley, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The east slope of the Sierra Nevada is a major migration route for birds traveling from northern nesting areas to warm southern habitats. As a result, late summer is the time of year to see fall migrants and early arriving wintering birds in the Mono Basin and Long Valley. Dave Shuford has been a staff biologist at Point Blue Conservation Science for over 30 years. He has conducted numerous surveys and research projects in the Mono Basin and beyond and is well acquainted with where to find birds in the Eastern Sierra. $155 per person / $140 for members. More information and registration...

August 28-30, Friday-Sunday: Miwok-Paiute Basketry, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

During this seminar, participants will prepare materials and create a small Miwok-Paiute burden basket—used for gathering pinenuts, acorns, and berries. This seminar is designed for weavers of all levels and participants are encouraged (but not required) to camp with the group at the peaceful private campsite. Lucy Parker is a descendent of the Yosemite Miwok, Mono Lake Kutzadika'a, and Kayasha Pomo peoples. She learned traditional handiwork from her mother Julia, a master basket weaver who has dedicated her life to learning and teaching basketry. $190 per person / $175 for members. $80 materials fee; limited to 12 participants; optional primitive campsite near Lundy Canyon (no pets) More information and registration...

CNPS Event August 29, Saturday, 9am-Noon: Third (and final) Mammoth Area Native Plant Sale of the summer

Mammoth holds 2-3 smaller sales of plants that will grow well in the Mammoth area each summer. Contact Mammoth Plant Sale Coordinator, Sherry Taylor, plant.sales@bristleconecnps.org and ask to be put on her mailing list for future updates.

CNPS Event August 29, Saturday, 9am-Noon: CNPS Native Plant Sale - Bishop, White Mountain Research Center

A wonderful array of native plants is offered every year.  We’ve been busy coaxing from seed dozens of  brittlebush, various buckwheats, penstemons, Mojave aster, lupine and many more favorites!! Check back for updates on what will be available this year. To see what plants have been available in the past, explore our sortable database of species that have been available at our plant sales for ideas of what to expect.

Prices: Plant prices are $2.00 or 3 for $5.00 for Super Cells, $5.00 for small tree pots, $8.00 for gallon pots, and $10 for tall tree pots.

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.

See our Plant Sale Page for more details!

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

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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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