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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 March-April 2020 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

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

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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.

March 5-8, 2020: Botanical Islands in the Northern Mojave Desert: Exploring the flora of the Amargosa River Basin, Jepson Herbarium Workshop, Naomi Fraga, Inyo County

The Amargosa River Basin in southeastern Inyo County, California, holds exceptional water resources that form isolated alkaline wetlands, or hydrological islands, which support numerous endemic plant species. It also contains striking sky island mountain ranges that are primarily composed of calcareous rock. This region has seen very little botanical documentation in the past despite the fact that alkali wetlands and calcareous substrates are known to hold several rare and endemic plant species. On this trip, we will explore findings from recent floristic expeditions in the Nopah Range and Resting Spring Range and surrounding valleys in the Amargosa River Basin. The study area is at the intersection of two major floristic provinces, the Mojave Desert and the Great Basin Desert, and holds many disjunct populations, species at the edge of their range, and rare and endemic taxa. Field trips will explore expansive wetlands and calcareous mountain slopes. We will also meet with local experts involved in conservation efforts.

Accommodations not included, but special rates available for both camping and rooms for the group at the Shoshone RV Park (https://www.shoshonevillage.com/death-valley-rv-parks-shoshone-rv-park/). Details will be provided upon registration.

Transportation: Not provided. Driving up to one hour to field sites might require 4WD vehicle.
Hiking: Moderate to occasionally strenuous
Start/End: Thursday, 4:00 pm – Sunday, 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $375 (Friends of the Jepson Herbarium) /$405 (general public)
Credit: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

Register for this workshop here

March 7, Saturday, 2-4 pm: Mule Deer Migration Corridor Field Trip, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Join us for an informative field trip to the Round Valley mule deer herd’s migration corridor. Biologist Tim Taylor with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will share updates on some of the challenges the deer are facing as we explore the beautiful Round Valley migration area.

This is a free family-friendly event. Please leave your canine friends at home. Binoculars are recommended but not required, and please remember to dress accordingly for the weather. Stormy weather may lead to postponement of the event. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information including meeting location and to RSVP, please contact Marie Ring, ESLT Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member, at marie@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.

CANCELED March 10, Tuesday, 7pm: Sierra Nevada and White-Inyos Separating after 100 Million Years Together, Cite Irreconcilable Tectonics, with Dr. Allen Glazner, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Allen’s research focuses on magmatism and plate tectonics of western North America, with special emphasis on the Sierra Nevada Range and Yosemite National Park. He has coauthored three Geology Underfoot books on California regions: southern California, Death Valley-Owens Valley, and Yosemite National Park.

CNPS Event March 18, Wednesday: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: Virtual meeting - contact Michèle Slaton for details on how to join.

CNPS EventCANCELED March 18, Wednesday, 7 pm: Desert Protection and Plant Connection, Bristlecone Chapter General Meeting and Program, USFS/BLM Offices Meeting Room, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop.

Speaker Bryan Hatchell, the Desert Lands Organizer with Friends of the Inyo, will be informing us of energy development threats in the California Desert Conservation Lands. Plans that guide conservation and renewable energy development in the desert may rapidly change under the current administration, which strengthens the need of continued advocacy for conservation and science. We will learn of the landscape level issues and then narrow in on what neat desert plants that exist at each site of concern. Come and enjoy the desert talk with desserts provided!

CANCELED March 24, Tuesday, 7pm: Some Overlooked Bristlecone History, with Daniel Pritchett, Historian, White Mountain Research Center, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Daniel retired from White Mountain Research Center in 2016. He has a strong interest in the history of the research station, the White Mountains, and our surrounding high desert environs. His column, ‘From the Archives’ in the WMRC newsletters are often about historical accounts of WMRS (now WMRC).

CANCELED March 27 and 28, 2020, Friday and Saturday, 6pm: Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2020 World Tour

Inyo Council for the Arts is thrilled to once again host Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, returning for its 27th year to the Eastern Sierra, Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th, 2020. This year’s films explore the mountain world, highlight new landscapes and remote cultures, and showcase exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports. Screenings are in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6pm, films start at 7pm, with different films shown each night. For more information, call Inyo Council for the Arts at 760-873-8014 or visit us at 137 S. Main St in Bishop. Tickets are available at our office on Main St, Eastside Sports in Bishop, and the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes.

March 30, 2020 - DEADLINE: American Penstemon Society Grants

The American Penstemon Society is once again seeking proposals for funding. The purpose of the APS Special Projects Program, $1000 maximum, is to stimulate activities that promote knowledge and appreciation of Penstemons. Many kinds of projects will be considered. In addition, APS provides a grant for graduate students, with funding up to $2000, whose research directly involves Penstemons. Please see the APS website for more information and an application for both opportunities.

CANCELED March 31, Tuesday, 7pm: Honoring Ancient Ancestors: How we can use the Lessons of the Past to Build a Better Future, with David Lee, Western Rock Art Research, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

David is an independent researcher, author and lecturer who has documented hundreds of rock art sites in western North America and northern Australia.

CANCELED April 3-5: Spring Wildflower Exhibit 2020, Maturango Museum, 100 East Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest

As springtime comes closer, we look forward to the wildflowers blossoming along the Eastern Sierras. In the lower elevations, wildflowers bloom sooner than in the higher elevations allowing flower seekers to see the variety of wildflowers throughout the spring and into the summer. The Maturango Museum hosts a Wildflower Exhibit in the early spring showcasing wildflowers that bloom in the Indian Wells Valley and in the surrounding canyons. This year’s exhibit is Friday, April 3 through Sunday April 5 from 10 am to 5 pm each day. The cost for entrance to the Wildflower Exhibit is $2.00 for adults and children are free.

The speaker for the weekend event is Maria Jesus who 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. Maria’s presentation is on Saturday, April 4 at 3:30 pm at the Maturango Museum. More information and photos on the Maturango Museum site (not yet updated to the 2020 Wildflower Show as of 3/7/20 - check back).

CNPS Event April 4, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm: Pollinator Garden Workshop, at White Mountain Research Center.

Imagine - your outdoor space filled with native plants and buzzing with lively butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. At the Eastern Sierra Land Trust Pollinator Garden Workshop, you'll learn how to turn that dream garden into a reality!

Local guest speakers will be there to talk about native plants and our important local pollinators. They're the secret to a blooming backyard and to bringing your garden to life year after year.

Come learn how to make your space into a pollinator haven, and how you can secure help from ESLT for your garden in 2020. If you choose to be a part of the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, ESLT can provide you with a $125 voucher for native plants and help you plan, build, and certify your garden as pollinator-friendly in 2020.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Marie at marie@eslt.org or call (760) 873-4554 (or check the ESLT website to confirm the event will be occuring.)

Learn more about the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project here.

CANCELED April 7, Tuesday, 7pm: Translocation of Bi-State Sage-Grouse: Augmenting critically small populations of sage-grouse in Parker Meadow, with Mary Meyerpeter, Biological Technician, United States Geological Survey, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Mary is a Biological Technician with USGS who works in collaboration with the USFWS, BLM, USFS, CDFW and LADWP in an effort to augment critically small sub-populations in the Bi-State area through sage-grouse translocations. Mary and her colleagues have just completed the third year of translocations of birds from the Bodie Hills to the Parker Meadows area. Mary will discuss these translocations (the first ever completed) as a tool for increasing critically small sub-populations of sage-grouse.

CANCELED April 9, Thursday, 7pm: The Use of Drones in Support of Public Infrastructure Projects, with Sean Robison, Engineering Technician III, Mono County, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

In 2017 Mono County launched a pilot project to examine how drones and photogrammetry might be of benefit to county projects. This talk illustrates the types of projects where drones and photogrammetry have proven beneficial as well as the pros and cons of choosing drones over other methods of data collection.

CNPS Event April 15: May-June 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 April 22-24, 2020: Intro to Plant Identification, Redding, 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 Julie Kierstead. This is a 3-day introductory workshop. We will begin by teaching basic plant morphology with a focus on the structures necessary for plant ID. Participants will learn the specialized terminology necessary to identify plants in 15 common CA plant families. These families contain more than 5000 taxa, which account for more than 70% of the plant diversity in CA. Learning the characteristics of these plant families will reduce the amount of time required to key many plants to genus and species. We will utilize live material and taxonomic keys to better understand morphology in each family. Scientific names, along with common names, will be used throughout the workshop. The class will include classroom presentations and exercises and two half days in the field in the eastern Klamath ranges and adjacent Cascade foothills. Common native families, genera, and species will be covered, including species in conifer forest, oak woodland, foothill chaparral, grasslands, and seasonal wetlands. Ferns and conifers will be covered (but no non-vasculars). . $395 CNPS Members / $415 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

CANCELED April 28, Tuesday, 7pm: Title TBD, with Sophia Layser Borgias, University of Arizona, Tucson, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of FREE lectures open to the general public. The lectures cover a diverse array of topics and are usually presented by scientists and other researchers affiliated with the station. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Sophia is a doctoral student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include water governance, hydropower conflicts, and social mobilization in Latin America and the western United States.

CNPS EventUpcoming 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 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.

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

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

CNPS Event 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 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.

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