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Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Spring Flower - Mojave Woodyaster

Mojave Woodyaster, Black Canyon,
Photo by Larry Blakely

News:

The January-February 2021 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is Februrary 15th, 2021.

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 Event January 7, Thursday, 5:30 pm: Naturehood Gardening: Urban Gardening | Renters and Small Spaces, State CNPS Virtual Program

We will delve into the creative possibilities and rich experiences of native gardening in California cities. From containers to tight spaces, balconies to sidewalk medians, we'll discuss opportunities to transform urban spaces into habitat as renters and homeowners. Hear from CNPS Garden Ambassadors with diverse experiences cultivating native plants in cities across California and pick up some great tips and tricks. Register for this event and then check your email for your unique link to join the webinar. Contact: David, dbryant@cnps.org

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

January 13, 2021, Wednesday, 6-7 pm: Happy Place Book Club: The Hidden Life of Trees (Zoom), Eastern Sierra Land Trust

In The Hidden Life of Trees, author Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which some of us can be blissfully unaware. Join ESLT’s online book club to discuss this New York Times best seller. Support our local businesses and order from Spellbinder Books! If you mention you’re a part of ESLT’s book club you’ll receive 10% off. To RSVP and get the Zoom meeting information, contact Gabrielle at gabrielle@eslt.org.

CNPS Event January 20, Wednesday, 6 pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting (on Zoom)

All members welcome. To join, contact Kathleen Nelson at goatheads@aol.com

CNPS Event January 22, 2021: Deadline for Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Applications

Grants for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra are available to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12). Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Applications must include written support from a major advisor or teacher.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. The deadline for the 2021 Grant is January 22, 2021. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2021. More information and application: http://bristleconecnps.org/dedecker/grant/index.php

January 30, 2021, Saturday 1-5pm: Wonders of a dryland moss: Syntrichia from genomes to ecosystems, Brent D. Mishler, Kirsten Fisher, and Jenna Ekwealor, plus guest appearances by other members of the research group , Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE - Workshop is full! Wait list only.)

This workshop will take a different perspective than many workshops. Instead of being broadly comparative among lineages at one level, we will look at multiple levels of biological organization in one lineage, the desiccation-tolerant moss genus Syntrichia, the subject of an integrated National Science Foundation grant (https://3dmoss.berkeley.edu/). Short presentations will be given on different aspects of our project, including genomics, population genetics, reproductive biology, physiology, systematics, and ecosystem function in the biotic soil crust. These will be interspersed with activities and discussion, and will give participants an unusually holistic picture of biology and how seemingly different subdisciplines interact. Literature and other materials for use in the workshop will be mailed to participants ahead of time.

Course Fee: The registration fees for this workshop will be paid for by the 3D Moss NSF grant, so there is no charge to participants (but registration is required).

Register for the wait list here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

CNPS Event February 3, 2021, Wednesday, 7-8pm: Fire and Ecosystem Resiliency, CNPS Mt. Lassen Chapter, Virtual Program

Pete Warner, a botanist and plant ecologist hailing from Sonoma County, will provide a brief survey of some of the ecological effects of vegetation fires, focusing on recent burns and native plant populations in Sonoma County, and discuss the complex relationships of factors and effects associated with wildfires and ecological resiliency (e.g., climate, species evolution, land management practices). Visit https://mountlassen.cnps.org/ to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

CNPS Event February 4, Thursday, 5:30 pm: Naturehood Gardening: Seasonal Aesthetics for the Native Garden, State CNPS Virtual Program

Your garden can both look beautiful and provide habitat year-round. Join in on the virtual program to learn from gardeners across California. Register for this event and then check your email for your unique link to join the webinar. Contact: David, dbryant@cnps.org

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

February 13 2021, Saturday, 1-5pm: Fiddleheads! Become fern fluent! Carl Rothfels and Cindy Looy, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE - Workshop is full! Wait list only.)

This course will be an introduction to the ferns of the world, with a focus on species that can be observed in the wild in California. We will learn the basics of fern morphology (What is an indusium? Is a frond just a leaf by another name?), fern ecology (including the spectacular desert ferns of the southwest), and fern evolution (Are ferns “ancient” plants? What are their closest living relatives? Why did all the Cheilanthes in California just become Myriopteris?). We’ll end the course with a virtual tour of the major groups of ferns and their representatives here in California. The goal is to turn all course participants into skilled fern-observers: when next you see a fern you’ll understand what it is, what it does, how it does it, and where it came from, evolutionarily-speaking. Some keying of fern specimens will also be involved. Course Fee: $75 general public and $50 for members of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium. Register for the wait list here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

CNPS Event February 15: March-April 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.

February 27 2021, Saturday, 1-5pm: Life in the Carboniferous swamps, Cindy Looy and Ivo Duijnstee, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE)

The Carboniferous (359-299 million years ago) is an exceptionally interesting period in Earth’s history. Geographically, ecologically, atmospherically, and climatically, the world was unlike anything we see today. What are now Europe and America formed the Euramerican floral realm, an equatorial located landmass with little topography. In the later parts of the Carboniferous, the Euramerican region was periodically covered by widespread peat swamps. These swamps were dominated by tall lycopod trees, giant horsetail relatives, tree ferns and seed ferns, making for an alien looking, Dr. Seuss-like landscape. In this workshop you will get acquainted with the plants that inhabited these wetlands and the unusual conditions that facilitated them, and you will learn how we reconstruct these plants and their communities in incredible detail.

Course Fee: $75 general public and $50 for members of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium.

Register for this workshop here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

CNPS Event March 3, Wednesday, 7pm: Cultivating Place: Under Western Skies, Mt. Lassen Chapter Event

Cultivating Place: Under Western Skies with Jennifer Jewell, creator, writer and host of Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. Visit https://mountlassen.cnps.org/ to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

CNPS Event March 6, 2021, Saturday, 1-5pm: Angiosperm morphology for plant identification, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE)

Bruce G. Baldwin and Susan Fawcett Join us for this beginner's guide to botany. This course welcomes those who would like to expand their knowledge of plants. Students will learn the basic concepts of plant morphology and the terminology needed to identify plants using botanical keys like those in the second edition of The Jepson Manual and the Jepson eFlora. We will cover the entire plant body, including stems, roots, leaves, flowers, and fruits!

Course Fee: $75 general public and $50 for members of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium. Register for this workshop here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

CNPS Event March 17, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: All members are always welcome to join. Further details will be made available on our website and/or by emailed updates as we take it day by day to account for Covid-19 developments - contact Michèle Slaton for details on how to attend.

CNPS Event April 7, Wednesday, 7pm: Bumble Bees, Mt. Lassen Chapter Event

April 7, 7 pm Bumble Bees. By: John Whitelsey. Proprietor, Canyon Creek Nursery & Design. Visit https://mountlassen.cnps.org/ to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see cnps.org/event/virtual-native-plant-events

CNPS Event April 15: May-June Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the May-June Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

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

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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.

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