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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.


The November-December 2019 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is December 15th, 2019.

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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.

CNPS Event October 15: November-December Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at Contact Elaine with any questions.

October 15-18: Cal-IPC Symposium, California Invasive Plant Council, Riverside, CA

Save the date!
Oct. 15-18, 2019 in Riverside
Join Cal-IPC for another dynamic gathering of California colleagues to network, learn, and celebrate our hard work!

We will be meeting at the Riverside Convention Center and staying at the historic Mission Inn. Both are located in downtown Riverside, steps away from restaurants and entertainment.

Field trips on Friday will explore invasive plant management projects and restoration efforts in the region.

Registration opens this spring! Check the Cal-IPC Symposium page for updates

October 25-27, Tecopa, California: Meet the Amargosa, Amargosa Conservancy

The Meet the Amargosa seminar and festival brings people together to experience and learn about the natural world and history in the Amargosa Region. It takes place over three days, with a happy hour gathering Friday night, then presentations and field experiences on Saturday, followed by a dinner celebration. Sunday wraps up the event with optional more adventurous field opportunities, self-guided tours, and a restoration activity.

Many of our presentations this year focus on the theme of geology. You’ll have a chance to learn about the long history of the land and take field trips to see an overview of some the special features of the area. AC board member Bill Neill will present the general geology of the region, Andy Zdon returns for an update about the hydrological study of the area, and we are tentatively arranging for a presentation on the seismology of the region!

We’ll also be celebrating 25 years of the California Desert Protection Act, and 10 years of the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River.

Additional information and registration can be found at
We hope you can join us for a fun, beautiful, and educational weekend in October!

CNPS Event December 4, Wednesday, 5:30 pm potluck, 7-8 pm presentation: Mosses of the Sierra Nevada, with speaker Paul Wilson. Location: White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line Street. Joint Bristlecone Chapter and Eastern Sierra Audubon Event

Paul Wilson of Cal State Northridge has done various botanical studies in the Sierra, including studies of the pollination of beards-tongues and the geographic affinities of plants in the Bishop Creek Watershed. He will also introduce the ecology of mosses and liverworts, and present work from over the last decade on the niches of Sierran mosses in relation to elevation. The talk promises many photos of these beautiful little plants. Please join us for a potluck beginning at 5:30 pm, and presentation and desserts at 7 pm.. Bring a dish to share if you can. Click here for a flier to share.

December 14, Saturday: Annual Bishop Christmas Bird Count, Eastern Sierra Audubon

The 38th annual Bishop Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, December 14, 2019. Please RSVP to Chris Howard as soon as possible and indicate if you have an area preference. Chris will assign areas in advance to give you a chance to scout. All skill levels are invited to participate. Please ask around if newcomers want to join. Chris Howard, Bishop CBC compiler: or 760.920.2845 (cell)

CNPS Event December 15: January-February Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at Contact Elaine with any questions.

CNPS Event November 13, 2019, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

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

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

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