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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 September-October 2018 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

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

CNPS Event 2018 Plant Sale - plants still available - see below:

The 2018 Plant Sale is done, but we still have plants! Here is an updated post-sale plant list (updated 9/1/18) - please contact Katie Quinlan at plant_sale@bristleconecnps.org to arrange to meet and purchase any of these that are left.

Prices: Plant prices are $5.00 for small tree pots, $8.00 for gallon pots, and $10 for large tree pots. If you have any of the black plastic pots from last year’s sale we would love to recycle them for you.

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.

CNPS Event September 7-9, Bristlecone Chapter to host the state CNPS Chapter Council Meeting, with Program from Cathy Rose and Stephen Ingram on Saturday evening at 8, Lee Vining, various locations (see description)

The September meeting is based around the CNPS Conservation Program, and Conservation Program Director, Greg Suba, will be leading Saturday's meeting. The meeting will take place at the Presbyterian Church from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with social hour and dinner to follow. An evening program with Cathy Rose as our speaker will begin at around 8:00 p.m. in the theater at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center. On Sunday morning, the Chapter Council will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for the regular business meeting at the Lee Vining Community Center. We could also use a few volunteers to help on Saturday and Sunday morning. If you think you might be interested in attending and/or volunteering, please contact Stephen Ingram at stepheningram140@gmail.com or (760)937-9918 for additional information. Thanks!

See agenda of talks here

Click here to register

September 15, Saturday, 11am-3pm: Desert springs in Death Valley and the Panamint Range: A discussion of the chemistry and biology of Mojave springs and how they contribute to a healthy desert ecosystem, Tecopa Community Center 400 Tecopa Hot Springs Road, Tecopa, CA

Researchers from Purdue University, in collaboration with researchers from UNR and UNLV, will be presenting the latest findings from their work on desert springs in Death Valley and the Panamint Range in Tecopa on Saturday, September 15. See the attached flyer and program. I hope many of you will consider attending, and please spread the word through your networks. The organizers are asking for RSVPs via eventbrite - click here.

September 15, Saturday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm: The 10th Annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Join Eastern Sierra Land Trust on Saturday, September 15th, as they partner with organizations throughout the Sierra in the Great Sierra River Cleanup (GSRC). The GSRC is a statewide volunteer event that focuses on removing trash from Sierra Nevada waterways. Help our side of the Sierra do its part by volunteering to clean up our local rivers! Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, and water; leave pets at home. To volunteer or for information about the cleanup location, please contact Ryan at (760) 873-4554 or email ryan@eslt.org.

September 22, Saturday, 8:30 am–12:30 pm: National Public Lands Day, Friends of the Inyo, the Eastern Sierra 4WD Club, and Inyo National Forest

Celebrate your public lands by joining Friends of the Inyo, the Eastern Sierra 4WD Club, and Inyo National Forest in a fun morning of stewarding our shared roads and trails. We'll repair water bars and water crossings on Sand Canyon Rd. above Swall Meadows, as well as add signage and repair an informational kiosk. All ages welcome. Bring water and sunscreen; wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Work gloves and tools will be provided. Meet at 8:30 am on Saturday, 9/22 at the gravel pit on Sky Meadow Rd., about 0.6 miles from the Y-junction of Sky Meadow Rd. and Swall Meadows Rd.

September 22, Saturday, 10:00 am–1:00 pm: Botany Hike at Rock Creek Lakes Resort with Friends of the Inyo

Psyched about wildflowers? Wish you knew how to tell pines from firs? Wondering whether you can eat that mushroom? Join Robin, a Friends of the Inyo Trail Ambassador, at Rock Creek Lakes Resort for a three-hour ramble through the fascinating flora of Little Lakes Valley. All ages welcome. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear and layers for hiking. Meet at Rock Creek Lakes Resort at 10 am.

September 27, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: 'Oumuamua, the First Known Interstellar Visitor, Davide Farnoccia (JPL), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

October 11, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: The Lives of Massive Stars, Chris Bochenek (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

November 8, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: Using Extragalactic Flashes of Radio Waves to Probe the Stuff Between the Stars, Kathryn Plant (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

December 6, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: The CO Mapping Array Pathfinder, Kieran Cleary (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

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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