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

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

March 3, Tuesday, 7-8:30pm: National Parks, Our Experiments in Boundaries, Inyo Council for the Arts, 137 South Main Street in Bishop

Join celebrated photographer, Andy Selters, with an illustrated lecture on how “America’s Best idea” unfolded and how it’s faring in our region. Part of the 2015 Community Reads program, with events relating to this year’s book, Uncertain Path, by William Tweed.

March 3-4, Tuesday-Wednesday: Cerro Gordo Car Camp, Sierra Club Range of Light Group

We will do two moderate desert hikes in this geologically unique, historic area. We’ll spend one evening car camping. Meet near Bishop, 8:00am, corner of Pleasant Valley Dam Rd and 395. Pre-registration required, limit is 12 participants. Dress appropriately for cold weather in warm layers. Outing contingent upon conditions. Contact Rob (619-772-5615), robertbaum99@gmail.com.

CNPS Event March 7, Saturday, 9am, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Wildflowers of Short Canyon, with CNPS and Friends of the Inyo

Join Friends of the Inyo and the Bristlecone Chapter on a wildflower exploration of Short Canyon, an Area of Critical Environmental Concern with spectacular botanical resources at the edge of the Owens Peak Wilderness. Nearly 300 species of plants have been described in this canyon, and we'll be taking advantage of a spring day to see what we can find. This outing is limited to 24 participants. Please RSVP to reserve your spot. Meet at the trailhead parking lot at 9am. For questions, to RSVP or carpool from the Hwy 395 and 14 junction. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jora: jora@friendsoftheinyo.org, or call 760-873-6500.

March 7, Saturday, 9am: Sierra Bighorn Field Trips, California Fish & Wildlife and the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation will hold two field trips this winter to observe Sierra bighorn in their winter habitat. The field trips will take place on Saturday, February 7 and Saturday, March 7. We will meet at 9 a.m. at our office parking lot on the corner of Church Street and North Fowler in Bishop. Please wear sturdy boots and bring sunscreen, snacks, water, and binoculars if you have your own. Space is limited; please email asksnbs@wildlife.ca.gov or call (760) 872-3159 for reservations, directions, or more details.

March 7, Saturday, 1-5pm: Eastern Sierra and Buttermilk Photography Workshop with Vern Clevenger, Cerro Coso, Bishop Campus (and in the field)

Join premiere photographer of the Sierra Nevada, Vern Clevenger, in this in-depth starter class: “Introduction to your Camera.” This free workshop class will meet at the Bishop campus of Cerro Coso and then move up into the Buttermilks and surrounding area to photograph. Part of the 2015 Community Reads program, with events relating to this year’s book, Uncertain Path, by William Tweed.

March 7-8: Amargosa Conservation and Exploration Weekend

Members and friends of the Amargosa Conservancy are invited to join us on March 7-8 for a weekend of conservation and fun in the Amargosa Watershed. We will get our hands dirty working on a restoration project; tour some of the sites proposed for conservation in the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act; and go birdwatching with a world-class ornithologist. Plus a BBQ fundraiser for Death Valley Academy! There is no cost for this event- just please let us know you are coming. You are welcome to join us for as much or as little of the weekend as you'd like- we could really use some hands with the restoration project on Saturday! (read more below)

Saturday
10:00AM-3:00PM: Marsh restoration in Shoshone Wetlands (read more below!)
4:00PM-7:00PM: Death Valley Academy fundraiser BBQ in Tecopa!

Sunday
7:30AM-9:00AM: Birdwatching in Shoshone Wetlands
10:00AM-2:00PM: Tour of proposed Avawatz and Ibex Wilderness Areas, including Saratoga Springs and Ibex Dunes
2:00PM-3:00PM: Date shakes at China Ranch

LODGING INFO:
Shoshone Inn: http://shoshonevillage.com/shoshone-inn.html
Tecopa Hot Springs Campground and Pools: http://www.tecopahotspringscampground.com/
Tecopa Hot Springs Resort: http://www.tecopahotsprings.org/
Plus there are tons of great places to camp. Message us for some tips on quiet, off-the-beaten track, dry camping.

Amargosa proposed Wild & Scenic River restoration project:

Come plant some willow trees with us in Shoshone Wetlands! The Bureau of Land Management recently acquired a parcel along the Amargosa River, which is proposed for Wild and Scenic status in the Senator Dianne Feinstein's new California Desert Recreation and Conservation Act. BLM will be providing 150 willow trees for us to plant along the river corridor, helping to restore a wetland which has been impacted by declining water levels and some riparian die-back. With your help, we will improve the rich habitat in this area, and help enhance with values which make this stretch of the Amargosa River worthy of Wild & Scenic protection! Come join us on March 7th in Shoshone, CA! We will meet in front of the Crowbar at 10AM. Bring some work clothes, because we're gonna get muddy! Stick around for a hike on March 8th. More details on the hike to be announced.

For more information, contact Jane McDonald janemcd1@mac.com or 510-468-7113

March 12, Thursday, 7-8:30 pm: The Spirit of John Muir, with Lee Stetson, Inyo Council for the Arts, 137 South Main Street in Bishop

Renowned actor Lee Stetson brings to life one of this country's most beloved and famous naturalists, John Muir. This production, with Mr. Stetson in the title role, has been presented in Yosemite National Park since 1983. Seating limited, call ICA for ticket: 760-873-8014. Part of the 2015 Community Reads program, with events relating to this year’s book, Uncertain Path, by William Tweed.

March 11, Wednesday: Hike Black Mountain, Sierra Club Range of Light Group

We’ll hike/snowshoe the jeep road to the abandoned mine and scramble up to the peak for a sweeping vista of Owens Valley. Meet near Bishop, 9:30am , corner of Pleasant Valley Dam Rd and 395. Pre-registration required, limit is 12 participants. Dress appropriately for cold weather in warm layers. Outing contingent upon conditions. Contact Rob (619-772-5615), robertbaum99@gmail.com.

March 12, Thursday, 9am: Endangered Wildflower Planting, at the Bishop Paiute Tribe's Conservation Open Space Area (COSA)

Come help plant the endangered Owens Valley Checkerbloom on the COSA in Bishop. The Bishop tribe and CNPS has been growing checker bloom to put onto the COSA. We have about 90 plants to plant so come help re-establish this population. Meet at the Paiute-Shoshone Museum parking lot (2300 West Line St. in Bishop) at 9:00 am Thursday, March 12.

March 14, 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.

March 14, Saturday, 10:00am-12:00: Crater Mountain Geology Hike, Big Pine

Join Darla Heil as she leads a walk in the Crater Mountain area south of Big Pine, discussing the geology, history, and lava tubes prevalent in the area. Meet at Big Pine School parking lot. Part of the 2015 Community Reads program, with events relating to this year’s book, Uncertain Path, by William Tweed.

March 17, Tuesday at Crowley Lake Community Center: Being Green – energy efficiency is the best renewable, Sierra Club Range of Light Group

Sierra Club Range of Light Group's Social and Potluck at 6:15pm, with a program following at 7:00 pm: Rick Phelps of the High Sierra Energy Foundation, will bring us up to date on the best ways to conserve energy.

CNPS Event March 18, 7pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting, USFS/BLM Office Conference Room

Conference Room, Interagency Building, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop. All members are welcome.

March 18, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm: Legacy of John Muir, Lone Pine Film History Museum, Lone Pine

Join Robert Hanna great great grandson of John Muir as he journeys through the life of his ancestor John Muir and the impact and legacy he has left on America's National Parks. Part of the 2015 Community Reads program, with events relating to this year’s book, Uncertain Path, by William Tweed.

March 19, 3pm: Indigenous World Water Day: Blessings, Waters of the World Ceremony, and Clean Up Event, Keough's Hot Ditch area

This is an invitation to gather as a community to raise our voice in prayer and gratitude for sacred water. Join us as one community in support of Indigenous peoples who have been the guardians and protectors of these waters since time immemorial. Water blessings given by our tribal elders. Please bring a small bottle of water that is precious to you for a Waters of the World Ceremony. A clean-up of Keough's Hot Ditch area will follow. Hosted by th Owens Valley Indian Water Commission. Event Contact: Roseanna (760) 873-3300. www.facebook.com/OwensValleyIndianWaterCommission

March 19, Thursday, 7:00pm: The River Runs Through It, White Mountain Research Center public lecture series

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present a series of 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 pm at the Owens Valley Station, White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line St., Bishop. Tonight's lecture will be The River Runs Through It, with Lawrence Freilich, Inyo County Mitigation Manager for the LORP (Lower Owens River Project).

Mr. Freilich oversees more than 50 water agreement mitigation projects for Inyo County. His presentation focuses on the largest of these projects, the Lower Owens River Project (LORP). The LORP area is 78,000 acres and includes lakes and ponds, 1,500 acres of wetlands, and 62 miles of river and river delta. Learn more about this project, its successes and challenges, and see photos of the project. If you are not already a big fan of the LORP, you will be after the talk.

March 19, Thursday, 7-8:30pm: Legacy of John Muir, Inyo Council for the Arts, 137 South Main Street in Bishop

Join Robert Hanna great great grandson of John Muir as he journeys through the life of his ancestor John Muir and the impact and legacy he has left on America's National Parks. Part of the 2015 Community Reads program, with events relating to this year’s book, Uncertain Path, by William Tweed.

March 21, Saturday, 9am-noon: Fish Slough Clean Up, Friends of the Inyo

Join Friends of the Inyo and the Bishop BLM for a volunteer clean up of the Fish Slough Wilderness Study area. Volunteers will help pick up trash, restore impacts, and remove invasive weeds. Help us and the BLM keep this lush desert oasis pristine. The project will be from 9 am to 12! Please Contact Andrew Schurr andrew@friendsoftheinyo.org or visit our website for more info.

March 21, Saturday, 10:30-11:30am: Wildlife of the Sierra Nevada, Inyo Council for the Arts, 137 South Main Street in Bishop

Join Cindy Kamler (Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care) as she brings in some of the Sierra’s rescued feathered friends and reptiles to discuss the habitat and on-going problems faced by these various species. Great event for kids! Part of the 2015 Community Reads program, with events relating to this year’s book, Uncertain Path, by William Tweed.

CNPS Event CANCELLED March 20-22, Friday-Sunday, overnight (with the option of coming for the day on Saturday), Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Chicago Valley Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, Leaders: Danny Slakey and Julie Anne Hopkins (CNPS) and Patrick Donnelly (Amargosa Conservancy)

Join CNPS and the Amargosa Conservancy for a fun, exciting, weekend searching for rare, native plant treasures, early morning birding, and a great time in Chicago Valley. Chicago Valley is a remote, rugged, desert area near Shoshone that has been identified for potential large scale, renewable energy development. We will be surveying for two annual plants in particular, Phacelia parishii (Parish’s phacelia, 1B.1) and Eriogonum bifurcatum (forked buckwheat, 1B.2), as well compiling an overall plant list for the area(s) surveyed. Maps and plant lists will be provided on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Options to meet in Shoshone either Friday late afternoon or evening, or Saturday morning (see schedule below).

Deadline: Attendees MUST contact Patrick or Julie Anne by Wednesday, March 18 to sign up.
Contact Julie Anne for more information, to sign up, or if you have any questions, need directions, etc.: (831) 566-6012 or julieanne@cruzio.com
Bring: Water bottles and extra water; food for all meals except Saturday dinner; clothing - layers, weather is unpredictable at this time of year and could be hot or cold - wind gear recommended; sunblock, hats, etc; musical instruments, songs to sing and stories to share.
Schedule:
• Friday, March 20: arrive on Friday afternoon/early evening to camp-out and be in Shoshone early Saturday morning for scouting trip to Chicago Valley.
• Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am: Meet in Shoshone at the Amargosa Conservancy to caravan to Chicago Valley. Botanize from noon – 4ish. Saturday evening dinner provided by Amargosa Conservancy. Rustic, dry, group camping spot will be arranged in Chicago Valley. Please bring extra water.
• Sunday, March 22: Early Morning Birding, Chicago Valley botanizing morning to 2 pm.

March 22, 6:45am to noon: World Water Day: Water is Life, Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center, 2300 West Line St, Bishop

Join us in celebrating water! We'll be starting off the event with a sunrise water blessing. This is a FREE event, packed with presentations, demonstrations, water-related games and activities, nature walks through the Conservation Open Space Area (COSA), and raffle prizes! There will be information about the Tribe's Water Quality Control Program and other programs in the Inyo and Mono counties. Come learn how you can help better manage your water resources! For more information, contact Tiffany Mikamo at 760-873-3584, ext. 223, or tiffany.mikamo@bishoppaiute.org.

CNPS Event March 23 to mid-April: Volunteer Opportunity in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is looking for volunteers to assist in data collection surveys at the Eureka Dunes. Project involves surveying the three dune systems in Eureka Valley (Main dunes, Saline Spur, Marble Canyon (Hidden) Dunes) and collecting presence/absence data for 4 species: Oenothera californica ssp. eurekensis, Swallenia alexandrae, Astragalus lentiginosus var. micans, and Salsola sp. Survey areas range in difficulty from gentle sloping shrubland to steep, deep sand hiking. A minimum commitment of three consecutive days and the ability to hike at least 10 miles a day are required. Botanical and GPS skills welcomed but not required. On-site orientation will be given. Contact Drew Kaiser at Death Valley National Park, if interested.

Andrew_Kaiser@nps.gov
760-786-3235

March 23, Monday, 6:00pm: Conversation #93 of 100 Conversations About Water: Perspectives On The Owens Lake Agreement, Metabolic Studio

The Metabolic Studio is Hosting One Hundred Conversations About Water during the Centenary of the LA Owens River Aqueduct. Please Join Us for Conversation 92: Perspectives On The Owens Lake Agreement, a panel discussion about the recent Agreement featuring: Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, LA Department of Water and Power, and local environmental activists.

Join us on Monday, March 23, at 6pm at the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation Community Building, 975 Teya Rd, Lone Pine. For more information call 510-468-7113.

CNPS Event March 24-25, Tuesday-Wednesday: Rare Plant Survey Protocols - A Scientific Approach, CNPS Education Workshops

This course is designed to approach rare plant surveys using the best scientific information available. This scientific approach is built on conducting proper background review and literature searches, evaluating ecological information, assessing annual phenology, appropriate study design based on the scale of the survey area, survey execution, and adequate documentation of rare plant populations encountered. (for more details - see CNPS Education Workshops page)

Taught by: Heath Bartosh and Aaron Sims
Location: TBD - East Bay/Sacramento Area
Cost: TBD

CNPS Event March 25, 7pm, CNPS Program: Range Extensions found in Death Valley, White Mountain Research Center, 3000 East Line Street, Bishop

Drew Kaiser has worked as a Biological Science Technician for Death Valley NP since March 2010. During this time, he has focused on vegetation surveys in very remote areas of the Park. He will give a presentation on recent discoveries found within the Park that are range extensions for their taxa. Most are new to Inyo County and one is new to California. He will also give a short presentation on the State of the Death Valley Botany Program, including recent projects and future volunteer opportunities, such as the one above. For further information contact Michèle Slaton.

CNPS Event March 26, Thursday: Online Tools for botanists and biologists, CNPS Education Workshops

The CNDDB/RareFind/BIOS class is a six-hour course describing the background, purpose, and use of both the CNDDB dataset and the BIOS web-based map viewing tool (which includes access to the CNDDB). The class includes instruction and exercises on using many of the tools in both the online RareFind 5 and in BIOS 5, as well as viewing and querying the CNDDB dataset in BIOS. (for more details - see CNPS Education Workshops page)

Taught by: Roxanne Bittman
Location: CDFW Office of Training and Development, Sacramento, CA
Cost: TBD

March 27-28, Friday and Saturday, 7pm: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Tri-County Fairgrounds

Save the date - more details to come on this annual event. Join Wilson's Eastside Sports when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Bishop for two evenings of mountain films at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. From the 350 films entered into the annual home festival in Alberta, Canada, this year's tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from the festival.

March 28, Saturday, 9am-noon: Chocolate Mountain Hike, Friends of the Inyo

Love mountains and chocolate? Why not join us for our annual visit to Chocolate Mountain. A beautiful peak in the Piper Mountain Wilderness, this hike explores an exceptional example of the Great Basin desert landscape. Please join us for this strenuous, rewarding hike, with a treat at the summit. More information is available on our website, or by calling 760-876-6500. Space is limited so, please RVSP by emailing Andrew Schurr at andrew@friendsoftheinyo.org to reserve your spot.

March 31, Monday: Deadline: American Penstemon Society Special Project Grants

The American Penstemon Society is seeking to fund small projects that focus on scientific or horticultural aspects of Penstemon, especially those that promote conservation or public appreciation. Grants of up to $1000 are available. The deadline for application is March 31, 2015, with funds distributed in May. Details are provided on the linked flier.

CNPS Event April 10-12, 2015, 10am-5pm: Wildflower Exhibit at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores, Ridgecrest, CA

Come see what wildflower treasures have been uncovered within a 50-mile radius of Ridgecrest. Volunteer teams with BLM permits will search for flora on the east-facing slopes & in the canyons of the Sierra Nevada, in the Coso and El Paso Mountains, as well as the Indian Wells Valley itself. No matter what the weather has been, each year there will be wildflowers to enjoy. On average over 200 species representing over 40 plant families are displayed. Although 2012 was the second drought year, 11 new-to-the-exhibit species were collected and displayed. This year, while the rest of California has been dry, the Southern Sierra and Indian Wells Valley have had more precipitation than the previous 2 years. Prolific blooms have begun at the end of February. Hopefully the bloom will continue until April. Our intrepid collectors will seek out what blooms there are. Accurate records of the collections and herbarium specimens are as important as the 3-day exhibit itself.

CNPS Event April 11-19, 2015: California Native Plant Week

This year CNPS will celebrate the Second Annual California Native Plant Week, April 11-19, 2015. For more information: cnps.org/cnps/conservation/nativeplantweek/

April 11, Saturday: Alabama Hills Day, Lone Pine, Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and the Bureau of Land Management

Come celebrate the 4th annual “Alabama Hills Day” on Saturday, April 11th from 9am to 3pm in Lone Pine, CA. The purpose of the event is to celebrate this scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups/activities that access & interact with the Alabamas.

For more information, go to alabamahillsstewardshipgroup.org, or call: Alabama Hills Stewardship Group President, Chris Langley, at (760) 937-1189, or Vice-President Kevin Mazzu at (760) 784-5494

April 11, 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 April 21-23, Tuesday-Thursday: Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations, CNPS Education Workshops

Using classroom and field exercises, the workshop will focus on the role of plant population monitoring for adaptive management. Participants will learn how to develop good management objectives. Topics cover principles of sampling and several sampling designs, field techniques for measuring vegetation, analyzing monitoring data and presenting results. Participants will receive a copy of the BLM-published book, Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations, by Caryl Elzinga, Dan Salzer, and John Willoughby, a notebook of all materials covered and a CD with additional materials to help with monitoring programs. (for more details - see CNPS Education Workshops page)

Taught by: John Willoughby
Location: Sierra Foothills Research & Extension Center, Browns Valley
COST: TBD

April 22, Wednesday: 2015 Owens Lake Spring Big Day, Eastern Sierra Audubon

The 2015 Owens Lake Spring Big Day will be Wednesday, April 22, just before the first annual Owens Lake Birding Festival. We are looking for birders with at least some experience to help out in this intense bird census of Owens Lake. Contact Mike Prather to sign up. Small groups of citizen scientists will join with LADWP staff to spread across the lake and count EVERY BIRD WE FIND. Last April we had 115,000 birds! Owens Lake is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) with tremendous importance. It hosts tens of thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl and is the largest nesting location for Snowy Plovers in California. Our data collected on Big Days is used by LADWP, State Lands, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, and Audubon in the management and planning at Owens Lake.

To join in, or for more information, please contact Mike Prather at 760-876-5807 or mprather@lonepinetv.com. We will meet at 7AM at the Diaz Lake parking lot three miles south of Lone Pine on Highway 395.

April 24-25, Friday-Saturday: Owens Lake Bird Festival, Friends of the Inyo

The FIRST annual Owens Lake Bird Festival will be held on April 25th, 2015, with an Opening Reception on Friday, April 24th at the Lone Pine Film History Museum. Sponsored and organized by Friends of the Inyo, with many local partners, including Eastern Sierra Audubon, California Audubon, Eastern California Museum, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Interagency Visitor Center, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce.

The Festival promises to offer a variety of field trips and showcase the unique habitat and significance of Owens Lake at the height of spring migration. Please join us in celebrating this Audubon Important Bird Area!

Concomitant with Festival, we are sponsoring a photography exhibit by Robin Black at the Interagency Visitor Center. The exhibit entitled "Second Chance: The Owens Lake Project" will run from March 1- April 30, 2015, with an exhibit reception and closing event for our Festival day on Saturday, April 25th.

Registration: Online registration and field trip sign-ups will open in mid-February 2015, exact date to be determined. More information available soon on the Friends of the Inyo event page, or email info@friendsoftheinyo.org or call 760-873-6500.

May 1, Friday: GardenFest! Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Join us for 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. Save the date and celebrate the growing season with us!

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. Check back here for updates, or call 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.

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

Save the Date! Check back later for details.

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 3-7, 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

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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

Save the Date! Check back for updates.

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).

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

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