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

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

March 2, Saturday, 2-5pm: Mule Deer Migration Field Trip, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Join us for an informative tour of the Round Valley mule deer herd's migration corridor. Biologist Tim Taylor with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will share updates on how the deer are doing over the winter as we explore the beautiful Round Valley migration area. This is a free family-friendly event, but please leave your canine friends at home this time. Binoculars are recommended but not required, and remember to dress accordingly for the weather. 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.

March 12, Tuesday, 7pm: Increasing our understanding of Eastern California Springs: Amargosa and Beyond, with Andy Zdon, Northern Arizona University, 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.

Tonight's Lecture is on Increasing our understanding of Eastern California Springs: Amargosa and Beyond, presented by Andy Zdon, Northern Arizona University; California Professional Geologist, Certified Hydrogeologist, and Certified Engineering Geologist – UC White Mountain Research Center

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

Location: Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop. All members are welcome. NOTE: Next board meeting is in May - we canceled March because we just had one in February.

March 30 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 linked flier for more information about both opportunities. Please distribute this information to others who may be interested.

March 29 and 30, Friday and Saturday, 6pm: Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2019 World Tour

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! This year's exhilarating and provocative films explore remote landscapes, highlight mountain cultures, and feature exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports. The festival will take place Friday, March 29th, and Saturday, March 30th. Screenings are in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. Doors open at 6pm, films start at 7pm, with different films shown each night. Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival is brought to the Eastern Sierra by Inyo Council for the Arts. For more information and tickets, call Inyo Council for the Arts at 760-873-8014 or visit www.inyo.org.

CNPS Event March 30, Saturday, 10am: Tungsten Peak, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip, led by Steve Matson

This hike is considered strenuous as it gains 1,286 ft. in just over a mile. We will be perusing early annuals and shrubs in their winter to spring aspect. A little exercise before the Banff Film Festival second evening of films at the Tri-County Fair Grounds. Expect to see Grayia Spinosa (hopsage), Atriplex canescens (four-winged saltbush) Menodora spinescens and others of this ilk. With luck I hope to find Muilla coronata. I plan on generating a plant list for this hike, so bring sharp eyes, notebook, and writing implements!

Meeting at 10 AM at the Inyo National Forest Supervisor's Office Parking lot, 351 Pacu Lane (off West Line Street behind the DMV). We will drive from there to the Millpond Recreation Area on Sawmill Road and proceed on dirt roads to the trailhead in the Tungsten Hills.

I am allowing well behaved dogs along. Bring a lunch, some water, sun hat.... the usual for a day’s outing. Contact: Steve Matson, ssmat@sbcglobal.net; 775-843-0389

April 2, Tuesday, 7pm: Dry/Wet snow recipes for unusual avalanches - Avalanche forecasting challenges in a changing climate, with Sue Burak, Snow Survey Associates, 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.

Tonight's Lecture is on Dry/Wet snow recipes for unusual avalanches - Avalanche forecasting challenges in a changing climate, presented by Sue Burak, Snow Survey Associates – UC White Mountain Research Center

April 5-7: Spring Wildflower Exhibit 2019, Maturango Museum, 100 East Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest

With earth-long rainbows and wondrous scents, Indian Wells Valley pledges otherworldly blossoms this spring. Eager spotters are sounding off as the first wildflower sprouts of the year are rearing their heads. Soon hundreds of varieties and colors will bedazzle the region’s every corner. Fortunately, a team of collectors will bring the pomp and glory to us. From April 5th to April 7th, the Maturango Museum will host its annual Wildflower Exhibit. In the Coso Room you can visit with more than 200 wildflower species from over 40 plant families. Exhibit hosts will be present to help guide guests and answer questions. More information and photos on the Maturango Museum site.

April 6, 2pm: A Botanist Comes Full-Circle: From Studying to Defending California’s Tejon Ranch, California’s Largest Private Landholding, Nick Jensen at the Maturango Museum, 100 East Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest

California Native Plant Society’s Nick Jensen will speak at the Maturango Museum's Spring Wildflower Exhibit on April 6th at 2:00pm. His presentation will be “A Botanist Comes Full-Circle: From Studying to Defending California’s Tejon Ranch, California’s Largest Private Landholding.”

Nick Jensen is the Southern California Conservation Analyst for CNPS. Nick earned his BS degree in Environmental Horticulture at UC Davis, and recently completed his PhD in botany at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG)/Claremont Graduate University. As a graduate student Nick produced the first Flora of Tejon Ranch and studied evolutionary patterns in perennial Streptanthus (jewelflowers). From 2006-2010, he was employed by CNPS, first as a Vegetation Program Assistant, and later as the Rare Plant Program Director. Nick has also worked as a botanist for the U.S. Forest Service, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the private consulting industry. He has taught botany classes to professionals and interested members of the public for CNPS, RSABG, the Jepson Herbarium, and Theodore Payne Foundation. As a volunteer he has served on the Rare Plant Program Committee and the board of Southern California Botanists, serving as president in 2015-16. Nick is a fellow of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, rock climbing, and photographing wildflowers, activities that are often not mutually exclusive.

April 6, Saturday, 10am-Noon: Pollinator Garden Workshop, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

The Pollinator Garden Workshop is a free event put on by ESLT where people can come and learn about how to create their own pollinator-friendly garden. There will be presentations on a variety of topics relating to creating pollinator habitat. The workshop will be held on Saturday April 6 from 10:00am to 12:00pm (location TBD). Contact Marie Ring for more information, at marie@eslt.org or (760) 873 - 4554.

April 9, Tuesday, 7pm: Climate change impacts in alpine plant communities, with Meredith Jabis, PhD., University of California, Berkeley, 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.

Tonight's Lecture is on Climate change impacts in alpine plant communities, presented by Meredith Jabis, PhD., University of California, Berkeley – UC White Mountain Research Center

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.

April 30, Tuesday, 7pm: What do migrants do differently? Identifying habitat for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, with Derek Spitz, PhD. University of Montana, 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.

Tonight's Lecture is on What do migrants do differently? Identifying habitat for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, with Derek Spitz, PhD. University of Montana – UC White Mountain Research Center

CNPS Event May 4, 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 4, 11am - 2 pm. This free, family-friendly event celebrations spring with plants and delicious food for purchase, a free beer tasting, live music, children's games and much more.

GardenFest will also offer opportunities to learn about ESLT's Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, and how community members can transform their yards or garden into pollinator havens. This project helps keep the Eastern Sierra blooming by enticing native birds, bees, and butterflies to gardens throughout the Eastern Sierra.

For more information, please contact Marie Ring, ESLT's Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member, at marie@eslt.org or call (760) 873-4554.

CNPS Event May 15, 2019, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

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

CNPS Event May 22, Wednesday, 7pm: Local Botanical Research from DeDecker Grant Recipients, Bristlecone Chapter Program; Sophie Winitsky and Trevor Carter, White Mountain Research Center.

Two DeDecker Grant Recipients will present their work: Sophie Winitsky (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden), a Flora of Adobe Valley, Mono County, and Trevor Carter (University of NV, Reno), The changing leaf morphology of whitebark pine.

CNPS Event May 24, Friday, 9am: Lower Rock Creek, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip; Led by Ann Howald

Meet at Lower Rock Creek trailhead in Paradise (at the hairpin turn). 9:00 am to 1:30 or so. Interesting shrubs, Mojave wildflowers, and the largest stand of Ponderosa pine in Mono County. Easy hiking. Bring lunch and water.

CNPS Event May 25, Saturday, 8am: Northern Owens Valley Springtime Botany, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip; Leader: Jerry Zatorski

This will be an exploration of some wildflower areas between Bishop and Laws. The diversity of habitats from alkali meadows to ancient upland sand dunes to White Mountain alluvial fans will not leave us short on places to explore for springtime blooms. The upland areas have numerous annuals and drought hardy desert shrubs. The meadows down in the river floodplain have an assortment of perennial forbs and grasses. The actual route will depend on where the blooms are happening and will be mostly accessible by roads and some short overland hiking. Expect up to about 5 miles of hiking at a botanist pace which should take us most of a day (6-8 hrs). Participants should bring lunch, snacks, fluids and a pack to carry personal items. Dress for the weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, appropriate clothes. Bring field guides, hand lens, binoculars, topo maps, and a willingness to hike and explore. We will meet at 8:00 AM at the corner of US 6 and Silver Canyon Rd, just east of Laws. There is an Owens Valley Master Species List available for download on the Bristlecone Chapter web site at http://bristleconecnps.org/native_plants/checklists/, which works well as a paper list or on a small tablet. For more information contact Jerry at jerryzat@gmail.com.

CNPS Event June 8, Saturday: Botany for Beginners, Mammoth/Long Valley, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip, led by Michèle Slaton

The general public, including adults and kids of all ages are welcome on this field trip to learn some basic skills to get you started in identifying plants. We will focus on learning common wildflowers, starting with common traits used to recognize plant families. You’ll learn how to identify plant parts and how to use a plant key.

Have you ever wished you knew the names of the native plants near your home or on your favorite outings? Do you ever wonder how to figure out a plant’s name? Now is your chance! We will explore places in bloom from Long Valley to Convict Creek and the Sherwins, and get to know the common plants in flower. Experienced botanists are welcome also to share their skills.

We will meet at 9am at the Green Church at the intersection of Hwy 395 and Benton Crossing Road, and carpool to the extent possible. Bring everything you need for a full day in the field. All instructional materials will be provided, but bring a hand lens or magnifying glass, and plant guide/key if you have one. Contact Michèle Slaton (760-920-8693 or mslaton02@gmail.com) with questions. An RSVP at least one week in advance is requested but not required.

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.

CNPS Event June 22, Saturday, 9am: Upper Summers Meadow watershed exploration, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip, led by Ann Howald

Driving and hiking tour of this botanically little-known area south of Bridgeport. Previously grazed meadows, “enriched” montane sagebrush scrub, aspen groves, and possibly conifer forest if we get that far. Meet at the Bridgeport Humboldt-Toiyabe Ranger Station at 9 am. All day trip. Bring snacks, water, lunch, etc.

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

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