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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 March-April 2021 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is April 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 March 23, Tuesday, 7:00 pm El Dorado Chapter, CNPS Virtual Program: Living with Wildfire, Speaker: Alice Cantelow

Is it possible to garden with native plants and still have a fire safe landscape? Is there a way to balance the desires to foster habitat, conserve water, and still have effective defensible space? Yes and yes! It can be tricky though. Alice Cantelow, chapter president, will share her extensive reading of what works and what doesn’t work to help homes survive—from statistical studies of recent, large wildfires to research using actual experiments. Living in the Sierra foothills comes with the responsibility to be fire smart and fire ready, from the plants in your yard to your home itself. Alice will give practical tips to help you make your home more resilient to wildfire, whether you live in oak savannah, chaparral, oak woodland, or forest ecosystems. This presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Find the Zoom Meeting link at https://eldoradocnps.org/news-events/meetings

March 23, Tuesday, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Friends of the Inyo Virtual Event: Behind the Scenes: Trail Ambassadors in Death Valley National Park, Speakers: Alex Ertaud and Lindsay Butcher

Look behind the scenes at the work to erase vehicle trespass on the delicate dry lake beds of Death Valley National Park. Join Friends of the Inyo Stewardship Director Alex Ertaud and Trail Ambassador Lindsay Butcher as they share their experiences working in Death Valley National Park effacing vehicle trespass on the delicate desert playas. Because of the unique geography and climate of Death Valley, tire tracks left by travelers who decided to drive off the designated road scar the landscape. In partnership with the National Park Service, our Trail Ambassadors work to remove these scars to restore the beautiful landscapes as well as prevent others from following those tracks and further damaging the lake bed. This work is a one of a kind experience. Learn about the techniques, triumphs, and challenges of working in the remote Death Valley National Park. Please register at: friendsoftheinyo.salsalabs.org/bts-death-valley-national-park/

CNPS Event Bristlecone Chapter's Mar. 24th Doug Tallamy presentation has been canceled for a more time-sensitive event happening at the same time. We encourage members to attend the upcoming event that would affect our "big backyard" - see Town Hall event below. March 24, Wednesday, 7pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Event: Nature’s Best Hope, A talk by Doug Tallamy - Online - Meeting link will be made available beforehand. Watch for this event to be rescheduled!

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality-check about how ineffective our current land management practices have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can -and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 103 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug’s new book, Nature’s Best Hope, released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller.

Elaine Kabala, Associate Planner for Bishop Ms. Kabala has agreed to join our meeting to discuss planned or potential garden projects around town.

CNPS Event March 24, Wednesday, 6pm: Make your voice heard! K2 Gold and Mojave Precious Metals Town Hall: An opportunity to share your support for protecting Conglomerate Mesa with K2 Gold and Mojave Precious Metals.

Bristlecone Chapter's Mar. 24th Doug Tallamy presentation has been canceled for a more time-sensitive event happening at the same time. We encourage members to attend this upcoming event that would affect our "big backyard." K2 Gold and their subsidiary, Mojave Precious Metals, are hosting a virtual town hall Wednesday, March 24th, at 6 PM. From Inyo350: "We must rise up and stand together to protect Conglomerate Mesa. Now is the time to let K2 Gold know that mining at Conglomerate Mesa is not welcome! K2 is proposing to open up a wild and remote part of the west Mojave desert on the edge of Death Valley National Park to destructive drilling accessed by miles of new road construction with the intent of eventually constructing an open-pit cyanide heap leach gold mine. We encourage you to ask questions and make statements that are important to you. If you need inspiration, this past Sunday, the LA Times ran a great article on Conglomerate Mesa. This article raises a number of questions that you can pass along to K2 Gold. Stand for Native Lands. Stand for the wildlife. Stand For Conglomerate Mesa."

Register for the Town Hall

Learn more about the campaign to save Conglomerate Mesa: protectconglomeratemesa.com

CNPS Event Late March- Early May, Mondays-Thursdays: Eureka Dunes Rare Plant Surveys - Volunteers Needed!

Death Valley National Park is looking for botanists to assist with the 2021 Eureka Dunes rare plant surveys. The target species are the endemic Eureka Dunes evening primrose (Oenothera californica ssp. eurekensis) and Eureka dunegrass (Swallenia alexandrae).

Surveys involve hiking long distances (10+ miles) over uneven, steep, sandy terrain with full solar exposure, heat and frequently windy conditions. The monitoring will take place generally Monday-Thursday from late March until early May. We will camp at the Eureka Dunes Campground. No services are available except for a pit toilet.

This is a unique opportunity to explore the dune system and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Eureka Valley while documenting the extent and health of plants unique to Death Valley.

Plan to follow current Covid-19 guidelines. Please contact Carol Fields for additional information: carol_fields@nps.gov

CNPS Event Late March- Early May, Mondays-Thursdays: Eureka Dunes Rare Plant Surveys - Volunteers Needed!

Death Valley National Park is looking for botanists to assist with the 2021 Eureka Dunes rare plant surveys. The target species are the endemic Eureka Dunes evening primrose (Oenothera californica ssp. eurekensis) and Eureka dunegrass (Swallenia alexandrae).

Surveys involve hiking long distances (10+ miles) over uneven, steep, sandy terrain with full solar exposure, heat and frequently windy conditions. The monitoring will take place generally Monday-Thursday from late March until early May. We will camp at the Eureka Dunes Campground. No services are available except for a pit toilet.

This is a unique opportunity to explore the dune system and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Eureka Valley while documenting the extent and health of plants unique to Death Valley.

Plan to follow current Covid-19 guidelines. Please contact Carol Fields for additional information: carol_fields@nps.gov

CNPS Event April 7, Wednesday, 7pm: Mt. Lassen Chapter CNPS Virtual Program: Living with Bumble Bees, Speaker: John Whittlesey

John Whittlesey, proprietor of Canyon Creek Nursery & Design, has been photographing, observing, and learning about flower visitors of all kinds for over a decade. He will share photos taken from his homestead of bumble bee inhabitants while weaving a discussion of their life history and anecdotes of "living with bumble bees." He will conclude with plants to plant that invite bumble bees to live in your garden. For more information about John, his talk, and the Zoom link for the meeting, go to mountlassen.cnps.org/.

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.

April 17, Saturday, 11-12: Virtual Pollinator Garden Workshop: “Establishing and Maintaining Your Native Plants, Trade Secrets from a Restoration Ecologist” presented by Julie Fontaine, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Virtual Workshop and Q&A Session: “Establishing and Maintaining Your Native Plants, Trade Secrets from a Restoration Ecologist” presented by Julie Fontaine. Join Julie and ESLT in this initial virtual workshop to kick off the “Growing Together” series of sharing gardening tips, tricks, and information in our Eastside community! Julie will be sharing her knowledge as a restoration ecologist and soil specialist on how to take care of native plants in this informational workshop. To RSVP & for more information, email Gabrielle at gabrielle@eslt.org.

CNPS Event May 3, Monday, 12-1pm: Virtual Pollinator Garden Workshop: Eastern Sierra Native Plant Gardening, Eastern Sierra Land Trust-Bristlecone Chapter Event - ONLINE

Katie Quinlan The Plant Sales and Greenhouse Manager of the Bristlecone chapter, will share what plants do well in a garden locally and highlight what plants will be available at the Spring Plant Sale. Check the Eastern Sierra Land Trust website for updates on how to attend: eslt.org/event/virtual-pollinator-garden-workshop-native-plants/

In this live, informative webinar, we’ll discuss what California native plants will work best to beautify your garden this season. Q&A session with Katie Quinlan will be held at the second half of the webinar. For more information and to RSVP, email Gabrielle at gabrielle@eslt.org.

CNPS Event May 10-14, Spring Native Plant Sale - ONLINE, Eastern Sierra Land Trust and Bristlecone Chapter CNPS event

Our online store will go live from May 10th-14th to make your orders. We will share the URL for the site by email to members, on our website and Facebook page, and the Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s website as we get closer to the sale date. Once orders are submitted, buyers will receive instructions to schedule pick up for their orders at White Mountain Research Center (3000 E. Line St., Bishop) on Saturday the 15th.

CNPS Event May 19, Wednesday: iNaturalist with Marty Purdy and Maria Jesus, Bristlecone Chapter Event

Details TBA - check back!

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.

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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