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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 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 3, Wednesday, 7pm: Cultivating Place: Under Western Skies, Mt. Lassen Chapter Event

Cultivating Place: Under Western Skies with Jennifer Jewell, creator, writer and host of Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. Visit to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see

CNPS Event March 4, Thursday, 5:30pm: CNPS Webinar Naturehood Gardening: Maximizing Habitat

Hear from habitat-gardening experts with a range of experiences and perspectives on ways to boost the habitat power of your native plant garden. Using regionally appropriate plants and adding a few habitat accessories - such as small fountains and shelter - can make a big difference. Find the link to register for the virtual talk at maximizing-habitat

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see

CNPS Event March 6, 2021, Saturday, 1-5pm: Angiosperm morphology for plant identification, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE)

Bruce G. Baldwin and Susan Fawcett Join us for this beginner's guide to botany. This course welcomes those who would like to expand their knowledge of plants. Students will learn the basic concepts of plant morphology and the terminology needed to identify plants using botanical keys like those in the second edition of The Jepson Manual and the Jepson eFlora. We will cover the entire plant body, including stems, roots, leaves, flowers, and fruits!

Course Fee: $75 general public and $50 for members of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium. Register for this workshop here and see more Jepson Herbarium Workshops here.

CNPS Event March 17, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: All members are always welcome to join. Further details will be made available on our website and/or by emailed updates as we take it day by day to account for Covid-19 developments - contact Michèle Slaton for details on how to attend.

CNPS Event 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.

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 April 7, Wednesday, 7pm: Bumble Bees, Mt. Lassen Chapter Event

April 7, 7 pm Bumble Bees. By: John Whitelsey. Proprietor, Canyon Creek Nursery & Design. Visit to sign up for the Zoom meeting.

For more CNPS Virtual Events from various chapters, see

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 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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