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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.


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

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

CNPS Event December 4, Wednesday, 5:30 pm potluck, 7-8 pm presentation: Mosses of the Sierra Nevada, with speaker Paul Wilson. Location: White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line Street. Joint Bristlecone Chapter and Eastern Sierra Audubon Event

Paul Wilson of Cal State Northridge has done various botanical studies in the Sierra, including studies of the pollination of beards-tongues and the geographic affinities of plants in the Bishop Creek Watershed. He will also introduce the ecology of mosses and liverworts, and present work from over the last decade on the niches of Sierran mosses in relation to elevation. The talk promises many photos of these beautiful little plants. Please join us for a potluck beginning at 5:30 pm, and presentation and desserts at 7 pm.. Bring a dish to share if you can. Click here for a flier to share.

December 14, Saturday: Annual Bishop Christmas Bird Count, Eastern Sierra Audubon

The 38th annual Bishop Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, December 14, 2019. Please RSVP to Chris Howard as soon as possible and indicate if you have an area preference. Chris will assign areas in advance to give you a chance to scout. All skill levels are invited to participate. Please ask around if newcomers want to join. Chris Howard, Bishop CBC compiler: or 760.920.2845 (cell)

CNPS Event December 15: January-February Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at Contact Elaine with any questions.

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

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The Bristlecone Chapter now has a Facebook Page! If you are on Facebook, head on over and "like" us (or click "like" in the box at left) to get updates in your Facebook newsfeed. While you are there, post a message on our wall, share photos or links of interest, let us know what you think!

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