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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 September-October 2020 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is October 15th, 2020.

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 October 15: November-December 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.

October 17, 2020: Spatial phylogenetics: A "big data" approach integrating ecology, evolution, and conservation, Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE)

Biodiversity has usually been measured by examining changes in the number of species across a region to identify areas of particularly high species diversity and endemism. Beta-diversity, or turn-over on the landscape, is likewise typically measured by comparing proportions of species shared among subareas. However, investigations based on species distributions alone miss the full richness of understanding that can result from taking a phylogenetic approach. Fortunately, advances in digitization of natural history collections, broad-scale DNA sequencing of many taxa represented in pubic databases, and scaling-up of methods for building phylogenies have made it possible to apply a phylogenetic approach to assessment of biodiversity and endemism that can be termed "spatial phylogenetics." New methods such as Categorical Analysis of Neo- And Paleo-Endemism (CANAPE) and phylogenetic range-weighted turnover (PhyloRWT) can identify hotspots of diversity and endemism, assess their make-up, and characterize similarities and differences among them. Using hypotheses tests based on a spatial randomization, insights can be gained into ecological, evolutionary, and biogeographic processes that have shaped these patterns. These new phylogenetic methods are also useful in conservation assessments by identifying complementary areas of biodiversity that have unique evolutionary histories.

This workshop will be a combination of lecture, classroom activities, and discussion and will cover the basic principles of the methods described above. Examples will be given from the several floras from around the world including Australia, Chile, Norway, and Florida. The cost of this workshop also includes an evening event and reception where the instructor will give a presentation focused on recently published applications of these methods to the California flora.

Start/End: 1-5 pm.
Course Fee: $75
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 2 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

October 19-21, 2020: Wetland Delineation: Identification and Delineation of Federal and State Aquatic Resources, Terry Huffman, Rush Ranch, Solano County, California, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Workshop is cancelled (due to COVID-19). This workshop will be offered again in 2021, registration details will be available in December 2020 on the Jepson Herbarium website.)

Aquatic resources include wetlands, as well as all other types of aquatic habitats. Wetlands are typically viewed as the soggy portions of the landscape that are covered—often intermittently—with shallow water, have soils saturated with water, and have plants that look different from those in surrounding areas. Scientific studies show that wetlands are essential for maintaining the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of the aquatic ecosystem. Federal and state programs regulate impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitats as part of their overall water quality protection strategy. These agencies differ in how wetlands and other waters are defined and how they are geographically delineated.

This three-day workshop will emphasize the definitions and delineation methods for wetlands and other aquatic habitats used by the (1) US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Environmental Protection Agency; (2) California State Water Resources Control Board and its Regional Water Quality Control Boards; (3) California Department of Fish and Wildlife; (4) San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; and (5) the California Coastal Commission. Other definitions and delineation methods used by US Department of Agriculture and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to identify and delineate aquatic resources will also be discussed in comparison to the wetland and other waters definitions and delineation methods used by the Corps and EPA.

The course offers clear and concise explanations and comparisons of the wetland definitions and methods used by these agencies, including the latest changes in methodology and approaches for delineating jurisdictional boundaries; explanations of key terminology; and practical hands-on field experience for private consultants, agency personnel, attorneys, academics, and the general public who are involved with resource protection, impact assessment, environmental restoration, and/or seeking project authorization from the above mentioned agencies. Our course instructor’s primary method of instruction is “learning by doing,” so prepare to get dirty!

We will meet at the Solano Land Trust’s Rush Ranch facility near Suisun City, Solano County, California, for classroom lectures and field training exercises. Classroom lectures in the mornings will prepare us for afternoon field training exercises that provide hands-on experience using the various wetland delineation methods, with a focus on field delineation of wetland-upland boundaries and analysis of results. Field work will include exploring how and why the various definitions and associated methodologies produce different results in terms of wetland area delineated. Class will be held rain or shine! Presented in cooperation with the Solano Land Trust.

Transportation: Personal vehicle required for field trip (carpooling possible)
Hiking: Easy, flat terrain.
Start/End: Monday, 9:00 am – Wednesday, 5:00 pm.
Course Fee: $475/$505
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

CNPS Event October 20, Tuesday, 6-7pm: Conservation Stories, a Virtual Lecture Series, with Sophie Winitsky, California Botanic Garden (formerly Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden)

Sophie will give a talk on Calochortus excavatus tonight as part of this lecture series. To register, go to https://www.calbg.org/event/conservation-stories-a-virtual-lecture-series-featuring-sophia-winitsky - there will be a Zoom talk every third Tuesday of the month from 6pm - 7pm. Join in for an evening of conversation about conservation. You must register online to receive the Zoom link. The suggested program fee is $10, but there will be an option to register for the talk free of charge.

October 27-30: Cal-IPC Symposium ONLINE: Recovery and Resilience: Confronting Fire, Weeds, and Forest Pests

This year, we’re gathering online, giving us the opportunity to safely connect with community members from across the state – and beyond – to get the latest updates on effective tools, relevant research, and strategic management approaches. Participate in session talks, discussion groups, and posters covering a wide range of topics related to invasive plant biology and management. Register now! Early bird rates through September 1st: www.cal-ipc.org/resources/symposium/

CNPS Event November 17-19, 2020: Mitigation Measures & Monitoring With Emphasis on Botanical Resource Issues, Online on Zoom, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

In this workshop you will learn the framework for mitigation and mitigation monitoring, especially considering botanical resources, and how laws like CEQA can be leveraged to advocate for responsible mitigation measures that keep California’s natural habitat resources in mind. 3-day: $180, two days at $140, or a single workshop for $80; Capacity: 25 participants Last Day to Register: November 4, 2020 Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

December 4-6, 2020: Mushrooms and Mycorrhizae of Mendocino, Matteo Garbelotto and Teresa Sholars, Albion Field Station and local field sites, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Workshop is cancelled (due to COVID-19). This workshop will be offered again in 2021, registration details will be available in December 2020 on the Jepson Herbarium website.)

This workshop will provide techniques to identify some of the common edible, toxic, and ecologically important mushroom species on the Mendocino Coast. Each day will start with classroom presentations and the afternoons will be spent in Bishop pine and mixed redwood forests seeing species in the field. The following topics will be covered: identification and phylogeography of mushrooms, description, classification, and ecology of mycorrhizae, importance of mycorrhizae in forestry and the food industry, population genetics and mycorrhizae, the mycorrhizal community: factors affecting its composition, how disturbance affects mycorrhizae and forest age.

This workshop will be a combination of lecture, classroom activities, and discussion and will cover the basic principles of the methods described above. Examples will be given from the several floras from around the world including Australia, Chile, Norway, and Florida. The cost of this workshop also includes an evening event and reception where the instructor will give a presentation focused on recently published applications of these methods to the California flora.

Accommodations: Shared dormitories with bathrooms.
Meals: Dinner Friday through lunch Sunday included.
Transportation: Not provided. Personal vehicle or carpooling required to access field sites.
Hiking: Easy to moderate
Start/End: Friday 4:00 pm – Sunday 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $400/$430
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 6 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

December 10 – 11, 2020: Poaceae I, J. Travis Columbus UC Berkeley and local field site, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE)

Prominent in plant communities throughout California, the grass family, Poaceae, is the state’s second most diverse plant family (after Asteraceae). Its members include cool-season and warm-season species, annuals and perennials, natives and exotics, and widespread dominants and rare endemics. This workshop will provide a better understanding of this ubiquitous, species-rich family. Participants will be instructed in detail on the vegetative and reproductive features of grasses. Aspects of anatomy, physiology, and ecology will also be addressed. Most of our time will be spent learning to use the identification keys in the second edition of The Jepson Manual. Special attention will be given to difficult couplets and taxa. In addition, participants will learn how to identify common genera by using diagnostic characteristics. If conditions are favorable, we will go to the field on Friday afternoon; most of this class will take place in a lab classroom.

Experience required: Some previous plant identification.
Transportation: Personal vehicle required for possible field trip (carpooling possible).
Hiking: Easy
Start/End: Thursday, 8:30 am – Friday, 5:00 pm.
Course Fee: $350/380
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

December 12 – 13, 2020 : Poaceae II, J. Travis Columbus UC Berkeley and local field site, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Hosted ONLINE)

For those who have taken the introductory workshop or have experience with grass identification, the advanced grasses workshop offers a greater variety of California genera and species for study, more practice with keying, and more genera to learn on sight. Completion of the introductory Poaceae workshop (Poaceae I), or equivalent prior experience, is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of grasses to share with the group.

Experience required: Working knowledge of grass morphology and previous plant identification experience, including keying grasses
Start/End: Saturday, 8:30 am – Sunday, 5:00 pm
Course Fee: $350/380
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

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

Today is the deadline for submissions for the January-February Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to 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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