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Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Spring Flower - Mojave Woodyaster

Mojave Woodyaster, Black Canyon,
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The January-February 2024 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is February 15th, 2024.

Looking for somewhere to lead a field trip? Check out new plant lists added under Plants/Plant Checklists!

Upcoming CNPS Events and Other Events of Interest

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 EventFebruary 8, 2024, Thursday, 12-4 pm: Bristlecone Chapter Website Work Party, Bristlecone Chapter Event

We are having a website work party with pizza at White Mountain Research Center to make some coordinated progress on our new WordPress website. If you have any experience with WordPress, please join us, and let us know so we will have enough pizza. Bring your laptop.

CNPS Event February 12, 7-8:30 pm: California Water Culture; an overview of how California’s unique waterways have been transformed, how it happened, and what it means. North San Joaquin Valley Chapter WEBINAR with Tina Donelly

This talk will overview the ties between California’s culture and how it revolves around water & its plants and how the relationship has evolved over the past couple hundred years. Can California balance the needs of the citizens, the landscape, and the economy? This question may not be answered in this talk but insights and realistic perspectives will be given and discussed that may help open a productive dialogue.

Tina has lived in California’s Central Valley most of her life and has been in the Natural Resources Management field for over ten years Please register for this meeting at

CNPS Event February 13, 6-8 pm: How to Garden for Birds in the Owens Valley

This workshop will cover why you would want to attract birds to your yards and gardens, the benefits of having birds, what types of habitat you can create for birds, and how this helps the overall health of our planet.

Speakers Jen Pauldi, an environmental scientist, currently working with the Wild Farm Alliance, and Rosie Howard, a UC Master Gardener and Birder, will show you how to create great habitats for our local birds in small and large spaces. They will also introduce you to some local birds and populations that are increasing or declining.

Please RSVP to ensure seating by calling 760-873-7845

CNPS Event February 15: March-April 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.

March 2, Saturday, 9am–3pm: Overview of the Major Changes Incorporated in Revision 12 of the Jepson eFloraVIRTUAL WORKSHOP presented by Bruce G. Baldwin, Dave Keil, Keir Morse, Rob Preston, and Martin Wojciechowski, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (Virtual workshop hosted ONLINE)

Ever wonder why plant names change or why the Jepson eFlora is revised each year? Join Bruce Baldwin, Convening Editor of the Jepson Flora Project, and authors of newly revised treatments that have been included in Revision 12 of the Jepson eFlora to learn more about the recent changes and why they were made. Several authors will talk about the revision(s) they wrote, what the new treatment contains, and how the current treatment differs from the previous understanding of the group. Authors will also share photos and details of newly described species (if applicable) so that we can all be on the lookout for these special plants!

Updates will be provided for the following groups: Carsonia, Chamaesaracha, Cleomella, Lycium, Malacothamnus, Oxystylis, Peritoma, Physalis, Prosopis, Solanum, Streptanthus, and Wislizenia

Start/End: Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. (virtual)
Please note, this is a virtual workshop and will be held on Zoom
Course Fee: $50

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

March 7, Thursday, 6:30 pm: Got Natives? The Nevada native plant supply chain

The Nevada Native Plant Society March meeting is Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 pm, in-person and via Zoom. Our speaker will be Dan McClure, live and in-person. With extensive experience in production operations, he is developing a "Best in Class" native plant nursery in Smith Valley, NV for the Walker Basin Conservancy. Dan's talk will be a candid conversation around the good, the bad, and the misunderstood about the availability of native plants from the perspective of a local wholesale nursery. (Local locations to buy native plants will be revealed.)

Register in advance for the Zoom meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the meeting and receive the registration email for the program video.

CNPS Event March 10, Monday, 9-11:30 am: DeDecker Native Plant Garden Volunteer Workday

Come and help with some spring clean-up at the Mary DeDecker Native Plant Garden at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. Contact Kelly at to sign up or if you have any questions. Weather permitting – please be sure to sign up so that we can confirm the day before!

CNPS Event March 16, Saturday, 9 am: Gardening volunteers needed for CNPS Native Plot, Bishop City Park Community Garden, Bristlecone Chapter Event

Join Sue Weis every third Saturday to help out in our plot of native plants in the Community Garden. Workdays will be canceled if there's rain or snow. Questions? Contact

CNPS Event March 27, Wednesday, 7-8pm: Evening Program: Considerations when Designing a Native Plant Garden, at White Mountain Research Center, Bristlecone Chapter Event

Our own native plant propagator, Katie Quinlan will be discussing factors you should consider when putting in a native plant garden. Katie has been the director of the Native Plant Propagation center since 2009. She has been an avid gardener since childhood but didn't start gardening with natives until she was given the job at the propagation center. Over the last 15 years she has converted much of her own garden to native landscapes and has learned a lot from mistakes made along the way.

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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