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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.

News:

The September-October 2018 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

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

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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.

October 10, Wednesday, 9am-2:30pm: Inyo County Water Commission Field Trip: More About Water in the Eastern Sierra

The Inyo County Water Commission invites the public to participate in a field trip to learn more about water in the Eastern Sierra and how that most important of natural resources affects our lives in myriad ways.

We will meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine and from there drive to the Owens Lake Plover Wing Plaza; a stunning installation, which celebrates the transformation of Owens Lake into one of the birding hot spots in the West. Next, we will travel to a promising recreation project, the Owens River Water Trail. We will finish the tour near the Alabama Gates with views of the Lower Owens River’s islands marsh.

Trip capacity is limited; please R.S.V.P to Laura Piper at 760-878-0001 or lpiper@inyocounty.us. The tour may be contacted while in progress by calling 760-920-1169. See linked flyer for more information (PDF)

October 11, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: The Lives of Massive Stars, Chris Bochenek (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

CNPS Event October 15, Monday: November-December Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the November-December Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

October 16, Tuesday, 7pm: The Geology Behind the Scenery in Owens Valley Movies, with Allen Glazner, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present two special lectures this October that are free and open to the general public. Lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is on The Geology Behind the Scenery in Owens Valley Movies, with Allen Glazner. Allen will give a brief overview of events that produced the "Deepest Valley" and its remarkable scenery. Allen Glazner is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He conducts research involving volcanic rocks, granites, and plate tectonics in eastern California, including the Owens Valley, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite, and the Mojave Desert. He is the author of three popular books on California's geology: Geology Underfoot in the Owens Valley and Death Valley, Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park, and Geology Underfoot in Southern California.

October 23, Tuesday, 7pm: Winter 2018-19: Will it be "Tremendously Big and Tremendously Wet?" with Chris Smallcomb, White Mountain Research Center Public Lectures

White Mountain Research Center is pleased to present two special lectures this October that are free and open to the general public. Lectures are held at 7:00 PM at the Owens Valley Station located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop, California. 760-873-4344.

Tonight's Lecture is Winter 2018-19: Will it be "Tremendously Big and Tremendously Wet? Chris Smallcomb, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno, will present his expectations for the coming winter season and what that means for the region. Over the past six years, we've seen wide swings from exceptional drought to prolific amounts of rain and snow, driven primarily by the numbers of atmospheric rivers. He'll speak on the limits of weather predictions - ranging from snow squalls to seasonal outlooks - and specific challenges to forecasting weather and flooding in the eastern Sierra. Come ready with your weather questions since Chris will finish with his "Ask a Meteorologist (Almost) Anything" conversation.

November 8, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: Using Extragalactic Flashes of Radio Waves to Probe the Stuff Between the Stars, Kathryn Plant (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

December 6, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: The CO Mapping Array Pathfinder, Kieran Cleary (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

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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Conservation Updates

See our Conservation pages for updates on current issues relating to native plants and their habitats, such as Inyo National Forest Plan Revisions and Invasive Species. We will start up the Conservation Alerts emails again soon, if you signed up previously or wish to sign up - check back to the Conservation page!

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