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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 January-February 2023 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is February 15th, 2023.

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 January 18, 2023, Wednesday, 6 pm: Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting (Zoom), Bristlecone Chapter Event

Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting (Zoom) All members are welcome. Contact our Secretary, Kathleen Nelson, at secretary@bristleconecnps.org for the Zoom link.

January 19, 2023, 6-7 pm, ONLINE Thursday: Rock Art East of the Range of Light: One Piece of a Global Puzzle, with David Lee, Western Rock Art Research & form WMRC Staff. White Mountain Research Station Lecture. RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 28

The Owens Valley is home to the Paiute people and their ancestors, who arrived here many thousands of years ago. This landscape is rich with traces of their lives. Most visible are the amazing and intriguing petroglyphs and pictographs, a literal history book for these peoples, and much more. Documentation is the first step in developing management strategies to protect these inspiring and unique sites. This lecture will present information gathered from over twenty years of documentation in the Eastern Sierra region and throughout the American west. This will be compared to information gathered during ten field-seasons of documentation and research in the Northern Territory of Australia. Registration required via Zoom. This talk will be recorded. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Register Here

CNPS Event January 20, 2023: Deadline for Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Applications

Grants are for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra and are primarily targeted to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12) and their teachers. Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Projects should be conducted at least in part within Inyo or Mono Counties.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. The deadline for submissions to the 2023 Grant is January 20, 2032. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2023. For more information, contact the DeDecker Botanical Grants Coordinator at grants@bristleconecnps.org. More details and application materials may be found at: http://bristleconecnps.org/dedecker/grant/index.php

CNPS Event January 21, Saturday, 9 am: Gardening volunteers needed for CNPS Native Plot, Bishop City Park Community Garden, Bristlecone Chapter Event

Starting this month, 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 sue.weis98@gmail.com

CNPS Event January 25, Wednesday, 7 pm: Chapter General Meeting HYBRID - Fire and Home Defensible Spaces, White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line St., Bishop, Bristlecone Chapter Event

Speaker Yana Valachovic will present on fire and home defensible spaces. She is a California registered professional forester and forest scientist whose skills and interests cover a broad set of natural resource fields. She has worked as an extension agent at the University of California since 2000. Yana works at many scales and is a leader in developing and delivering local and state strategies to improve wildfire resilience. In her role, she is active in California policy development and has been a technical resource for bioenergy, forest management, home hardening, and improvements to defensible space legislation.

Join in person at the Owens Valley Station or by Zoom: https://cnps-org.zoom.us/j/82986859569?pwd=TjRNZWxyUWtXU0xKK0M3ZmlaRVduZz09
Meeting ID: 829 8685 9569
Passcode: 160922

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 newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

February 23, 2023, Thursday, 6-7:30 pm ONLINE: Taxonomic and functional diversity of xeric alpine plant communities in a changing climate, with Kaleb Goff, PhD Student, North Carolina State University and 2022 WMRC Mini Grant recipient. White Mountain Research Station Lecture

Kaleb will discuss findings that demonstrate climate change’s affects on plant diversity and functionality within the xeric alpine ecosystems of the White Mountains, California. His work is also in collaboration with GLORIA Great Basin, which has been monitoring plant communities in the White Mountains for the last 18 years. Registration required via Zoom. This talk will be recorded. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTER HERE

February 28, 2023, 6-7 pm, ONLINE Tuesday (rescheduled from 1/29): Rock Art East of the Range of Light: One Piece of a Global Puzzle, with David Lee, Western Rock Art Research & form WMRC Staff. White Mountain Research Station Lecture.

The Owens Valley is home to the Paiute people and their ancestors, who arrived here many thousands of years ago. This landscape is rich with traces of their lives. Most visible are the amazing and intriguing petroglyphs and pictographs, a literal history book for these peoples, and much more. Documentation is the first step in developing management strategies to protect these inspiring and unique sites. This lecture will present information gathered from over twenty years of documentation in the Eastern Sierra region and throughout the American west. This will be compared to information gathered during ten field-seasons of documentation and research in the Northern Territory of Australia. Registration required via Zoom. This talk will be recorded. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Register Here

CNPS Event March 31-April 1: Maturango Museum’s Annual Wildflower Exhibit, 100 E. Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest

Maturango Museum’s Annual Wildflower Exhibit 100 E. Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest The exhibit showcases the wildflowers that grow in the watershed area of the Indian Wells Valley. This watershed area includes canyons as far north as Fossil Falls and as far south as Horse Canyon. Volunteers spend a day in late March combing a specific area for the plants that are growing and blooming. We will also feature presentations by students connected to the California Botanic Garden. The students will give presentations on their areas of study (topics and times have yet to be determined). More information about the Wildflower Exhibit and presentations will be in the March/April newsletter. The Maturango Museum hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Website is www.maturango.org and phone number is (760) 375-6900.

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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