California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Events and news

SPEAKERS/PROGRAMS AT FORTHCOMING CHAPTER MEETINGS

Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular meetings, held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except July, August, November, and December. The meetings are preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.

No meetings in July and August: Summer break.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Pot Luck Supper 6:30 p.m., Members' Slide Show 7:30 p.m.: Bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck. And please bring your own utensils. The slide show is an opportunity to show your favorite native-plant-related photographs.

For the slide show, please select one to twelve photos that you would like to share. If you can, please identify the plants in each photograph with common names and/or botanical names, or the group can help identify them. And please tell us where you found them.

Files can be JPG or other image formats, preferably at full resolution. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own PowerPoint or OpenOffice slides and send them.

Details of how and when to submit your photos will be announced nearer the date.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Native bees � our main pollinators, with hartmut Wisch: This illustrated talk explores the great diversity of bees that have co-evolved with California's native flora. Approximately 1,600 species of bees are known to be native to California. Some bees are generalists pollinating a variety of flowers from different plant families; others are more specialized. This informative presentation featuring beautiful images of our native bees will cover all six recognized families of bees (Anthophila).

Hartmut Wisch discovered a love for macro photography and a fascination with the diversity of our insect fauna after working for 35 years as a naturalist-guide, taking European visitors through western North America. His special interest is in observing and identifying our native bees. He is a contributing editor at bugguide.net (Iowa State U. Entomology), and member of the Lorquin Entomological Society.

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Past programs of our chapter: See the Past Events page.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 2017 RESEARCH GRANTS

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OUTINGS, FIELD TRIPS, AND OTHER EVENTS OF OUR CHAPTER & CNPS

Email notification: If you wish to be notified by email of upcoming field trips, please click here to subscribe to our email list.

Leaders: Each outing has one or more appointed leaders. It is not necessary to contact the leader beforehand in order to participate. All you need to do is turn up for the event.

Eaton Canyon Plant Walks

Plant walks are held on the second Sunday of each month except July and August.

Meet in front of Eaton Canyon Nature Center at 9:00 a.m. Then go on a leisurely walk, about 2 hours, through the native plant garden that surronds the Center and into the nearby wild areas. The walk is different each time — what's leafing out, flowering, in seed, etc., determines what your leade will talk about — and different leaders bring drifferent points of view.

Current plant walks:  

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 09:00

No walks July and August

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 09:00

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 09:00

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 09:00

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Field outings for 2017

We sponsor outings on occasional Saturdays throughout the year. The walking ranges from easy, typically on wide fire roads, to moderately strenuous, such as on forest trails. If a convenient place is available nearby, we love to picnic afterward. Weather is unpredictable; snow, rain, fire and ice cancel.

Important note: The chapter does not advertise all field trips in the newsletter. Instead we have two levels of field trip, those with dates known well ahead to places expected to be good regardless of the season; and spur-of-the-moment trips organized with 1 to 2 weeks of notice, based on seasonal conditions and notified via this web site, email, and Facebook. This gives us more flexibility in finding wildflowers in bloom or fall color at its peak.

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m.: Snowmelt gullies of the upper Angeles Crest Highway:
Easy, mostly driving; please carpool as parking may be limited
Jane Tirrell and Graham Bothwell, co-leaders

Along the section of the Angeles Crest Highway on either side of its highest point on Dawson Saddle, are several north-facing drainages that remain clogged with snow in wet years until relatively late in the season. When then snow finally melts, the gullies are filled with a profusion of flowers that include western columbine, Bigelow’s sneezeweed, giant red paintbrush, stream orchid, blue-eyed grass, and lemon lily. We will meet at Islip Saddle and drive east along the highway, stopping to explore the snowmelt gullies. We should carpool as much as possible. Bring lunch.

Directions to Islip Saddle: Take California State Route 2, the Angeles Crest Highway, from La Cañada (about 40 miles) or from Big Pines near Wrightwood (about 16 miles). Islip Saddle is the trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail to Little Jimmy, Mt. Islip, and Mt. Baden-Powell to the east and Mt. Williamson and Kratka Ridge to the west. It is also the junction of California State Highway 39 (closed above Crystal Lake) with the Angeles Crest Highway. There is a restroom in the parking area. An Adventure Pass is needed for parking.

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Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.

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Statewide and other CNPS chapter events


CNPS 2016 workshops: The CNPS Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands. Discounted registration fees are offered to CNPS members.

Further information:
Schedule, description, registration: CNPS workshops and training web page

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PROJECTS

Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:

Lily Spring Area Survey: Click here for the Lily Spring Area Survey page.

The Paintbrush Quest: A survey of Castilleja gleasoni, our chapter logo. Click here for the Paintbrush Quest pages.

Millard Canyon Project — a fundraiser in support of Altadena Foothills Conservancy

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BOARD MEETINGS

Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.

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PLANT SALES

Our 2016 Plant Sale

Held in early November, the next sale is on November 5, 2016, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.

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EVENTS AND NEWS OF OTHER GROUPS

Volunteer opportunity: Sunland Welcome Nature Garden: The Sunland Welcome Nature Garden, a volunteer native plant garden on Sunland Boulevard at the 210 freeway, is a showcase of local native plants. Stop in and smell the flowers, visit the garden's Facebook page, or contact the garden's instigator Roger Klemm at treehuggers@ca.rr.com for more information or to join in the next workday.

Southern California Botanists: See their Field Trips and events page (click here.)

Natural Sciences Section of Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2015 outings: For their current schedule, please see their web site (click here.)

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PAST PROGRAMS AND FIELD TRIPS OF OUR CHAPTER

Click here for the past events page.

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