Johnson Ranch – Wildflower Hike

 

May 25 Johnson Ranch – Wildflower Hike – 9:00 am

Cal Poly Botany Professors Jenn Yost and Matt Ritter join to help ID flowers and answer questions.

Meet at Johnson Ranch Trailhead (the intersection of South Higuera and Ontario Rd)

Route: Orange Loop
Difficulty: Easy 1-2 hours

Caliente Ridge

Saturday, April 20th, 2019, 8:30 am

Caliente Ridge, Carrizo Plain Natl. Monument

We will drive through the Monument towards the Selby Camp and up Caliente Ridge (high clearance vehicle recommended). Meet at the Santa Margarita Exit Park and Ride.

Bring plant guides or plan to purchase one during the trip. Also, bring adequate water, food, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes is advised. For more information contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Cambria Wildflower Show

Cambria Wildflower Show

The premier wildflower show on the north coast is scheduled for April 13 & 14 at the Vet’s Hall in Cambria (1000 Main Street) from 12:00 to 4:00 on Saturday and 10:00 to 2:00 on Sunday.

We usually have around 400 species of plants on display collected from the coastal region from the county line to the North and Montana de Oro to the South. In the display, plants are grouped by family and labelled with scientific name and common name.  There are also notations for rare, invasive, and introduced. I think this would be a great event for any plant lover to experience.

Reservoir Canyon – Wildlife Walk and Talk

 

April 14 Reservoir Canyon – Wildlife Walk and Talk – 9:00 am

Local wildlife biologist and Cal Poly Professor Francis Villablanca joins to share his knowledge creatures and critters.

Meet at the end of Reservoir Canyon Rd., coming from SLO, take 101 North about 1 mile past Monterey St. exit. Turn right onto Reservoir Canyon Rd.

Route: Reservoir Canyon Loop
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, 2-3 hours

Cambria Wildflower Show

Cambria Wildflower Show

The premier wildflower show on the north coast is scheduled for April 13 & 14 at the Vet’s Hall in Cambria (1000 Main Street) from 12:00 to 4:00 on Saturday and 10:00 to 2:00 on Sunday.

We usually have around 400 species of plants on display collected from the coastal region from the county line to the North and Montana de Oro to the South. In the display, plants are grouped by family and labelled with scientific name and common name.  There are also notations for rare, invasive, and introduced. I think this would be a great event for any plant lover to experience.

La Purisima Burton Mesa Wildflower Walk

Sunday 7 April 2019 9:30 AM, CNPS and LVBHS, La Purisima Burton Mesa Wildflower Walk: Meet at the La Purisima Mission Parking Lot, corner of Purisima and Mission Gate Rds. (2295 Purisima Rd. Lompoc) at 9:30 AM for this annual California Native Plant Society and Sierra Club spring tour of the beauties of the Burton Mesa Chaparral. With the early March rains, there should be a reasonably good flower display. Optional afternoon tour. Sturdy shoes, lunch & liquids, camera and binoculars advised. For more information, call Charlie at 733-3189 

Carrizo Plain National Monument and Temblor Range

Saturday, April 6th, 2019, 8:30 am

Carrizo Plain National Monument and Temblor Range

We will visit some of the best wildflower areas in the Monument, including some vernal pools, with an option to travel up into the Temblor Range.

Meet at the Santa Margarita Exit Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

For participants coming from Morro Bay, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, and South County, please meet in the parking lot of Santa Rosa Park, at the corner of Oak St. and Santa Rosa St., in San Luis Obispo  at 8:10 am.  This is necessary, due to limited parking at the Santa Margarita Park and Ride.  We plan to start the carpool process first at Santa Rosa Park.  

Bring plant guides or plan to purchase one during the trip. Also, bring adequate water, food, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised. For more information contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

California Botanical Society’s graduate student research symposium

The CP Biology Dept is hosting the California Botanical Society’s graduate student research symposium on April 6th.  It’s a full day of talks from graduate students in California or studying California.  It is a great way to see most botanical labs in California and to network.  The evening of April 6th will be the California Botanical Society annual banquet and everyone is invited to attend.  Registration is open now.

Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip to Shell Creek

 

Saturday, March 30th, 2019, 8:30 am

Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip to Shell Creek and Environs

One of the outstanding spring wildflower destinations in California. Meet at the Santa Margarita Exit Park and Ride at 8:30 am. Bring plant guides or plan to purchase one during the trip. Also bring adequate water, food, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.

For more information contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com

SO BE FREE (Bryophyte Chapter) Weekend

The Twenty-Fourth Annual
Spring Outing
Botanical Excursion
Foray, Retreat, and Escape to the Environment
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO BE FREE 24 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brought to you by the Bryophyte Chapter of the California Native Plant Society!

Friday to Monday, 29 March to 1 April 2019
Rancho El Chorro in San Luis Obispo
Coordinators: Ken Kellman, Ben Carter
Founded in 1996, SO BE FREE is a series of West Coast forays started by the Bryolab at UC Berkeley, but open to all botanists. The main focus is on bryophytes, but we also encourage experts on other groups to come along and smell the liverworts. We welcome specialists and generalists, professionals and amateurs, master bryologists and rank beginners. SO BE FREE is held each spring, somewhere in the Western US, associated with spring break at universities. Evening slide shows and informal talks are presented as well as keying sessions with microscopes. In addition to seeing interesting wild areas and learning new plants, important goals for SO BE FREE include keeping West Coast bryologists (and friends) in touch with each other and teaching beginners. To see pictures and information from past outings, visit the SO BE FREE website at: https://bryophyte.cnps.org/index.php/so-be-free

☛ One important function of this year’s SO BE FREE will be to serve as the annual meeting of the Bryophyte Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. See: https://bryophyte.cnps.org/ for
details, and to join!

The 2019 SO BE FREE will be held in San Luis Obispo County, one of the botanical gems within
California. Midway along the coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo offers strong moisture gradients, a tremendous diversity of geological substrates and abundant open spaces that have been only lightly explored bryologically. Vegetation types range from moisture-loving closed cone coniferous forests near the coast to arid desert scrub in interior regions, with a diversity of chaparral and woodlands in between. The region is known floristically as a zone of transition, with representation of northern species in mesic areas, southern species in the drier coastal regions and even Mojave desert species in the eastern part of the county. Foray destinations will include Los Padres National Forest, many of the open spaces surrounding the city of San Luis Obispo, a private ranch in the interior and some of the best wildflower destinations in the state, all of which promise to be very rich in ephemerals, Bryaceae and Pottiaceae.

Beginners are very welcome to SO BE FREE, and this year we will again have a workshop session for beginners at the start of the event. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning we will have field trips to satisfy all participants from neophyte to nerd! Field trip details are to follow. Access is being sought for private, State, and Federal lands.

Interested? View PDF Flyer with Registration Information