March 7, 2019, Thursday, 7 pm
Atascadero Kiwanis Hall
Mixer and Browse Sales Table 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm
The native cacti of California are wonderful, but they are new-comers …
Cacti originated in South America and evolved there for millions of years before any cactus was able to migrate to North America. In South America, there are still cacti that are ordinary leafy trees, cacti adapted to jungles, others that are at home next to snow banks high in the Andes. Argentina has giant columnar cacti that look like California’s saguaros, and nearby grow dwarf cacti that are smaller than your little finger when mature and flowering. Many cacti have spines that are modified into glands that secrete nectar: the cacti have a bargain with ants, trading a bit of sugar water for protection against mites.
James Mauseth is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, and a world-famous plant anatomist and cactus expert. An award-winning teacher, he has been invited to teach Plant Anatomy at Cal Poly this quarter. Jim’s specialty is plant anatomy, studying the cells and tissues of cacti and comparing them to the equivalent parts of plants that have more ordinary structures typical of non-succulent plants. He has traveled extensively in South America, and is a Fellow of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He will present a talk entitled The Evolution and Diversity of Cacti.
CNPS-SLO has organized a daylong visit to SBBG. The Garden’s mission is to conserve native plants and habitats with an emphasis on vegetation communities of the Central Coast and the offshore islands. All plants used in the Garden are California natives. Activities during the day will include:
- short hike in one of the neighboring coastal canyons
- visit to a few of the Garden habitat sections
- tour of the Herbarium, Research Labs, Seed Bank, and Propagation Facility
- afternoon lecture and workshop on lichens of the Central Coast
Bus transport to the Garden may be an option. Please mark your calendars and join us for this unique opportunity. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert S. Boyd is Alumni Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University, Alabama.
He received his doctorate in Botany from the University of California, Davis in 1986, and a master’s and undergraduate degree from Cal Poly Pomona. He is currently teaching conservation biology and has taught botany and ecology at Auburn University since 1988. His research interests include the management of rare and endangered plants, as well as the ecology and evolution of metal “hyperaccumulator” plants. These are plants that take unusually large amounts of metals into their tissues. In fact, Bob has had an insect species, “Boyd’s Black-Haired Bug” (Melanotrichus boydi) named after him for his work in this area. The bug feeds on the milkwort jewelflower (Streptanthus polygaloides), a nickel hyperaccumulator endemic to the Sierra Nevada.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 9:00 am,
Point Buchon Trail, Montaña de Oro State Park
Meet at the Coon Creek Trailhead parking lot at the south end of MDO.
We will walk to the PG&E kiosk and sign in. The hike is 6.6 miles roundtrip with a 300 ft. elevation change. Come prepared to talk about birds, plants, and discover the picturesque headlands (binoculars recommended). There is also the possibility we may have access to some of the interior portions of the PG&E property.
Bring water, snacks, and dress in layers for changing weather. A hat and sturdy shoes are advised.
Contact Bill, 805-459-2103.
2 of 3 California Coast Live Oak Quercus agrifolia Forest along the Coon Creek Trail in Montana de Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA, 20 May 2010. Photo by “Mike” Michael L. Baird, mike at mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com, Nikon P6000.
“Mike” Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com
Join us for a look at the biology of this spectacular openspace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our visit will include a look at tidal effect zones, seasonal freshwater marshes and wetlands, as well as the Monterey pine forest (part of three remaining native stands in the world).
Meet at 9am the south end of Windsor Blvd in Cambria. Be sure to bring your wildflower guides, adequate water and food, a hat, sturdy shoes, and dress in layers for the weather.
For more information contact Bill Waycott, 805-459-2103. Participants should arrive with protective gear in the event of a possible rain shower
Saturday, December 8th, 9:30 am, Bill Deneen Memorial Hike to Point Sal and Get-Together
As a way to acknowledge the contributions of Bill Deneen and to remember him, we are planning a hike to his beloved Point Sal. We will hike to the ridge and then to the beach, though hikers can choose to go as far as they would like. The total hiking distance is up to 10 miles with more than 1,000 ft. elevation gain – so it is easy to strenuous, depending on the length chosen.
After the hike, hikers and non-hikers alike will meet at La Simpatia Restaurant (827 Cabrillo Hwy, Guadalupe) at 2:00 pm, to eat, trade stories, and remembrances. Bring a story and any pictures or memorabilia you would like to share.
Directions to Point Sal: from Hwy 101 exit Hwy 166 west towards Guadalupe. Turn left on Highway 1, then right on Brown Road. Continue on Brown Road until the gate. Park at the gate. Make sure to leave no valuables in your car, there have been break ins. Dress in layers, bring hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks. Contact Andrea 805-934-2792, or Carlos 805-546-0317, or Bill 805-459-2103. Rain cancels the hike, but not the get-together at 2:00 pm.
CHAPTER MEETING Dec. 6th 2018 – Thursday – 7:00 pm
- Veterans Hall, Monterey and Grand, SLO
- Mixer and Browse Sales Table 7:00 pm, Program 7:30 pm
Program: Carrizo Ecological Reserves, George Butterworth
George grew up in the Central Valley. Among his first memories were cattails and red-wing blackbirds, and crops and orchards. He spent 30 years in Southern California, graduating from UCSB in history. He taught tennis for many years. He came to the Carrizo Plain in 1993 and started collecting plants and enjoying the nature. When California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife acquired south Chimineas in 2001, he worked on the botany there as a volunteer. This led to his getting on the payroll. He continues to botanize both the Chimineas and Carrizo.Plain, and was a major force in producing the digital Plants of Carrizo Plain book. A great number of the photo illustrations are by George.