Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16th to Aug. 18th, Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, Lopez Lake, SLO Co. The California Native Plant Society is conducting a rare plant survey in the Lopez Lake area with a species focus on Malacothamnus gracilis, slender bush mallow, a 1B.1 listed plant. Members will help to assess this rare plant’s distribution and take part in the collection of seeds as part of the California Plant Rescue program, www.caplantrescue.org. This Treasure Hunt is coordinated by Amy Patten and Keir Morse, CNPS staff, whose sole job is to seek out rare and, in many cases, endangered species. Participants must be in good physical condition, due to the steep terrain and chaparral vegetation, and have basic skills in plant identification. Afternoon temperatures in August can reach the mid 90s. If interested in joining the team for a day or the entire weekend, contact Bill Waycott, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Mountain bike ride and hike to Cone Peak, Big Sur

Ride the Coast Ridge Road to the Cone Peak trailhead, then hike to the summit (5,155 ft.) and return. Along the way, take in the amazing views and see some rare plants – Santa Lucia fir and Sugar pine.

Meet at the junction of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and Coast Ridge Road (36°00’35.7″N  121°27’08.3″W) at 10:30 am. For a carpool option, meet either at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo at 7:30 am or at the Washburn Day Use Area of San Simeon State Park, 1.5 miles north of Cambria (35°35’40.7″N 121°07’27.2″W), 8:20 am.

The bike ride is 11 miles round trip to the Cone Peak trailhead and back.The hike is 5 miles round trip. Bring a helmet, water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, as well as shoes/boots and a hat for the hike. Also, bring a cable lock for your bike to use during the hike. For those interested in carpooling, a pickup truck is preferable to transport others and their gear. Contact Bill, 805-459-2103.

Arroyo de la Cruz

 

Saturday, June 15th, 9:00 am, Arroyo de la Cruz, North SLO County

This field trip visits one of the “hottest” spots for botanical diversity in San Luis Obispo Co. Our leaders D.R. “Doc” Miller and Elizabeth Appel will lead us on a tour of several unique species located on these coastal bluffs. The Arroyo de la Cruz area features a variety of plant communities and a number of endemic, and rare plants found only in this relatively small area.

Meet at the Elephant Seal Overlook (first entrance on the left going north) at 9:00 am. For those wanting to carpool from the south, meet in the Santa Rosa Park parking lot in San Luis Obispo at 8:00 am.

The field trip will last roughly 3 hours.  Bring adequate water, snacks, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.

For more information, contact: Bill 805-459-2103.  No dogs please.

 

Point Buchon and Bishop Pine Ridge

Saturday, June 1st, 8:30 am, Point Buchon and Bishop Pine Ridge, Montaña de Oro State Park

This field trip is guided by PG&E botanist, Kelly Kephart, and will give us access to the ridge south of Coon Creek. The hike is 3.0 miles round trip with an 800 ft. elevation gain.

Meet at the Coon Creek trail parking lot at the southern end of Montaña de Oro SP. Bring a photo ID, as each hiker will need to register themselves at the PG&E kiosk when entering this area.

We will walk up the ridge road, where we will see the bishop pine forest, as well as coastal scrub and chaparral habitats. In addition to Bishop Pine, Pinus muricata, we will see the Pecho manzanita, Arctostaphylos pechoensis, a CA Rare Plant Rank 1B.2.

Bring adequate water, snacks, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.

For info, contact Bill, 805-459-2103.  No dogs please.

Johnson Ranch – Wildflower Hike

 

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

This field trip is guided by Cal Poly Botany Professors Jen Yost and Matt Ritter.  Meet at the Johnson Ranch trail head, at the intersection of South Higuera and Ontario Road.  This will be an ideal opportunity to observe late season wildflowers, including chick lupine, Lupinus microcarpus, and mariposa lilies, Calochortus sp. The hike will follow the Orange Trail, 2.0 miles with a 200 ft elevation gain.  Bring adequate water, snacks, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.  For info, contact Bill, 805-459-2103.  Dogs on a leash are permitted.

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.

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

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.

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