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
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, email@example.com.
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com
Professional Botanist Kristen Nelson and Cal Poly Professor Nishi Rajakaruna join to help ID flowers and discuss new plant species she discovered in Irish Hills Natural Reserve. Meet at Madonna Rd. Trailhead (Roundabout at Madonna Rd. and Eto Cir.)
Route: Froom Creek to Mariposa
Difficulty: Moderate 2-3 hours
Sunday, March 23, 2019, 8:45 am
Coreopsis Hill (in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes)
This hike is sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Chapter of CNPS, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Dunes Center, and will be led by Jenny Langford, Lauren Brown, Dirk Walters, and other local botanists and volunteers.
The hike will begin at 9:00 AM (please plan to arrive between 8:45 and 9:00), leaving from the south end of Beigle Road at the USFWS access road (fenced road). It will be a casual walk through the dunes to the top of Coreopsis Hill. This is a moderate hike, about 3 hours round-trip. Dress in layers, bring water and snacks, and have your “Dune Mother’s Wildflower Guide” by Dr. Malcolm McLeod for the trip. Long pants and closed shoes are recommended as the habitat is coastal dune scrub and there is the possibility of poison oak and ticks in the natural dune areas (we will watch for and point these out so they can be
avoided). For more information call Lauren Brown at 805-460-6329 or 805-570-7993. Heavy rain cancels this trip (light rain, bring appropriate clothing).
NOTE: Pets, smoking, or alcohol are not allowed on the refuge, including the parking area, or other properties accessed during the hike (i.e., State Parks and private property). Pets may not be left in cars in the parking areas.
Directions from the north: Take Hwy 101 south from San Luis Obispo. Turn right (west) at the new Willow Road off ramp (Exit 180). Proceed west on Willow Road for about 4.3 miles, to Highway 1. Turn left (south) on Highway 1 and proceed for 2.7 miles, to Oso Flaco Lake Road. Turn right (west) on Oso Flaco Lake Road. Proceed west on Oso Flaco Lake Road for 2.5 miles to Beigle Road. Look for a 6’ tall wire mesh fence and steel gate.
Directions from the south: Take 101 north to Santa Maria and take the Main Street exit toward the town of Guadalupe. Turn right onto
Highway 1 and head north to Oso Flaco Lake Road (about 3 miles north of Guadalupe), turn left onto Oso Flaco Lake Road and
proceed 2.5 miles to Beigle Road (on left).
Parking: We will have people posted at the entrance of the USFWS fenced road to direct parking. The gate will be open around 8:30. Please do not park on Oso Flaco Lake Road near the gate as there is not much room and it could be hazardous. There should be plenty of room to park along the USFWS access road. The Oso Flaco Lake State Park lot is another ¾ miles west of Beigle Road, if you need to use a restroom before the hike (there are none along the hike route). Note: Pets, smoking or tobacco products, or alcohol are not allowed on the Refuge, including the parking area, or other properties accessed during the hike (i.e., State Parks and Private Property). Pets may not be left in cars in the parking areas.
Additional Information: The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Coastal Area contains the largest, relatively undisturbed coastal dune tract in California and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. Five major plant communities are represented including pioneer/foredunes; coastal dune scrub; riparian woodland; coastal dune freshwater marshes, ponds, and swales; and active interior dunes. The flora includes many endemic plant species and the dunes habitats support numerous rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals.
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10:00 am
Please RSVP by Sunday night, Feb. 24 (see below)
CNPS-SLO is going 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:
- Departure – leave San Luis Obispo at 8:30 am. For carpools, meet at Santa Rosa Park (Santa Rosa St. at Oak St.) at 8:20 am. Or, drive yourself directly to the Garden, located at: 1212 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara. Transportation is by private vehicles, as transport using a rented van was judged to be too expensive. All participants should meet in the SBBG parking lot by 10:00 am.
- Morning – we will walk up Rattlesnake Canyon, a short drive from the Garden. We will discuss native plants and lichens in that riparian habitat. (https://www.santabarbarahikes.com/hikes/frontcountry/rattlesnake)
- Noon – bring your own lunch, we will eat on the terrace at Pritzlaff Conservation Center, overlooking the Channel Islands (https://www.sbbg.org/explore-garden/pritzlaff-conservation-center)
- After lunch – we will tour the Garden’s research labs and herbarium (https://www.sbbg.org/explore-garden/pritzlaff-conservation-center/herbarium)
- Mid-afternoon – we will participate in a Lichen Workshop with the new hire, Dr. Rikke Reese Næsborg (see pg. 20, http://californialichens.org/bulletin/CALS_2014_21-1.0900.pdf)
- Evening – return to San Luis Obispo
Are you interested in going? Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to Bill Waycott (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday night, Feb. 24 so we can get an idea of how many people to expect. Please indicate if you want to carpool. Thanks!
Workshop Questionnaire For members who have not had a chance to complete the workshop questionnaire, please use the link below. We are eager to know your thoughts and ideas regarding a series of CNPS workshops to be coordinated by our chapter. Thank you for your participation. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/32CL6LQ
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