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EVENT CALENDAR

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  • SO BE FREE (Bryophyte Chapter) Weekend
    All day
    04-01-2019-04-01-2019

    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

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  • Carrizo Plain National Monument and Temblor Range
    All day
    04-06-2019

    US-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA

    US-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA

    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
    All day
    04-06-2019-04-07-2019

    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.
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  • La Purisima Burton Mesa Wildflower Walk
    All day
    04-07-2019

    2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

    2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

    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 

  • California Botanical Society’s graduate student research symposium
    All day
    04-07-2019-04-07-2019

    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.
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  • Cambria Wildflower Show
    12:00 pm-4:00 pm
    04-13-2019

    1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

    1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

    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.

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  • Reservoir Canyon – Wildlife Walk and Talk
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    04-14-2019

    Reservoir Canyon Trail, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    Reservoir Canyon Trail, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

     

    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
    10:00 am-2:00 pm
    04-14-2019

    1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

    1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

    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.

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  • Caliente Ridge
    All day
    04-20-2019

    US-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA

    US-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA

    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.

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CHAPTER MEETINGS

Eight months per year, a special speaker or program is planned in keeping with the CNPS-SLO mission. Chapter meetings are generally held the first Thursday of the month at the San Luis Obispo Vets Hall on Grande Ave near the corner of Monterey Street. We do not schedule a meeting in July, August, September, and January. Come at 7:00 to socialize, enjoy refreshments, and browse the book table. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with some  brief announcements before the program begins.
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FIELD TRIPS

We have a very active chapter membership who love to get together to explore old special spots and discover new favorites. Generally, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! Many of our field trips are loosely organized – just show up at the noted time and location. There are a few field trips, however, that are by reservation only so please read each description carefully. All upcoming Field Trips are shown on our calendar.

Send Us Your Photos!

If you would like to share a photograph or two from a field trip you’ve attended with CNPS-SLO, please use this form

SOD BLITZ

Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a serious exotic disease, is threatening the survival of tanoak and several oak species in California. As of 2013, SOD is found in 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to Humboldt.

Researchers have discovered that Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes SOD, spreads most often on infected California bay laurel leaves. Some management options are available, but they are effective only if implemented before oaks and tanoaks are infected; hence, timely detection of the disease on bay laurel leaves is essential for a successful proactive attempt to slow down the SOD epidemic.

CNPS-SLO Annual SOD Blitz

The SOD Blitz informs and educates the community about the disease and its effects, gets locals involved in detecting the disease, and produces detailed local maps of disease distribution. The map can then be used to identify those areas where the infestation may be mild enough to justify proactive management.

  • A community meeting/training session held on a Friday evening in May, followed by collection of leaf samples by volunteers on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Samples and accompanying forms are then turned in at a central location Saturday and Sunday afternoon/evenings.
  • We provide a list of recommended areas for sampling at the meeting and divide into groups.

Results of 2013 SOD Blitz

COMMUNITY EVENTS

We participate in fairs, markets, and shows in the county that have an ecological, environmental or plant focus, including the Cambria Wildflower Show, events at the Botannical Garden, and the collaborative Morro Coast Audubon Society and CNPS picnic at Santa Margarita Lake to name a few. And we occasionally have a booth at the SLO Farmer’s Market thursday nights — look for us there! All upcoming Community Events are shown on our calendar.

PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER

Fall is the best time to plant natives, and we hold our annual plant sale fundraiser the first Saturday in November. Plants are grown by members and special purchases are made to resell, and there are plenty of native plant experts on hand to offer advice and information about planting natives in your garden. If you would like to volunteer to work at our plant sale, please fill out this form.

ANNUAL BANQUET

Our annual Potluck Banquet is held the third Saturday in January with social hour beginning at 5:30 pm and a keynote speaker presenting a don’t-miss program following dinner.

We provide refreshments and table settings and we ask that you bring your own eating utensils (although plastic utensils are available).

Tickets at $10 per person are available for purchase on our website or if you prefer, you may send payment to D. Krause, 2706 Newton Drive, Cambria, CA, 93428.

Questions? Contact David Krause  at dkincmbria@aol.com or 805-927-5182 for information about our next banquet.