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.
Our meetings kick off with a social time that begins at 7:00 p.m. This is a time to sample the treats that members have brought along to share, and browse the book table. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with some brief announcements before the program begins.
Speakers and notes from Chapter Meetings are documented in each Obispoensis newsletter. Please see the Obispoensis archive for PDF file of each newsletter.
Title: Chapter Meeting May 2, 2013 Location: San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall Description: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo. Program Research on the “Hidden Flowers, Cryptantha (Boraginaceae): Recent Insights” Michael Simpson, Professor of Biology at San Diego State University Mr. Simpson received his Ph.D. from Duke University. His expertise is plant systematics, including phylogenetic relationships of flowering plants, taxonomy related to species and...read more
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Road (Hwy. 41 West), Atascadero Flora and Fauna of Fort Ord National Monument Speaker: Bruce Delgado Bruce will speack about the Flora and Fauna of Fort Ord National Monument, with special attention to management and restoration issues. Bruce is a California native, born in 1961 and raised near Los Angeles. He graduated in 1990 from northern California’s Humboldt State University and received the Senior Man of the Year Award for his volunteer campus and community recycling...read more
Title: February Chapter meeting Start Time: 19:00 Date: 2013-02-07 Meet at the Veterans Hall, San Luis Obispo, 801 Grand Avenue. 7 p.m. social halfhour, 7:30 business meeting and program. Local naturalist and CNPS member Al Normandin will host an identification workshop on Lichens before the monthly meeting on February 7 from 6:15 to 7 p.m. After a brief general introduction to lichens, we will be examining and identifying at least a dozen or so lichen samples commonly seen in the SLO area. If possible, bring a hand lens or magnifying glass...read more
Thursday, December 6, 2012 Gardening in California’s Mediterranean Climate The speaker: Nan Sterman Plant ID Workshop 6:15 p.m. Visiting and Book Purchasing from 7:00 p.m. Meeting and Program Begin at 7:30 p.m. Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo Because California has a classic Mediterranean climate, gardening here is different from anywhere else in North America. In this talk, we discuss what it means to live and garden in California’s Mediterranean climate. Nan talks about soil, rainfall, plants, and techniques for creating...read more
Program: The speaker is our member Bill Waycott, and his topic, “Some Unique Plant Habitats in Remote Areas of California.” Bill is currently working on leafy vegetable research at Seminis Vegetable Seeds in Arroyo Grande. He has a Ph.D. in plant genetics and physiology from UC Santa Cruz. Where: Vets Hall, SLO, Grand Ave. & Monterey St. When: Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m. Visiting and Book Purchasing from 7:00 p.m. Meeting and Program Begin at 7:30 p.m.read more
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m. Veterans Building 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo Nuri Benet-Pierce is a Research Associate at San Diego State University and is currently working on various taxonomic problems in the genus Chenopodium, the “goosefoots.” She has also worked on pollen hetero-morphism in the monocot family Haemodoraceae, which entailed field work in Australia and resulted in a publication (Australian Systematic Botany 22: 16-30, 2009). Nuri is co-author of the Chenopodium and Dysphania treatments for The Jepson Manual 2....read more
In lieu of a program, we will hold our first ever Plant ID Workshop at 6pm, followed by CNPS chapter business meeting at 7pm. Kristie Haydu will be speaking about her work mapping rare plants in SLO County. She is a graduate student in the Biology department at Cal Poly, chapter secretary, and recipient of the McLeod Scholarship. Thursday, May 3, 2012. Veterans Building, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obisporead more
Thursday, 7:00 p.m., March 1, 2012, AARP Center, adjacent to the Atascadero Lake Pavilion, Atascadero To reach the venue, take Highway 41-West to Charles Paddock Zoo, turn SE (left) onto Santa Rosa and then left on Avenal. AARP is a long single story building close to the Avenal/Pismo Avenue intersection. The speaker is Ryan O’Dell, a Natural Resources Specialist (Botany/Soils/Paleontology) with the Bureau of Land Management in Hollister, California. He has a BS in Plant Biology and an MS in Soils and Biogeochemistry from UC Davis. Ryan...read more
Thursday, February 2, 2012–Groundhog Day Program: Dirk and David’s Best Spring Plant Walks Illustrated Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo 7:00 pm: Social time, refreshments and browse our book table The meeting begins at 7:30 with a little time for chapter business and announcements, followed by the presentation.read more
Thursday, 7 p.m., December 1, 2011. Veterans Building, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo Program – Calflora’s Integrated Mapping Platform Using Calflora’s integrated mapping platform to understand and conserve California flora: recent results and prospects for further future improvement. Daniel Gluesenkamp is Executive Director of the Calflora Database, where he helps the leading source of California wild plant information to develop innovative new mapping, data analysis, and management planning tools. Prior to joining...read more