Developing a Web-based Tree Identification Key

JUNE 1 IS OUR LAST MEETING TILL FALL

Developing a Web-based Tree Identification Key

The June speaker will be our McLeod scholarship grad student awardee, Kyle Nessen. Kyle’s project is in collaboration with CalFire to create a photographic key to tree identification on the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute website.

Growing Grounds Farm Plant Sale

Growing Grounds Farm is a non-profit wholesale nursery located in San Luis Obispo. Growing Grounds offers California natives, Mediterranean perennials, succulents, restoration and mitigation plants, a wide variety of grasses, and a selection of perennial herbs.

Growing Grounds Farm is a wholesale nursery and does not sell directly to the public except on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

Arroyo de la Cruz & North County Bluffs

Arroyo de la Cruz & North County Bluffs

Sunday, May 14th, 9:00 am, Arroyo de la Cruz, North SLO County.

Join us for this Mother’s Day visit to one of the “hottest” spots for botanical diversity in San Luis Obispo county. Our leader D.R. “Doc” Miller will take us to see the 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. The field trip will last roughly 3 hours.  Be sure to bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing, as needed.

For those wanting to carpool from the south, meet in the parking lot of Spencer’s Market in Morro Bay (2650 Main Street) at 8:30 am.

For more information, please contact: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Indian Knob on the Guidetti Ranch

Indian Knob on the Guidetti Ranch

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 am, Indian Knob on the Guidetti Ranch with ECOSLO

Hike with a docent from the SLO Stewards Program to Indian Knob at Guidetti Ranch in the hills just south of the city of San Luis Obispo. This is a hike is one that can only be done with a docent since it is a private ranch under a conservation easement, and we only do it three or four times a year. Hopefully during the hike, we will see the two endemic flowers which the ranch has on it – the Indian Knob Mountain Balm and the Pismo Clarkia.

We will meet at 9:00 A.M. to carpool to the ranch, since there is not very much parking at the entrance to the ranch. This is a moderately strenuous hike, is approximately eight miles with an approximate 600 feet gain in elevation. The last half mile or so to Indian Knob the trail is very overgrown, so be prepared for some bushwacking. Since all of the hikers are required to stay with the docent, you will not be able to turn back whenever you want, so you must be prepared to hike the full eight miles.

Bring water, sunscreen, and a lunch with you; wear sturdy shoes; and be prepared to get back to our cars about 2:00. Also, since this is on private property, no dogs are allowed.

Only 20 people are allowed on this hike, so you must email Carolyn Huddleston, who is a volunteer with ECOSLO (the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo) to reserve a spot; her email is carolyn.j.huddleston@gmail.com. If you are unable to go with us this time, you can email Carolyn and get your name put on the notification list for the next hike at the Guidetti Ranch, and she will email you the next time one is planned.

A Photographic Journey of California Lupines with Stuart Wilson

CHAPTER MEETING MAY 4TH IS OUR NEXT MEETING

A Photographic Journey of California Lupines

Stuart Wilson has long held a love and fascination of the genus Lupinus. After many springs spent photographing our local species, he decided to embark on a project to photograph every species and variety (104) found in California. Traveling throughout the state in 2015 and 2016, he has reached his goal (with a few noteworthy exceptions). He will give an overview of the great variety of forms found in the genus with tips on identification.

Stuart Wilson has been interested in photography since high school. After college in Orlando, Florida, he moved to Santa Barbara to study at Brooks Institute. He has traveled extensively in pursuit of nature subjects such as insects, amphibians and reptiles, and other small animals. He markets his photography through Science Source, a stock agency based in New York. He produced most of the photographs for Joan Lentz’s book. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region. He is a past president of Channel City Camera Club in Santa Barbara. Visit Stuart’s website to get a taste of the beautiful photographs featured in his talk.

LUPINE WORKSHOP ADDED PRIOR TO MEETING – COME AT 6PM TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP

The CNPS monthly meeting Thursday, May 4 at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall will kick off with a workshop from 6:10 to 7:00 pm on lupine identification led by Dr. Dave Keil.

Our county is home to a diversity of Lupinus species, two of which grow nowhere else.  Dave will give a quick intro to lupine features, and participants will then have the opportunity to try out the draft treatment on Lupinus from the nearly completed second edition of The Vascular Plants of San Luis Obispo County, California.  Bring your hand lenses!


June is bringing a crammed-full sales table to the May meeting. Think of all those birthday gifts you have to buy, all your ugly T-shirts that need replacing, the thank-you gift to your maiden aunt, and the financial support you wish to give CNPS.

NEW ITEM JUST IN TIME FOR SUPERBLOOM. As well as the downloadable version, we have a CD with two versions of the program available at the sales table

 


12th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show

12th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show

Saturday April 29 12:00-5:00  and Sunday April 30 10:00-4:00

  • Hundreds of freshly picked Central Coast wildflowers and other flora will be presented and described
  • Edible, Medicinal, Rare, Invasive and Poisonous plants will be identified
  • Botanists will be on hand for your questions
  • Treats available from the Wildflower Café
  • T-shirts, books, and more for sale

Admission is free for students, otherwise it’s a $3 donation to this worthy cause.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve 805-927-2856

Of special interest will be the “Fire-Following Flowers” the first to bloom out of the Chimney fire

12th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show

12th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show

Saturday April 29 12:00-5:00  and Sunday April 30 10:00-4:00

  • Hundreds of freshly picked Central Coast wildflowers and other flora will be presented and described
  • Edible, Medicinal, Rare, Invasive and Poisonous plants will be identified
  • Botanists will be on hand for your questions
  • Treats available from the Wildflower Café
  • T-shirts, books, and more for sale

Admission is free for students, otherwise it’s a $3 donation to this worthy cause.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve 805-927-2856

Of special interest will be the “Fire-Following Flowers” the first to bloom out of the Chimney fire

Nipomo Native Garden Spring Garden Tour

Nipomo Native Garden Spring Garden Tour offers a delightful afternoon of garden tours, talks, and a children’s program

Talks

1:30 Controlling Gophers in the Garden – Gopher biology, habits, hearsay

2:00 Using Drought Tolerant Native Plants in the Garden

3:00 Controlling Gophers again – a popular subject

Children’s Garden Program

Puppet making: All the fixings available to make your own puppet

Flower Pounding: Kids can make a lovely bookmark to take home

Kids can also enjoy the regular activities available in the Children’s Garden:- the sandbox, the wishing tree, hopscotch, and looking for insects and other critters in the Bug House.

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