Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 2:00-4:00 pm, iNaturalist Workshop, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
Have you ever thought about keeping track of your own nature observations in an organized way so you could refer back to them? What if you could easily do that, as well as share your observations and photographs taken in nature, with a group of like-minded people online? Would you like to make meaningful contributions to scientific research? “Citizen science” is ordinary people contributing to scientific research and iNaturalist is the place to get started with any or all of the above.
Join us to discuss how to use the iNaturalist website and mobile applications, what the options are, and how to customize your iNaturalist account for your personal interests. This workshop, led by Damon Tighe and Bill Waycott, will be a combination of hands-on classroom and field work.
In preparation for the workshop, please sign up for an iNaturalist account online and create your profile. If you plan to use your mobile device(s), download and install the mobile app(s) on Android and IOS, prior to the workshop. After the classroom component, we will visit the garden to use iNaturalist in real-time. The SLO Botanical Garden is located in Chorro Regional Park, off of Hwy 1, across from Cuesta College and adjacent to the Dairy Creek Golf Course.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
Sunday, April 16th, 1:00 p.m
Join us for a plant walk from the Madonna Road trailhead (southwestern terminus of Madonna Rd.) into the upper reaches of the Irish Hills Open Space.
The vast majority of soils in this area are derived from serpentine, which is a metamorphic rock, high in magnesium and iron, while low in calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. The excess magnesium in combination with low levels of calcium, phosphorus, and potassium create a stressful environment for plant growth, and therefore inhibit the growth of the vast majority of both native and introduced species. The unique assortment of plants that do grow in the Irish Hills and on other serpentine-based outcrops surrounding San Luis Obispo, make for an exceptional mixture, which we will see in bloom on this walk. A plant list will be provided.
The length is 5 miles, 700 ft. elevation gain, 3 hours. Be sure to bring water, food, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing, as needed.
Contact: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9:00 am
Wind Wolves Preserve
16019 Maricopa Highway (State Route 166), between Maricopa, CA and Interstate 5.
Join us for a daylong visit to Wind Wolves Preserve, part of the Wildlands Conservancy, located on the north slope of the Transverse Ranges, east of Maricopa, CA.
This area has spectacular open spaces with carpets of wildﬂowers that stretch up into pine forests.
We will meet outside the administration building at 9:00 am.
Be sure to bring water, food, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.
Carpooling is available.
RSVP if you plan to participate: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, email@example.com
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 am, Pecho Ranch, (PG&E property) near Montaña de Oro State Park
We will walk to the top of the ridge road, located on the north ranch. As we ascend the road, you will see the habitats change from coastal sage scrub to chaparral and bishop pine forest. The top of the road offers a view of Morro Bay and the Coon Creek drainage. Total distance is 5 miles, elevation gain is 800 ft., three hours.
This is an RSVP only field trip open to 40 CNPS members. To place your name on the list and receive details about this field trip, contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bill will ask for some personal contact information to be forwarded to PG&E.
Deadline to sign up for this field trip is March 25th.
We will meet at the Point Buchon Trail check-in station. See map here: https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/in-your-community/local-environment/diablo-canyon-trails/point-buchon-trail.page
Sunday 2 April 2017 9 AM
CNPS, LVBHS, and Sierra Club Spring 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 AM for this annual California Native Plant Society and Sierra Club spring tour of the beauties of the Burton Mesa Chaparral. This should be a great year for wildﬂowers, annuals as well as shrubs; Optional afternoon tour.
Sturdy shoes, lunch & liquids, camera and binoculars advised. For more information, call Charlie at 733-3189 Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 am, Pecho Ranch, (PG&E property) near Montaña de Oro State Park. This is an RSVP only ﬁeld trip open to 40 CNPS members.
Details will be available in the April Obispoensis and via e-mail announcements. To place your name on the list, contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, email@example.com.
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8:00 am
Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Carrizo Plain
Join us to explore and appreciate the remarkable and unique display of annual and perennial spring wildﬂowers in eastern San Luis Obispo County. This could be the BIG YEAR in this giant swath of undisturbed California Prairie. Remember, this is a remote area, so make sure you have plenty of gas, water, as well as food.
Meet at the Santa Margarita park-and-ride (freeway exit, State Route 58 at Hwy 101) at 8:00 am. We will caravan from there with a brief stop at Shell Creek. You may be able to carpool with someone, so it is recommended to arrange your ride ahead of time, or jump in with others at the meeting place. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.
For more information contact: George Butterworth, (805) 438-3641, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, email@example.com. Rain cancels.
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 8:45 am, Coreopsis Hill (in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes)
This is a casual walk through the dunes to the top of Coreopsis Hill (one of the northern most populations of this amazing plant, Leptosyne gigantea). 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” (copies will be for sale at the beginning of the walk). 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.
To reach the trailhead, turn west on Oso Flaco Lake Road, off of Hwy 1 and proceed west 2.5 miles to Beigle Road. Look for a 6’ tall wire mesh fence and steel gate for parking. Once you arrive, someone will direct you to parking.
For more information call Lauren Brown at (805) 570-7993. Heavy rain cancels this trip (light rain, bring appropriate clothing).
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1:00 pm
Reservoir Canyon Wildﬂower Hike with Jenn Yost and Matt Ritter of Cal Poly
Come explore the hills of Reservoir canyon on the strenuous loop hike to the summit and along this ridge of serpentine derived soils. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, layered clothing for warmth as needed, hiking poles if desired, and the desire to learn new things with great views of the Morros, SLO, and the surrounding valleys. This hike may be strenuous for those who do not regularly walk for exercise. Total length: 5.2 miles, total elevation gain 1,000 ft.
Meet at the Reservoir Canyon Trailhead off Highway 101. Call (805) 781-7302 for more information.
This ﬁeld trip is sponsored by the City of SLO Ranger Service