Archive for January, 2010

Meeting Cancellation

January 19, 2010

Our general meeting, originally scheduled for the evening of Thursday, January 21, 2010, has been cancelled due to weather concerns.  Heavy rain, wind and possible flooding are expected to affect the access to our normal meeting place at the Duck Club.

Please help spread the word to your friends without email.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, and hope you’ll join us on February 18 for speaker Lili Singer and “Native Trees for Urban Gardens”.

Kim Kolpin’s talk about Bolsa Chica will be rescheduled.  Thank you, and stay dry and safe!


CNPS-Orange County News, January 2010

January 16, 2010
In this eNews:
  1. General Meeting, Thursday, January 21, 2010
  2. Field Trips start in February

1.  General Meeting – Restoration, Past and Future at the Bolsa Chica Mesa


Please join us this Thursday night, January 21, 2010 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (see for directions):

6:45 PM doors open

7:15 PM Planting Natives feature: Top 10 Native Plants for the Garden, with Kim Kolpin

7:30 PM Main Program: Kim Kolpin, Director, Bolsa Chica Stewards

This month as part of our “Orange County is Special” series, we turn to the great Bolsa Chica.  Focusing on the Mesa portion of the Reserve, Kim will give an overview of the history of Bolsa Chica, the issues and circumstances that have resulted from the property’s former uses and the restoration plan currently being designed, which will involve the establishment of multiple habitats with help from the community. Kim will discuss the future nursery design and the challenges faced by the project. The presentation will include historical photos, maps, current photos and conceptual design drawings.

Bolsa Chica Mesa by Connie Boardman

Kim Kolpin is one of the founding members and director of the Bolsa Chica Stewards, the restoration team of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. For eleven of the past fourteen years of the organization’s history, Mrs. Kolpin has led all of the group’s activities. As director, she and landscape architect Guy Stivers are currently designing the Lower Bench restoration project for the Bolsa Chica Mesa. Mrs. Kolpin is also actively engaged in other Bolsa Chica Land Trust projects and issues. As a result of her work at Bolsa Chica, Mrs. Kolpin began a California native plant garden design firm in spring of 2008. Sage Landscape Designs now brings drought tolerant native gardens to homeowners in Southern California. She lives with her husband and three children in Huntington Beach.

2.  Field Trips and Nature Walks in February and March – Mark your Calendars

  • Saturday, February 06… Trout Journey  Part I
  • Saturday, February 13… Anza-Borrego
  • Saturday, February 20… Caspers Park (Nature Walk)
  • Saturday, February 27… Trout Journey  Part II
  • Saturday, March 06… San Mateo Marsh (Nature Walk)
  • Saturday, March 27… Trout Journey  Part III

Much of the information here is preliminary. Visit our chapter website at for updates.  There are no fees for nature walks or field trips. Pre-registration is recommended, at If you have questions, email Rich Schilk, Rain within 24 hours cancels the event.

Nature Walks

New this year, our nature walks are designed as an introduction to common plants in our area, and their relationship to the rest of our natural environment. Leaders are members of the California Native Plant Society or sister organizations.

Saturday, February 20, 9:00 AM: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

From the park website: [this] “8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve [is] nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains.” Stroll with us through groves of native Coast Live Oak and California Sycamore. Prepare to get your feet wet if streams are still running. In addition to plant identification, you will learn about the history and ecology of the area. The park admission fee is $5.00 per vehicle.

Saturday, March 6: San Mateo Marsh, 10:00 AM

This fresh-water marsh is a now-rare habitat at the mouth of one of Southern California’s very few remaining free-running watersheds. We will amble around the marsh’s perimeter on mostly-level trail (some along the beach), looking at the riparian, estuarine and other vegetation types, as well as early wildflowers. We’ll probably take a snack/lunch break along the way.

Field Trips

Trout Journey: From Shore to Chaparral, Leader: Joel Robinson, Naturalist for You

A series of three related outings following the historic journey of the endangered southern steelhead trout from the Santa Ana River Mouth, up Santiago Creek, and into the Santa Ana Mountains. Witness the transition between different plant communities, from saltwater to the headwaters.

Part I: Saturday, February 6, 9:00 AM: Salt Marsh at Santa Ana River Mouth, Newport Beach

Imagine you are a trout and you have to get to the mountains to spawn. From the ocean the tide carries you through the shallow marsh where you navigate through the cordgrass, cattails, and pickleweed to the Santa Ana River channel. The flow is against you, but your muscular tail propels you upstream towards the foothills. This is an opportunity to view wetland plants and wildlife (mostly birds) at the Santa Ana River mouth. Flat trail. Full sun exposure. Bring binoculars.

Part II: Saturday, February 27, 9:00 AM: A Creekside in Orange

Although there have been many obstacles, your sleek metallic shape and relentless determination have catapulted you many miles up the Santiago Creek. You swim under the shade of willows and pass by various drought-deciduous shrubs. This is an opportunity to see the transition between the valley and foothills. Flat trail. Full sun exposure. Bring binoculars. $5.00 parking fee for Part II.

Part III: March 27, 9:00 AM: Silverado Canyon, Maple Springs Truck Trail

Finally, your perseverance has brought you to the riparian forest where you were born. You swim through deep pools carved out of dark bluish-gray bedrock. Alders, bays, and maples shade the cold mountain stream and thick chaparral clothes the steep slopes of the canyon. It is time to spawn. This is an opportunity to see plants and wildlife of the Santa Ana Mountains. Wide, flat semi-paved trail. Gradual ascent. Partial shade. Bring binoculars. Adventure Pass needed for Part III.

Saturday, February 13: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Hunt for Pilostyles thurberi, Thurber’s stemsucker, in bloom – – Leader: Tom Chester

Pilostyles thurberi has been called Southern California’s most unusual wildflower. It is a parasite that is only visible when it produces its tiny blooms, which appear as tiny warts on the stem of its host plant. The human eye can just barely tell an open fresh flower from a dead flower, but a hand lens or macro camera reveals the difference clearly. Fonts Point Wash, within several hundred feet of the paved road S22, has 20 host plants with Pilostyles. We’ll survey them to try to find some in full bloom.

We will eat lunch, then spend an hour or two enjoying the Pilostyles and other plants of this area. Afterwards, for those interested in a longer outing, we will botanize other nearby canyons.

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