Archive for March, 2011

Wild and Beautiful Orange County – CNPS-OC this Thursday

March 13, 2011

In this email:

  1. General Meeting, Thursday, March 17, 2011
  2. Field Trips in March/April
  3. Native Gardens Tour, Saturday, May 7, 2011

1. General Meeting – Wild and Beautiful – A Natural History of Orange County’s Open Spaces

Presentation and Book Signing by Dr. Allan Schoenherr

Please join us this Thursday night, March 17, 2011 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (NEW Directions here).  If you can help with setup of hospitality or with a contribution of food, please contact Sarah Jayne at Also, help with setup of tables and chairs is welcomed starting at 6:15 pm. THANK YOU to all the members who have chipped in to help.

  • 6:45 PM –  Doors Open for Food, Fellowship
  • 7:00 PM – Interest Centers (Don’t Miss – Plant Sale, OC Waterfalls info and more!)
  • 7:30 PM- Main Program:  Wild & Beautiful OC with speaker Dr. Allan Schoenherr

We may live in the smallest county in southern California, but we can quickly escape to stunning beaches, shady oak woodlands, habitat rich scrublands, even evergreen forests. Few could capture the breadth of it, from bug to flower and from rock to the broad landscapes, better than ecologist and Laguna Beach resident Dr. Allan Schoenherr in his new book Wild and Beautiful–A Natural History of  Orange County’s Open Spaces. An exciting blend of excellent photography and informative material, it takes a close look at our county’s plants, animals, and landscapes. But, as Pat Brennen of the OC Register recently reported, “This book isn’t just another catalog of plants and animals.  It’s packed with facts and stunning photos of wild land, habitat and species, as well as full-color maps.  There are sections on climate, weather, seasons, wildfire, geology, earthquakes and the subtle intricacies of the tidal zones.”

Dr. Allan Schoenherr is a retired Professor of Ecology at Fullerton College, and has taught at UCI and Cal State Fullerton.  He was educated at USC and Arizona State University. He is the author of The Natural History of California and The Natural History of the Islands of California.

Don’t miss this talk by a great speaker! We will have books on hand for purchase, and the author will sign your copy before and after the presentation.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Southern California Botanists grant program for Desert Studies in honor of Alan Romspert.

SAVE THE DATE:  April 21, 2011 – A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California by Laura Cunningham, talk and book signing.

2. Field Trips

“SAMBY” Santa Ana Mountains Big Year Field Trips, led by Bob Allen.  For details and additional trips on short notice, go to our website or email to

  • March 26, 2011 – Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
  • April 10, 2011 – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, in search of Allen’s Daisy, Pentachaeata area ssp. allenii. (Date subject to change)
  • May 28, 2011 – San Onofre State Park, to search for Ferocactus viridescens, San Diego Barrel Cactus.  Binoculars recommended.

April 10, 8:30 am  – 3: IRC Tour in the Foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains – Travel by touring truck and on foot to hunt for plants and arthropod friends in the Irvine Ranch Wildlands through oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and needlegrass grassland, led by IRC Senior Field Ecologist Jutta Burger. Limited numbers – sign up early at, April Activities, PRIVATE – OC CNPS Limestone Canyon Tour, use registration code: wildflower.  Contact Rich Schilk with questions

3. Orange County Native Gardens Tour – May 7, 2010

Save the date for this free self-guided tour of outstanding native gardens in Orange County!  Volunteer your garden with Sarah Jayne, 949-552-0691. Volunteer to help greet visitors to a garden. Invite your friends. Registration information will be at

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