Archive for January, 2012

CNPS OC News for January 2012

January 9, 2012

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In this email:

  1. CNPS Conservation Conference – PUBLIC DAY, this Saturday, FREE events
  2. General Meeting, Thursday, January 19, Peter Bowler
  3. Field Trip Schedule for 2012

1. CNPS Conservation Conference – PUBLIC DAY – **This Upcoming Saturday**

FREE Events – Saturday, January 14, 8am – 3pm, Town and Country Resort Hotel, San Diego (parking fee applies, see below)

The free public day events have been announced, and it has turned into a can’t miss event!  If your schedule is free or can be made free, you need to go to San Diego this Saturday!

Students, CNPS members, all interested in California native plants or the environment will find something of interest at the CNPS Conservation Conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this fantastic conference with exhibitors, posters and speakers galore. The conference happens only once every three years and this time we are lucky to have it nearby!

Four sessions of the scientific conference will be open to the public for no charge from 8am to 11:40am: 1.Tribal Conservation and Traditional Use of Native Plants, 2.Horticulture: Part of Conservation is Growing, 3.The Vital Role of Education in the future of Conservation, 4. Student Session: thirteen 20-minute talks by university students.

Five concurrent tracks special to the public from 10am to 3pm with many outstanding speakers and topics: 1.Native Plant Gardening, including speaker Mike Evans, 2.Nature and Children, including speaker John Muir Laws, 3.Children’s Gardens, 4.Native Peoples, 5.Local Projects and Topics.

Detailed schedule and further details of Free Events.  (make sure to scroll down below the chart, too!)

Directions to Town and Country Resort Hotel, 500 HOTEL CIRCLE NORTH, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 92108

Interstate 5 North or South: Exit onto Interstate 8 East (El Centro) and exit 2nd Hotel Circle exit, turn left continuing under the overpass.

The Conference Center location is on the far east end of the resort…close to the Union Tribune building, so look for parking in that area.  Register (for free) at the CNPS Registration table, and obtain your CNPS name badge.  Parking charge is discounted to $5.00 with a CNPS name badge ($14.00 without).

2. General Meeting, Thursday, January 19, 2012

…at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (Directions here).  Doors open at 6:45, Main Program at 7:30 pm. (Help with setup is welcome at 6:30.  Also, feel free to bring a snack for the hospitality table at 6:30)

Speaker: Dr. Peter Bowler, UCI Campus and Marsh restoration

Restoration of degraded lands back to a landscape capable of sustaining the plants and animals that form a balance is a fascinating topic, even more so when one person has been involved in these challenging projects from start to finish. Join us as Dr. Peter Bowler from UC Irvine gives a virtual tour of many of the University’s restoration efforts and mitigation projects. Whether on Campus or on the adjacent UC Natural Reserve System’s San Joaquin Marsh Reserve there have been many accomplishments dating from the early 1990’s, and several current projects continue.

Please click here for more pictures and details of Dr. Bowler’s talk.

Dr. Peter Bowler is a faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and he is the Director of UCI’s Arboretum and the Faculty Manager of the UC Natural Reserve System’s San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. He has conducted research and implemented restoration efforts at UCI for over two decades and teaches Restoration Ecology, Limnology and Freshwater Biology, Mediterranean Ecosystems, Horticulture, and Field Freshwater Ecology, among other courses.  In his over 33 years at UCI, he has overseen the creation of 55 acres of wetland, six vernal pools, and over a dozen acres of coastal sage scrub habitat on the campus. (Editor’s note: WOW!)

3. Field Trip Schedule for 2012

Our new board member and field trip chair, Ron Vanderhoff, has put together an outstanding schedule of field trips for 2012.  Check out the details here – and make sure you save the dates on your calendar.  Our first field trip of the year will be on Sunday, February 26th, at the UCI Ecological Preserve.

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