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March 2012 Chapter News

March 11, 2012

Prickly-pear cactus flower

→ Our general meeting this Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Duck Club in Irvine, features speaker Laura Camp, “The Native Plant Gardens of Caspers”.

→ Second field trip of the new year is coming up:  Sunday, March 18, 2012 to Elsinore Peak.

→ Member appreciation day and plant sale at Tree of Life Nursery on March 17, 2012. Multiple speakers, free plant for members with purchase, bonus gifts for new members signing up at the plant sale.

→ CNPS is seeking a new Executive Director.  Spread the word; we want the best person possible to lead our organization. (Job announcement and Job description)

→ You can add your voice to the calls for desert protection.

→ Wanted:  Your best native plant photos.

→ Our chapter newsletter for March/April 2012 with more news and notes.

Fall color and white cliffs at Caspers Wilderness Park

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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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CNPS-Orange County News, February 2010

February 13, 2010
In this eNews:
  1. General Meeting, Thursday, February 18, 2010
  2. Nature Walks

1.  General Meeting – Native Trees for Urban Gardens, with Lili Singer

The weather has cleared, and our meeting place has re-opened! Please join us this Thursday night, February 18, 2010 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (see http://occnps.org/ for directions):

6:45 PM Doors Open, Hospitality, Book Sales

7:00 PM Native Plant ID and Garden tour signups – see below for details

7:30 PM Main Program: Lili Singer, Native Trees for Urban Gardens

Trees are the heart of the landscape, and there’s a native tree for every size garden. In addition to beauty, shade, and color, trees provide habitat for native wildlife. Learn which tree species are right for your garden, how to plant and keep them healthy, and how to select companion plants. This illustrated lecture will include helpful handouts.

Lili Singer is a horticulturist, educator and garden writer (most recently for the LA Times), and the special projects coordinator for the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants in Sun Valley, CA. She published and edited two award-winning periodicals, The Southern California Gardener andThe Gardener’s Companion, and for more than a decade hosted “The Garden Show,” a live call-in radio program on KCRW-FM. A southern California native herself, this engaging and knowledgeable speaker lives and gardens on one-third acre of tree-shaded land in Van Nuys.

Elderberry tree in the Sarkissian Garden, photo by Nancy Heuler

Prior to the main program, please join us for hospitality, book sales and snacks.  We will have an identification table with native plant samples, or bring your own identification questions or samples to share.  Another table will feature our May 8, 2010 garden tour and volunteer sign ups.

2.  Nature Walks

Pre-register for the nature hike via email Rich Schilk, birdguy@naturalista.net.  Rich will provide directions and answer any questions.

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.  These walks are ideal for new members and friends who are just beginning their appreciation for our native habitats.  Rain within 24 hours cancels the event.

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

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, 10:00 AM: San Mateo Marsh at Trestles, San Clemente

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.

**Please Note:  The Trout Journey part I trip on February 6th was cancelled due to rain, and therefore the follow-up trips on February 27 and March 27 have also been cancelled.

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