Conservation Committee Meeting
May
7
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Garden Committee Meeting
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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The Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare it For Big Fall Planting
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

The Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare it For Big Fall Planting

Where: Meet at 9 AM at the McCoy House Museum, the two-story white building at the west end of Old Town State Park where the bus/train/trolley station is located. This is at the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets.

The Native Landscape will be the site of a major planting effort in November-December 2019. In order to minimize the weed seeds on the site, we are inviting volunteers to come once/month on the second Saturday of the month between now and November, to weed. Then, when we plant new native plants,
they will have the best chance to establish without having to fight for space with exotic invaders.

In May we plan to remove exotic grasses that are already going to seed, to reduce this years' prolific weed crop's seed from getting into the ground. We also hope to finally obliterate the three weedy clover species that came up this year.

Bring water and have sun protection. If you have gloves and a favorite weeding tool, bring them, or share ours.

Take bus, train, or trolley to the Old Town Station, and cross at the corner of Taylor and Congress. If you drive there is free parking in the F lot in Old Town, next to Calhoun Street, or in the CalTrans lot that you enter at Juan and Taylor Streets.

Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jun
4
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare for Big Fall Planting
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Old Town Native Landscape Needs Your Help to Prepare for Big Fall Planting

Where: Meet at 9 AM at the McCoy House Museum, the two-story white building nearest to the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets.

We will be planting a lot of new natives in the Native Landscape in November - December 2019. Between now and then, we invite volunteers to come on the second Saturday of each month, to help us remove whatever exotic weeds we find. We are doing our best to remove them before they go to seed, so the
new natives won't have to compete for space, water, and sunlight with exotic invaders.

Bring water and have sun protection. If you have gloves and a favorite weeding tool, bring them, or share ours.

Take bus, train, or trolley to the Old Town Station, and cross at the corner of Taylor and Congress. If you drive there is free parking in the F lot in Old Town, next to Calhoun Street, or in the CalTrans lot that you enter at Juan and Taylor Streets.

Questions? Contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jul
2
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Torrey Pines Extension & Crest Canyon - Del Mar
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Torrey Pines Extension & Crest Canyon - Del Mar

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE 2-3 miles (or less)
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT!]

This trip is a yearly treat, and the trail won't change much but the plants and flowers and knowledge will be for the better! For 2019, we've had an extraordinary amount of rain and that means an extraordinary amount of bloom. We'll do a three part trip, with opportunities to head out after the Red Ridge trail, or continue on down the Margaret Fleming Trail to the canyon below with a completely different vegetation community and plant types. Instead of calling it a day - there's a third portion where we'll rejoin after lunch at Crest Canyon Park (just to the north). Crest Canyon has many similar environments and species, but is not as covered. We'll be more focused on doing stronger documentation including iNaturalist and tagging species for possible collections. Our CNPS San Diego Rare Plant Botanist Fred Roberts will join us to help identify and document the rare plants in both areas.

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Wild Yards Project: The New Wilderness Begins at Home
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Yards Project: The New Wilderness Begins at Home

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PC: Sian Heder

with David Newsom, Founder, Wild Yards Project

David will speak about Wild Yards Project, a collaboration of story-tellers and native plant professionals working together to inspire people not just in California but across the country to transform their yards into native-plant habitat. 

David Newsom is a lifetime naturalist, an amateur native-plant gardener, and a 27 year veteran of film and television, the last 10 years of which has all been adventure-documentary. With the arrival of his two kids, however, he suddenly realized that they may never cultivate an intimacy with nature unless he brought nature to their yard. So, he did. Hence the WYP was born.  

wildyardsproject.com

Instagram

Facebook Group

6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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“Butterflies in SD County”

Speaker: Kojiro Shiraiwa

Kojiro Shiraiwa will introduce his most recent book, Butterflies of Dictionary Hill, and will also discuss his earlier book, Butterflies of San Diego County. The books contain full color figures of butterflies for easy identification, as well as discussions of butterfly biology and ecology. These pictorial books are great for kids as well as the general public. Dictionary Hill supports coastal sage scrub and a wealth of native plants, birds, wildflowers, small animals, and hill-topping butterflies. In 2017 the County added 175 acres of Dictionary Hill to the MSCP preserve. http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/park-pages/dictionary-hill-county-preserve.html

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home
Apr
13
to Apr 14

CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Inviting Nature Home

FEATURING THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDENS OF CENTRAL SAN DIEGO COUNTY

PC: Dennis Mudd

NOTE: Online ticketing will close at midnight, Friday, April 12. Tickets will be available at the door throughout tour weekend at the Tickets and Info garden at 11855 Caminito Sanudo in San Diego, CA. (gate code #11855). The Tickets and Info garden will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14.

The California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter (CNPS-San Diego) presents its seventh annual Garden Tour, Inviting Nature Home: Native Gardens of Central San Diego County, the weekend of April 13 & 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. each day. With this self-guided tour, spend a day or two exploring and learning from these gardens that highlight plants that create habitat, dry streambed bioswales, adjacent natural areas, water catchment devices, slope gardens, charming water features, bridges, sculptures and more. Be inspired this Spring!

TOUR

Self-guided with docents at 14 private gardens. 7 additional gardens on the Tour for front yard viewing listed in program book. Admission good for both days of the Tour.

Attendees ordering tickets online April 6 and after will pick up their program booklets during Tour weekend at the Tickets and Info garden at 11855 Caminito Sanudo in San Diego, CA (gate code #11855) beginning at 9:30am.

LOCATION

Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont

PC: Torrey Neel

-Entry to 14 private residential gardens staffed with interpretive docents, owners, and designers

-7 additional FYI (Front Yard Inspiration) gardens on the route

-Instructional presentations and plantings on Saturday and Sunday

PC: Torrey Neel

ON SALE DURING THE TOUR

-A comprehensive selection of California native plant-related books on sale at the door ticket sales location in Scripps Ranch

-Seeds for over 100 species of California native plants. Start your garden from scratch with minimal investment.

-An expanded array of California native plants in 1 gallon and 5 gallon sizes from Moosa Creek Nursery will be available at Walter Andersen Nursery in Poway during Tour weekend. Tour attendees receive a 10% discount on these plants during Tour weekend.


Plants Labels & QR Codes

On the Tour, plant species will be labeled such that you identify them. The labels will also have QR codes that will automatically take you to a full page description of the plant on our Plant Profiles section of our website. If you do not currently have a QR reader app on your smartphone you can download one here:

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OVERVIEW MAP

Although we cannot list garden addresses here or in any electronic format due to privacy concerns, all addresses and locations are listed in the Tour booklet you will receive when you purchase a ticket. Here is an overview map to give you a general idea of the scope of the Tour: https://www.cnpssd.org/gt2019map


Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai

(SUNDAY ONLY)

Photo courtesy of Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai

Photo courtesy of Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai

Take a one-hour Guided Tour on Sunday, April 14! The 5-acre Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai features a demonstration garden representing local plant life as the Kumeyaay knew it 2,000 years ago. This authentic habitat site includes a hillside walk for the adventurous explorer. You will be guided along this trail by knowledgeable docents where you can run your fingers over deep acorn grinding holes, peer into accurate representation of native huts (‘ewaas) and breathe in California's signature aromas of sage and pine. Learn about how plants were used for food, clothing, shelter and medicines (ethnobotany) and behold this special site where you can truly envision how this land looked so long ago.

This special extended, comprehensive tour is being offered exclusively for the Garden Tour. The cost will be $10 and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the City of Poway for the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center. Buy your tickets early as we expect that this will sell out quickly.

PC: Torrey Neel

GARDEN TALKS

Saturday, April 13, 1:00–1:30 p.m., Speaker: Lee Gordon at ‘Native Plants Win! A Beautified Brush Management Zone’

Native plants in your garden support native insects, which in turn provide food for birds. This makes for a pollinator paradise and is why native gardens are able to bring so many birds to and around your home. The good news is that there is such a wide diversity of natives in San Diego that you can find a great variety of plants no matter where you live. One of the best ways to find native plants that will work in your landscape is to wander in nearby open spaces and see what grows. Lee will talk about learning to identify local native plants that will be successful and require low maintenance. If you choose to do some irrigation, your choices multiply. We will discuss irrigation, both before you plant and for maintenance, how to plant, controlling weeds, and keeping plants trimmed.

Saturday, April 13, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Greg Rubin and Leo Hernandez at ‘Our Own Personal Natural Refuge’

Greg Rubin and Leo Hernandez of California's Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. will be available to chat and take questions in the garden.

Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. with Vincent and Daniel Bellino at ‘Name that Native’

Vincent and Daniel Bellino of Restoring California, who currently care for this lovely garden (originally installed by Greg Rubin), will be available to chat with you about why they love using California native plants in every garden design.

Refer to Tour booklet for garden addresses.


PC: Torrey Neel

Learn about how to plant native plants! Participate in one of our PLANTING DEMOS

Saturday, April 13, 11:00–11:30 a.m. at ‘Carriage Chaparral Trail’

Join Greg Rubin of California’s Own Native Landscape Design for a short discussion on how to approach preparing and planting a native vs. conventional landscape and why we follow this methodology, ending with a planting demonstration and Q&A.

Sunday, April 14, 1:00–1:30 p.m. at ‘California Meets Tuscany’

Join John Corning of Kelly Grn Native Landscape Living for a short discussion on soil types, techniques for digging holes, plant placement, whether or not to mulch, and irrigation, ending with a planting demonstration and Q&A.

Refer to Tour booklet for garden addresses.

PC: Judie Lincer

TICKETS

DOOR on Tour Weekend:$35
Purchase at Tickets and Info Garden-11855 Caminito Sanudo, San Diego, CA 92131 (Gate Code: 11855)

Note: Details may change without notice. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are not refundable but are transferable to another person.

Questions Please email gardentour@cnpssd.org

PC: Lee Gordon

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Algodones Dunes Camping or Day Trip - Imperial County
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Algodones Dunes Camping or Day Trip - Imperial County

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE < 4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Any on Saturday, Professionals & CNPS / SD Botanical Society fellows on Sunday
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[ALL WEATHER EVENT]

For everyone that missed the Algodones Dunes trip last year, here is your chance to jump in on a great repeat, with the extraordinary additions of Steve Hartman the CNPS Board President and Amy Patten, CNPS Rare Plant Botanist. Early April will hopefully have a great bloom of Algodones Dunes sunflower (Helianthus niveus ssp tephrodes), Giant spanish needle (Palafoxia arida var gigantea), Pierson's milkvetch (Astragalus magdalenae var piersonii), Sand food (Pholisma sonorae), and Fairyduster (Calliandra eriophylla) among other rare species and extreme desert endemic species.

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Apr
2
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Top of the Morning - Elsinore Peak - Riverside County with CNPS-Orange County
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Top of the Morning - Elsinore Peak - Riverside County with CNPS-Orange County

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE ~ 2 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Novice, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
VEHICLES REQUIRE a USFS Adventure Pass [$30 Annual pass or $5 day pass]
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT]

This trip will be set in the backyard of Orange County and San Diego County atop the ridge of the Santa Ana Mtns on the far western edge of Riverside County. We're doing another joint trip with Ron Vanderhoff of Orange County CNPS, a great botanist who will help the group identify some of the extremely rare species we're hoping to find.

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From Seed to Seed: Native Plant Material Development for Ecological Restoration in Southern California
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

From Seed to Seed: Native Plant Material Development for Ecological Restoration in Southern California

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Matthew Garrambone, Program Manager and Ecologist for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Matthew will share his experience managing a program that develops site appropriate native plant materials for ecological restoration across multiple habitat types in Southern California. Topics such as: plant palette design, wild seed collection, farming native plants for seed, seed processing and storage, seed testing, and seed test interpretation will all be covered, with a focus on successful strategies and lessons learned over ten years of production.  

Matthew Garrambone is a Program Manager and Ecologist for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC). He oversees a variety of projects, including the development of native plant material for ecological restoration. In this capacity he oversees the collection of genetically local seed from the wild, the production of native plant materials using IRC’s native seed farm and plant nurseries, management of a physical and digital seed inventory, and development of custom seed mixes for IRC staff and partners. Matthew has 15 years of experience working with native plants, in both applied and academic settings. He received his Bachelors from Northern Arizona University in Environmental Communications, with a minor in Biology and his M.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from University of California Irvine, where his thesis work focused on “Germination Patterns of Coastal Sage Scrub Plant Species”. 

irconservancy.org/science--stewardship-staff.html

linkedin.com/in/matthew-garrambone-aaa26133

6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES:

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Eureka! The Rare Plants of Orange County: Their Distribution, Abundance, and Conservation Strategies

Speaker: Hailey Laskey

Hailey’s Master’s capstone project addresses the spatial characteristics of the rare plants in Orange County to develop future monitoring and management for each species. This work is a continuation of a previous rare plant project through CEB and NCC to compile species occurrences within Orange County. Working with undergraduate UCI interns to compile the data from external and internal sources for 90 species ranked as rare by the CNPS, Hailey will share how data were analyzed to characterize the range, distribution, and recorded abundance of species while identifying gaps or patterns in the data. With this information, Hailey hopes to benefit NCC land managers by providing them an opportunity to address rare species management while choosing a restoration site or allocating resources for monitoring.

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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Valley of the Moon - Imperial County
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Valley of the Moon - Imperial County

DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate (Rocky Terrain) <2 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Expert. Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Free to All, No charge. 4x4 required unless carpooling.
[EXTREME WEATHER CANCELS THIS EVENT]

Just over the border into SW Imperial County, a small pocket of the California Floristic Province jumps over into the Jacumba Wilderness Area. This heavily rocky area is strewn with granitic boulders and sheer cliffs of stacked rocks, making it a great and relatively discrete location for rock climbing, bouldering, camping, and hiking. Valley of the Moon is also known for its sometimes sordid past (and present) with caves in the rocks called Smugglers Den. We'll be headed out to look for a variety of rare and common native plant species. With the great rains this winter, I expect we'll be in for quite a treat. If you're not excited by that, at least there's the Desert Tower nearby!

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Garden Committee Meeting
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Whale Peak and the Pictograph Trail Falls
Mar
10
8:00 AM08:00

Whale Peak and the Pictograph Trail Falls

DIFFICULTY: EASY 2.5 miles and/or HARD 8.5 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Novice, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT (Temps above 95F or storm/flood)]

Last year, we made a great loop about Anza Borrego State Park's Little Blair Valley, also known as the Mohave Pocket for the wide array of Mohavean species that survive there separated from their kin to the far North. Now, we're headed back for a two part trip to the falls on Pictograph Trail to the falls overlook (the Easy part), and then for the adventurous - a strenuous climb up Whale Peak and back (the Hard part).

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Work Party at the Old Town Native Landscape
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Work Party at the Old Town Native Landscape

Free Parking: in the CA Dept of Transportation parking lot of Taylor Street. Enter from the signal at Taylor and Juan. 

Walk to the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets, enter by the welcome sign, and up the DG road. 

Meet at the McCoy House Museum.

Have sun protection. Rain will cancel.

Questions? contact Kay or Peter at oldtownlandscape@cnpssd.org

 

 

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CNPS Rare Plant Survey Protocols Workshop
Mar
6
to Mar 7

CNPS Rare Plant Survey Protocols Workshop

PC: Becky Reilly

In this workshop you will learn to conduct rare plant surveys and report your findings, contributing to the documentation and protection of California’s profusion of unique rare plants. This training includes a full day in the field getting hands-on experience.

Imperial Beach, CA
Taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims, with a guest lecture from Katie Gross
Download Full Prospectus

CNPS Members $395 / Non-Members $425
Capacity: 20 participants
Last Day to Register: February 18, 2019

TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER click here

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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BORDER BIO BLITZ! Border Field to Otay Mesa Vernal Pools
Mar
2
8:00 AM08:00

BORDER BIO BLITZ! Border Field to Otay Mesa Vernal Pools

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE ~ 2+ miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice to Professional
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[ALL WEATHER EVENT]

This Border Bioblitz is sponsored by Botanical Community Development Initiatives (BCDI)
http://nextgensd.com/border/border-bioblitz-2019/
https://www.facebook.com/events/600536127054300/

In joint coordination with Ron Vanderhoff of California Native Plant Society - Orange County Chapter and Bianca Bonilla, Executive Director of BCDI we'll be headed out for a great opportunity to contribute to science in one of the most imperiled areas in our state, and perhaps even the country. If we're really lucky we'll hear from Dr. Sula Vanderplank and other biologists representing the San Diego Natural History Museum. We're contributing heavily to an exciting citizen science program at one our country's most impacted and controversial development sites. At the Southern US Border with Mexico, the US has erected many different barriers (to variable degrees of intended success), pushing back against a dense crash of civilization from both sides. From the Tijuana River estuary and Border Field State Park south of Imperial Beach to San Ysidro and further east into Otay Mesa, an amazing and unique array of habitat that exist in a constant state of threat.

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Lake Morena - Search for Ribes canthariforme
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Lake Morena - Search for Ribes canthariforme

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE 3-4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT!]

This trip will be our first technical event geared towards ID'ing and discovering historical populations of a rare plant. The Moreno Currant (Ribes canthariforme) is listed as a 1B.3 rare plant species by CNPS, partly due to it's narrow distribution (El Cajon Mtn to Lake Morena, and Dulzura to Descanso) and difficulty in distinguishing from more common species like Ribes indecorum and R. malvaceum.

While I've pinned Lake Morena's dam area as the hot spot for historical populations, we may look nearby depending on trail access. Hopefully, we'll be working with the Forest Service on this one, targeting areas that may become developed in the future. If possible, we'll do collections for various herbariums and also placing data on CalFlora and iNaturalist. If the shut down persists that far into the year, we'll stick to environs about the Lake Morena County Park and that portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Inspect and Manage – A Regional, Collaborative Approach to Monitoring Rare Plant Species in San Diego County
Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Inspect and Manage – A Regional, Collaborative Approach to Monitoring Rare Plant Species in San Diego County

with Jessie Vinje, Botanist and Biologist with Conservation Biology Institute

In 2016, 2017, and 2018, the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) and AECOM coordinated and implemented the San Diego Management and Monitoring Program (SDMMP) Management Strategic Plan (MSP) Inspect and Manage (IMG) regional rare plant monitoring protocol for 30 rare plant species on conserved lands in western San Diego County. SDMMP, in collaboration with the City of San Diego, CBI, and The Nature Conservancy, developed the threats-based monitoring protocol based on existing rare plant and habitat assessment protocols. The 2016 - 2018 monitoring effort involved greater than 50 entities, including federal and state wildlife agencies, local jurisdictions, non-profit land conservancies, private landowners, military, and volunteer organizations. We trained agency staff and volunteers through workshops and site visits, assisted land managers with monitoring, and monitored ‘orphan’ populations.

We monitored a total of 235, 205, and 227 rare plant occurrences in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. For each occurrence, we collected data on species status, habitat attributes, and threats.  Monitoring as many occurrences of a species within the same year using the same method improved our understanding of species status, threats, and management priorities. High priority occurrences will be eligible for regional management funding.

Jessie Vinje is a botanist with Conservation Biology Institute. She has over 20 years professional experience in field biology, botany and land management throughout California with a strong background in coastal and desert ecology, and natural resource management and restoration.  She specializes in the flora of central and southern California coast and coastal ranges, western and central Mojave Desert, and central and southern Sierra Nevada Mountains where she has surveyed for and located more than 120 threatened, endangered, or sensitive plant species.  She is a member of the San Diego Rare Plant Oversight Committee and the San Diego County Weed Management Area steering committee.

Jessie.vinje@consbio.org

Conservation Biology Institute:

Web consbio.org

Twitter twitter.com/ConsBio

Facebook facebook.com/Conservation.Biology.Institute

6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

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Native Plant Propagation Basics

with Amy Huie, Instructor Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Program

Amy teaches Plant Propagation in the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Program. She works for Sweetwater Authority as a Watershed Caretaker. She has served as a volunteer with CNPS-San Diego for over ten years having served on the Plant Sale Committee, Propagation Committee, and as the Seed and Bulb Sale Team Leader.

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.

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Garden Committee Meeting
Feb
13
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Painted Gorge &amp; Mountain Palm Springs (ABSP)
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Painted Gorge & Mountain Palm Springs (ABSP)

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE 4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Novice, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[ALL WEATHER EVENT]

We'll be doing a two part trip on this winter Sunday, going from an area in Imperial County that is heavily disturbed by different types of human activities to a similar ecosystem that has had the benefit of restricted land use management under the umbrella of the State Park. It'll be a first hand account of both areas to compare and contrast different impacts and the resiliency of the desert ecosystem.

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WORKSHOP: Create Habitat and Give Back to Nature with California Native Plants
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

WORKSHOP: Create Habitat and Give Back to Nature with California Native Plants

  • Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Photo by Torrey Neel

CNPS-San Diego is excited to present a day-long workshop that includes three presentations along with an extensive 100-minute native gardening seminar on understanding and nurturing the relationships of wildlife and California native plants. Topics include California native gardening for habitat; native insects, bird and bees; and principles of permaculture and polyculture in the native habitat garden. The day will conclude with a presentation of a renowned model habitat California native garden-the Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills. The workshop will be held in the beautiful, contemporary auditorium (stars on the ceiling!) of the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. An extended 80-minute lunch ‘hour’ will allow you to picnic or dine in the park as you discuss and absorb the morning presentations. Nearby exhibit native gardens will be available for viewing.

LEARN

  • Understand the native plant habitat needs of birds, insects, and other species

  • How to create the conditions for a flourishing habitat with California Native plants

  • The foundational principles for a healthy habitat to continuously thrive in your garden

  • Explore ways to invite and increase species diversity in the garden

SCHEDULE

8:15am REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN

9:00-9:50 am PUTTING THE PIECES BACK IN PLACE: HOW RESTORING HABITAT WITH NATIVE PLANTS HELPS WILDLIFE
Robert L. “Bob” Allen, M.S. (Adjunct Professor of Biology, Santiago Canyon College & Orange Coast College; Research Associate in Entomology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Research Associate, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; Horticultural Consultant; Author, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains)

We’re in the midst of a biodiversity crisis. Throughout the planet, scientific studies have shown that the number of species per area is quickly declining, as is the number of individuals of those species. The causes are many: habitat destruction, non-native invasive species, pest control, climate change, etc. In this opening address we’ll answer the questions: How do California native plants support native insects (and other native wildlife)? And how can we play a supporting role?

10:00-11:40 am BRINGING SAN DIEGO HABITATS HOME TO THE GARDEN
Clayton Tschudy (CEO of CJT Ecologics and Former Director of Horticulture & Exhibits at the Water Conservation Garden)

Everything you need to create vibrant, local habitat gardens in San Diego. This talk will take you through concept to the practical aspects of creating localized habitat for San Diego County, providing real life examples and utilizing powerful online tools.

11:40 pm LUNCH: Bring lunch to picnic in the Park or dine at your choice of seven nearby Park restaurants and cafes.

MAP and DESCRIPTIONS of Dining & Garden Plots in Museum Area

1:00-2:05 pm USING PERMACULTURE TO INTEGRATE CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS INTO YOUR HABITAT GARDEN
Diane Kennedy (Founder, Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture, former SDC Senior Park Ranger, Writer)

Miranda Kennedy (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Native Plant and Wildlife Consultant, Photographer)

Permaculture is based on natural systems and native plants are integral to any planting design. In this talk we'll see permaculture being integrated into a public habitat garden, and talk about plant communication and value for wildlife.

2:15-3:20pm THE GOTTLIEB NATIVE GARDEN: PLANTING NATIVES CREATED A WILDLIFE OASIS!
Scott Logan (Naturalist with Wild Wings Ecology and Author of the Upcoming Book - “The Gottlieb Native Garden: An Intimate Wildlife Journey”)

Scott will take us on a photographic journey through The Gottlieb Native Garden, a thriving wildlife habitat located directly in the middle of Los Angeles’ urban sprawl.  Hundreds of animals have been documented to date, illustrating that, “If you build it, they will come”.

Photo by Bob Parks

DETAILS

There will be four sessions in all, including an opening address from Bob Allen, Professor, Author and Research Associate in Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Clayton Tschudy, CEO of CJT Ecologics, will present a comprehensive 100-minute seminar on building a San Diego native plant habitat garden. Afternoon presentations will focus on permaculture principles in the native habitat garden and the day will conclude with a presentation of the Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills and the wildlife that it has attracted.

  • Ample free parking available in the park

  • Select seeds and books will be available for purchase at the workshop as well as other educational materials for you to take home and enhance the day's knowledge

  • An interactive public engagement display outside the museum

  • Two demonstration native plant garden plots for viewing in the park near the workshop

  • Admission to the exhibits at the Museum of Photographic Arts is complementary for workshop participants

TICKETS

General Registration Online: $45

Door Tickets (if available): $50

Photo by Torrey Neel

NOTES

-FREE PARKING is available in lots in Balboa Park with only a short walk to the event
-We do not offer REFUNDS but your registration can be TRANSFERRED to a person of your choice.

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Escondido Creek - Elfin Forest to Olivenhain Overlook
Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

Escondido Creek - Elfin Forest to Olivenhain Overlook

DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Hard (Steep Terrain) 4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Expert. Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Free to All, No charge. Donations to the Escondido Creek Conservancy provide valuable support for local native lands.
[RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT]

This pocket of San Diego County is known locally for it's extraordinary beauty and history. If the Difficulty didn't already scare you off, the dangers are wildfire, rattlesnakes, falls, the vapors, mountain lions, and definitely poison oak. Only a few of those issues should be any concern this time, since we'll be headed up the trail in the San Diego winter (or summer-lite depending on where you are from). The area has a unique history, from the once thriving Harmony Grove spiritual center not far east to the Olivenhain Dam [built 20 years ago] and the ever expanding footprint of San Marcos and Escondido.

I picked this location because late January is the blooming period for Mission Manzanita (Xylococcus bicolor), White coast ceanothus (Ceanothus veroccosus), Southern mtn misery (Chamaebatia australis) [Keir found one in 2013], and White currant (Ribes indecorum). Comarostaphylis diversifolia is also found along the way if we take a very quick detour off the main trail onto the loop trail. Encinitas baccharis (Baccharis vanessae) has been sighted near the top so we'll look for it if there is enough time.

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Seed Banking for the Future: Conserving San Diego’s Native Plants
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Seed Banking for the Future: Conserving San Diego’s Native Plants

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Stacy Anderson and Joe Davitt, San Diego Zoo Global Native Plant Seed Bank

San Diego Zoo Global’s Native Plant Seed Bank has been making seed collections for restoration and conservation purposes since the early 2000’s. The seed bank houses over 750 seed collections from plant populations located throughout the county and beyond. In recent years the program has become an integral part of the California Plant Rescue project (CaPR). Focusing on rare and imperiled plant populations, our seed banking efforts have resulted in over 115 seed collections in the past 4 years, from San Diego’s most endangered plant populations. We’ll discuss our process from collecting, drying, and freezing, to germination testing and propagation research, as well as many of the fascinating species we’ve been working with recently.

Stacy Anderson began collecting seeds for the Native Plant Seed Bank in 2004 as part of a collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London. Joe Davitt began in early 2015 as the program became making CaPR rare plant seed collections. Both Stacy and Joe were raised in rural sections of San Diego County and native plants and animals hold a special place in their hearts. “We are so happy to be working to conserve the native plants of this important and unique region for future generations, and we’re excited to share our work with you!”

sanderson@sandiegozoo.org

jdavitt@sandiegozoo.org

Joe’s blog page - institute.sandiegozoo.org/science-blog/by-author/6187

California Plant Rescuecaplantrescue.org

6:30pm-7:00pm: NATIVES FOR NOVICES

Cindy Hazuka.jpg

“San Diego Natives for San Diegans: How the CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Committee Can Help You Plant Local”

with Cindy Hazuka, Seeds and Bulbs Coordinator, CNPS-San Diego

The CNPS-San Diego Seed and Bulb Committee acquires, packages, and sells California native seeds primarily from the San Diego area. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into maintaining our inventory of over 100 species which are available to the public for purchase. This talk will cover the steps we take to acquire and prepare our seeds, as the well as how to cross reference the current inventory list with plants that are known to grow close to your home using the “What Grows Here?” tool in Calflora.org.

Cindy Hazuka has been the Coordinator of the CNPS-SD Seed and Bulb Committee since 2016. She has been a member of CNPS since the early 1990s and been involved in many native plant garden and propagation efforts. She holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University.

Seed and Bulb Committee webpagecnpssd.org/seeds-and-bulbs
Current list of seeds for sale on Calscapegoo.gl/6Nk3xr and on Calflora: calflora.org//app/ipl?list_id=px419

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.
7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

There is no fee to attend these presentations.


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Mission Trails - Fortuna Peak Resolutions Hike
Jan
13
7:00 AM07:00

Mission Trails - Fortuna Peak Resolutions Hike

DIFFICULTY: HARD 7 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Novice, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
[RAIN CANCELS THIS EVENT!]

2019 is promising to be one heck of a roller coaster ride and the best way to start that off is to begin hard and fast so the rest of the year doesn't look so bad. For anyone looking to check off one of the Fortuna peaks on the Mission Trails 5 peak challenge, this may be the hike for you. (The hike will probably not last seven hours, but I've provided plenty of buffer in case our pacing slows significantly)

This hike aims to do three things: 1) Help identify and classify native and non-native vegetation communities and their relative sensitivity to urban encroachment, 2) Point out a few of the rare plants found in and around San Diego, even though many will not be in bloom, and 3) Get your new years resolution checked off so that you can get over regretting having made it in the first place. This is a hike with a high difficultly due to the elevation gain and distance we are planning to cover. It is not going be like our normal trips where we stop to identify each native plant that catches our eyes, but I will (try to) answer any questions about those species that interest you along the way.

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Garden Committee Meeting
Jan
9
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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Conservation Committee Meeting
Jan
8
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Committee Meeting

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Email conservation@cnpssd.org for details.

If you are interested in this kind of work, you are very, very welcome, as we always need more volunteers. We are happy to train you too, and we have developed training materials. If you know of a project that needs our involvement, we also welcome you. Our goal is to protect California's native plants, and where they are threatened, whether it is by development or climate change, we speak up and advocate for them. 

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Fern Diversity in San Diego County
Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

Fern Diversity in San Diego County

with Dr. Jon Rebman, Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum

With approximately 50 different fern and fern ally taxa documented to occur in San Diego County, this group is well represented locally, but not well known. Come join Dr. Jon Rebman as he presents this fern diversity and goes into depth on many of the taxa that grow in our region. He will also be showing various ferns that might possibly occur in our County, but have not yet been discovered here.

Jon P. Rebman, Ph.D. has been the Mary and Dallas Clark Endowed Chair/Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) since 1996. Dr. Rebman is a plant taxonomist and conducts extensive floristic research on the Baja California peninsula and in San Diego and Imperial Counties of California. He leads various field classes and botanical expeditions each year and is actively naming new plant species from the region. His primary research interests have centered on the systematics of the Cactus family in Baja California, especially the genera Cylindropuntia (chollas) and Opuntia (prickly-pears). However, Dr. Rebman also does a lot of general floristic research and he has co-published the new Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Baja California, Mexico and the most recent edition of the Checklist of the Vascular Plants of San Diego County.

He has over 25 years of field experience with surveying and documenting plants including rare and endangered species. As a field botanist, he is a very active collector of scientific specimens with his personal collections numbering over 35,000. He is the director of the San Diego County Plant Atlas project (www.sdplantatlas.org) and identifies/verifies all of the new specimens (currently over 69,000) coming into the herbarium through this scientific endeavor. As the curator of the SD Herbarium at the SDNHM, he is in charge of this dried plant specimen collection that contains over 270,000 specimens dating back to the 1870s. Rebman published the newest edition of the Baja California Plant Field Guide with co-author Norman Roberts in 2012, and is working on a new bilingual, plant field guide for the Cape region of Baja California Sur. 

Email: jrebman@sdnhm.org

San Diego County Plant Atlas website: sdplantatlas.org / Baja Flora website: bajaflora.org


We will host our annual holiday potluck at the December meeting. Bring a dish to share.


6:30pm-7pm: There will be no NATIVES FOR NOVICES presentation this evening. Share and enjoy the potluck beginning at 6:30.

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: FEATURED PRESENTATION

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Garden Committee Meeting
Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Garden Committee Meeting

The Gardening Committee of the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings address a lively array of gardening opportunities, projects, and special events. The location rotates each month amongst private homes and public spaces. They are usually preceded by a potluck dinner.

For location details please email: gardening@cnpssd.org

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