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Moosa Creek Nursery Tour 2018
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Moosa Creek Nursery Tour 2018

This year, we've got another late fall / early winter tour of Moosa Creek Nursery in Valley Center, where all the magic happens for many the native plants you can find at many retail nurseries (Walter Andersen, Mission Hills nursery, City Farmers, more) from San Diego to LA. Last year, Owners Su & Hank Kraus showed our group extraordinary access to the grounds - from the seed shed, greenhouses, potting / cloning areas, soil / mulch mix, and main nursery grounds. Locations and methods to be seen will be up to the tour guide.

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Tenaja Trailhead - Fall for Bryophytes & Lichens
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Tenaja Trailhead - Fall for Bryophytes & Lichens

DIFFICULTY: Moderate (2 to 5 miles, some bouldering)
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice to Professional

Before I get into the main description, this trip includes driving on Truck Trail dirt roads. Cars can make this trip ok, but bear in mind that mud, rocks, rockslide, and branches are expected hazards on the Truck Trail.

The Santa Ana Mountains will be a new place to pin on our growing list of locations trekked, this one at Tenaja Falls, a Riverside County favorite location to dip in the summer. In the winter, there will (hopefully) be a wide array of lichens, mosses, liverworts, and of course plenty of native vascular plants (ferns included!). Some rare species I hope to encounter are Western spleenwort (Asplenium vespertinum), Rainbow manzanita (Arctostaphylos rainbowiensis), and Fish's milkwort (Polygala cornuta var fishiae). Hopefully the forecast holds and we can get a good early season soaking (maybe not on the plant sale day, but after).

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Rose Canyon From University Village Park
Nov
3
8:00 AM08:00

Rose Canyon From University Village Park

In early November, we'll be headed down a little known goat path into the least traveled portion of Rose Canyon, near the 805. There are many environments and habitats down there seldom walked by hikers or bikers. From urban chaparral canyons to coastal sage scrub bluffs and down into the many stepped riparian environments of Rose Creek, we'll aim for a loop down the canyon and back, stopping on what flora and fauna catch our eyes.

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Mt Laguna in the Fall
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Mt Laguna in the Fall

DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate 1-3 miles, min. 2 locations w/ driving
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Any; Experts welcome!

This fall, we're heading up to Mt. Laguna to check out the fall color in the deciduous oaks and other trees and look for late blooming rare species with an emphasis on finding the Laguna Mountain Aster (Dieteria asteriodes var lagunensis), Cliff goldenbush (Ericameria cuneata ssp macrochepala), and the disjunct population of Indian Valley bush mallow (Malacothamnus arboriginum).

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FIELD TRIP: Otay River Valley from Finney Overlook
Sep
22
8:00 AM08:00

FIELD TRIP: Otay River Valley from Finney Overlook

TRAIL Difficulty: EASY +/- 2 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Intermediate

For late summer this year we'll be headed back to school on a Saturday. Finney Overlook is a very discrete, often... overlooked, trailhead into the Otay River Valley in South Chula Vista / North Otay Mesa where we'll be checking out riparian species and coastal sage scrub, with a small peek into some maritime succulent scrub. When I was last here, there was an interesting array of natives from rare species like Palmers grapplinghook (Harpogonella palmeri), San Diego sagewort (Artemisia palmeri), (Cal. boxthorn) Lycium californicum, and some very out of place Sea dahlia (Leptosyne maritima), to the not so rare Willows (Salix sps), Goldenbush (Isocoma menziesii), buckwheats (Eriogonum sps), Beavertails (Oputnia sps), and others.

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Punta Colonet & San Quintin Bay, Baja California - MEXICO!
Jun
23
to Jun 25

Punta Colonet & San Quintin Bay, Baja California - MEXICO!

Very special destinations on a cross border camping adventure! CNPS San Diego, in coordination with the CNPS Baja California Chapter will be joining for an international field trip on the Colonet Mesa and about the Northern Baja California Coastal Peninsula. With Josue Campos of RECON and Sula Vanderplank as our guides, we'll be taking a look at the maritime succulent scrub, vernal pools, and salt marsh areas around San Quintin, South of Ensenada.

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Palomar Mountain State Park - French Valley
Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

Palomar Mountain State Park - French Valley

DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate 3 to 5 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: All Levels

This is an annual trip, with the path ahead only slightly different from the previous trips. This time, we'll take the path down to the weir once more, but this time we'll focus a little more on French Valley, exploring further in for early summer bloom. The oak woodland path back through the campground to the parking lot won't be the end of this trip. We'll eat lunch at Doane Pond and then decide whether to head for the dogwoods (Cornus sps) up the Doane Valley or go to the rim trail at the upper lot from the Ancient Cypress grove. I expect there will be a lot to see even though Palomar mtn has only gotten less than half the usual rainfall this year (normal is 30+ inches).

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Fire Recovery in Cuyamaca State Park
Jun
2
8:00 AM08:00

Fire Recovery in Cuyamaca State Park

HARD DIFFICULTY +/- 7.0 miles

PLANT KNOWLEDGE: All Levels, many specific terms

For anyone that is unaware of the history of Cuyamaca State Park and the Cleveland Nat'l Forest in San Diego County, the 2003 Cedar Fire devastated the yellow pine forest that covered Middle peak and Cuyamaca Peak. Since then, the park has gone through many phases of renewal and out of balance response cycles. In addition to the many montane and chaparral native plant species we'll find on the long trail, we'll take an in depth look at natural and human-driven methods of recovery. This is an interpretive walk over a great breadth of a place that is very special for many reasons.

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FIELD TRIP: Mt Laguna Calochortus Quest w/Fred Roberts
May
27
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Mt Laguna Calochortus Quest w/Fred Roberts

May is the time to check out Mt. Laguna and its many trails covered in pine forest and high elevation chaparral. This year, we're looking for resilient treasures in bloom like mariposas, cinquefoil, monardellas, meadowfoam, ceanothus, and on and on. For those of you who made it along the Sunrise Hwy with us in June of 2017, we welcome you back to examine a few of the same locations again and another short hike in Filaree Flat that has not been very well documented botanically. With the great knowledge and assistance of Fred Roberts, we'll find any Calochortus species in bloom and check out all the others that might catch our eye.

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FIELD TRIP: Oak Oasis - Bio Walk for Educators
May
20
8:00 AM08:00

FIELD TRIP: Oak Oasis - Bio Walk for Educators

DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE LENGTH: 2.5 to 3 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: All Levels

Oak Oasis is a little gem in East County that has scrub oak and manzanita chaparral, inland scrub and grassland, and a long stretch of oak woodland. The trail is a fairly easy loop that overlooks San Vicente Reservoir about halfway into the loop. The Preserve is a quiet place that supports multiple habitat types and hundreds of wildlife species

This trip is focused on bringing educators out into the wild to cover a wide variety of contemporary topics like climate change, regional planning, natural resource management, biological diversity, and fire science. Also, we will have an open discussion and short lectures of natural history, genetic drift, and annual to geological changes. If you are an educator in Southern California, join us for a pleasant walk in an area that is perfect for potential field trips. Tailor your questions to how to relate to your students or audience, or just come along to spectate in fresh air.

From the trailhead at Oak Oasis Rd (Large parking lot with restrooms), we'll be heading though the chaparral and discussing drought specialization and fire adaptations. The Chaparral has rare plants, with Oak Oasis being the central core for CNPS 1B.2 Lakeside ceanothus (Ceanothus cyaneus). Hopefully we'll come across blooming mariposa lilies and other flowers. We'll go over the ranking system for rare plants and animals briefly and reference our wildlife agencies and the laws they must abide by.

Carpool will be not available on this trip unless specifically requested.

This venture is tailored for an outing with the Teach For America Program and East County educators. Ten are signed up through a separate program. Apologies for the small sign up list.

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FIELD TRIP: Del Mar Mesa - Tunnels & Pools in Search of Summer Holly
May
6
8:00 AM08:00

FIELD TRIP: Del Mar Mesa - Tunnels & Pools in Search of Summer Holly

Difficulty: MODERATE Length: +/- 4 miles
Plant Knowledge: All levels

Del Mar Mesa is a large Preserve in the exclusive area East of Carmel Valley adjunct to Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Creek. The 900 acre Preserve came out of tough negotiations with the landowners and the governmental agencies and houses dozens of threatened and endangered animal and plant species. The edges of the Preserve are still sought for active development - an issue that threatens the integrity of the habitats therein and the wildlife movement of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even birds. We'll get a look into a very special area from the vernal pools atop the mesa to the riparian creeks, the coastal sage scrub, and tunnels through the coastal chaparral. Inside the Preserve, the area is popular with mountain bikers and hikers though it often has very few people about given the difficulty in public access points.

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FIELD TRIP: Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary

2-4 miles DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Some Experience

Join us at the stunningly beautiful and well-preserved Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary in East San Diego County. The Audubon Society's 785 acre property began 1965 with the donation of 85 acres and continues as a refuge in perpetuity for birds and other wildlife like reptiles, butterflies, pollinators, and mammals. The reserve manager of the Sanctuary, Phil Lambert, will take us briefly through the history and focus of the Sanctuary, and then lead us through riparian woodland and chaparral to view the plants within and the habitat's inhabitants. This is an opportunity to see inside a long standing research area and get as much or as little knowledge from it you want. Phil has a wealth of information and I will also assist in identifying spring plants too, so come curious! Or, if you just want to experience a relaxing shady trail on a warm spring day surrounded by birdsong, you should come as well.

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FIELD TRIP: Algodones Dunes BLM Wilderness Area
Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Algodones Dunes BLM Wilderness Area

Imperial County is a large and sparsely explored botanical mystery to most, especially in areas that would appear at first glance to be inhospitable to life. When most people hear of Glamis and the Imperial Sand Dunes, the thoughts of people riding over sand dunes in buggies and ATVs comes to mind, running over the desert at a quick enough pace that the heat is calmed by a breeze of their own making. A deeper look uncovers a place that is very complex and amazing to study. The Dunes are a location set within an environmental duality, where temperatures can vacillate wildly between night and day, where moisture is both absent and surprisingly common, and extreme adaptations are required to survive.

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FIELD TRIP: Santa Rosa Plateau of SW Riverside County
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Santa Rosa Plateau of SW Riverside County

+/-4 miles DIFFICULTY: Easy, but long walks with little shade
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to some Advanced
COST: $4 per adult, $3 for kids under 13

Santa Rosa Plateau is part of the Riverside County parks as a publicly accessible Ecological Reserve that protects over 9,000 acres of grassland and native prairie, oak woodland, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and of course the famous and unique basalt flow vernal pools. The Reserve was established as a wildlife refuge and historical timepiece, as the abodes we'll see are the earliest known European structures in Riverside County. The Reserve is managed now by a number of Rangers and biologists - some of whom we might meet at the Visitors Center at the start of the field trip. The Visitors Center has books, art, restrooms, a wonderful garden and possibly an outdoor exhibition on Sundays. For this trip, we'll not be able to get a guided tour, but with some luck, the weather should make up for it.

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FIELD TRIP: Guatay Mtn-Tecate Cypress Grove & Rare Plant List
Apr
1
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Guatay Mtn-Tecate Cypress Grove & Rare Plant List

5+ miles DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Difficult
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Botanical Experience required


Easter is on April Fools Day this year and we're going to head up to Guatay Mountain in the Cleveland National Forest for our very own Easter egg hunt! The April Fool's is that the eggs are rare plants and there's no guarantee they will be in bloom. Jenny Moore, the Forest Botanist for the Forest Service will assist leading us to the top of the mountain for a great view of East County San Diego. This hike is open to any professionals who have collected before and know how to key rares and log them into the SD Plant Atlas / iNaturalist. Apologies to any who are just learning the ropes, this area is very sensitive and a portion of the trip will be off trail in sensitive habitat, so the discussions and rules will be very technical. Experienced California Native Plant Society (CNPS) members and professional biologists are highly encouraged to attend.

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FIELD TRIP: Torrey Pines Extension - Del Mar
Mar
25
8:30 AM08:30

FIELD TRIP: Torrey Pines Extension - Del Mar

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EASY to MODERATE Hiking, No Parking fees or passes required.
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to some Expert Terms

For those you you who went to Torrey Pines Extension last September, we covered the Red Ridge Trail and went down along the Margaret Fleming Nature Trail, finding many late bloomers and rare species along the way. This trip will take the same route to get another look, this time with spring annuals and a lot more blooming perennials. For everyone who might be experiencing this less traveled walk for the first time, this is certainly the best time of year to do it. Along Red Ridge, there's a large patch of Scarlet larkspur (Delphinium cardinale) that should be in wondrous bloom, along with both Ceanothus species (C. tomentosus & c. verrucossus), the Del Mar Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp crassifolia), sages (Salvia sps), monkeyflowers (Diplaucus / Mimulus sps), and Encelia (Encelia californica). Annuals we're hoping to find are the snapdragons (Antirrihinum sps), phacelias, poppies (Eschscholzia californica), hooked pincushion (Navarettia hamata ssp leptantha) and sun cups (Cammissioniopsis bistorta), among many others.

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RECON Native Plants Nursery Tour - IB / San Ysidro
Mar
18
9:00 AM09:00

RECON Native Plants Nursery Tour - IB / San Ysidro

MAIN EVENT: [Guided tour - some areas may not be ADA as location is a non-public access nursery]
This is another nursery tour, this time set within the start of Spring where we'll be treated with an inside look at the commercial operations at RECON native plant nursery. Patrick and the staff of the employee owned company have graciously given us access. For anyone who missed the Moosa Creek tour, this is your chance is see how the professionals get their native plants to grow in pots so well! For everyone that attended the Moosa Creek tour last November, this is a great opportunity to compare and contrast methodologies.

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FIELD TRIP: Otay Mountain Truck Trail
Mar
4
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Otay Mountain Truck Trail

• What we'll do
MODERATE hiking, MODERATE to EASY off road driving
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to some expert terms.

In the Southern-most part of our State, so close to Baja, rising above the houses of EastLake and East TJ - lies a bastion of chaparral covered slopes that is home to hundreds of native plant species, over 50 of which in the vicinity have been classified as rare. We'll head up in our trucks to stop at many short hikes into the chaparral to find a motley assortment of native California flora. Otay Mountain doesn't just have it's own rare endemics, but is also within the loop of Northern Baja species that aren't really known to come any further north into the US. I'm excited to see many species for the first time, so if you've been up here before and have special knowledge about the wilderness area, come enlighten everyone! Anyone who has experience with Baja species that occur on both sides of the map is certainly welcome - Baja members of CNPS, perhaps?

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FIELD TRIP: Springtime in Anza Borrego - Blair Valley & Pictograph Trail
Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Springtime in Anza Borrego - Blair Valley & Pictograph Trail

TRAIL: Approx 2 miles hiking, 11 miles driving loop EASY terrain (sandy, some cactus, few rocks)
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Expert

In contrast to our Plum Canyon hike in Anza Borrego last month, we are heading now to Blair Valley and Pictograph Trail for (hopefully) some spring bloom. This trail isn't too far away from Plum Canyon, but the flora we'll encounter will be different. Larry Hendrickson has again agreed to grace us with his extraordinary knowledge and wit. While this year won't be an Anza Borrego superbloom, there are always new things to discover. Plus, we won't have to deal with any crowds! Meeting earlier on this meetup to avoid the heat - it's already mid to high 80's in Borrego Springs in early February. We'll congregate near the outhouse by State Route 2 for introductions and head into Blair Valley from there.

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FIELD TRIP: Santa Margarita River Trail
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Santa Margarita River Trail

3 to 5 miles roundtrip

DIFFICULTY: EASY (There are some boulders to traverse but it is flat and well travelled)

Santa Margarita River winds through a very picturesque canyon landscape just North of Fallbrook, fed by perennial waters from as far East as the San Jacinto Mtns. This trail is a beautiful example of oak riparian and Southern cottonwood willow riparian forest with many slow, wide ponding areas with reeds and cattails where birds love to congregate. While we ordinarily focus on plantlife, this area is a perfect example of nesting habitat for many native birds, including the rare Least bells vireo, southwestern flycatcher, and california gnatcatcher (further up the slopes). At 1.5 mile in, the trail heads uphill to dense coastal sage scrub and coastal chaparral so we'll get a great look at vegetation from aquatic environments up to very dry, sunny areas. This will be a great opportunity to see the rare Rainbow manzanita (Arctostaphylos rainbowiensis) in bloom along the trailside further in. It's a California Native Plant Society 1B.1 species and there are very few places to see this species up close on public trails...

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FIELD TRIP: Hollenbeck Canyon
Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Hollenbeck Canyon

4.5 miles roundtrip

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE to EASY

Assuming our February isn't bogged down with rain storms (not a bad thing), Hollenbeck Canyon beckons. For anyone who hasn't been to this location, it is a great walk along grasslands, oak riparian woodland, Viguiera dominated coastal sage scrub, and along a near cliff face bristling with Dudleya pulverulenta and Hesperoyucca whipplei. I was there just last weekend and while nearly everything was dry as a bone, the trees and many shrubs were still gorgeous and the temperature perfect for an ordinarily sunny and hot hike. The creek still had a bit of water in and the Yerba mansa was evident amongst the willows. With the recent rain, the walk should prove to be much more interesting this time around...

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FIELD TRIP: Plum Canyon - Anza Borrego State Park
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Plum Canyon - Anza Borrego State Park

MODERATE - 5.0 miles round trip, moderate ascent, Terrain: sand, boulders & cholla cactus

PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Advanced (Professionals always certainly welcome!)

We finally have confirmation and a location for great winter hike into Anza Borrego State Park, this one at Plum Canyon lead by Larry Hendrickson, Colorado Desert District Botanist for the State Park. Larry has been an extraordinary influence for the preservation of the natural beauty and diversity of the many parks and reserves in the area, including Anza Borrego SP, Rancho Cuyamaca SP, and Palomar Mtn SP and the recreation areas of the Colorado River (Picacho area in particular) and the Salton Sea. He is part of the Botany Society and heads many volunteer excursions to remove invasive species from our fragile desert ecosystems. Plum Canyon is the old trail used by Native Americans, pioneers and travelers before the 78 was created. Named after the Desert apricot (Prunus fremontii) this hike boasts a wide variety of desert and transitional species. Keeping in mind that January is quite early for annual species, the recent rain (~1.2"!) will help along the early flowering perennials and shrubs. This trail is famous for its coverage of red and also orange Chuparosa (Justicia californica) and barrel cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus) among many other beautiful cacti. A full checklist of Plum Canyon is available HERE: http://tchester.org/bd/flora/plum_canyon.html.Anza Borrego trips are always interesting at different times of year and in different areas because something is always unique and surprising, from flora flowering out of season, to superblooms, to the iconic wildlife that survives here. At the very least, this trip promises to provide a great day in bearable temperatures in the desert.

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FIELD TRIP: Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma
Jan
15
10:00 AM10:00

FIELD TRIP: Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma

This Monday is a free admissions day at the Cabrillo Nat'l Monument, so we're taking advantage of this opportunity to take in some winter sun or maybe even coastal fog or rain while we go over a major piece of San Diego's history, and even bigger sanctuary for our natural history. The coastal sage scrub here is as coastal as it gets, with the Bay on the one side and the open Pacific on the other. I'll lead on this one, and hopefully we can get some additional insight to the Point and the recent landscaping project by those who helped to make it happen!

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Exploring the Botanical Archives at the NAT
Jan
6
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring the Botanical Archives at the NAT

Come with us to explore the Herbarium section of the Botany Department and take a look into the Botanical archives and collections at the NAT, lead by the esteemed Curator, John Rebman, PhD. We'll get access to the study areas that are instrumental to local and global research into our native floral species and range, and critical to understanding how genetics are being expressed over time...

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FIELD TRIP: Black Mountain Open Space
Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Black Mountain Open Space

This December, we're staying close to civilization in case this one turns into a mud climb.  Black Mountain Open Space is a bastion of native coastal sage scrub and chaparral that is dear to many in CNPS-SD.  It is the site of a successful restoration program and contains many rare local native plant species.  While winter doesn't logically seem to be best time for flowers, we'll be passing a number of (hopefully) flowering native shrubs and perennials including Mission manzanita (Xylococcus bicolor), California adolphia (Adolphia californica), Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea), and fingers crossed, the rare fern leaved shrub in Rosaceae: Southern Mountain Misery (Chamaebatia australis). 

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FIELD TRIP: Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

This hike will be in tandem with the intrepid San Diego NHM's Canyoneers hiking group, so there will be an additional guide and at least a few more hylophiliacs joining. This will likely be the last chance until April to chance the summit of Volcan Mountain before the winter rains / snows begin. On that note-weather can be unpredictable, so watch the forecast and prepare accordingly. Winds on the summit may be quite cold and harsh.

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FIELD TRIP: Oakoasis County Preserve
Oct
8
8:00 AM08:00

FIELD TRIP: Oakoasis County Preserve

Oak Oasis is a little gem in East County that has scrub oak and manzanita chaparral, inland scrub and grassland, and a long stretch of oak woodland. The trail is an easy loop that overlooks San Vicente Reservoir about halfway into the 2.5 mile loop.  Early October can be a crap shoot for hiking, so be aware of weather conditions possibly topping 90F (~33C) or the East County turning into a BBQ again (keep knocking on [unburnt] wood)...

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Field Trip: PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK - Doane Creek & French Valley
Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Field Trip: PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK - Doane Creek & French Valley

August promises to be very hot this year, so a beautiful, shade covered walk along the pines and dogwoods of Palomar Mountain is the way to go.  Given this year's rains, there's a very good chance that the Lower Doane and French Valley will still have plenty of late summer bloom.  This trip will take us down into Lower Doane Valley along Doane Creek to the Wier Historical Site and back around the French Valley.  We'll be on the hunt for seldom seen mountain perennials like White veined wintergreen (Pyrola picta), Western dog violet (Viola adunca), and Lemon lily (Lilium parryi) along the creeks and hillsides.  The pace will be mellow and the focus will be on finding late blooming plants, though please come for the bird watching as well!...

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Field Trip: San Elijo Lagoon and Annie's Canyon
Jun
18
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: San Elijo Lagoon and Annie's Canyon

From Rios, the trail travels along the hillside showing coastal sage scrub disturbed by many invasive species, but there are three other very interesting communities available for the hike. The coastal salt marsh of San Elijo lagoon has a nice trail alongside with benches. It's mostly Juncus  and Suaeda but it should be great for the Nuttall's Snapdragon too. Annie's Canyon is more like a sandstone seaside cliff, with thousands of Dudleya edulis and a few shrubs and trees.  Finally, the trail continues on past Annie's Canyon up alongside the freeway to a hilltop (Solana Hills Trail) where there is a fine example of Southern maritime chaparral. Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp crassifolia, Ceanothus verrucosus, Comarostaphylos diversifolia ssp. diversifolia and maybe Corthrogyne filagnifolia var loinifolia (all 1B.1) are up there...

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Lilies and Relatives in the Laguna and Cuyamaca Mountains
Jun
4
8:30 AM08:30

Lilies and Relatives in the Laguna and Cuyamaca Mountains

Late spring is a good time to take a look for lilies and their relatives. Join us on a trip to the Laguna and Cuyamaca Mountains and be introduced by CNPS-SD Rare Plant Botanist, Fred Roberts, to a number of these species. The trip will make three stops: on the Sunrise Highway and SR 79, including a stop at the meadows at the information kiosks near the southern Cleveland National Forest boundary (Sunrise Highway); Inspiration Point (SR 79); and on a rocky knoll just north of Cuyamaca Lake. Among the species we hope to see: Allium amplectens (paper onion), Brodiaea terrestris ssp. kernensis(dwarf brodiaea), Calochortus albus (white-fairylantern), C. dunnii (Dunn’s mariposa), C. invenustus (shy mariposa), C. splendens (splendid mariposa), C. weedii (Weed’s mariposa), and Toxicoscordion venenosum (meadow death camas), and perhaps a few others. Expect other pretty wildflowers as well. It should be a good year for it...

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