Events and news
SPEAKERS/PROGRAMS AT FORTHCOMING CHAPTER MEETINGS
Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular meetings, held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except July, August, November, and December. The meetings are preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.
No meetings in July and August: Summer break.
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Native bees - our main pollinators, with Hartmut Wisch: This illustrated talk explores the great diversity of bees that have co-evolved with California's native flora. Approximately 1,600 species of bees are known to be native to California. Some bees are generalists pollinating a variety of flowers from different plant families; others are more specialized. This informative presentation featuring beautiful images of our native bees will cover all six recognized families of bees (Anthophila).
Hartmut Wisch discovered a love for macro photography and a fascination with the diversity of our insect fauna after working for 35 years as a naturalist-guide, taking European visitors through western North America. His special interest is in observing and identifying our native bees. He is a contributing editor at bugguide.net (Iowa State U. Entomology), and member of the Lorquin Entomological Society.
Past programs of our chapter: See the Past Events page.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 2018 RESEARCH GRANTS
CNPS-SGM Research Grants for 2018: The San Gabriel Mountains chapter announces the 2018 grant program open to students and others with an interest in the flora of southern California. We will award two one-year grants of $1000 each. The deadline for application is December 10, 2017. For more information, please click here to download the Request for Proposals.
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Leaders: Each outing has one or more appointed leaders. It is not necessary to contact the leader beforehand in order to participate. All you need to do is turn up for the event.
Eaton Canyon Plant Walks
Plant walks are held on the second Sunday of each month except July and August.
Meet in front of Eaton Canyon Nature Center at 9:00 a.m. Then go on a leisurely walk, about 2 hours, through the native plant garden that surronds the Center and into the nearby wild areas. The walk is different each time — what's leafing out, flowering, in seed, etc., determines what your leade will talk about — and different leaders bring drifferent points of view.
Current plant walks:
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 09:00
No walks July and August
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 09:00
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 09:00
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 09:00
Field outings for 2017
We sponsor outings on occasional Saturdays throughout the year. The walking ranges from easy, typically on wide fire roads, to moderately strenuous, such as on forest trails. If a convenient place is available nearby, we love to picnic afterward. Weather is unpredictable; snow, rain, fire and ice cancel.
Important note: The chapter does not advertise all field trips in the newsletter. Instead we have two levels of field trip, those with dates known well ahead to places expected to be good regardless of the season; and spur-of-the-moment trips organized with 1 to 2 weeks of notice, based on seasonal conditions and notified via this web site, email, and Facebook. This gives us more flexibility in finding wildflowers in bloom or fall color at its peak.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon: West Fork of the San Gabriel River: Leader: Mickey Long. Grade: Easy, nearly level, 4 miles round trip.
This trip will explore the winter plants, especially trees and shrubs of this mountain streamside. We will walk the paved road along the river to discuss the woody plants and their ecosystem as a whole. Interesting annuals will not be overlooked. We will hike in along the nearly level road about 1.5 to 2 miles and return.
Directions: The West Fork trailhead is approximately 25 miles northeast of Pasadena. Take the 210 Fwy (Foothill Fwy) east to exit at Hwy 39 north in Azusa. Travel north into the mountains (past both the Morris and San Gabriel Reservoirs) to the junction with the West Fork San Gabriel River road, which branches to the left immediately before the river (it has a locked gate). Meet 8:30 a.m. at the paved parking area on the left (west side) just past the bridge over West Fork. Toilets are located near the parking area. Wear good sturdy shoes or boots and a hat, bring water and snacks. A Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking. Heavy rain cancels the trip.
Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.
Statewide and other CNPS chapter events
CNPS 2017 workshops: The CNPS Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands. Discounted registration fees are offered to CNPS members.
Schedule, description, registration: CNPS workshops and training web page
CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference: Every three years the CNPS Conservation Conference brings together California’s conservation community for the largest gathering of its kind. Scientific sessions cover a broad spectrum of topics, and special events provide time for collaboration, networking, and fun. The 2018 conference will be held in Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The dates:
January 30-31, 2018: Workshops and field trips
February 1-3, 2018: The conference
As for previous CNPS Conservation Conferences, our CNPS San Gabriel Mountains chapter is offering financial incentives for those wishing to attend, especially students. See the separate notice for details.
Awards for attending 2018 CNPS conference: To encourage attendance at the 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott, February 1-3, our chapter is offering awards to CNPS members of $375 for non-students and $200 for students. To be considered for one of these awards, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "CNPS conference in Los Angeles" as the subject line. State how your attendance will be beneficial to our chapter and how you plan to share the report you will write (general meeting or newsletter article). Students must describe their education (course work, and career choice). Your request should reach the committee by October 20, 2017. Please provide your statement in the body of the email as attachments will not be opened. Applicants will be notified by email by October 27, 2017. For information about the conference see http://conference.cnps.org/ and also our separate notice about it.
Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:
Lily Spring Area Survey: Click here for the Lily Spring Area Survey page.
Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.
Our 2016 Plant Sale
Held in early November, the next sale is on November 5, 2016, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.
EVENTS AND NEWS OF OTHER GROUPS
Volunteer opportunity: Sunland Welcome Nature Garden: The Sunland Welcome Nature Garden, a volunteer native plant garden on Sunland Boulevard at the 210 freeway, is a showcase of local native plants. Stop in and smell the flowers, visit the garden's Facebook page, or contact the garden's instigator Roger Klemm at email@example.com for more information or to join in the next workday.
Southern California Botanists: See their Field Trips and events page (click here.)
Natural Sciences Section of Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2015 outings: For their current schedule, please see their web site (click here.)