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January 2018

Win the Privilege to Name a New Species!

Monardella odoratissima (coyote mint) - Aaron SimsThanks to a generous scientific donation, CNPS is auctioning off a SECOND opportunity to win the naming rights to a newly described, rare, California Monardella. CNPS launched this unusual benefit auction online January 23, and it sold above the "Buy It Now" price within hours! Now, our donor has offered an additional plant from the same aromatic, pollinator-attracting family. The winner of this auction will be able to provide the scientific name for one of the three remaining, newly described, rare Monardellas.

This unusual benefit auction is now the second and possibly final opportunity to donate funds to a great cause for the privilege of naming a rare California native plant. CNPS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and all funds raised go toward CNPS efforts to save California's rare plants and places.

#CNPS2018 Offers Valuable Items for Auction

Collage of auction items offered at 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference Win unique items and experiences while supporting conservation in California! There will be many opportunities to participate at CNPS's 2018 Conservation Conference in Los Angeles next week, as well as online bidding on eBay that started last week. Aside from the naming rights for a newly described rare species of Monardella described above, other items of note include Esri ArcGIS Pro licence packages, private tour and lunch at the Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills, tickets to Disneyland, Strawberry Music Festival, and San Francisco Bay Adventures, wine and cheese tastings, vacation getaways, private tours, gift certificates, gift baskets, art, "limited edition" CNPS Lifetime memberships, and more! Check out some of our featured auction items!

Miner's Lettuce Gourmet Soup

Miner's LettuceRecent chilly temperatures have us craving the warm comfort of a soup mug in our hands, and with the abundance of miner's lettuce that has begun popping up all around, we thought it was time to reshare Sacramento Valley Chapter's Chris Lewis's delicious Miner's Lettuce Gourmet Soup recipe. A friendly reminder: please forage from your own garden and leave wild habitat intact. Bon appétit!

2018 CNPS Professional Training Workshops

For further details or to register, visit CNPS Workshops and Professional Training. Questions? Email Becky Reilly at .

Rare Plant Survey Protocols
March 21-22, Oxnard & Point Mugu State Park
Taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims
$399 CNPS Members, $429 Non-Members

San Luis Obispo County Flora
April 2-5, San Luis Obispo
Taught by Dave Keil
$395 Members, $425 Non-Members

Vernal Pool Plant Taxonomy
April 16-18, UC Davis & Vernal Pools in Solano, Sacramento, & Yolo Counties
Taught by Carol Witham & Jennifer Buck-Diaz
$455 Members, $475 Non-Members

Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé
May 1-3, San Luis Obispo area
Taught by Jennifer Buck-Diaz & Rachelle Boul
$375 Members, $395 Non-Members

Intro to Plant Identification, Southern CA
June 5-7, Big Bear area
Taught by Sandy Namoff & Nick Jensen
$395 Members, $415 Non-Members

Intro to Plant Identification, Northern CA
July 10-12, Truckee
Taught by Josie Crawford
$375 Members, $395 Non-Members

Wetland/Riparian Plant Identification
August 7-9, Imperial Beach
Taught by David Magney
$375 Members, $395 Non-Members

Details coming soon:

Vegetation Mapping
Summer, SF Bay Area

A Manual of California Vegetation
Late Summer/Early Fall, Central Sierra Transect

Chapter Events

A sampling of events around the state. View more CNPS chapter events on the CNPS Events Calendar.

Santa Cruz Chapter
Restoration: Quail Hollow Ranch County Park
Saturday, February 3, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park. We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years old. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves. Contact: Program Leader, Linda Brodman at or 831.462.4041. Repeats February 10 and 24.

San Diego Chapter
Field Trip: Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, Jamul
Sunday, February 4, 10 a.m.

Moderate to easy. 4.5 mi roundtrip. Hollenbeck Canyon is a 3200 acre preserve managed by CDFW for the care of rare and common species of plants and wildlife. 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. Bring plenty of water and suitable hiking gear. Carpooling from Fashion Valley mall Transit Center in Mission Valley near Fashion Valley Rd. 9 -9:15 am. Park nearest the road so we can find each other easily. RSVP here.

Bristlecone Chapter
Program: Considerations when designing a native plant garden
Wednesday, February 7, 7 p.m.

Katie Quinlan will be sharing tips and considerations when putting in a native plant garden. She has been the director of the Native Plant Propagation center since 2009. George Lozito Conference Room, 166 Grandview, behind Child Care Connection/JKBS/ICSOS offices, Bishop, CA.

Shasta Chapter
Field Trip: BLM Cloverdale Trails
Saturday, February 10, 9:30 a.m.

Starting across from the Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve parking area, we will hike up the hill into the Cloverdale Trails. This walk will be approximately three miles. Dogs on leash OK. Light rain OK; heavy rain cancels. Meet at California Street parking structure on the upper level, across from Calworks in Redding. Call John Springer for more information. 530-917-0567.

Milo Baker Chapter
Field Trip: Fire Recovery in Sonoma Valley Regional Park
Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.

Meet at the Park & Ride under Hwy 12 between Veteran's Hall and Fairgrounds, east end of lot at 9:30 a.m. for carpooling, or at 10 a.m. at Sonoma Valley Regional Park (about 1/4 mi past Arnold Dr. turnoff to Glen Ellen). Parking lot fee: $7 if not a member. Plan on a moderately strenuous loop hike of about 2.5 miles. We should be back in the parking lot by 12:30 PM. Bring lunch to enjoy at the picnic area near the parking lot after the hike. Bring also hat, water, snacks. Dogs permitted if well-behaved and on leash.

Dorothy King Young Chapter
Field Trip: Montgomery Woods State NR
Sunday, February 11, 10 a.m.

No pets; dress weather appropriate. Heavy rain will cancel. This is an easy two-mile long loop along Montgomery Creek in redwood forest. More information at: For questions and to RSVP, contact Rhiannon Korhummel at . Check the DKY Facebook page for notifications:

Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
and Orange County Chapter
Field Trip: Mailbu Lagoon State Beach
February, 11, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

A look at beach and wetlands birds and flora along our coast. Parking for a fee in the beach lot or for free along Pacific Coast Hwy (PCH). Meet in the parking lot at the corner of Cross Creek Rd. and PCH in Malibu. Noted birder & photographer, Scott Logan of Wild Wings Backyard Nature in Sherman Oaks, will lead an easy birding walk for all levels. We will also identify the native plants around the restored lagoon. Bring binoculars, water, hat, good walking shoes, and layered clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. Contact Snowdy Dodson at or 818-782-9346 for further details. Rain cancels. This will be a joint field trip with the Orange County CNPS chapter.

Sacramento Valley Chapter
Program: Protecting Rare Plants with Citizen Science
Wednesday, February 14, 7 p.m.

Catherine Curley is the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Coordinator for the CNPS state office's Rare Plant Program. With beautiful wildflower and scenic photos, Catherine Curley will inform us on the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Project and let us know all the different ways to get involved. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento.

Mojave Desert Chapter
Program Meeting
Thursday, February 15, 6 p.m.

Speaker: Naomi Fraga, Director of Conservation Programs, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. This meeting will start at 6 pm and be located at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at 57116 Twenty Nine Palms Hwy., Yucca Valley, CA.

Yerba Buena Chapter
Field Trip: San Bruno Mountain Manzanitas
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

San Bruno Mountain is ground zero for glandular manzanitas. Of the seven species and forms here, four are endemic. On this field trip we will see three endemics; San Bruno Mt manzanita (Arctostaphylos imbricata), Pacific manzanita (A. Pacifica), Leobrewer manzanita (A. uvaursiforma leobreweri) and one rare and one common manzanita; Montara Mt manzanita (A. montaraensis) and evergreen manzanita (A. uva-ursiforma coactilis). Bring lunch and loupes. Limited to 15 people. RSVP to Doug Allshouse at , call or text 415- 269-9967. to reserve your space. Heavy rain postpones to Feb. 24. There is a $6 fee payable at the ranger kiosk.

Channel Islands Chapter
Program: Bringing CA Native Plant Foods into Your Life
Tuesday, February 20, 7 - 9 p.m.

This a one of a kind presentation, led by native food enthusiast Antonio Sanchez, discussing the ancient and emerging field of California native foods and their cultivation. With an eye on the past and the many living traditions that have been passed down by local indigenous peoples, this unique lecture explores how old ways can combine with new ways to find a place in local gardens and kitchens. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California. Parking is free.

Alta Peak Chapter
Program: Adaption of Plants, Animals and Humans to Wildfires
Saturday, February 24, 7 p.m.

Join Dr. Jon Keeley, fire ecologist/research scientist for the United States Geological Survey and adjunct professor UCLA as he provides an overview of the fire history of the Sierra Nevada and important issues related to the wildland-urban interface. Springville Veterans' Memorial Building, 35944 CA-190, Springville, CA. This program follows the afternoon's field trip lead by Jon Keeley and Barbara Brydolf in the Pier Fire Area taking place 1-4 pm, and early evening dinner at Nuevo Mexicali III in Springville. See the chapter calendar for details about Saturday's other events.

Sanhedrin Chapter
Field Trip: Low Gap Park, Ukiah
Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. - noon

We'll wander along some of the park's lower trails for a couple of hours checking for the arrival of the first wildflowers such as shooting stars and mission bells. Wear good hiking shoes and bring walking sticks if wanted for some of the steeper or slippery sections of trails.  Dress for the weather. The walk will be canceled with heavy rain.  Meet at the corner of the park by the tennis courts at 10:00 am. Leader: Cathy Monroe at , for questions 710-0540. 

Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Creating a Native Rain Garden
Wednesday, February 28, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Madeline Morrow is SCV Chapter President. A former computer programmer, she now volunteers in her community and works extensively on her native garden. Her garden was featured in Bay Nature magazine in March 2013, and she solved her drainage problem by installing a rain garden. Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Ave., Campbell.


Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Chris Lewis
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Becky Reilly
  • Liv O'Keeffe
  • Monardella odoratissima (coyote mint) - Aaron Sims
  • Collage of some auction items offered at CNPS Conference
  • Miner's Lettuce - Chris Lewis



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