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CNPS Member Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge
March 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Date: Saturday, March 30th at 9am-4:30pm
Hike Leaders: David Magney and David Torfeh
*Due to restrictive conditions on the refuge, there some new requirements to attend this event. First, 4wd vehicles are required due to road conditions. No pets allowed, this is a wildlife refuge. Attendees must stay with the group and not leave early. No facilities and no water. You must bring your own water and food. Since the number of people we can handle is limited, registration is required. Attendee maximum is capped at 40 persons. Slots will be assigned on a first first come basis. If you are not on our list of those registered, you will not be able to attend. Bitter Creek is higher in elevation than Carrizo Plain, so the wildflower bloom is late and not as dense as for other years. Register by emailing David Magney by 9am 3/29 email@example.com*
Certified botanists David Magney and David Torfeh will lead us on native plant tours of Bitter Creek NWR to show us some of the unique wildflowers and varied habitats on this California Condor refuge in the San Emigdio Mountains of extreme southwestern Kern County. The Refuge is usually closed to the public, so this is a special opportunity thanks to Refuge Manager Jason Storlie. We may find the federally endangered Kern Mallow (Eremalche parryi ssp. kernensis), Wind Poppy (Papaver heterophyllum), Thistle Sage (Salvia carduacea), and Desert Candle (Caulanthus inflatus) among other things. We may even see a Condor. Some of the most dominant plants in this area are Interior Goldenbush (Ericameria linearifolia), Tucker Oak (Quercus john-tuckerii), native perennial grasses, and Devil’s Lettuce (Amsinckia tesselata var. gloriosa). Both leaders have done numerous floristic surveys of the Refuge, and David Magney is working on a flora of nearby Ventura County. Bring a hand lens, water, and lunch, and wear hiking boots, a hat, and sunglasses. We will meet at 9 a.m. at the bunkhouse. Carpooling is recommended.
Directions: Take the 101 Freeway to the Hwy. 33 exit. Go north on Hwy 33, following the highway’s turn to the left at the Von’s Market in Ojai. Continue north on Hwy. 33 over Pine Mountain Summit, past Lockwood Valley Road, and through the town of Ventucopa, to Hwy. 166 and turn right. Go to Hudson Ranch Rd. and turn right. Just past Klipstein Canyon Rd. on the left is the entrance gate. Enter and turn right, taking a gravel road to the barn and bunkhouse. Check out our Facebook event.