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January 2019

San Bruno Mountain: Saddle and Bog Trails hike

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Leader: Doug Allshouse This field trip is a winter staple so let’s start with an easy walk around the saddle and bog with East Bay and San Francisco views. It features grasslands, mono-cultures of gorse, a eucalyptus forest, the headwaters of Colma Creek, and a rare upland wetland. Several past restoration projects offer vivid examples of success and failure and are worth discussing.  The area is rich in plant species and its eastern grasslands share plant species common to the…

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January 20 - January 31
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CNPS Garden Ambassador Seasonal Garden Visits – RSVP required

January 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Davis, Pierce Ranch Rd
Davis, CA 95616 United States
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Patricia Carpenter’s Seasonal Winter Ramble You are invited to enjoy Patricia’s native garden on a typical winter day.  The garden, a secluded 1-acre wild escape on the slough, is located west of Davis.   Started in 2005, it now features more than 300 species and cultivars of California native plants.  Visit Patricia’s Garden Ambassador profile to learn more about this garden, access a map, view a plant list, and take a virtual tour! Highlights: Winter growth, wildlife and emerging wildflowers. Winter color, form…

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Vernal Pool Branchiopods: A Workshop for Future Permit Holders

January 28 - February 2
Vernal pool.

For more information, see the full the workshop description
Register by December 28 for an early-bird discount

Be sure to register by December 28 for an early-bird discount! This workshop combines both the ID class and 20 hours of wet season surveys, two requirements needed to begin the the Vernal Pool Branchiopods 10(a)(1)(A) permit process for wet season surveys (note: taking the workshop does not guarantee minimum qualifications for the permit). Full requirements of the permit are found here. Participants also have the option of taking only wet season field survey portion if they choose. The ID course will be taught in Davis, CA; and the wet season field survey portions will take place in three different locations in the Sacramento Valley, specially chosen for a diverse branchiopod fauna.

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February 2019

7th annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium – “Trailblazing Women in Conservation”

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Santa Barbara County Education Office, 4400 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110 United States
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Erigeron glaucus - Seaside Daisy and Skipper Butterfly. Photo by Laura Camp.

Join the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for their 7th annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium. This year's theme, "Trailblazing Women in Conservation," will feature six female speakers who have done inspiring, ground-breaking work to better understand, protect, and restore the diversity of life that sustains us all. The Garden’s 2019 Pritzlaff Conservation Awardee, Dr. Gretchen Daily, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Daily is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at…

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Spanish Valley Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

February 14
Napa Napa, CA United States + Google Map

Join us to explore Spanish Valley, an expansive grassland located in northeastern Napa County adjacent to Lake Berryessa and Putah Creek. We'll look for ceanothus, manzanitas, and other shrubs. There are no trails in Spanish Valley, so be prepared for cross country hiking! Learn more about Spanish Valley here. Meet at Angwin at 9am.  Click here to RSVP and receive further details. Photo: John Woodbury

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March 2019

A Primer on Sedges

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst St
Arcata, CA 95521 United States
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$120 – $150

This is an intensive introductory/intermediate course on sedge identification and keying with an emphasis on species occurring in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The workshop starts with an introductory review of sedge taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, and essential sedge keying terminology and morphology. The rest of the day will be guided dissection and keying of specimens in the laboratory using a microscope and the Jepson Manual 2nd Edition. Keying will be punctuated with guidance and commentary on keying groups and species characteristics. Many specimens will…

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March 29 - April 1
San Luis Obispo CA United States + Google Map

The 24th annual Spring Outing Botanical Excursion Foray, Retreat, and Escape to the Environment (SO BE FREE) will take place in beautiful San Luis Obispo County. The main focus is on bryophytes, but the foray is open to all botanists, from beginner to expert. The foray destinations include some of the best wildflower sites in the state, rich in ephemerals, Bryaceae, and Pottiaceae. The weekend also include communal meals, evening slide shows, presentations, and keying sessions with microscopes. Register before…

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May 2019

Going Native Garden Tour 2019

Since 2003, the Bay Area's pioneering native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. This community-based tour is free of charge to the public. Each tour features up to 60 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open house format. The gardens on the tour demonstrate reduced water use, reduced chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants. Our…

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