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January 2020

Galapagos Islands: Magical Cradle of Evolution with John Kipping

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road
Shingle Springs, CA 95682 United States
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The El Dorado Chapter of the CNPS is pleased to present local naturalist John Kipping to talk about his many adventures as a tour guide of las islas encantadas or the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos archipelago was, and is being formed by active volcanoes and comprises over 3,000 square miles of islands spread over 23,000 square miles of ocean. Animals and plants had to float, swim, or fly to reach these islands 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador.  Once…

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February 2020

Lobos Creek Valley, Presidio of San Francisco

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Lobos Creek Valley kiosk, 1750 Lincoln Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94134 United States
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Lobos Creek Valley has been called "a blazing landmark on the map of Bay Area restoration" (Orion Afield, 2002). The watershed contains some of the best examples of dune and riparian vegetation in San Francisco. Over 20 acres of dune habitat have been restored to support rare plants such as San Francisco lessingia (Lessingia germanorum), dune gilia (Gilia capitata ssp. chamissonis) and San Francisco spineflower (Chorizanthe cuspidata var. cuspidata). Current restoration efforts are focused on the arroyo willow and coast live oak riparian zone along…

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San Francisco’s Changing Landscape—A Picture History

February 6 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Recreation Room of the San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States
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The slide presentation will show the evolution of San Francisco's landscape with historic photos of the dunes, grasslands, trees, creeks, lakes and the Bayshore. Greg will discuss what has been lost and what is being preserved of San Francisco's natural heritage. Greg Gaar is a native San Franciscan who became an environmentalist and park advocate because he watched the loss of the open spaces where he played as a youngster.  He was a photojournalist for forty years and collects historic photos…

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Visalia Springfest

February 8 - February 10
Visalia Convention Center, 303 E Acequia Ave
Visalia, CA 93291 United States
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Chapter will host an information booth. We need volunteers to help greet the public, pass out pamphlets, assist participants to plant acorns in small pots to take home, and sell plants and books. Volunteers get free admission to event. Email Barbara with questions or to sign up.

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CNPS Garden Ambassador Seasonal Garden Visits – RSVP required

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Davis, Pierce Ranch Rd
Davis, CA 95616 United States
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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 (link here) to learn more about this garden, access a map, view a plant list, and take a virtual tour! Highlights: Winter growth, wildlife, birds, fungi and emerging wildflowers. Color, form and…

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Early Spring Walk on Bayview Hill

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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After the winter rains, early spring is a rewarding time to visit Bayview Hill.  The Hill has many early blooming natives including several lomatiums and other members of the carrot or parsnip family.  Johnny Jump-up, in the violet family, host plant of the endangered Callippe Siverspot butterfly, will be in bloom.  We may also see members of the iris, lily and lupine families.  The many California grassland natives in bloom are delightfully visible during this time of year before the…

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Tule River Parkway Workshop

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Tule River Parkway, 540 S Jaye Street
Portersville, CA 903257 United States
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Learn to use Observer Pro to document locations of plants along the paved paths. Download the app Observer Pro before walk if you want to learn on your own device. Meet at the trail entrance lot off Jaye Street.  Enter from southbound lanes just south of Tule River Bridge rail. Easy walk 1 mile, no elevation gain. Wear closed toe shoes, bring water, no restrooms are available.

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Home Landscaping in a Changing Climate: Fire Smart, Water Wise, and Biodiverse

February 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Ross, CA 94957 United States
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Please join us for this special one-day symposium. Registration is now open! As the climate warms and the weather gets less predictable, Bay Area home gardeners find themselves facing contradictory directives from public agencies that are each trying to address one part of the looming problem. It seems as though we may be facing a lot of hard choices. Or can we find a way to work with nature to have home landscapes that are resilient in fire and drought,…

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San Pedro Valley County Park, Hazelnut Trail

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
San Pedro Valley County Park, 600 Osstag Blvd
Pacifica, CA 94044 United States
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The Hazelnut Trail on Montara Mountain offers probably more diversity than any other area around here. A reason for that may be because it contains a rich mix of inland and maritime chaparral in the process of replacing a diverse grassland. In the absence of frequent burning practiced by the indigenous people, woody plants displace the grasses and wildflowers, and you can see that process happening here. We start out from the Visitor’s Center and cross the creek coming down…

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March 2020

Urban Biodiversity Inventory

March 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recreation Room of the San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States
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Speakers: Peter Brastow, Rebecca Johnson, and Lew Stringer on the Urban Biodiversity Inventory

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