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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS
The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society welcomes all native-plant lovers in Nevada and Placer counties. We are dedicated to exploring, educating, researching, and writing about the diversity and beauty of our native flora. We:
Together, we explore and restore nature, and find new friends!
Announcing Upcoming Redbud Chapter Events!
For field trips, see Upcoming Redbud Field Trips.
Other upcoming events of interest.
Exploring Bryophytes of the Sierra Nevada Foothills
Field Trip Saturday, February 17, 2018
When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Vally
Bridgeport, South Yuba State Park, Nevada County
What we will see: Bridgeport features trails along the South Yuba River through grassy hillsides and patches of oak woodland including four species of native oaks, Bigleaf Maple, Blue Elderberry, Snowdrop Bush, and California Bay. We’ll have opportunities to see Bryophytes in a variety of micro-climates and on a variety of host trees.
Redbud is very fortunate to have as our leader for this field trip Jim Shevock -- researcher, author, world expert on Bryophytes, and President of the Bryophyte Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Jim will be providing a guide to Bryophytes to participants.
Directions: From Grass Valley, take Hwy 20 West to Pleasant Valley Road and turn right. From Auburn, take Hwy 49 North toward Grass Valley. Turn left on Hwy 20 (west) and then right on Pleasant Valley Road. After about 7.7 miles, you will arrive at the marked parking area. Parking is $5 and enforced regularly.
What to bring: Water, snacks/lunch, hat, sun and/or rain protection/gear, and hand lens.
To RSVP for the Bryophyte field trip and find out about carpooling, sign up at this link:
Questions? Need more information? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Jim Shevock: Jim retired in 2009 from public service with a botanical career spanning more than 30 years between the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service. He is currently a research associate and fellow at the California Academy of Sciences, Department of Botany and a research associate at the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley. Initially a vascular plant taxonomist by training with a focus on the flora of the southern Sierra Nevada, Jim migrated to the study of bryophytes (primarily mosses) in the late 1990s. He is a co-author of ‘California Mosses’ which provides a portal into the wonderful diversity of California mosses with nearly 2,200 color images. His plant collections, just over 51,000 specimens, are housed at the herbarium of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) with selected duplicates provided to major bryophyte herbaria around the world. Jim has 7 flowering plants and 6 mosses named in his honor included the moss genus Shevockia, endemic to China and Japan. Jim is the current President of the Bryophyte Chapter, CNPS.
The Redbud Chapter “Passionate about (Native) Plants”
Ted Beedy will take us on a virtual journey across the Sierra from the oak savanna in the west, up through conifer forests, into the majestic alpine regions. We'll see and hear the stunning diversity of birds that make the Sierra their home. We'll learn how they use the varied habitats, which species are in decline, and which are expanding and increasing.
Ted recently co-authored "Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution." Ted received his Ph.D. in Zoology from UC Davis. He taught ornithology and other biology classes at UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento before working as an environmental consultant at Jones & Stokes in Sacramento. In 2006, he started his own firm, Beedy Environmental Consulting, in Nevada City.
Sierra College Nature Area Field Trip
Trip Leader: Shawna Martinez
Date: Saturday, March 24th
Time: 10:00 a.m. Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Where: Sierra College, Rocklin Campus
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677
Note: Free parking on Saturday
California Saxifrage, Micranthes californica
What We Will See: We will be hiking on the cross-country path in the nature area, traverse across Secret Ravine Creek to a unique geologic area and Native American site. Along the way we will (hopefully) see common foothill wildflowers including Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), Wally Basket and other Triteleia, California Saxifrage (Micranthes californica), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii ), Woodland Star (Lithophragma affine) and a host of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Depending upon rain, we might see many species of fungi.
We will also discuss the development future of this area (and south Placer as a whole) and how we have a unique opportunity to preserve this 90 + acre area for future generations.
Blue Dicks, Dichelostemma capitatum
Level of difficulty: Easy; trail is wide and gently sloping
Bring: Water, snacks, and other hiking essentials. Hand lens and wildflower books are nice to bring along. Don’t forget the new Wildflowers book is now on sale!
Please RSVP if you are interested in attending:
https://goo.gl/forms/T3j0UJMZGV10Zwxp2 or email email@example.com. Directions will be provided at time of registration.
Wally Basket, Triteleia laxa
THIS TRIP WILL BE LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. We will post when the trip is full, and you will not be able to complete the RSVP form.
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