Happening Now Field Trips Upcoming Events
 
 

Redbud's Facebook Page

Plant Sale on Facebook


Redbud CNPS Upcoming Events


Redbud sponsors lectures, presentations, meet-ups, and other events from time to time throughout the year. All are welcome -- Redbud and other CNPS members as well as the general public. We are "Passionate About (Native) Plants"  and hope that you will be, too!

(Also, enjoy our Field Trips and see our Past Events.)
 
 


 
Workshop/Fieldtrip:
 
Exploring Bryophytes of the Sierra Nevada Foothills
with Jim Shevock
 
 
Saturday, February 23rd
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Bridgeport: South Yuba River State Park
17660 Pleasant Valley Rd.  
Penn Valley, CA 95603
 
Redbud is pleased to have Jim Shevock, renowned Botanist, researcher, author, and world-wide Bryophyte expert, lead this workshop on observing and identifying mosses and other Bryophytes.
 
What are Bryophytes? Bryophytes are small, non-flowering plants that grow in dense colonies on trees, rocks, and soil. Ecologically, Bryophytes play important roles in transforming barren areas by beginning the soil formation process, maintaining soil moisture and making nutrients available to other plants.
 
Often overlooked and unnoticed, these tiny wonders are best appreciated close up -- make sure to bring a hand-lens or magnifying glass so you can discover their astounding diversity.
 
In this slow-paced outdoor clinic, we’ll take our time to learn about Bryophyte morphology and how to recognize identifying characteristics. You can download a copy of Jim‘s guide “The Amazing Design of a Moss Leaf” here.
 
What we will see: Bridgeport trails near the South Yuba River feature grassy hillsides and patches of oak woodland including four species of native oaks, Bigleaf Maple, Blue Elderberry, and Snowdrop Bush. We’ll see Bryophytes in several different micro-climates and on a variety of host trees.
 
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’ll arrive at the marked parking area. Parking is costs $5 in Winter, and is enforced regularly.
 
What to bring: Water, snacks/lunch, hat, sun/rain gear/protection, and hand-lens w/10x magnification (if you have one – we will have few loaners for the group to share).
 
To RSVP for this workshop/field trip and find out about carpooling, sign up at this link. For questions, email: nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.
 
 
About Jim Shevock: Jim retired in 2009 from public service spanning more than 30 years with the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service. Currently, Jim is a research associate and fellow in the Botany Dept. of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), and a research associate at the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley. Jim migrated to the study of bryophytes (primarily mosses) in the late 1990s. He is a co-author of ‘California Mosses’ which explores the wonderful diversity of our mosses with more than 2200 photos. His plant collections of over 51,000 specimens, are housed at the CAS herbarium. Jim has 7 flowering plants and 6 mosses named in his honor, including the moss genus Shevockia, endemic to China and Japan. Jim is the current President of the CNPS Bryophyte Chapter, which has members from all over California.
 
 
 


 
The Redbud Chapter
"Passionate about (Native) Plants”
Lecture Series
 

 
Wednesday, February 27 Jennifer Buck-Diaz, CNPS Ecologist
"Treasure in the Foothills: Lava Caps"
Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn
Lava caps provide a special botanical heaven in the Sierra Nevada foothills, where rare shrubs and patches of brilliant wildflowers bloom in the spring and linger into the summer. Come learn more about these ancient volcanic mud-flows and the unique plant communities they support. Jennifer Buck-Diaz is an ecologist in the Vegetation Program of the California Native Plant Society where she surveys, classifies, and maps vegetation across the state.
 


 
Wednesday, April 24 Charles Dailey, Sierra College Faculty Emeritus
"Of All the Gall!"
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Oaks, wasps and galls of the world, especially those in California. How and why do insects cause plants to produce unusual species-specific growths? What benefits and problems do they bring? Why don't some of these insects look like either their parents or their children? What do scientists still have to learn about them? Weird wasps!
 


  
Wednesday, June 26 Art Shapiro, UC Davis Professor Emeritus and Matt Forister, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
"Insect and Plant Life-Cycle Disruption from Climate Change and Other Factors"
Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn
 
 


 
Wednesday, August 28
<to be determined>
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
 



 
Wednesday, September 25 Nancy Gilbert, Redbud Horticulture Chair
"Jewels of the Garden California Native Bulbs, Corms, and Rhizomes"
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
California is blessed with one of the world’s largest and most diverse array of bulb species. This talk will focus on our local region’s native bulbs, corms and rhizomes, as well as very garden-worthy ones from other areas of California. The presentation will explain and illustrate various types of geophytes and their strategies for survival, how to successfully garden with our native bulbs, and their ethnobotanical and ecological importance. The show includes a native bulb bloom calendar, with spectacular photos.
 


  
Wednesday, October 2 Gregg McKenzie
"The Importance of Local Conservation Plans: The Placer County Conservation Plan"
Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn
 
 







 
Other Events of Interest