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These are some of the events that have been hosted by Redbud. They show the kinds of programs Redbud has presented in the past and wants to continue make available in the future to members and non-members alike.

Jewels of the Garden
California Native Bulbs, Corms & Rhizomes
Guest Speaker: Redbud Horticulture Chair Nancy Gilbert
Wednesday, September 25
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  
Madelyn Helling Library  
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Member Meeting and Elections  
6:30 p.m.
California is blessed with one of the largest and most diverse number of bulb species in the world. They range from tiny plants only an inch high that require a hand lens to appreciate to spectacular lilies 8 or 10 feet tall. They grow in every habitat, from the coast to the great valley, from the hottest desert to the highest mountain.
Sierra Fawn Lily (Erythronium multiscapedeum)
Native California bulbs are unexcelled for beauty, range of shape and color. They are persistent and spread readily once mature; some can be found in large masses of tens of thousands.
They are indeed the jewels of the garden; the flowers reflect light and have a sheen that draws your eye, and they have brilliant colors and elegant, unique shapes that attract specialized pollinators — bulbs are great pollinator plants.
Peninsular Onion (Allium peninsulare)
Bulbs combine beauty, utility and ease of care — zero work once planted, you just need to protect them from gophers and deer. And you can even eat them — almost all have ethnobotanical uses.
Nancy's talk will focus on California native bulbs, corms and rhizomes that grow within our local region, as well as some 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 ethnobotany and ecological importance.  
The show includes a native bulb bloom calendar and includes detailed descriptions of each bulb species, illustrated with photos taken by Nancy and Ames, along with their specific horticultural preferences and requirements.
Bridges' Triteleia (Triteleia bridgesii)

For more information, contact secretary@redbud-cnps.org.

"Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails"
Julie Carville, Author, Botanist, Photographer

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Join us for a photo presentation by Julie Carville, author, botanist, and photographer who passionately shares her love of nature. Her book, Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails, takes the reader on an amazing wildflower adventure along Tahoe's trails, with stories about the flowers, pollinators, animals, and Native American plant uses. Julie also wrote Lingering in Tahoe's Wild Gardens and Hiking Tahoe's Wildflower Trails, and co-authored two Redbud books on Wildflowers and Trees & Shrubs of Nevada & Placer Counties. In 2014, the Bear Yuba Land Trust awarded her the John Skinner Outdoors Recreation Award.
About Julie Carville: Julie has led wildflower field classes for 40 years for children and adults with private groups, environmental organizations, schools, and colleges. She worked with the California State Park' "Women in the Outdoors" program to encourage women to hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors with confidence. She has also worked with the California State Parks' Whitewater Division, offering wildflower and interpretive training classes for educators and river guides.
Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails

Julie has written about the delight of wildflowers and nature for various newspapers and magazines, including the Tahoe World and Sierra Sun, the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, and Sierra Heritage Magazine. She is a co-founder and past President of the Tahoe Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) .

Family Nature Hike on the Sierra Discovery Trail
Saturday, August 10, 2019
This trail is a level 0.9 mile, semi-paved loop that winds along the Bear River and packs a lot of nature into a short hike. The area adjoins wet meadows and a creek with a small waterfall. It is perfect for people of all ages and accessible for strollers. Interpretive signs, a kiosk and restrooms are located at the trailhead. There is a picnic site with tables at the river. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
We are delighted to have Jessica Abbot return again this year with her butterfly program!
She will showcase some of the local butterfly diversity and talk a little bit about her research studying how climate change will impact butterfly populations throughout California and Oregon. Jessica is a Research Ecologist for the Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA and has over 14 years of research experience. Participants will get a close up look at a variety of butterfly species and hopefully get to see butterfly eggs and caterpillars.
This hike is sponsored by the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and organized by California Naturalist, Linda Conklin 209-840-0336.
The assistant leaders are Shane Hanofee and Diane Wetzel.
Directions to the Trailhead
From Nevada City
Travel approximately 20 miles east on Highway 20 to Bowman Lake Rd./Forest Rte 18).
Turn left and travel approximately one-half mile (north) up this road.
The parking lot is on the left.
From I-80 E,
Take Exit 161 to CA 20 Turn right on Bowman Lake Rd./Forest Rte 18.
Travel approximately one-half mile (north) up this road.
The parking lot is on the left.

Wednesday, July 24,
“California Butterflies and Global Change"
Matt Forister, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St., Colfax
California's rich butterfly fauna is affected by the many facets of global change, including habitat destruction and climate change. A multi-decade study of butterflies across an elevational transect reveals both surprising resilience and the potential for loss of populations and species. Results from Northern California will be considered in the light of studies of butterflies and global change from other parts of the world.
Many insects and plants have evolved an interdependence with each other and time their activities to coincide with one another. If a plant flowers too early or too late there may not be sufficient pollinators around to ensure the plants reproduction. And if the plant can't reproduce the pollinator loses a food source causing a cascading negative effect for both organisms. Climate change is throwing a giant wrench in these essential relationships. Learn more about it tomorrow in Colfax! Don't miss this event! https://www.facebook.com/events/392706794674542/?sfnsn=mo

Registration closed on May 24th, but keep this in mind for next year! 
Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend 2019
  July 5 to July 7, 2019
Sierra Nevada Field Campus  
Calpine, CA 96124
Join us for a wildflower-filled weekend trip to the Sierra Buttes area, one of the best spots for wildflowers in all of the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada Field Campus (SNFC) of CSU San Francisco is located on Hwy 49 along the north fork of the Yuba River, about 58 miles up Hwy 49 above Nevada City and 1 mile above Basset's Station.
We’ll spend the weekend exploring the plants of the area, focused on observing many wildflowers in a variety of different habitats.
Schedule: Arrive at Field Campus Friday afternoon, July 5th. Dinner is at 6:30 pm. Accommodations will be at the Field Campus either in platform tents or you can bring your own tent. Meals are served at the Dining Hall. We will have field trips both Saturday and Sunday and will return home on Sunday, July 7th in the afternoon. Pets are not allowed at the SNFC.
A map and directions are available at http://sierra.sfsu.edu/directions. Check the web site http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra for more detailed information about the campus and species lists.

The Registration packet is available HERE. Fill out and sign all three forms and mail the completed packet with your check to:
Pamela Brillante  
P. O. Box 140  
Dutch Flat, CA 95714
Questions? Email Bill Wilson at wilsonb@yosemite.edu or call 530-265-8040

Garden Visit: Native Plant Beauty and Fire Safety
Saturday June 22nd 9AM -1 PM
This free event is for CNPS Redbud Chapter members only
Not a member? Join here: https://www.cnps.org/ (click orange "Join/Renew" button)

* Stroll this delightful garden 4 miles east of Nevada City to view native plants in a variety of habitats. See how to harmoniously incorporate a garden into a mixed forest setting.
* Learn how the landowners have created a habitat for natural beauty while maintaining fire safety, and talk with advisors about how to implement fire safe practices on your land. Increase your knowledge of the Home Ignition Zone.
* View young plants being grown for the Redbud Fall Native Plant Sale (Oct. 5th) and learn about opportunities to participate in the Redbud Chapter plant propagation group.
Members who register will receive directions
We look forward to seeing you at this scenic and educational event!
"Of All the Gall!"
Charles Dailey, Sierra College Faculty Emeritus
Wednesday, April 24th
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Socialize at 6:30 p.m.)
Madelyn Helling Library,
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Learn about 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 would be fun to think about the next time you see a gall attached to an oak tree?
What benefits and problems do wasps and the galls they create 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!
Charles Dailey will explore these questions with us. He has spent 50 years in the Biology Department at Sierra College. He has a B.S. from U.C. Davis in Aquatic Biology and an M.S. from U.C, Davis in Entomology.
Amazing images! Free to the public.

Bear Yuba Land Trust’s
Junior Conservationist:
Stories in Nature 2019 Series
Saturday, March 9, 2019,
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Woodpecker Preserve Trailhead
on Butterfly Drive, off Mayflower Drive
and Banner Lava Cap Road, Nevada City
TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation per family
INFO: Call (530) 272-5994 or sign up at www.bylt.org/events/org. Space is limited. Please register in advance to secure your spot.
Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, and comfortable clothing. Please bring plenty of water and snacks and leave dogs at home.
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and Certified California Naturalists Steve Roddy and Linda Conklin every second Saturday of the month for the Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature Series! These unique, family-friendly nature outings weave plant and animal identification with the age-old art of storytelling. Each hike is designed for youth, ages 5 to 12, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, and shares a different story that is adapted to the locale and season.
BYLT’s next hike on Saturday, March 9 - “Stories of Brer Rabbit on Woodpecker Preserve” - will focus on the native plants and animals in the region. The hike will be 1.5 miles with frequent stops to accommodate hands on learning and storytelling.
Studies show that kids who play outdoors are healthier, do better in school, have better social skills, a better self-image and lead more fulfilling lives. When kids spend time outside, they begin to foster a wonder of nature and a feeling of personal responsibility to help conserve the environment.
The magical woodland of The Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve makes for a perfect setting for this Junior Conservationist hike. Located in the Banner Mountain neighborhood, the Preserve is named for the woodpeckers in the area such as: Pileated, Downy, Hairy and Red-breasted sap suckers.
The Woodpecker Preserve is part of BYLT’s extensive network of preserves, which also includes open space, forestry and agricultural easements. The preserve is located on land formerly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). First purchased and donated by a group called Saving Special Places, BYLT acquired the property in 1999.

About Bear Yuba Land Trust:

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) exists to protect and defend the working and natural lands of the Bear and Yuba River Watersheds and to enrich the deep community connection with Nature, in perpetuity. Since 1990, BYLT has saved more than 15,000 acres of critical Sierra Nevada habitats in addition to building and maintaining 30+ miles of public trails enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors annually. Learn more at BYLT.org.

The Redbud Chapter
"Passionate about (Native) Plants”
Lecture Series
Time for all events is 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m.

Treasure in the Foothills: Lava Caps
Jennifer Buck-Diaz, CNPS Ecologist
Wednesday, February 27th
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Socialize at 6:30 p.m.)
Auburn Library
350 Nevada St., Auburn, CA
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.
Jennifer and Redbud Chapter Rare Plants Chair Karen Callahan recently published the article “Lava Cap Wildflower Fields” in the Journal of the California Native Grasslands Association Association.

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 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.

Applications for $250 Scholarships to attend Northern California Botanists Symposium (Jan. 14-15) are due December 10th!
The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is offering four $250 scholarships to fund students engaged in study and/or research and to fund emerging botanists just beginning careers. Recipients will use the award to attend the 2019 Symposium of the Northern California Botanists January 14-15 at California State University, Chico, Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. Early registration rates for the conference end December 14, 2018.

Submit your application for the scholarship by December 10, 2018 (application form).


2019 Family Nature Hikes at the Placer Nature Center:
Saturday, March 23 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wildflowers -- Spring's Wonders
With Spring comes new life, sun and flowers. Join Docent Linda on a wildflower seek and find hike on the PNC nature trail.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for the whole family. Dress in layers.  
Free. Donations accepted.

Saturday, April 27 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bugs -- Why Do We Need Them?
Bugs, beetles and other creepy crawlies are all a part of our outdoor cycle of life. Join Docent Linda on a hike on the PNC nature trail and discover that these little creatures are the foundation of the food web.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for whole family. Dress in layers  
Free. Donations accepted

Saturday, May 18 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Birds - Music Makers ofthe Woods
Did you ever hear a bird and wonder what kind she is? Many birds call the Placer Nature Center home. Join Docent Linda on a hike on the PNC nature trail and identify the sounds in the trees.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for whole family. Dress in layers  
Free. Donations accepted

Redbud Membership Celebration!
and General Membership Meeting
With Special Guest Kat Anderson,
author of Tending the Wild
Saturday, October 27
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Horseman’s Club
10600 Bubbling Wells Road  
Grass Valley, CA
Join us to celebrate the many ways in which Redbud members make a difference in our community and to one another. Meet and get to know fellow Redbud hikers, gardeners, naturalists, volunteers, authors, advocates, and wildflower enthusiasts. Connect with old friends and make new ones!
  Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis) in Fall Colors
We'll have a conversation with special guest Kat Anderson, author of Tending the Wild, as well as food, displays, and activities for all ages. Bring the family!
  • Shop for native plants remaining from our Oct. 13th sale.
  • Hear about Redbud conservation work to restore the endangered Stebbins' Morning Glory and protect local vernal pools.
  • Meet our Propogation and Field Trip Chairs to learn about growning native plants and vote for your favorite hikes to take in 2019.
  • Find out about proposed developments and how to help promote responsible growth while preserving native plants
  • Join the Grass Valley Charter School and restoration rangers and Placer Nature Center Co-Founder Linda Conklin in creative and fun activities.
And much more!
This is a members-only event, but we welcome our valued friends to join at the door. Please RSVP here.

At this members' meeting, you’ll have an opportunity to help set Redbud priorities and recommend programs for the coming year. We’ll also have nominations and vote on officers for 2019-2020.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Questions? Email Diane, Membership Chair, at volunteer4redbud@gmail.com.

Placer Nature Center Presents:
Garden Series
Rocks and Wreathes
December 1st -11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Kids 2 years and up -- No Cost
What do you see in a rock? A snake, bee, ladybug or butterfly? Paint one and see it emerge! Nature's wintry items can be woven, decorated and painted into lovely natural gifts and displays. How will you weave dried flowers, grasses and leaves together? Will you add some paint? This is a day for a mixed media work of art!
Placer Nature Center 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn, CA 95602 (530-878-6053)

Family Nature Hike
"Plants, can't live without em"
October 27th - 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Join Docent Linda for an exploration of the plants of the foothills and why they are so important to humans. Free and donations are always appreciated. Wear good shoes and layered clothing and bring water. This program is a joint effort with the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the Placer Nature Center.

Garden Series
Leaves and Seeds
November 3rd -11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Kids 4 yrs and up -- No Cost
Collages, hats, masks and critters- creativity abounds using nature's fall fest. Leaf and seeds of all shapes and sizes ready to inspire the artist in you. Come join the fun!

Family Nature Hike
Celebrate National Take a Hike Day
"Giving Thanks to Nature"
November 17th -10:30-11:45
Learn about how the turkey and its cousins are a vital part of our local ecosystem. Free and donations are always appreciated Where good shoes and layered clothing and bring water. This program is a joint effort with the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the Placer Nature Center.
This program is a joint effort with the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the Placer Nature Center.

Flora and Fauna on the Move
Why Wildlife Corridors Matter
Guest Speakers: Andy Amacher and Sara Holm
Wednesday, October 24
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Auburn Library
350 Nevada St., Auburn, CA
Consider how wildlife survive in today’s forests. Wildlife that lose habitat to human uses may lose their homes or pathways to daily or seasonal access to food, safe shelter, or other needs.
Just as we need to maintain connections among ecosystems in order to enable wildlife to survive, avoiding fragmentation of plant communities is essential sustain viable plant populations, to provide food and habitat for wildlife, and to facilitate the much slower and more complex migration of flora in response to climate change.
Andy Amacher, a Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), will explain how they identified large remaining blocks of intact habitat or natural landscape throughout the state and then modeled linkages between them that need to be maintained as wildlife corridors. They then looked at the wildlife corridor needs of some wildlife species in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
Sara Holm, a Wildlife Biologist for CDFW, will share work done in the Tahoe National Forest, building wildlife underpasses and fencing to help deer and other wildlife get safely across Highway 89. Across the state, similar projects will ensure that maintaining habitat linkages for wildlife is a priority on highway projects.
Andy Amacher studied forestry and wildlife ecology at U.C. Berkeley and North Carolina State University. At CDFW, he has been involved in research and planning, and been liaison to Caltrans for Advance Mitigation.
Sara Holm has been a Wildlife Biologist for CDFW in Placer and Nevada Counties for 19 years. She has a BS in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University.

California's Native Garden Gems
Native Perennials, Shrubs, and Vines for Sierra Foothill Gardens
Guest Speaker: Nancy Gilbert
Friday, Setember 21st
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
Learn about California’s finest garden-worthy native plants for our region. Nancy Gilbert, horticulture chair of the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, will introduce you to over 85 adaptable, beautiful and low-maintenance native plants. This covers native perennials, shrubs, and vines that thrive in our Sierra foothill gardens. Her presentation includes photos and detailed descriptions of their features and characteristics, cultural and maintenance requirements. She will also discuss their myriad landscape uses.
Nancy has an M.S. degree in Science Education and is a naturalist, environmental educator, landscape designer and avid amateur photographer. She and her husband have owned and operated Far West Bulb Farm for over 25 years.


Monarchs and Milkweed
Guest Speakers: Bonnie Bradt and Kate Brennan
Wednesday, August 29th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
One of the special treasures of life in Nevada and Placer Counties is that Monarch butterflies are native here. Learn how to raise Monarchs, and the milkweed plants on which they depend, during this special Redbud presentation.
Bonnie Bradt and Kate Brennan, both members of the Nevada County Master Gardener team of “Monarch Wranglers,” will share information about planting and growing native milkweed and other pollinator plants to attract Monarch butterflies. They’ll relate their personal experiences rearing Monarch butterflies and provide information on best practices for doing so at home.
Bonnie holds a BS in Zoology and an MS in Entomology from UC Davis. She worked for over 40 years as a research scientist, mostly in biochemistry. She has authored or co-authored 28 scientific papers and two book chapters. She joined the Master Gardeners in 2005 and gladly became the group’s resident entomologist. She has given public workshops and presentations for many years, mostly on entomology-related subjects.
Kate Brennan became a Master Gardener in 2013 and began rearing Monarch caterpillars after attending a workshop on Monarchs and Milkweed. She is also a member of CNPS and Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.
For more information, contact nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.

Birds and Their Habitats of the Western Sierra
Guest Speaker: Ted Beedy
Wednesday, June 27th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Auburn Library
350 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA 95603
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.

Plants, Pollen, Pollinators, and Climate Change
Guest Speaker: Randy Oliver

When: Wednesday, April 11
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City 95959
Randy Oliver has kept bees for over 50 years. He will share with us insights gained through his acute awareness of how bees and flowering plants interact.
The flowers and flowering time of most plants are the result of the coevolution of each species of plant with its pollinators. A honey bee colony is completely dependent on the pollen it collects as its source of protein, lipids, sterols, vitamins and minerals. Randy will talk about pollen and the coevolution of plants and their bee pollinators; how climate change and elevated CO2 levels are impacting this critical element of ecology; and our changing local ecosystem.
Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise near Grass Valley. With an M.S. in Biological Sciences, Randy sees beekeeping through the eyes of a biologist. He closely follows bee research, engages in some himself, and enjoys sharing what he's learned with others, through articles, speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website, www.ScientificBeekeeping.com.

Come to Redbud’s Winter Meet-up!

“Forest Resiliency”
A Conversation with Chris Paulus,
CalFire Battalion Chief (Retired)
Saturday, March 10 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Sierra Vista Community, Center 55 School Street, Colfax

Do you have questions about how to help your garden, grassland or forest become more resilient in the face of drought, pests, and fire danger? Come learn about how to restore your local native plant ecosystems to enhance their sustainability and adaptation to current climate conditions.
We'll discuss:
  • Growing native plants adapted to your local environment
  • Improving your soil by adding organic matter to increase soil vitality and water-retention capacity
  • Thinning trees and shrubs and planting native perennials and annuals to improve forest health and restore wildlife habitat
  • Broadcast burning to return nutrients to the soil, reduce weeds, and encourage fire-adapted native plants
All are welcome! Come help explore solutions and resources.
We’ll provide handouts on:
  • landscaping with native plants,
  • resources for researching native plants, and
  • strategies improving soil and plant health
RSVP to: nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.

Interested in other topics? Should we schedule additional Meet-ups for Spring? Please let us know when you email your RSVP.

Redbud Plant Propagation Group
Native Plant Seed Exchange and Seed Propagation Workshop
(date and location to be determined based on interest).
Members of the Redbud Propagation Group have been collecting seeds all summer and fall from a wide range of local native plants growing in our gardens. We will bring these seeds to exchange and share tips on growing specific species.

Email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org to become a member of the Redbud Propagation Group, and to get details and/or register for this event.
Note: We also hope to schedule a workshop on propagating native plants from cuttings if there is enough interest (date & location to be determined) -- we will need at least 12 confirmed registrants. There will be a materials fee to cover the cost of rooting hormones, pots, and potting mix. Cuttings from several varieties of local native plants will be available. Let us know if you are interested in participating in this propagation workshop by emailing nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.

October, 2017 Lecture
Tending the WildTM
Ethnobotany in California’s Mixed Conifer Forests
and Oak Woodlands
Guest Speaker: Dr. M. Kat Anderson
Wednesday, October 25,
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church
190 Finley St,
Auburn 95603
Dr. M. Kat Anderson, author of Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources, will talk about the importance of California black oak and associate trees and understory species of the mixed conifer forests to the indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada.
These plants were used for food, clothing, basketry, firewood, medicines, shelter, tools, and household utensils. The audience will learn about the legacy of stewardship from Sierran Tribes over thousands of years, using sustainable practices to increase food production and improve wildlife habitat. For example, Black oaks were managed at the ecosystem level with frequent, low intensity Indian-set fires, in order to open up the forest, promoting widely-spaced, large-canopied, long-lived oaks and conifers. By using fire to open the forest, Sierran Tribes reduced insect pests and pathogens, improved the health of trees and other flora, fostered useful wild legumes, and encouraged edible and medicinal mushrooms. She will explore some of the potential results of indigenous stewardship that may contribute to forest health including enhanced mycorhizzal relationships with oaks and conifers, nutrient cycling, soil fertility, enhanced soil moisture-holding capacity, and biological action in the soil.
In explaining how the stewardship of the Sierran tribes helped to shape the oak woodlands and mixed-conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada, Kat will highlight what we can learn from them to mitigate the decline of the forests and woodlands, and how we can work together with Sierran tribes to tend and restore forest health.
Kat Anderson has a Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science from UC Berkeley and is the author of the book Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources. She is an affiliate of the UC Davis Plant Sciences Department, and recently retired from the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Tending the WildTM was recently chosen by the celebrated permaculture designer Ben Falk as one of the most important books to read in order to permanently solve the world-wide problem of food security. Kat has worked with Native Americans for over 25 years, learning how indigenous people judiciously gather and steward native plants and ecosystems in the wild. Her interests are to learn, celebrate, and restore the traditional and indigenous practices around the world that support both sustainable food production and healthy forests, woodlands, grasslands, and riparian ecosystems. These plant use, gathering, and tending practices and their underlying ethical stances towards nature are found in multiple local cultures here and all around the world.iographical or other explanator information. Biographical or other explanator information. Biographical or other explanator information. Biographical or other explanator information. Biographical or other explanator information. Biographical or other explanator information. Biographical or other explanator information. Biographical or other explanator information.

Attracting Pollinators Using California Native Plants
Creating Pollinator-Friendly Gardens
Guest Speaker: Nancy Gilbert

Wednesday, September 27
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling St.
Nevada City 95959
Nancy will explain the dynamic relationships between flowers and their insect and bird pollinators. She will also share strategies for sustaining pollinators, and for creating pollinator-friendly gardens using California Native Plants

Nancy is a photographer and native plant specialist. She is a co-author of the 1st and 2nd editions of the Redbud books “Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties” and of the book “Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties.” Nancy serves as the Horticulture Chair for Redbud and often makes presentations on topics related to gardening with California Native plants, as well as their bird and insect pollinators. 

Mycorrhizal Fungi and How They Feed the Forest
Guest Speaker: Thea Chesney

Wednesday, August 23rd
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Thea will explain the basics of mycorrhizal fungal-plant relationships, their diversity, and their critical roles in our forest ecosystems.
Mycorrhizal fungi entwine themselves around the fine root tips of plants. They exchange water and mineral nutrients, which they are extremely adept at gathering, for sugars produced by the photosynthetic plant. Not only are mycorrhizal partnerships nearly ubiquitous among plants and key to the plants’ survival, they are fascinating and complex in their own right. We are still learning about the many types of these mutualistic symbioses, the sophisticated chemical signaling and other mechanisms involved, and just how they affect the behavior of both plant and fungal partners.
Thea Chesney is a lifelong Placer County resident and naturalist. Since early childhood, she has had an interest in mushrooms, plants, and the rest of the natural world. She holds a B.S. in forestry from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on botany and natural sciences. Her classes in forest pathology and mushroom identification led to a passion for taxonomy and a love of teaching. As a student, she worked in the Bruns mycology lab, and has since returned there to assist in teaching the mushroom identification course that helped set her on her current path.
Thea worked on a mushroom survey crew for the U.S. Forest Service around Mt. Shasta for several seasons, becoming intimately familiar with the fungal inhabitants and ecology of the area. Since then, she has continued as a seasonal botanist with the Forest Service on a long-term statewide meadow monitoring project. Though she now spends her summer days identifying sedges and other wetland plants, she still looks for mushrooms at every opportunity. She has a special interest in fungi of the Sierra Nevada and other California mountains and is currently working on a field guide to mushrooms of these understudied regions. In the winter, she travels to California mushroom events and teaches occasional local mushroom classes.

Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Guest Speaker: Bob Case

Wednesday, June 28
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Auburn/Placer County Library
Beecher Room
350 Nevada Street, Auburn CA 95603
When Thomas Jefferson, in a visionary decision, purchased the Missouri watershed in 1803, he chose Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead the expedition. Over their journey of three years and 8,000 miles, they made notes, illustrations, and collections of plants, as well as other observations including geology and wildlife.
Today, the legacy of that journey includes 176 plant species new to science, many native to California. Bob Case will share with us this rich botanical treasure trove in photos and stories that make this “Greatest American Adventure” come alive.
Bob will also participate in two Redbud field trips that will include species discovered by Lewis and Clark. On Wednesday, June 28, we will visit Sagehen Creek off Hwy 89, North of Truckee, and on Thursday, June 29, we will explore a portion of Page Meadows near Tahoe City. Our CNPS Redbud website and our Facebook Events page will soon have info on these special outings.

April, 2017 Lecture
The Secrets of Ceanothus!
Guest Speaker: Photographer and Botanist Jeff Bisbee
Wednesday, April 26th
7:00 p.m.

Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City 95959
Does the old-fashioned nickname “California lilac” do a ceanothus justice? Jeff Bisbee will explore the unique and fascinating world of ceanothus. Over 50 species of Ceanothus are native to California’s foothills, forests, and coasts, and a number are key features of urban and suburban landscapes. Ranging from ground-hugging mats to small trees, Ceanothus are characterized by frothy flower displays in shades of blue, white, and lavender. Learn about their widely-varied sizes and shapes, how to easily grow them from seed, and, of course, their diverse beauty.
Jeff, a freelance nature photographer and botanist whose work has been featured in numerous publications, will concentrate on local species. He’ll also share noteworthy examples from other parts of California.

Come to Redbud’s Spring Meet-up!
Native Plant Communities
Celebrating California Native Plant Week
Saturday, April 15
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
All are welcome, whatever your level of experience. Bring your questions and observations, and explore solutions and suggestions with Redbud CNPS experienced gardeners and fellow members. We’ll provide handouts, free seeds, and light refreshments.
Interested in other topics? Should we schedule additional Meet-ups for Spring? Please let us know when you email your RSVP.

Come to Redbud’s Winter Meet-up!
Your California Native Garden, Part 3
Spring Is Coming!

Wednesday, March 15
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
As winter begins to wane, you’ll want to focus on adding new natives to your garden. We’ll dig into learning planting techniques that increase success, covering topics such as:
  • What are good sources of native plants in spring?
  • How do I know it’s time to plant? What should I plant early…and later?
  • How do I know where to plant different species (e.g., soil, water, and sunlight needs)?
  • How should I prepare the soil?
  • Should I use an organic fertilizer? What about compost?
  • What do I need to know about mycorrhizae?
  • Are there special requirements for transplanting native plants?
  • Are there some that can’t be transplanted?
  • How big a hole should I dig? What shape hole?
  • What should I do about drainage?
  • What irrigation solutions work well?

The Natural History of Bark Beetles
and the Future of Our Forests
Guest Speaker: Chris Paulus
Wednesday, February 22nd
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Auburn/Placer County Library, Beecher Room
350 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA 95603
As the saying goes, "It's the small things that make a difference.” In our forests, small things — like beetles, wasps and fungi — are changing our landscape in big ways.
Come to this Passionate About (Native) Plants lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22nd at the Auburn/Placer County Library to learn about the natural history of the bark beetle and the future of our forests — how different our forests of the future will be.
Our speaker will be Chris Paulus, retired forester and Cal Fire Battalion Chief. He has worked with local Fire Safe Councils and residents on fire prevention, fire-safe landscape planning, bark-beetle identification and the possibility of mitigation, and options after the beetles.

This is a free public lecture sponsored by the CNPS Redbud Chapter, Nevada and Placer Counties.

Come to Redbud’s 2nd Winter Meet-up!
Your California Native Garden, Part 2
Getting Ready for Spring!
Wednesday, February 15
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
At our second Winter Meet-up, we’ll focus on preparing for successful spring growth of the natives you have, and getting ready to plant those you want to add to your garden. We’ll cover topics such as …
  • Deciding which natives to plant and where to put them (Come to our 3rd Meet-up on March 15th to talk about when & how to plant)
  • When and how to prune California natives? which ones need or like pruning and which don’t?
  • When should California natives be mulched to keep them healthy and conserve water? What type and how much mulch?
  • How to provide habitat for wildlife in winter (while protecting vulnerable native plants from hungry deer, rabbits, and other critters)?
  • What are natural ways to control weeds (without herbicides)?
  • How to protect against bark beetles, and what to do if the worst happens?
  • How to mitigate negative impacts of neighbors’ properties and enhance the positive, such as impacts on your view, sunlight and drainage, pests and invasive plants, and fire safety.
All are welcome, whatever your level of experience. Bring your questions and observations, and explore solutions and suggestions with Redbud CNPS experienced gardeners and fellow members. We’ll provide handouts, free seeds, and light refreshments.
Interested in other topics? Should we schedule additional Meet-ups for Spring? Please let us know when you email your RSVP to president@redbud-cnps.org.

January 21st 2017: First Redbud Meet-up
Your Native California Garden in Winter,
Part I
Getting Ready for Spring!
Wednesday, February 15
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Right now, you may not see anything happening in your native garden. But where you can't see, underground, native plants are already actively growing and getting ready for spring.
On Saturday, January 21, we'll gather from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City to talk about how you can make the most of the winter months in your garden.
Depending on the group's interests, we'll talk about:
  • designing and planning your garden
  • choosing, planting, and growing plants
  • winter care for your garden
  • trouble-shooting special problems, and more
All are welcome, whatever your level of experience. Bring your questions and observations, and explore solutions and suggestions with Redbud CNPS experts and fellow members. We'll provide handouts, free seeds, and light refreshments.
Interested in other topics? Should we schedule additional Meet-ups for Spring? Please let us know when you email your RSVP to president@redbud-cnps.org.