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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.)

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

Treasure in the Foothills: Lava Caps
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Buck-Diaz
Wednesday, February 27
7:00 to 9:00 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.

Of All the Gall!
Guest Speaker: Sierra College Faculty Member Charles Dailey
Wednesday, April 24
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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? Benefits and problems. Why don't some of the insects look like either their parents or their children? What is there to still be learned about them? Weird wasps!

Where Have All the Butterflies Gone?
Insect and Plant Life-Cycle Disruption from Global Warming
Guest Speakers: UC Davis Professor Emeritus Art Shapiro and Matthew Forister
Wednesday, June 26
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Auburn Library
350 Nevada St., Auburn, CA

(To Be Determined)
Wednesday, August 28
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City

Jewels of the Garden
California Native Bulbs, Corms & Rhizomes
Guest Speakers: Redbud Horticulture Chair Nancy Gilbert
Wednesday, September 25
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
California is blessed with one of the largest and most diverse number of bulb species in the world. This 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.

Why we need local conservation plans
 the Placer County Conservation Plan
Guest Speaker: Gregg McKenzie
Wednesday, October 23
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Auburn Library
350 Nevada St., Auburn, CA

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