General Meetings

Point Lobos – Lizard Tail (Eriophyllum staechadifolium)

NOTICE

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General Meeting ● Thursday, May 12th, 2022 at 7:30pm

Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, our general meetings and programs will take place at 7:30 p.m. via the following Zoom Invite Link: https://cnps-org.zoom.us/j/5108347312?pwd=QU5kd3R0MXhmdGdESjlPU05vNnVVdz09

Please join us to learn from Calflora’s Executive Director Cynthia Powell about new Calflora tools for CNPS native plant professionals, gardeners, and enthusiasts ! Calflora aggregates millions of plant observations across the state from dozens of sources and serves them to the public free of charge. These data sources include CCH2 (a worldwide plant information portal from the California Consortium of Herbaria), iNaturalist, and CNPS plant checklists from around the state. How can you better use this incredible resource to learn more about regional plants?

At this presentation, Cynthia will cover Calflora’s planning your garden tool, specimen and other plant observations used in this tool, detailed plant ranges now available on Calflora’s species pages (for example, Grindelia stricta), population monitoring tools, and email alerts. She will also go over the important role CNPS members play in submitting and commenting on Calflora observations and checklists.

Also, Bryophytes are now in Calflora, and Calflora needs help from CNPS Bryophyte lovers to improve  distribution information.

Hike! Friday, May 13th

Following the presentation, Cynthia will lead a hike Friday May 13th to demonstrate use of these tools in the field. We must limit the number of participants on the hike. Attending the presentation is a prerequisite to attending the plant hike. Sign up here to receive hike details.

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Because the Chapter is still observing the COVID-19 directives to avoid large gatherings of people, we’ll have a presentation using Zoom in lieu of a regular chapter meeting at the Pacific Grove Museum. You can watch the lecture at home on your computer.

The Zoom link will be posted on the website, https://chapters.cnps.org/montereybay/ and sent a day or two in advance in an eblast. The Zoom presentation will start at 7:30 and you’ll need to login to the web link with the instructions that will be available on the Chapter website and sent in the eblast. As there is a waiting room at our Zoom meeting, please come early!

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   Calflora’s Executive Director Cynthia Powell

After 3 years as Calflora’s GIS Project Manager, in 2016 Cynthia became Calflora’s Executive Director. She graduated with her MS in GIS (Geographic Information Science) in 2010 forecasting Mokelumne River water supply based on MODIS remote sensing snow pack images. She’s been examining what was under that snow — plants — ever since. She coordinates all Calflora programs, research, outreach, and advocacy, as well as fundraising and project management. Cynthia wears many hats.

Hike! Following the presentation, Cynthia will lead a hike Friday May 13th to demonstrate use of these tools in the field. We must limit the number of participants on the hike. Attending the presentation is a prerequisite to attending the plant hike. Sign up here to receive hike details.

Monterey Bay Chapter General Meeting:

California’s New Native Plant Tools 

Speaker: Cynthia Powell

Executive Director of Calflora

General Meeting ● Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 7:30pm

Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, our general meetings and programs will take place at 7:30 p.m. via the following Zoom Invite Link: https://cnps-org.zoom.us/j/5108347312?pwd=QU5kd3R0MXhmdGdESjlPU05vNnVVdz09

Though identified nearly 20 years ago as a probable new species, the “Pinnacles Jewelflower” has languished undescribed. At last, this species is in the process of being described. As an extremely rare endemic species, describing it is the first step to making sure it is preserved. Pinnacles has also been allocated funding to begin systematic surveys of this rare species. As of yet, however, we have only casual observations about the species and no idea of the sizes, number, and extent of populations. In this “preview” talk, we will look at what we know so far about this species, its characteristics, and its preferred habitat, and discuss the distribution and status of other similar species in the area. We will also cover some other interesting and unusual plants found at Pinnacles.

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Because the Chapter is still observing the COVID-19 directives to avoid large gatherings of people, we’ll have a presentation using Zoom in lieu of a regular chapter meeting at the Pacific Grove Museum. You can watch the lecture at home on your computer.

The Zoom link will be posted on the website, https://chapters.cnps.org/montereybay/ and sent a day or two in advance in an eblast. The Zoom presentation will start at 7:30 and you’ll need to login to the web link with the instructions that will be available on the Chapter website and sent in the eblast. As there is a waiting room at our Zoom meeting, please come early!

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Amelia Ryan developed a love of plants growing up on 40 acres in western Sonoma County. This led her to study botany at UC Davis and later acquire a MS in Ecology from San Francisco State. She has been working in habitat restoration and resource management for over 20 years, having started at Armstrong Redwoods in the late 90s, then worked at Point Reyes National Seashore on several restoration and endangered plant projects for nearly 14 years before moving to Pinnacles National Park where she has been the Vegetation Ecologist for 5 years. She is a long-time member of CNPS and served on the Marin Chapter Board for 6 years. 

Monterey Bay Chapter General Meeting:

A Preview of the “Pinnacles Jewelflower” – an undescribed species – and other botanical rarities of Pinnacles 

Speakers: Amelia Ryan

General Meeting ● Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, our general meetings and programs will take place at 7:30 p.m. via the following Zoom Invite Link: https://cnps-org.zoom.us/j/5108347312?pwd=QU5kd3R0MXhmdGdESjlPU05vNnVVdz09

The coastal marshes surrounding Monterey Bay once covered thousands of acres in a rich mosaic of fresh, brackish, and salt marsh habitats. These marshes provided numerous ecosystem services to a vibrant community of species that occupy some combination of marine, estuarine, and terrestrial environments. This talk will focus on coastal marsh plants which link vital bio-geo-physical processes with vegetation structures and functions that yield key habitat for marsh wildlife. Coastal marsh plants are surprisingly easy to get to know if you don’t mind getting muddy. We will focus on new restoration and recovery initiatives underway in northern Monterey. We’ll also touch on some lessons learned from the San Francisco Estuary which faces similar challenges to coastal marshes in northern Monterey.

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Because the Chapter is still observing the COVID-19 directives to avoid large gatherings of people, we’ll have a presentation using Zoom in lieu of a regular chapter meeting at the Pacific Grove Museum. You can watch the lecture at home on your computer.

The Zoom link will be posted on the website, https://chapters.cnps.org/montereybay/ and sent a day or two in advance in an eblast. The Zoom presentation will start at 7:30 and you’ll need to login to the web link with the instructions that will be available on the Chapter website and sent in the eblast. As there is a waiting room at our Zoom meeting, please come early!

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Michael Vasey, PhD, is the former Manager of the SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve), a sister Reserve to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Mike got his PhD at UC Santa Cruz and has long focused on tidal wetland vegetation ecology in the SF Estuary. He is also a long term admirer of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve program. He is currently on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Wetland Regional Monitoring Program in San Francisco Bay.

Monterey Bay Chapter General Meeting:

Monterey Coastal Marshes

Speakers: Michael Vasey, Ph.D

General Meeting ● Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, our general meetings and programs will take place at 7:30 p.m. via the following Zoom Invite Link: https://cnps-org.zoom.us/j/5108347312?pwd=QU5kd3R0MXhmdGdESjlPU05vNnVVdz09

As has become our custom, the September meeting will focus on the Horticulture of Native plants. In preparation for our October annual Plant sale we will discuss some of the plants that will be available. In looking over the list of plants that we sold in our sale last year… It is an impressive group of Latin words and colorful nicknames. For me a comforting accounting of old friends that conjure memories of places and fragrances and life events. But for many, it is just that, a list of difficult to pronounce words that require an interpreter and beg for descriptions and photographs to have any idea of what it looks like, much less know how it might grow. Sometimes, when looking for new ideas for your own garden, even with a good concise description and a picture, many of these plants remain a mystery and feel like a risk not worth taking. What we often need is a friend who has grown the plant in their garden and can recommend it from their experience, to give us the confidence to give it a try.
Well, we would like to offer a group of friends to do just that. Our September 9th General meeting will include a panel of CNPS members who have discovered the joys (and agonies) of Native Plant gardening. Each will present 5-10 plants that they particularly like and have grown in their own gardens.
Good photographs will be complemented with comments about why they like the plant, where they have grown it and extra tidbits that might include the origin, the natural history, good companions for that plant and any cautionary notes. (For example: don’t prune a Flannel bush and then rub your eyes to get the “dust” out) Our Panel of gardeners includes Peigi Duvall, Amy Essick, Pat Regan and Loren Walden who have all gardened in a variety of California microclimates and had a full spectrum of successes and failures that will benefit your plant selecting this fall.

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Because the Chapter is still observing the COVID-19 directives to avoid large gatherings of people, we’ll have a presentation using Zoom in lieu of a regular chapter meeting at the Pacific Grove Museum. You can watch the lecture at home on your computer.

The Zoom link will be posted on the website, https://chapters.cnps.org/montereybay/ and sent a day or two in advance in an eblast. The Zoom presentation will start at 7:30 and you’ll need to login to the web link with the instructions that will be available on the Chapter website and sent in the eblast. As there is a waiting room at our Zoom meeting, please come early!

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Our Panel includes Peigi Duvall, Amy Essick, Pat Regan and Loren Walden who have all gardened in a variety of California microclimates and had a full spectrum of successes and failures that will benefit your plant selecting this fall.

Monterey Bay Chapter General Meeting:

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Speakers: Peigi Duvall, Amy Essick, Pat Regan and Loren Walden
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Details of prior general meetings can be found in the Events archive: