CNPS Monterey Bay



Field Research in the Marble Mountain Wilderness
Presented by Dr. Robert F. Fernau

Thursday, March 11th at 7:30pm

Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, our general meetings and program will take place at 7:30 p.m. via the following Zoom Invite Link:

Dr. Rob Fernau will give a talk about his long-term field research project in the Marble Mountain Wilderness in northwestern California where he has been researching the interactions between butterflies, plants, and relevant facets of their environments since 1984.

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, 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!


Dr. Robert F. Fernau

Dr. Fernau is an ecological Biogeographer with degrees in Biology, Ecology, and Geography, but despite all that formal schooling, his real teacher is the Marble Mountain Wilderness. He will introduce his case history of this extraordinarily diverse wilderness and assess its environmental health.


Conserving California's Rare Plants
Presented by Amy Patten and Christa Horn

Thursday, January 14th at 7:30pm

Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, our general meetings and program will take place at 7:30 p.m. via the following Zoom Invite Link:

CNPS and our partners California Plant Rescue (CaPR) are working to conserve California’s rarest plants through the CNPS Rare Plant Program, citizen science, and long-term seed bank collections. Learn about how Rare Plant Treasure Hunt volunteers track down long-lost rare plant populations that haven’t been seen in decades and search for new populations in underexplored areas. We’ll discuss how CaPR, a collaborative with the goal of securing the entire California flora in conservation collections, is using seed bank collections as a management strategy for the persistence of wild plant populations and as an insurance policy against extinction. Enjoy photos of beautiful local rare plants and their habitats, and learn how to get involved!


Amy Patten works in the Rare Plant Program at the CNPS state office where she manages the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt project. Amy lives in Santa Cruz and is passionate about protecting the plants and wildlife of the Central Coast.

Link: California Native Plant Society Staff


Christa Horn serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Conservation Program Specialist and is the coordinator for CaPR. She draws on her interdisciplinary background in ecology, botany, anthropology, and geography to carry out her research.

Link: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research