August 22, 2020
Where Redbud and You Fit in The Bold New Vision of CNPS
“Everything’s Changing So Fast: An Update”
Presenter: CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp
Saturday, August 22 at noon, online
Join us as CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp shares the contributions Redbud members and friends already do and can make in these exciting times.
So much is going on related to native plants in California. Though pollinator populations are plummeting, gardeners are responding by planting thousands of native plants and creating Homegrown Habitats. “New normal” fire regimes are combining with forestry management issues and carbon sequestration opportunities. CNPS and other groups are taking on more conservation issues, at more scales, in more places than ever before.
All this is occurring against a backdrop of demographic and cultural change, rapid advancement of scientific and technical abilities, and increasingly volatile (both good and bad) politics.
Dan’s talk will explore the urgency and opportunities for real action that brings enduring improvements. Topics will include updates on the ambitious new California Biodiversity Initiative, the Habitat Revolution, and the power of beauty and hope. Most of all, we’ll give thanks for all who make progress possible: partners, supporters who leave their estates to secure a better future, and, of course, the volunteers who are accomplishing miracles large and small.
Dan’s talk will be online via Zoom and via You Tube Live stream:
Live stream on YouTube
For folks unable to attend online live, we will make a recording available later on our Redbud website.
About Dan Gluesenkamp
Dan is Executive Director of CNPS and was previously E.D. of Calflora and the Director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch’s 30 preserves. He earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley studying plant-insect interactions in thistles and has led research and restoration projects across California. A co-founder of the California Invasive Plant Council and of the Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN), in 2009 Dan discovered a presumed-extinct Franciscan Manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) plant growing on a traffic island at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dan is Keynoter for “Grow with Redbud” — An Online Festival of California Native Plants
Dan’s program is the keynote presentation for “Grow with Redbud,” an online festival of California’s native plants! The festival runs from August 22 through September 23, and features outstanding speakers, programs, an action-oriented chapter meeting, and even a fun native plant-oriented game. All events will be virtual, with speakers and programs simultaneously on Zoom and YouTube Live stream.