CNPS: Events and Happenings

Bear River Ridge Field Trip in November

Bear Ridge view of road leading into the distance. Photo: Carol Ralph.
Bear River Ridge Road leading into the distance. Photo: Carol Ralph.
CNPS field trippers focus on lunch while getting to know what we will sacrifice for clean energy if wind turbines are built along Bear River Ridge Road. Photo: Carol Ralph.
CNPS field trippers focus on lunch while getting to know what we will sacrifice for clean energy if wind turbines are built along Bear River Ridge Road. Photo: Carol Ralph.

CNPS field trippers focus on lunch while getting to know what we will sacrifice for clean energy if wind turbines are built along Bear River Ridge Road.  A huge sky; rolling, clean coastal prairie; vast vistas of mountain peaks and the known world far below—as close as we get to soaring while having our feet on the ground. The Terra-Gen Humboldt Wind Project proposes 591-foot tall turbines on this ridge and on Monument Ridge, a nearby, less open ridge on a private road. Bear River Ridge is easily accessed on county road from Monument Rd. in Rio Dell.  It connects to the Mattole Rd. out of Ferndale.

Native Plants Any Day!

CNPS's has native plants for sale every day, noon-6 p.m., at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand. Photo: Carol Ralph.
CNPS’s has native plants for sale every day, noon-6 p.m., at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand. Photo: Carol Ralph.

Missed the plant sale?  Ready NOW for a native plant?

A selection of our chapter-grown native plants is available to buy every day, noon-6 p.m., at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave (near Three Corners Market).  If you don’t see what you want there, you can ask if we have it by contacting us at [email protected]

 

Evening Programs

Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. For information or to suggest a speaker or topic, contact Michael Kauffmann at 707-407-7686 or [email protected]

December 12, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Native Plant Show and Tell.  Short slideshow presentations from plant exploring adventures this year.  Graduate student and chapter awardee Andres Rodriguez will share research about how rabbits affect the dune plants on the North Spit of Humboldt Bay.  Ann Wallace will show photos of the Azores—a beautiful, volcanic landscape in islands totally under the hand of man for centuries.  Len Mazur will share photos from the CNPS North Coast Chapter field trip to Sugar Lake.

January 9, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m.  “Flora of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.”  Author, botanist, and CNPS North Coast member Dana York will take us on a botanical and historical tour of these two national treasures.  An Illustrated Flora of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks is the first comprehensive guidebook covering the diversity of plants found in the Southern Sierra Nevada.  From towering giant sequoias in magnificent forests to pygmy alpine golds growing on desert-like ridgetops, the plants are as rich and beautiful as the famous Sierra landscapes where they grow.  Dana will be signing his book at the program.

Garden Visit

January 20, Sunday. 1-3 p.m.  Winter in Pete’s Garden.  What native plants and lichen can we establish in our gardens to enjoy in the winter?  Look around Pete and Judy’s Fieldbrook garden in mid-winter to see what puts a smile on your face. Bring suggestions of what you think might be good winter native plants.  Contact Pete at [email protected] or 839-0307 to make a reservation and get directions.  Limited to 10 people.

Missed the Tallamy Evening Program?

“Restoring Nature One Garden at a Time” Don’t despair!  You can see the lecture at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo4ZJ-ryTaE. To see other Douglas Tallamy videos, search his name on YouTube.  The lectures include Dr. Tallamy’s most recent research.  His book, Bringing Nature Home, is still a good starting point for understanding how important native plants are to native songbirds.