CNPS Happenings — July 2021

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CNPS welcomes everyone.  No expertise required.

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Evening Programs will resume in September — we hope in-person as well as via Zoom!

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Field Trips

Register with Carol at 707-822-2015 or theralphs@humboldt1.com to learn details.  Covid protocols observed.

July 11, Sunday.  Hope Creek-Ten Taypo Day Hike.  This hike in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is rich in traditional Redwood forest plants, as well as in mycoheterotrophs, the non-green flowering plants that get nutrients from a mycorrhizal fungus attached to a tree.  The 3.8-mile loop route has uneven tread, and part is steep.  Bring lunch and water.    

July 31, Saturday.  Groves Prairie Day Hike with optional campout. At 4,000 ft. two hours from Arcata in Six Rivers National Forest, Groves Prairie is a gentle meadow with a creek, surrounded by Douglas fir/White fir forest, including a small stand of old growth. We will explore in and around the meadow. Camping Saturday night is an option.   

 

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Native Plants for Your Garden

Our native plants are available every day, 12 noon-6 p.m., at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave.  If you don’t see what you want, contact us at northcoastcnps@gmail.com.

Early alert: Fall Native Plant Sale on September 25.

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A Small Garden Makes a Big Difference

by Carol Ralph

To see how a small, diverse, native garden hosts diverse native wildlife, especially the six-legged kind, visit the Arcata Community Center Native Plant and Wildlife Garden on the hillside opposite the Arcata Community Center.  Our chapter, led by Pete Haggard, established this garden 22 years ago.  It now has about 50 species of plants providing a long nectar season and host plants for many larval insects, as well as lots of interest and beauty for humans.  See more on our website under the “Gardening” tab. If you want to help, write phaggard@suddenlink.net.

Pete standing where the sweat bees, native pollinators, nest at the top of the garden.  By Ann Wallace

Sweat bee nest holes.  By Pete Haggard 

Anise Swallowtail larva feeding on angelica. By Pete Haggard

Phyciodes pulchella nectaring on Sidalcea malachroides

Field Crescent nectaring on Maple-leaved Checkerbloom.  By Pete Haggard