CNPS Happenings Aug/Sep 2014

August, 2014



Beginners and experts, non-members and members are all welcome at our programs and on our outings.  Almost all of our events are free.  All of our events are made possible by volunteer effort.

Evening Programs

Second Wednesday evening, September through May.  Refreshments at 7 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, near 7th and Union, Arcata.

Botanical FAQ’s: At 7:15 p.m. Pete Haggard or another presenter will share a brief, hands-on demonstration and discussion of some botanical topic.

September 10, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. “Pyrodiversity and its Importance to the Northern California Flora” Dr. Jeff Kane, HSU Fire Ecologist. The floral diversity of northern California is partially due to the pyrodiversity of the region.  In most cases, plants are not simply adapted to fire but require specific fire characteristics to persist on the landscape.  This talk will present regional examples of native plants and their different strategies to persist in fire-prone ecosystems. Through understanding the importance of fire to plant biodiversity, the talk will then address some of the current and future issues in northern California.


Field Trips & Plant Walks

August 23, Saturday.  Oregon Fireweed Rare Plant Treasure Hunt at Grouse Creek
to locate an historic occurrence of Epilobium oreganum, the Oregon Fireweed, rare plant listed 1B.2. Drive and hike along Forest Service roads near Grouse Creek, a tributary to the South Fork Trinity. First and last recorded in 1888 by two botanists, E. R. Drew and V. K. Chestnut, who rode on horseback from Eureka to Hyampom and noted it growing along brooks near Grouse Creek.  They assigned a new name, Epilobium exaltatum, which is now considered a synonym for E. oreganum.  Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School to carpool.  Bring lunch, water, boots, and protection from the sun.  Return late afternoon. Please contact John McRae at 707-441-3513 or at

September 6, Saturday. Big Lagoon Day Hike. 
Even in a dry year the wetlands of the bog and the lagoon edge should have fresh, green things to look at, including the rare bog Club Moss.  We will probably explore the spruce forest, the sandy spit, and the ocean bluff as well.  This will be off-trail tramping around, not great distances.  Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School or 9:30 a.m. at Big Lagoon School. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water.  Wet feet are a real possibility.  Please tell Carol you are coming: 822-2015,


Mark your calendars now
for the Fall Native Plant Sale! Saturday, October 4

Get native shrubs, trees, perennials, bulbs, grasses and ferns—suitable for a wide variety of natural and human habitats. Buy only one plant or fill up your pickup. 

Experienced growers, gardeners and botanists will be on hand to assist you in choosing plants to meet your gardening/landscaping needs and to help answer your questions. We have reference books available for use and educational materials on hand to further assist gardeners who want to incorporate native plants into their landscapes.  

Bring the beauty of Humboldt’s forests, meadows and dunes to your garden as well as other California native species! All proceeds benefit the North Coast Chapter. For more information, or to volunteer to help with the sales, contact Chris Beresford 707-826-0259 or Anna Bernard 707 825-6991.

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Is your Garden Pollinator Friendly?

Jennifer Kalt

Would you like to see more hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators in your garden? Not only are they a joy to observe— many native bees, bee-flies, and other insects can improve fruit set in your garden and orchard, while others will help keep plant-eating insects under control.

These tips can help make your garden more attractive to pollinators:

• Use a variety of plants that bloom from early spring into late fall and winter. Visit local nurseries to see which plants bloom when you have gaps.
• Include plants native to your region. Natives are adapted to your local climate, soil and native pollinators. Night-blooming flowers will attract moths and bats.
• Avoid modern hybrid flowers, especially those with “doubled” flowers. They often lack the pollen, nectar, and fragrance that attract pollinators.
• Eliminate pesticides. Using non-toxic pest control is the best way to protect pollinators. Many pesticides are especially dangerous for bees.
• Include larval host plants in your landscape. If you want colorful butterflies, grow plants for their caterpillars. They WILL eat them, so place them where unsightly leaf damage can be tolerated.
• Spare that limb! Dead limbs and spent flowering stalks provide essential nesting sites for native bees. You can also provide nest sites by drilling holes of varying diameter about 3 to 5 inches deep in a piece of scrap lumber mounted to a post or under eaves.
• Learn to identify pollinators. Get some guidebooks and learn to recognize the pollinators in your neighborhood. A great resource is Insects of the Pacific Northwest by Pete and Judy Haggard.

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