California Native Plant Society - Happenings

October, 2015

 

 

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

At the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., near 7th and Union, Arcata.  Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.

October 14, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. A Tolowa Coast Evening.  Long-time Tolowa Dunes resident, nature writer, organizer, and advocate Susan Calla will present “The Tolowa Coast, a Liquid Landscape,” an overview of the diverse dune, wetland, lagoon, and shoreline habitats and species found within Tolowa Dunes State Park and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area in Del Norte County. Laura Julian, biotechnician at Redwood National and State Parks and leader of countless public walks and work parties in the Tolowa Dunes, studied the bees there.  In her talk “Food Deserts and Invasive Plants, or, Where Can a Bee Find a Snug Bed and a Good Meal?” she will share some conclusions about the links between food, nest availability, and invasive plants.

November 11, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.  “Linneaus, God’s Registrar.” Carolus Linnaeus was the most famous scientist of his time.  He named thousands of plants and animals, which led to his being called “God’s Registrar.” Dr. James P. Smith, Jr., Professor of Botany, emeritus at Humboldt State University will review this man’s life.  Why did he stop practicing medicine?  Why were some of his botanical works banned?  Was he a creationist? And, did he actually develop the system of naming plants and animals that we still use today?

 

FIELD TRIPS AND PLANT WALKS

At the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., near 7th and Union, Arcata.  Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.

October 4, Sunday.  Tolowa Dunes Day, a field trip.  We’ll walk a trail in Tolowa Dunes State Park, Crescent City, comparing this dune forest, dune hollows, and dune mat with what we know from Humboldt Bay area.  We also might visit the lakeshore, the sweeping coastal prairie on Point St. George, and Whaler’s Island in the harbor, or help pull European Beach Grass with the Tolowa Dunes Stewards’ restoration volunteers,  Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) at 8:30 a.m. to carpool, or arrange another place.  Return late afternoon. Tell Carol you’re coming, 822-2015.  
November 7, Saturday.  Shrubs from Coast to Mountain.  With no flowers to look for and with two new shrub books in hand, it’s a good day to see how many species of shrubs we can find in one day while still having a good time.  The route could include dune forest, Azalea State Reserve, Blue Lake Hatchery or Industrial Loop, Chezem Rd., Lord Ellis Summit, Vista Point, Berry Summit, Horse Mountain, and East Fork Willow Creek.  We can decide as we go.  Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) at 8:30 a.m. to carpool, or arrange another place.  Return late afternoon. RSVP with Carol 822-2015. 

 

TREES AS TARGETS

Trees don’t squeal, run, convulse, and collapse when shot, but they do bleed, die, and crash to earth.  Chris Hammond documented these three stages of what happens to Jeffrey Pine when they are used repeatedly as targets, first bleeding sap, then losing bark in patches, then falling.  Ironically the trees pictured are all in the Horse Mountain Botanical Area, an area in Six Rivers National Forest designated to protect botanical resources like these serpentine-growing pines.  Since target shooters never pick up their spent ammunition or blasted targets, their activity creates concentrations of trash and lead, as well as dead trees and vandalized signs.  Hopefully regulation, enforcement, or social responsibility will put an end to this practice.  Chris took these photos as an adopter of Horse Mountain Botanical Area in the Adopt-A-Botanical-Area program of Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KSWild).