Upcoming CNPS SCV Events and Activities - February 21, 2023

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Feb 21, 2023, 4:59:35 PM2/21/23
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Dear friends,
Check out our chapter's upcoming events:

[1] Blazing Star Mailing Party
Thursday, February 23, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

The chapter's newsletter, the Blazing Star, is sent electronically to all its members every two months. These days, the chapter does not usually send out paper copies. But when we do, we need all the help we can get to prepare them for mailing.

Our next paper copy is going to be the March-April 2023 newsletter. We are still short of a few people to help out for the morning shift. Help is required to label and stamp the copies, as well as to set up and clean up the room. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The mailing party will be held at the chapter's office at the Peninsula Conservation Center, located at 3921 E Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Please sign up for a task by using the SignupGenius link above. For COVID-safety, the room will be kept ventilated by leaving the windows and doors open. Please dress warmly. We will wear masks when we are not grabbing a bite to eat. Please sign up only if your COVID vaccinations are up-to-date.

[2] Photo Group Meeting
Friday, February 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The CNPS SCV Photo Group meets via zoom on 4th Fridays, 7-8:50 PM. In this supportive peer group, beginners and experts are equally welcome. Folks who just want to see pictures and hear photo tips are welcome too.

Register at the link below for the next meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a zoom link for the meeting.

If you have pictures to share, sign up for a slot. Share your pictures, techniques, and ideas from your desktop via zoom. Slots are 20 minutes each; plan your photos and discussions accordingly. Presenters receive a 1-minute-remaining alert. Sign up for a slot at the link below:

To participate in other Photography Group activities, join the email list:

[3] Habitat Restoration at Lake Cunningham
Saturday, February 25, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

VENUE: Native Garden Parking Lot
Join us to restore habitat (weeding and mulching) in the Native Garden at Lake Cunningham Park, San Jose. During the summer months, we remove invasives throughout the park. Meeting place may change from one week to the next.

First timers: please follow directions in this meetup to get to the native garden. It is a very large park (200 acres) with two entrances. You want to head to the Google map pin for "Lake Cunningham Native Garden".

We follow City of San Jose guidelines for volunteering during the pandemic: face covering and social distancing. Bring your own bucket and a weeding hoe (and knee pad, if you prefer that). Wear a face covering, hat, gloves, sturdy garden shoes. Bring plenty of fluids and hydrate often. We start with a 5-minute orientation, then walk to the site, so please be on time.

First-timers: Bring a signed waiver form available at https://lakecunninghamnativegarden.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/2021-volunteer-service-agreement-adoptapark-version.pdf

Workdays are sometimes rescheduled or canceled. Always RSVP to confirm, and check the latest updates Friday night. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP so we know and wait-listers get a chance.

[4] Plant Communities of the South Bay: A Plant Identification Walk for Beginners
Sunday, February 26, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Why do plants grow where they grow? In nature, plants grow in readily identifiable communities or associations united by location (soil, topography, and micro-climate). Join Arvind Kumar and Ashok Jethanandani as we explore the common plant communities of the South Bay such as grassland, scrub, chaparral, oak woodland, mixed evergreen forest, and riparian. Beginners interested in plant identification are welcome; prior knowledge of native plants or botany is not required.

We will go up the Mayfair Ranch Trail and return via the Longwall Canyon Trail. The distance covered is 4.3 miles with 500' of elevation gain. Expect to see oaks, bay laurel, madrone, bigberry manzanita, toyon, coffeeberry, buckeye, holly-leaved cherry, and snowberry. Beginners and enthusiasts alike are welcome; prior knowledge of native plants or botany is not required.

Meet in the preserve parking lot at 10 am. Bring a hat, water, a bag lunch, and your favorite trail accessories (camera/smartphone/hand lens/binoculars/field guide/none). Dress in layers, and appropriately for winter weather. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: The preserve is located at 4289 Casa Loma Rd, Morgan Hill. From Hwy 101, take Bailey Ave west. After 3 miles, turn left on McKean Rd. After 2.4 miles, turn right on Casa Loma RD. In 1.7 miles, arrive at the preserve gate. If the main lot is full, continue along Casa Loma RD to the overflow lot. We'll meet in the parking lot at 10 am.

[5] Horticulture Scholarship applications are open

The Horticulture Scholarship is open to any community college horticulture student who attends an accredited college in our Chapter area or lives in our Chapter area and attends an accredited college anywhere, is currently enrolled, and has taken (or is taking) a California native plant class as part of their horticulture program. The scholarship amount is $750 and will be awarded to one student annually. The scholarship is intended to help with scholastic expenses such as books and tuition.

Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2023. For more details, and for instructions on how to apply, please click on the link above.

Here are some events from other chapters and organizations:

[6] Morning Meander: Up for Flowers - by Midpen
Wednesday, February 22, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Pulgas Ridge Preserve

Join Docent Naturalists Laura Levin, Emma Finter and Marie-Anne Neimat for a wildflower treasure hunt. This preserve is known for its rich display of wildflowers. Hiking at a leisurely pace along the Cordilleras, Polly Geraci, Dick Bishop and Blue Oak trails, you'll search for early spring blooms and other things of interest with frequent stops to share discoveries. If the timing is right, you'll be treated to a floral display of fetid adder's tongue.

Meet at the Pulgas Ridge Parking Area on Edmonds Rd. From I-280, exit Edgewood Road. Drive 0.75 miles on Edgewood Rd. toward San Carlos/Redwood City. Turn left (north) on Crestview Drive, then immediately turn left on Edmonds Road. Follow Edmonds Rd. to the preserve parking lot entrance on the right.

[7] Trail Trek - by Midpen
Thursday, February 23, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Monte Bello Preserve

Trail Treks, scheduled on the fourth Thursday, provide exercise-focused hikes and opportunities to discover Midpen's beautiful preserves.

Join Docent Naturalists Bobbie Riedel, Peter Maxwell, Linda Wegner and Nick Yatsko for a trek through two preserves. You'll head out on White Oak trail and cross over into Coal Creek Preserve for the "double loop" before heading back the way you came.

Meet at the Monte Bello Parking Area on Page Mill Road (across from Los Trancos Preserve), 7 miles west of I-280 or 1.5 miles east of Skyline Boulevard. Those traveling from I-280 on Page Mill Rd. should allow approximately 35 minutes travel time.

[8] Attracting Birds While Protecting Watershed Health
Thursday, February 23, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Environmental Learning Center presents a FREE Workshop Series for anyone interested in home gardening for wildlife and water quality. Learn how to garden with less water, manage too much storm-water, and generally provide a healthier habitat for birds, pollinating insects, and more.

Attracting Birds While Protecting Watershed Health
Presented by: Antonya Pickard, Backyard Habitat Certification Program

Birds delight us with their presence in our backyards and provide many beneficial services, from pest-control to pollination. Creating a welcoming environment for our avian visitors need not strain our water budget – our Backyard Habitat Certification expert will show us how!

[9] Taxonomic and functional diversity of xeric alpine plant communities in a changing climate
Thursday, February 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom Presentation by: Kaleb Goff
Kaleb will discuss findings that demonstrate climate change's affects on plant diversity and functionality within the xeric alpine ecosystems of the White Mountains, California. Click on the link above for details on how to register.

[10] Flowers: Not Just a Pretty Face! - by Midpen
Saturday, February 25, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Skyline Ridge Preserve

Why are flowers and plants important? Did you know plants "trick" animals into helping them grow? Join Docent Naturalists Roberta and Jaime Cavazos, and Melissa Hero on a family-friendly and leisurely-paced hike into different habitats to discover amazing facts about plants and flowers. You'll do a fun activity to see how bees help with pollinating flowers and other plants. Bring a snack to enjoy along the trail.

For this activity at Skyline Ridge Preserve, meet at the Russian Ridge Preserve parking lot on the northwest corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Page Mill/Alpine Road intersection (across Skyline Blvd. on the right). Those traveling from I-280 on Page Mill Rd. should allow approximately 40 minutes travel time.

Questions about any of the events? Do not reply to this email - instead, please direct your questions to: info @ cnps-scv.org.

For more information about chapter activities, be sure to check the latest Blazing Star and our chapter website - cnps-scv.org. We also recommend joining our Meetup group to receive a notification when we schedule new activities, including field trips.  Not a member of CNPS yet? Join here.

California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter
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