Upcoming CNPS SCV Events and Activities - December 27, 2022

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Dec 27, 2022, 11:36:44 PM12/27/22
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Dear friends,

As 2022 winds down, the Santa Clara Valley chapter of CNPS thanks all its members and well-wishers for making this a year to remember. In 2022, we went on many interesting field trips, attended numerous virtual talks, planted natives propagated by our nursery volunteers and participated in restoration efforts. It was also the year the chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary. The chapter is grateful to you all for promoting the cause of native plants and native habitats.
2023 has many exciting things to offer, including the revival of our in-person library programs! Read on for more details.

[1] New Year's walk to Franklin Point, part of Año Nuevo State Preserve, Hwy 1
Sunday, January 1, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join other CNPS members as we celebrate a Chapter tradition of welcoming the New Year with a walk to (and BYO picnic at) Franklin Point, which is part of the Año Nuevo State Preserve on the San Mateo County coast on Hwy 1.

We will be exploring our surroundings as we casually walk towards Franklin Point, which is the most botanically interesting area of the park. We will be starting from the North Whitehouse Creek Trailhead which is located south of Pescadero on Highway 1, just north of the Santa Cruz County line.

We'll enjoy ocean views, California native plants and raptors, song birds and maybe marine mammals. Coastal prairie flora we expect to see includes silver bur ragweed (Ambrosia chamissonis), California goldenbush (Ericameria ericoides), coastal sagewort (Artemisia pycnocephala) and Argentina anserina (Potentilla anserina). Expected dune flora includes yellow sand verbena (Abronia latifolia), pink sand verbena (Abronia umbellata), sea side heliotrope (Heliotropium curassavicum) and American dunegrass (Eleymus mollis).

We also expect to see sea cliff bluff lettuce (Dudleya farinosa)and fleshy jaumea (Jaumea carnosa). As this is a day to have fun sharing nature at the beach with fellow Chapter members, the end time and depth of botanical or fauna discussion may depend on participants preferences.

Bring binoculars and layers of clothing for variable coastal conditions including wind, sun, precipitation and fog. We will be walking on sand dunes. Bring a lunch or snacks and fluids. Extreme bad weather cancels.

Driving directions and parking tips are provided on the Meetup page. Before signing up, please read the Año Nuevo State Park restrictions at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=523. If the event is full, please join the waitlist, as sometimes there are last-minute cancellations.

Note that there are no bathrooms at Franklin Point. Flush toilets are located at the main entrance of Año Nuevo State Park, which may require payment to enter. For more information, contact Dee Himes at dee4cnps @ gmail.com.

[2] Programs Meeting
Wednesday, January 4, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

After several years of virtual-only lectures, we expect to offer hybrid and virtual lectures in 2023. Libraries are also reaching out to us to provide speakers for their programs. This is a meeting to discuss what we can take on and how to divide responsibility - as well as coming up with a list of speakers. If you have any ideas for speakers or would like to help with organization, please join us. If you have any questions please send email to Vivian Neou at techchair @ cnps-scv.org.

Register in advance for this meeting (Registration is required for receiving the Zoom link to the meeting):

[3] Field Trip Planning Meeting
Thursday, January 5, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us to help schedule the remainder of our spring and summer field trips, plus any field trips we may want to have for the rest of the year. With more knowledge of the winter weather patterns, we may also make plans for away trips.

All are welcome to join in the discussion. Registration is required to join the Zoom meeting. The Zoom link will be sent a day or two before the meeting.

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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