April 7, Sunday. Four Creeks and Three Fawn Lilies Tour. With a bit of driving we will visit roadside patches of three species of fawn lilies (Erythronium), on Redwood Creek, East Fork Willow Creek, Supply Creek, and Skunk Creek. The farthest site is beyond Hoopa on route 96. If spring has progressed as expected, we will be able to study and measure these flowers using what we learned at our November program from Cherie Sanville and Bianca Hayashi. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Return mid-afternoon. Please tell Carol (822-2015) you are coming.
April 10, Wednesday. "Lichens and bryophytes— enigmatic, charismatic cryptogams." 7:30 p.m. If you like lichens, love liverworts, and/or are mesmerized by mosses, then this evening is for you! From the tops of the tallest trees to the rocks at the ocean edge, these oft-overlooked creatures can be found almost anywhere. Join HSU lecturer Marie Antoine to learn some fun facts that will allow you to further your own discovery of lichens and bryophytes.
April 13, Saturday. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Getting to Know the Plants on Elk River Trail in Headwaters Forest. So near, so easy, and so wild! The Elk River Trail is all these, and a good place to see many of our forest plants. BLM botanist Jennifer Wheeler will introduce and admire some common, native wildflowers, such as red-flowering currant, redwood violet, candyflower, and coltsfoot, some wild medicinal plants, such as self-heal, plantain, stinging nettle, and horsetail, and the non-native plants the Falk residents left behind, such as foxglove, forget-me-not, and pennyroyal. The trail is paved and gentle, good for any weather. From 101, exit onto Elk River Rd. After 1.5 miles take the right fork; after 4.5 more miles at the bridge take the right fork; go 1 mile more to the trailhead parking lot. Sponsored by California Native Plant Society and Bureau of Land Management. 822-2015
April 14, Sunday. 1:00-3:00 p.m. "Conifers on Campus," a plant walk with Dr. Dennis Walker, the man who brought conifers from all corners of the world to create a remarkable collection on Humboldt State University Campus. Not all conifers look like Christmas trees! Learn what makes a conifer and broaden your understanding of these trees and shrubs. Meet at the green front doors of the dome greenhouse, between the biology and engineering buildings, east of B St. Weekend parking is free in campus lots. 822-2015.
April 20 Saturday. 8:00 am - 11:00 am Native Plants in Yards and Forest . Join Carol Ralph for
a brisk morning walk from the Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back to see native plants in landscapes and in a redwood forest. Besides identification, questions like "What IS a native plant?" "Why plant natives in your yard?" "How do you mimic in a yard a wild, native habitat?" will be considered. Hopefully, trillium will be blooming in the forest. The walk is about 3 miles on sidewalks and good paths, with about 250 ft. elevation gain. Call 826-7050 to register for this free trip sponsored by California Native Plant Society at Godwit Days, or register for Godwit Days at www.godwitdays.org.
April 26, Friday. 4 - 6 p.m. Meeting Mosses and Other Tiny Treats. Join Marie Antoine on a short walk into the world of mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Bring a magnifying lense if you can, and prepare to be astounded. Meet on the front steps of Founders Hall at the top of Humboldt State University campus. Parking on campus is at meters (try B St.) or in fee lots. 822-2015
April 28, Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Wildflowers in a Hydesville Forest. A dappled, deciduous forest along a sparkling stream, sprinkled with sprigtime gems like trillium, fairybells, bleeding heart, and Solomon's plume, is only one treat on show by hosts Bill and Linda Shapeero in Hydesville. A shady, grand fir forest and sunny, pasture edges offer other habitats alive with flowers and fresh, green herbaceous plants and shrubs, almost all native. Led by Carol Ralph and Janelle Egger. From 101 at the south end of Fortuna take the Highway 36 exit, go about 3 miles up to Hydesville, turn left at the church onto Rohnerville Rd., go about 1 mile, turn right onto Puddin Ln at the bottom of a gulch, follow signs and balloons to Shapeero. The ground may be damp. Information: 768-3287 or 822-2015.
May 3, 4, 5, Friday-Sunday. SPRING WILDFLOWER SHOW. Manila Community center
May 4, 5, Saturday-Sunday. NATIVE PLANT SALE. Manila Community Center.
May 4, Saturday. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. Dune walk at Manila Community Center. Offered by Friends of the Dunes at the Spring Wildflower Show
May 5, Sunday. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. Wildflowers in the Dunes, a walk in the dunes with Friends of the Dunes docent Laurel Goldsmith at the Spring Wildflower Show, Manila Community Center.
May 8, Wednesday.7:30 p.m."Patterns of Plant Discovery in California--You Too Can Discover a New Species." Prolific field botanist Dr. Dean Wm.Taylor will talk about some of his exciting finds and about how you too can contribute to field botany. New species are still out there! Dr. Taylor's photos sprinkle CalFlora and CalPhotos web sites, and his findings are published in academic journals. He will share the thrill of discovery on his quests in all corners of California
May 11, Saturday. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Stony Creek Half-Day Hike. This famous and favorite botanical destination off Highway 199 in Gasquet offers diverse, native vegetation. Western azalea, Pacific rhododendron, Del Norte iris, California lady's slipper, and Oregon anemone are among the expected bloomers. Dave Imper and Carol Ralph will lead this 2-mile roundtrip hike to the confluence of Stony Creek and North Fork Smith River. The trail is somewhat narrow and uneven, with an optional extension over boulders. Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds in Crescent City (along 101 at north end of town; opens at 11 a.m.) or at the Gasquet store-post office at 1 p.m.. Presented by the California Native Plant Society in conjunction with the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show. 822-2015.
May 12 , Sunday. More walks offered by the Ruby Van DeVenter Wildflower Show. See the the newsletter.
May 19, Sunday. Craig's Creek Trail Day Hike. The Six Rivers National Recreation Area pamphlet says to hike this trail in springtime for a wildflower treat. Let's try it! Maybe just part of it. We will hike out-and-back as far as we make it on this moderately difficult trail above the South Fork Smith River. The trailhead is just off Highway 199 east of Crescent City. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Return late afternoon. 822-2015.
May 26, Sunday. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Azaleas! at the Azalea State Reserve. Join experienced native plant gardener Pete Haggard to admire the azaleas blooming and to see a variety of other native shrubs recommended for gardens. Exit onto North Bank Rd. off 101 just north of the Mad River; after about one mile turn left on Azalea Dr., and shortly after that, left into the parking lot. 839-0307
June 9, Sunday. Lady Bird Johnson Loop Day Hike with likely extension down Berry Glen Trail. The redwood forest in June is beautiful--delicate flowers among the fresh green herbiage on the forest floor, and the stunning, clean pink of rhododendrons in the understory of the dark green giants. This gentle,1.3- mile loop is a good place to see it. Some or all of the group could decide to proceed down the Berry Glen Trail 3.5 more miles to the Trillium Falls parking area, where we will have left a shuttle vehicle. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Return mid-afternoon. 822-2015
June 21-23, Friday night-Sunday. Bigelow Lakes Day Hike and overnight. This trip to Oregon Caves National Monument and surrounding Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will put us in the country of Spirit of the Siskiyous. It will be early spring at about 5,000 ft on the trail to Bigelow Lakes and Mt. Elijah; it will be late spring at the trails near the lodge. All are beautiful. We will camp (or motel, your choice) nearby the two nights, hike a full day Saturday and a short day Sunday, then head home. Details available later. Tell Carol if you might or will come 822-2015.