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Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. For information or to suggest a speaker or topic contact Michael Kauffmann at 407-7686 or michaelekauffmann @gmail.com

Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Address questions about physical requirements to the leader. It is wise to contact the leader before the trip, in case plans change.
 


 

September 22, Saturday.  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Fall Native Plant Sale. Members' pre-sale 9-10 a.m. You can join at the door.  At our nursery at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, near Three Corners Market.  Come see our blooming buckwheats, monkeyflowers and checkerbloom!  You will want to take home some of these plus other familiar and novel native plant treasures.  826-0259; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

September 23, Sunday.   Dead Lake Day Paddle.  Dead Lake is a deep, natural lake in the forested dunes of Tolowa Dunes State Park by Crescent City.  It has plenty of floating and emergent vegetation, a good place to look for and practice wetland plants.  A reliable rumor says that Bogbean is there.  We'll find out!  We'll need canoes or kayaks to do that. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School to carpool, or arrange a different place.  Bring lunch and water and layers to be outdoors all day.  Tell Carol you are coming and whether you will bring a vessel or will rent one.  Two seats are available in the Ralphs' canoe.  707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 6, Saturday.  Lassics Day Hike.  The Lassics area in Six Rivers National Forest west of Ruth Lake is a treasure. The air is invigorating; the views are stupendous; the geology is impressive, the plants are hardy, unique, and rare.  We will hike two short trails to the tops of two peaks, at 4,000-5,000 ft. elevation.  Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.  There are no facilities. Return late afternoon or evening. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 8:30 at the Kohl's end of Bayshore Mall Parking lot, or 10:00 at Dinsmore Store on Highway 36.  From there it is about 1/2 hour.  Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

October 10, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m. "Champion Campions of Northwestern California" A talk by a plant taxonomist about the Silene hookeri complex might sound too academic, but Dr. Michael Mesler, also a pollination biologist at Humboldt State University, will bring it alive as he takes us roaming the Klamath Mountains, finding Silenes of various colors and forms.  He will take us with him pursuing the question, "Is this a new species?" His studies defined five species in northwestern California and western Oregon, all decidedly rare.  Defining the species is where taxonomy meets conservation, another topic Mike will explore.  The genus Silene includes Indian Pink (Silene laciniata), a familiar, bright red species, and other species called catch-flies and campions.  The largest and showiest flower in the genus, and everyone's favorite on our South Fork Trinity hike (see report elsewhere in this newsletter), is the newly described Silene nelsonii, possibly to be known as Stringflower or Nelson's Campion, a "champion" in the genus.

October 14, Sunday 1-3 p.m..  Botanizing the Hammond Trail Loop.  Along this wonderful McKinleyville trail see remnants of the native vegetation.  Wildflower author and enthusiast Elaine Allison will lead this walk of about one mile along coastal bluffs and coastal prairie, through Beach Pine forest and streamside forest, where you will see many common plants and at least one officially rare species. Meet at the west end of Murray Rd. For information: 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 21, 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, east of B St between Science D (where Botany labs are) and the Wildlife Building . Weekend parking is free in campus lots. 822-2015. 

November 4, Sunday. Bear River Ridge, Monument Ridge Day Hike.  To witness firsthand the setting and habitat of the proposed wind energy development on Monument Ridge, between Rio Dell and the coast, we will walk one or more segments of the small, quiet, county road that traverses it.  This will be partly on the route described for Hike 60 in Hiking Humboldt Vol. 2 by Rees Hughes.  The open prairie along the ridge offers grand views in various directions.  We will respect the private property by staying on the road. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. Meet to carpool at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:30 a.m. at the Kohls end of Bayshore Mall parking lot. Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November 14, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m.  "Restoring Nature One Garden at a Time."  Real gardens grow bugs? Yes! Learn about the vital role insects play in the web of life from an informative, entertaining, and inspirational video of a lecture by Douglas Tallamy. Tallamy is a professor of entomology at the University of Delaware who has pioneered research comparing insect diversity on native and non-native plants. He is also the author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants—a book that presents the powerful claim that the choices we make as gardeners can profoundly impact the diversity of life in our gardens, our communities, and our planet.

December 12, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Native Plant Show and Tell.  Members share pictures, stories, writings, foods, samples, etc. related to native plants.  Contact Michael Kauffmann if you want to share: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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