North Coast CNPS

May 8th, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Blue Collar Botany

Joey Santore is an artist, railroader, and botanist who has traveled extensively documenting and photographing the flora and plant communities of western North America. He began his journey into botany ten years ago by studying conifers and is currently fascinated with the sunflower family, Asteraceae. Joey will take us to unique botanical destinations in both the United States and Mexico and share his diverse passions for native plants, the mysteries of plant distributions, the genus Hesperocyparis, desert flora, evolutionary radiations, and street tacos. Check out his Instagram @crime_pays_but_botany_doesnt for a collection of his photographs.

Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata
Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.
April 10th, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Native Plants: the Wild among Us

You may not think of developed or other heavily disturbed areas as good habitat for native plants, but with close observation, surprises abound.  Dr. Eva Begley, author of the recently published Plants of Northern California, A Field Guide to Plants West of the Sierra Nevada, will share some of her finds –from tiny, inconspicuous species to showy, charismatic natives. Dr. Begley has lived in the Sacramento region for 40 years, where she has botanized in suburbia, wildlife areas managed primarily for waterfowl, and agricultural lands, finding an amazing array of native species.  She will also discuss easy steps everyone can take to help native plants thrive in such places.  Copies of her book will be available for purchase.

Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata
Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.
March 13th, Wednesday, 7:30p.m.
Ecology and Conservation of the California Pitcher Plant

Daring to understand the ecology and distribution of Darlingtonia californica, or the California pitcher plant, Jameison Chilton, a student and Humboldt State University, will dive into the work he is doing to better understand the ecology and future conservation of this unique species. This native wetland plant inhabits poor, often serpentinous soils, and has resorted to carnivory to supplement nutrient deficiencies in soils where it grows. Not only is it unique to northern California and southwest Oregon, but it is the logo for CNPS North Coast Chapter!

Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata
Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.
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