April 24 – May 2 – WILDFLOWER SHOW 2021 – theme: “Serpentine Habitat”
The pandemic shutdown challenged us find ways to continue the Wildflower Show virtually. In 2021 we built the show around iNaturalist collections and Zoom presentations.
ABOUT SERPENTINE HABITAT: The nutrient-unbalanced and sometimes toxic soils harbor unique vegetation and special flowers. Though relatively safe from the conventional economic pressures of logging, farming, and development, they sometimes attract businesses that focus on mining heavy metals. Find out more about these areas by visiting this US Forest Service serpentine website.
2021 Wildflower Collection (Map view) Because of the ongoing pandemic, our collectors again are bringing back photos instead of our traditional live three-dimensional specimens. But this time we are hosting the photos on iNaturalist – which presents both opportunities (geo-location of specimens), and challenges (iNaturalist is new to many visitors).
WAYS TO VIEW THE COLLECTION: The Collection link above starts with Map view because it lets you see the locations and the photos at the same time. But you can also view the collection as Gridview or List view. (Note the “Map|Grid|List” buttons.)
Selected Families– View the show according to the type of plant (Dunes and Invasive Plants groups may be added in the future.)
WFS HOME PAGE: What you are reading now is the home page for the entire show (including the iNaturalist part). It will remain open for reference in your browser. (No need to use the “back” arrow.)
Wildflower “Bio-Blitz” – These public activities are an iNaturalist favorite. Can the public find more kinds of native wildflowers the official show collectors?
Zoom WILDFLOWER FUN AND SPEAKERS – (2021 Registration closed!)
Zoom presentations start at 7:00 p.m. with 10-15 minutes of “Wildflower Fun”– talk about flowers in the show and answering wildflower questions–followed by the speaker.
April 24, Saturday, “A Story of Rock in Green and Orange” with geologist and educator Mark Bailey, who tells what are “serpentine soils” and where do we find them?
April 25, Sunday. “Serpentine Plant-Soil Relations: A World View” with Nishanta Rajakaruna, botanist of inhospitable soils at the Geoecology Lab at California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo), giving an overview of what we know about serpentine plants from here and away.
April 26, Monday. Wildflower Fun
April 27, Tuesday. “Serpentine Botanical Wonders” with energetic field botanist and author Dana York
April 28, Wednesday. “Our Amazingly Diverse Heath Family (Ericaceae)” with HSU Herbarium Collections Manager Robin Bencie
May 1, “Serpentine Treasure in Six Rivers National Forest” with U. S. Forest Service Botanist John McRae
May 2, Sunday. Wildflower Fun and show wrap-up
Post-show Presentation (Find this link separately on the chapter website): May 12, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Zoom evening program. “Serpentine Ecology: Wacky soils build glorious places” with botanist Kristi Mergenthaler