Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 23, 2020

Virtual Botanical Programs on YouTube

from the North Coast CNPS chapter

Below are links to the evening programs we have recorded and posted on our YouTube Channel

May 20th, 2020 ZOOM Webinar: Capturing California’s Flowers. Botanists have been collecting plants in California since the late 1700’s. They never suspected that botanists of the future would use those collections to understand the effects of climate change on California’s plants. Today we are doing just that. The California Phenology (CAP) Network is a collaboration of 45 California herbaria that is working to digitize nearly 1 million specimens by 2022. These data are made publicly available on a newly developed data portal, The CAP Network is also recording the phenological status (e.g., flowering, fruiting) of digitized specimens, generating a massive dataset with which we can answer questions such as: 1) which species are in most danger of phenological mismatches, 2) which habitats and vegetation types are most phenologically sensitive to changes in precipitation and temperature, and 3) where might mismatches occur between plants and their pollinators, pathogens, and pests? Jenn and Katie will show you how to look at plants year round in the CCH2 and will lead an interactive workshop where you can help contribute data to California’s historical collections from the comfort of your own home.

May 14th, 2020 Zoom Webinar: Journey to the Miracle Mile. Join ecologist Michael Kauffmann, author of Conifer Country: A Natural History and Hiking Guide to the Klamath Mountains, for a virtual exploration to one of the most species-rich square-miles for conifers in the world. This area, in the Russian Wilderness west of Callahan and Etna, has a rich history of full of botanical discoveries including a temperate region record 18 conifer species in one square mile. Michael will take us on an arm-chair journey across the region and share pictures and stories about discoveries, conservation successes, and botanical wonders in the area.

May 13th, 2020 Zoom Webinar: Botanizing the BLM Lands of the North Coast. Jennifer Wheeler, botanist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Arcata, will take us on a virtual journey across BLM Lands on the North Coast. The BLM manages a diverse collection of habitats across Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties including Red Mountain, South Fork Eel, and King Range. Jennifer will introduce us to a variety of wonderful plants including the newly described Wailaki lomatium (Lomatium kogholiini) from the Red Mountain Area of Critical Environmental Concern. We will also visit the Douglas-fir forests of Butte Creek Management Area and the oak woodlands of Lacks Creek and Travis Ranch.

April 29th, 2020. Zoom Webinar: Restoring Nature with Pollinator Gardens. Join local naturalist Bill Rodstrom to learn about how to convert biologically barren urban and suburban landscapes of lawns and non-native plants into healthy habitat for local pollinators like bees and butterflies. By planting native host and nectar plants we can all do something to reverse the rapid decline of insects and birds. Although this is not a bee identification workshop there will be lots of photos of local native bees (and butterflies) using native plants.

April 22nd, 2020. Zoom Webinar: California’s Iconic Flora. There are more than 5,000 native species in California—one in five of which are now rare or endangered. Author Matt Ritter, professor of botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, will give an online visual “tour” through the state’s most iconic flora in a lecture based on his book, California Plants. A richly illustrated field guide to the state’s spectacular native plants, the book also seeks to raise awareness of the unique beauty that’s at risk. California Governor Jerry Brown writes in the book’s foreword, “Matt Ritter teaches us to better understand how our future is linked to that of all other living things: our soil, our microbiota, and our wonderful and indomitable native plants.” Matt will use his beautiful photographs to share the natural history of California’s fascinating plants.

April 8, 2020, Wednesday. 7:00 p.m. Zoom Webinar: Conifers of the Klamath Mountains: 2019 Updates from the Field.  Humboldt County educator, author, and ecologist Michael Kauffmann has been tracking the status and distribution of Klamath Mountain conifers for over 15 years. His book, Conifer Country, is the definitive field guide to the region. Michael will take us from mountain summits to coastal river valleys and provide updates on the status and distribution of many of these charismatic conifers based on field work in the summer of 2019 with the California Native Plant Society Vegetation Team. He will also share photos and stories about exciting plants from the region.

January 8th, 2020, Wednesday. 7:00 p.m. Butterflies of Coastal Humboldt County.  Our January 2020 program featured two speakers. Robert Childs presented local butterfly identification tips and Bill Rodstrom celebrated the relationship of our local butterflies to native plants.

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