The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats, through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship .
Our chapter meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. Meetings are start at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (January - June and September - November) at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, 95816. GOOGLE MAP
A wide selection of books and Sacramento Valley Chapter t-shirts are available for purchase at meetings. Refreshments are always provided!
Wednesday, October 14th, 7:00pm
In Plain View: Exploring Biodiversity in California Grasslands
Presented by Jennifer Buck-Diaz
Come find out where some of the most species-rich habitats are in California. You just might be surprised!
The CNPS Vegetation Program has been studying (and delighting) in grassland vegetation of the Great Valley and Carrizo Plain since 2008. In some cases, Jennifer has re-visited the same plots up to five times over the last few years. Some seasons are breathtakingly showy like the spring of 2010; others are dry and dusty with exposed soil churned from rodent activity. Jennifer will lead a photographic journey across the Valley and through time to explore the native plants of our grassland habitats.
Jennifer Buck-Diaz is a vegetation ecologist in the Vegetation Program of the California Native Plant Society where she surveys, classifies, and maps vegetation across the state. Her recent work focuses on the classification and description of grassland vegetation including the study of spatial and temporal dynamics in these systems. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the California Native Grassland Association. She earned both a B.S. and an M.S. degree in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis where she participated in a state-wide classification project looking at fine-scale vegetation in vernal pools.
Plant life above the trees…looking for effects of climate change”
Presented by Jim Bishop
Seemingly delicate, beautiful and beautifully-adapted plants grow on high mountain summits…above the life zone of any tree. It’s not easy…is always cool, sometimes bitterly cold. A plant’s leaves might be fairly warm while its roots are near freezing. The wind howls, and ultraviolet radiation is intense. The cold air carries little moisture. Why are there alpine plants anyway? How do they manage to survive where trees cannot, and to handle the severe environmental stresses? We’ll consider these questions and others, and we’ll look at the varied microclimatic conditions that shape the habitats for alpine plants, along with adaptations that suit them to this demanding world. And in the process we’ll see some lovely plants and spectacular places.
The presenters Jim Bishop has long been fascinated with the alpine zone, first as a hiker who knew next to nothing about it. Those rambles included peaks and ridges in the Sierras, Cascades, Rockies, Great Basin, and Alaska. Even if you don’t know much, the alpine environment is wonderful, and the more you do know the more fun it is. In more recent years he and his botanist wife Catie have spent many weeks in the alpine environment. They have participated in the international GLORIA alpine-survey project, which has allowed them to spend parts of 12 summers in alpine zones throughout the Sierras, White Mountains, Panamint Mtns. and Snake Range. It is a wonderful learning experience, involving contact with experienced alpine botanists and ecologists. Jim’s studies in plant physiology and Catie’s studies botany at CSU Chico provided a foundation for building knowledge of the ecology of alpine plants…how they live in that harsh world.
Ground Daisy, a rare plant, White Mountains, photo by Catie Bishop
WINTER BREAK (no Chapter meeting in December)
January 13, 2016 CALFIRE Partnership Promotes Native Plant Restoration on Putah Creek – Rich Marovich
February 10, 2016 Eva Butler and Carol Witham – Merced SPLASH