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of the state organization of the California Native Plant Society to find out  about ways you can enjoy and protect our state’s native flora.

It is the East Bay Chapter’s turn to host the quarterly State CNPS Board of Directors and Chapter Council meetings. We are co-hosting with the newly formed Bryophytes Chapter. They have arranged field trips to see local mosses, liverworts and hornworts.

The events are:

Friday, December 2: there will be a tour at 1:30 pm of our Native Here Nursery, one of the largest CNPS-run nurseries in the state. The Board of Directors’ meeting begins at 2:00 pm. In the evening, meet the delegates and members at a private room at Spat’s in Berkeley (1974 Shattuck Avenue). All members and their guests are welcome. (No host bar and food available for purchase.) The event starts at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, December 3: The Chapter Council will meet all day at UC Berkeley. There will be a banquet at the North Berkeley Senior Center. The social hour starts at 5:30 pm, the dinner at 6:30 pm. This year, two East Bay Chapter members may be honored as new Fellows! Bryologist Jim Shevock, will speak on “New Species and Old Favorites in the Western North American Bryoflora”. The banquet is open to all members and their guests. Reserve a space at https://sites.google.com/site/cnpschaptercouncildec2016/.

Sunday, December 4: The Chapter Council meets in the morning. In the afternoon, at 1 pm, two field trips will be led by bryophyte experts Kiamara Ludwig (Tilden Park) and Paul Siri Wilson (Redwood Regional Park). Sign up for a field trip at https://sites.google.com/site/cnpschaptercouncildec2016/.

Hosting chapters have lots to do. Here’s how you can help:
• Host an out-of-town Board member or Chapter delegate.
• Help with logistics (carpooling, refreshments) for Native Here Nursery tour Friday afternoon.
• Setup and cleanup for the Saturday banquet, including bryophyte-themed table decorations, audio-visual setup, and pickup and return of rented serving items.
• General logistical support for Board and Chapter Council meetings in the Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, including help with lunches and snacks, arranging tables, audio-visual.

For more information, to sit in on the meetings, or to volunteer contact Delia Taylor at deliataylor@me.com or Barbara Leitner at bleitner@pacbell.net.

Toyon, Christmas berry (Hetermomeles arbutifolia). Photo by Delia Taylor.
Toyon, Christmas berry (Hetermomeles arbutifolia). Photo by Delia Taylor.
Madia elegans, called common madia, is an annual, one of the tarweeds, and is in the Sunflower family. This plant was purchased at Native Here Nursery. Common Madia is different from a sunflower in that it closes up when the sun is out. But it glows on foggy Berkeley days. It readily reseeds, grows larger if there is water, stays small is there is little water. Photo and caption by Dellia Taylor.
Madia elegans, called common madia, is an annual, one of the tarweeds, and is in the Sunflower family. This plant was purchased at Native Here Nursery. Common madia is different from a sunflower in that it closes up when the sun is out. But it glows on foggy Berkeley days. It readily reseeds, grows larger if there is water, stays small if there is little water.
Photo and caption by Delia Taylor.


This new version of the main website of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EBCNPS) is designed to give the user easier access to the large collection of articles and photos related to the multifaceted activities of EBCNPS.

There are two main ways to access the pages of the site. The first is to hover with your mouse over the item in the menu at the top of the page that seems likely to point to what you are interested in. Then select from the menu that drops down.  If there is no drop down menu then the menu item on the navigation bar is what you should click on.

Another approach is to click on the second item from the right on the menu bar, website mapThat will give you a table of contents of the entire site.

If you have a question having to do with how to use the site  or if you would like to comment on the new website email me at webmaster@ebcnps.org .

From time to time I shall suggest a page for the reader to check out, for no other reason than that I have enjoyed it and suspect that others will also. Today I would like to recommend Easy Hikes, a selection of do-it-yourself field trips chosen and described by Bill Hunt, a photographer and hiker who has long been active in our Chapter as well as state CNPS in positions of leadership.

Check out the Easy hikes page.

Joe Willingham
East Bay Chapter webmaster

webmaster@ebcnps.org

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Madia elegans. Photo by Delia Taylor.
Madia elegans. Photo by Delia Taylor.