Members’ meetings

East Bay Chapter members’ meetings are good for:
Virtually visiting beautiful and interesting places
Being inspired by conservation challenges and success stories
Meeting people who share your interests

Our meetings are always free and open to everyone, members and nonmembers alike. We meet at 7:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month in January-May and September-November, with a slight adjustment in the schedule to avoid Thanksgiving week. Most of our meetings take place at the Orinda Library, which is centrally located in our big, two-county chapter area.

East Bay CNPS members’ meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way, Orinda 94563, a few blocks from the Orinda BART station. The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email programs@ebcnps.org if you have questions.

We welcome your ideas for topics or speakers (some of our best programs have come from members’ suggestions), so please feel to contact us at programs@ebcnps.org.

A Botanical Look at the Kaweah River and the Southern Sierra
Speaker: Camille Nowell
Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (location info below)

The Kaweah River originates in the mountains of the Great Western Divide in the Southern Sierra then has a relatively short but very steep drop over its run into the San Joaquin Valley. The river spans a number of riparian ecoregions including giant sequoia and mixed conifer forests; oak, cottonwood, and sycamore woodlands; and alder, willow, and buttonbush shrublands.

Over several trips in 2018, while conducting botanical surveys for hydropower relicensing, botanist Camille Nowell mapped and documented the flora of this interesting and diverse region. In this talk Camille will provide a pictorial introduction to the Kaweah River, discuss a number of the species she encountered during her surveys, and also pay tribute to the legendary botanist Alice Eastwood, who traversed a similar route on the Kings River over one hundred years earlier.

Camille Nowell has conducted detailed botanical surveys in the Basin and Range ecoregion of Idaho, the Mojave Desert, the Sierra Nevada, and the San Joaquin Valley. She earned her M.S. degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, with an emphasis on California native flora. Her research on Cercis (redbud) took her into a number of herbaria and on expeditions throughout montane California and the Colorado Plateau. She has also enjoyed working on barn owl, golden eagle, and prairie falcon studies for the East Bay Regional Park District.

East Bay CNPS members’ meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way, Orinda 94563, a few blocks from the Orinda BART station. The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email programs@ebcnps.org if you have questions.

Kaweah River. Photo by Camille Powell.

Next Month’s Program

May 22, 7:30 pm, Orinda Library Garden Room
Michael Uhler: Botanical Gems in the Ruby Mountains