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Are you interested in learning about native plants and nature in general? Watching beautiful slide shows? Meeting like-minded nature-lovers? That’s what we do at East Bay CNPS members meetings (open to everyone, member or not), and we invite you to join us! Recent presentation topics have included “California’s Wild Lichens” (Stephen Sharnoff), “A Tale of Two City Butterflies” (Liam O’Brien), “Coping with Invasive Pathogens in the Nursery, the Garden, and the Wild” (Theo Fitanides), “Plants and Landscapes of the West” (Ted Kipping), “Native Hedgerows for Wildlife Habitat” (Pete Veilleux), and the inspiring environmental film “Rebels with a Cause.”

Our meetings take place at 7:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month in January-May and September-November (our November meeting is often held on the third Wednesday to avoid Thanksgiving week). We usually meet at the Orinda Library, which is near Hwy 24 and walking distance from the Orinda BART station. Everyone is welcome, and the meetings are free.

Check the online Bay Leaf newsletter (ebcnps.org/newsletter) or the Meetings page of the East Bay CNPS website (ebcnps.org/meetings) for announcements of future meetings. You can also sign up on the website home page to receive notifications via email (“Sign Up for EBCNPS News”).

Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 pm
Members’ Photo Night!
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Library (see directions below)

Our first members’ photo night brought in gorgeous and fascinating photos of plants and landscapes, insect behavior, field trips, and restoration projects. Let’s do it again this month with a slide show of YOUR photos. Everyone is invited to show photos of trips and adventures, gardens, landscapes, flora, fauna, plant art, you name it! Come to share your images or just to enjoy those that others bring, along with tasty refreshments (nonmembers are most welcome to present and/or enjoy). Pro and amateur photographers are all invited and appreciated.

• IMPORTANT: Contact Sue Rosenthal at sr0433@yahoo.com or 510-496-6016 by January 20 if you’ll be bringing images or if you have questions about the format (see below).
• Bring up to 25 images you think will appeal to native plant and nature lovers, e.g., interesting plants, gardens, landscapes, hikes, trips, work parties, associated fauna, etc.
• Arrive by 7 pm on the night of the meeting so we can download your images and avoid delays during the show. (If you have uploaded your images to the Dropbox prior to January 27—see below--then you’re welcome to arrive any time up to 7:30 pm.)
• Provide your images in one of the following ways:
Upload your images prior to the meeting to an online Dropbox set up especially for this meeting. This will reduce the time needed for transferring photos on the night of the meeting. Dropbox can accommodate large file sizes.
When you contact Sue before January 20, you’ll be sent a link to the Dropbox and instructions on how to upload your photos. If you haven’t used Dropbox before, rest assured that it’s very easy to upload images (and less stressful than trying to do it on the night of the meeting).
Bring digital images on a flash drive, CD, or DVD in a format that will work with a PC laptop. We’ll provide a digital projector and a PC laptop as well as an old-fashioned slide projector if needed. Due to time constraints, we can’t accommodate images that are brought on your own laptop.
Prints are also welcome: We’ll have a table on which you can display them.

East Bay CNPS membership 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 24 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). 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 sr0433@yahoo.com or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way: From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way.
From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria Way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way.
Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street.

From BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
Bryophytes and Their Biology: Mosses Are from Mars, Vascular Plants Are from Venus—Brent Mishler and Kiamara Ludwig
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 7:30 pm
A Journey to the Ionian Basin and Back—Michael Uhler

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