February 7, 2013: Reno - John Weiser, currently NNPS Reno co-chair for field trips. John will give us a program entitled “Natives for a High Desert Garden” and it features locally endemic plants he grows in his dry-land garden. It will definitely interest those of us who desire incorporating more native plants into our own gardens and the necessary horticultural requirements to do so.
March 7, 2013: Reno - Christopher Kopp, graduate student in the Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego and a 2012 recipient of NNPS' Margaret Williams Research Grant for Botanical Research, will present a program on his research entitled "The impacts of climate change on plant species in the White Mountains".
April 4, 2013: Reno - Erin Hourihan is an Ecological Site Inventory Specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Reno. She luckily gets to do lots of field work in her current job and she will provide us with a presentation on her UNR research. Her program is entitled “Climatic controlled recruitment pulses of 4 species/subspecies of Artemisia in Nevada”.
May 2nd – Our offsite garden meeting will be held at the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Rancho San Rafael Park at 6pm. Park either in the parking lot at the (north) end of Washington Street, or the parking lot on San Rafael Drive accessed either from Washington Street or Sierra Street and Putnam Drive. The group will gather at the picnic tables just south of the May Museum. Bring finger food and beverages for yourself or to share. We will enjoy self-guided visits to the Loring and Margaret Williams Memorial Garden, the xeriscape garden, and other nearby garden areas. The park closes at dusk.
September 5th - Barbara Ertter, Curator Emeritus, Jepson Herbarium, UC, is now living in Idaho. She will give a talk entitled "Plants and Peshmerga: Botanizing in Iraqi Kurdistan."
February 4, 2013: Henderson - We will accept and discuss nominations for a replacement for our Program Coordinator as well as upcoming presentations. We will also discuss 2013 field trips with Jim Boone. Rob Smith, graduate student in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas will present his thesis work. His thesis abstract:
As wildfires in the Mojave Desert increase in frequency, extent and severity, the recovery of desert mosses is threatened by changes that impact dispersal, soil-bank storage and colonization, making this a timely issue for botanists and resource managers in addition to the general public. This presentation will explore the role of dispersal in maintaining diversity in non-vascular plant communities along gradients of elevation and wildfire disturbance at Red Rock Canyon, and will provide insights into the importance of bryophyte conservation in the region.
March 4, 2013: Henderson - Leslie DeFalco, Research Plant Ecologist with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, will present her recent work on the recovery of the Mojave ecosystem post-fire.
April 1, 2013: Henderson - Dr. David Charlet, professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the College of Southern Nevada, will present some of his recent work in mapping vegetation communities in Southern Nevada.
May 6, 2013: Henderson - BRING YOUR HAND LENS!!!!!!!!! We will be offering another Plant ID workshop during our monthly meeting. This year, we will focus on reviewing several plant families that are in full bloom this time of year and then work through a few of the more common species together using the Jepson Desert Manual. Feel more than welcome to bring that species that has been stumping you this spring. We can all learn together how that stumper keys out. If you have the following, please bring along: hand lens, Jepson Desert Manual, and dissecting tools. We will provide several dissecting scopes, dissecting tools, and other technical keys that are more cumbersome to carry.