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Northern Nevada Meetings are held in Reno the first Thursday of February, March, April, May, September, October, and November, from 7-9 pm, We meet in the UNR herbarium, room 300 of Fleischman Agriculture, at the University of Nevada. This is just north of the intersection of 9th St. and Evans Ave. The elevator is located at the east end of the building. You can park just east of this in the lot on the southeast corner of Evans and Record Way. Social time starts at 7 pm and the program will start at 7:30 pm. If you would like to join any of the speakers for dinner beforehand, meet at the 2nd floor food court in the Joe Crowley Student Union at 5:30 pm. Visitor parking for the student union is available in the parking garage and lot near 15th and Virginia. Program Coordinator: Jan Nachlinger (775-849-2804, jangr8basn@charter.net)

Southern Nevada Meetings are held in Henderson the first Monday of every month (unless otherwise noted when holidays fall on first Mondays), from 6:30-7:30 pm, at the U.S. Geological Survey office at 160 N. Stephanie Street. Program Coordinator: Lesley DeFalco (ldefalco@usgs.gov). If you would like to receive email updates for southern Nevada events, please email and request to be added to the list

Field trips occur throughout spring, summer, and early fall to local and regional areas of botanical interest. Most are on Saturdays, with occasional overnight or weekday events, and are at participants' sole risk. Themes include plant identification, photography, wildflower displays, ecology, rare and endangered species conservation, and weed control.
 
There is often an August potluck and social at a park or arboretum in the Reno area.
 
A seed exchange program occurs as members have the time and ability to gather, process, and package seeds. Packets of numerous native species have been made available for the cost of postage.
 
The Nevada Rare Plant Workshop, co-sponsored with the Nevada Natural Heritage Program, takes place yearly the first week of April in either Carson City or Las Vegas. This two-day workshop gathers botanical experts and resource professionals from throughout the west to discuss current and new information on Nevada's rarest plant species, and to review and recommend conservation priorities for those species. Contact the Rare Plant Committee for further information: Jim Morefield (rareplants@nvnps.org, 775-684-2902); Fred Edwards (702-515-5258).
 
Classes and workshops sponsored by other groups.


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2017 Meetings

SPRING PROGRAMS
January, 2017: Henderson - no meeting scheduled. Have a Happy New Year!

February 2nd, 2017: Reno - Janel Johnson, Botanist and Wetland Ecologist with the Nevada Natural Heritage Program, will give apresentation on 2016's phenomenal Carson Valley monkeyflower super-bloom.

February 6th, 2017: Henderson - Melissa Sanders with Great Basin Institute and Southern Nevada Office of BLM will present her talk entitled "Seeds of Success and the Federal Native Plant Materials Development Program in Southern Nevada".
 
March 2nd, 2017: Reno - Annie Overlin, UNR Research Scientist, will give a talk entitled "Revegetation of an agricultural wetland: utilizing seed bank and response to biomass management to inform restoration and management". 

March 6th, 2017: Henderson - Dr. Jim Boone, Ecologist and founder of BirdandHike.com will present his talk entitled "Gold Butte and the Biology of Elevation Gradients".
 
April 3rd, 2017: Henderson - Mary Poelman, recent graduate from University of Wyoming will present on her thesis "Investigation into the Long-term Persistence of Cultivars along a 30-year Restoration Chronosequence"
 
April 6th, 2017: Reno - Arnold "Jerry" Tiehm, Herbarium Curator at UNR's Museum of Natural History, will provide the program on 2016's botanical surprises from northwestern Nevada. Title to be announced.
 
May 1st, 2017: Henderson, Lesley DeFalco, Research Plant Ecologist from US Geological Survey, Henderson Field Office will present "Our endangered Amargosa niterwort (Nitrophila mohavensis): how does it survive under stressful conditions at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada"
 
May 11th, 2017: Reno - Annual Garden Party. Join John Weiser at his dry land rock garden in Sparks, Nevada. The garden features many native species of desert, mountain, and steppe plants from across the west with extensive collections of Eriogonum, Penstemon, and cactus species. The party begins at 5:00 pm and goes until dark (in other words, until you can't see your hand in front of your face). Bring light snacks to share (utensils and beverages will be provided). Photos of the garden can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUYdCwW. John's address is 485 O'Brien Way Sparks, NV https://goo.gl/maps/r2sD8uUE7Rm. Contact John Weiser - johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485 - for any questions.
 
June 5th, 2017: Henderson, Southern Nevada Spring Photo- and Plant-share meeting. Bring in the best photos of native/unusual plants that you saw so far this spring (20-30 pics/person) to share with others. Please compile them on a USB drive and we will project them on the screen for all to view. Also, if you have live/dried plants that you can't seem to identify, or you have an unusual species to share, bring them along, too! We will have a dissection microscope and plant guides to highlight key characteristics so we can all learn how to identify them in the field.
 

July and August, 2017: Henderson and Reno - Summer Break! No meetings scheduled. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

September 11, 2017: Henderson, Nicole Hupp, Ecologist with National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring Program will present. Title to be announced. Please note the change in meeting from the first to the second Monday for this month due to the Labor Day holiday on the 4th.
 

 

 

2016 Meetings

FALL PROGRAMS
September 1, 2016: Reno - Julie Carville, author of Lingering in Tahoe’s Wild Gardens and Hiking Tahoe’s Wildflower Trails will feature her new book titled Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails. The book includes 21 scenic wildflower trails along with a wildflower and tree guide with color photographs. She will have books available for purchase (think "Christmas gift!").
 
September 12, 2016: Henderson - Dr. Elisabeth Hausrath (Associate Professor, Department of Geoscience, UNLV) will present her research on Interactions of snow algae, minerals and microorganisms in low-nutrient snowy environments. Please note change of meeting date from the first Monday to second Monday due to the holiday.
 
October 3, 2016: Henderson - John Jones will present "Invasive Weed Priorities for Southern Nevada". The Southern Nevada Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) is a partnership of agencies, landowners and organizations working together to address invasive weed issues in our area.  Chair John Jones will present an introduction to the CWMA and the priority weed species that pose a threat to native plants and ecosystems as well as to our communities and agriculture.

October 6, 2016: Reno - Mare Nazaire, a 2011 recipient of NNPS' Margaret Williams Research Grant will give the evening presentation. The title of her talk is Diversification in Mertensia (Boraginaceae), with emphasis on Nevada's species.

November 3, 2016: Reno - Annual election of society officers; Brian Smithers, PhD candidate in Ecology at UC Davis and a recipient of NNPS' Margaret Williams Research Grant, will speak on Tree Species Range Shifts Above Treeline in the Great Basin and Our Disappearing Alpine Habitat.
 
SPRING PROGRAMS
February 4, 2016: Reno - Kevin Burls and/or Cynthia Scholl will present a program titled Nevada Bugs and Butterflies: Celebrating the invertebrates of the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada. This will be of interest to members of the plant society whom are often heard exclaiming "Who is that lovely pollinator?" 

March 3, 2016: Reno - Sarah Kulpa (Botanist, USFWS) and Erin Hourihan (Ecological Site Inventory Specialist, NRCS) will present a talk entitled, Why Should We Care about Soils and Native Plants.
 
April 7, 2016: Reno - Lea Condon, a 2013 recipient of NNPS' Margaret Williams Research Grant will give the talk entitled, Biological Soil Crusts of the Great Basin: An Examination of their Distribution, Recovery and Influences on Native Plant Communities Following Fire
Join Lea and Jan (Program Chair) for dinner at 5:30 prior to the meeting at Grate Full Gardens, 55 So. Virginia Street.

May 5, 2016: Reno - Our annual Garden Party will be held at the Pollinator Garden in the quad behind our normal meeting building at Fleishmann Ag on UNR campus. Starts at 5:30 pm, bring a hand lens, folding chair or lawn blanket, finger food to share, and your own beverage.

June  6, 2016: Henderson - Jaina Moan, Executive Director of Friends of Gold Butte, will present "Protecting Nevada's Piece of the Grand Canyon: An Update from Gold Butte".

 

2015 Meetings

FALL PROGRAMS
November 5, 2015: Reno - John Weiser, NNPS member and avid native plant gardener, will show highlights from the annual Eriogonum Society meeting field trips, which will be held in late July in the Reno vicinity, along with highlights from other NNPS field trips of the season.

October 1, 2015: Reno - Sarah Barga, UNR graduate student and recipient of the Margaret Williams Research Grant. She will present a program about her research on The Ecology of Great Basin Forbs.

September 3, 2015: Reno - Bill Harnach, NNPS member and Sierra Valley resident, will give a presentation on the rich flora of Sierra Valley. Sierra Valley is a huge down-faulted basin with Great Basin-like sagebrush vegetation but west-side Sierran hydrology which flows into the Feather River system. Come join us for our first fall meeting and program of the year.

PAST PROGRAMS

May 7, 2015: Reno - Notice: Change of venue due to wet weather! Tina Nappe has offered the use of her home (615 Robinson Court) as an alternate location. Map - Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Picnic and last gathering during the spring. Come celebrate the Nevada Native Plant Society's 40th Anniversary! We'll meet at the picnic tables south of the entrance to the Arboretum Loop near the east parking area on San Rafael Drive, anytime after 5 pm until dusk. Bring a dish or a beverage to share, your own tableware, and a folding chair, if you desire. There will be a special NNPS anniversary cake for everyone.

April 2, 2015: Reno - Steve Matson, Botanical photographer extraordinaire contributing to CalPhotos, will give a presentation titled Botanizing Big Pine.

March 5, 2015: Reno - Israel (Temitope) Borokini, UNR graduate student, will present The African death tree is dying about a species native to his homeland, Nigeria. Join us prior to the meeting at 5:30pm for dinner at Gratefull Gardens on the second floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union located just southeast of Lawlor Events Center and near the Virginia Street parking garage.

February 5, 2015: Reno - Dr. Beth Leger, UNR Associate Professor and Associate Director of Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Graduate Program, will present a talk entitled What can we learn from dry, dead plants? Why we all should contribute specimens to our local herbarium.


2014 Meetings

February 6, 2014: Reno - Gary Monroe, NNPS member and avid photographer, will present his botanical images from recent field trips with the Eriogonum Society and Penstemon Society.

March 6, 2014: Reno - Tom Schweich, an independent botanist living in the California Bay Area is currently studying the flora of the Mono Basin. He will provide a presentation on his project, A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.

April 3, 2014: Reno - Kara Moore, U.C. Davis, will give a presentation on Reproductive biology, species interactions, and long term monitoring of rare plants at Ash Meadows.

May 1, 2014: Reno - John Weiser, gardener and NNPS Field Trip Coordinator in Reno, will host our annual local garden meeting at his home featuring numerous species of Eriogonum, Penstemon, and cacti. John's address is 485 O'Brien Way, Sparks, and it starts at 5 pm so come early to enjoy the sunshine. He will have non-alcoholic beverages (iced tea, coffee, water) and there will be an ice cooler available for those who bring sodas, wine or beer. Bring snacks or finger food to share and he will have paper plates, glasses and eating utensils there. Bring a camera for the photography opportunities. Please contact John at johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485 for any questions. 

September 4, 2014: Reno - Jan Nachlinger will give a talk entitled Alpine environments, flora, and the GLORIA project in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin.

October 2, 2014: Reno - Janel Johnson will present photos from the cactus field trip in May.

November 6, 2014: Reno - Tom Schuster (Dipl.Ing.), NNPS member, adventurer, and landscape architecture engineer, will present images of Sierran Alpine Flora and Fauna (Mt Rose, Freel Peak, Castle Peak).

Upcoming Events

NNPS has several opportunities this summer to participate in local events where we can sell books and recruit new members.  Since NNPS is supported entirely through membership dues, donations, and book sales, this it's very important to attend these events and get our name and products out to a wider audience.  If you would like to help with an event, even if it's just for a couple of hours, please contact the person listed for the event.

June 1st ♦ Plant sale at the Wilbur D May Arboretum  NNPS will have a table at the sale.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Pat Neyman at pf41n@yahoo.com
 
June 9th ♦ Native Species Day at Taylor Creek Visitor Center, South Lake Tahoe.  NNPS will have booth at this event.  If you would like to volunteer to help at the booth, please contact Cheryl Beyer at ltbmu.botanist.cherylbeyer@gmail.com.
 
Thank you,
Janel

2013 Meetings

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."

 

Southern Nevada

 

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.  

 

 

 

 


Fall 2012 Meetings

September 6, 2012: Reno - Jackee Picciani, local botanical consultant, will present the evening program titled Churchill Narrows Buckwheat: "Discovery" and Subsequent Investigation. 

September 10, 2012: Henderson - To be announced.

October 1, 2012: Henderson - Doug Merkler with NRCS will give a presentation on some of his recent projects.  Title to be announced.

October 4, 2012: Reno - Dr. Robbin Thorp, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, will discuss his expertise in a talk entitled “Bees: Their diversity and lifestyles”  making an argument for their importance to plants and need for conservation.

November 1, 2012: Reno - Ann Pinzl, long standing member of NNPS and botanist, will give a program on her recent travels to desert regions of southern Africa. Join her for the talk entitled "Maybe not all deserts are that similar? A look at Botswana and Namibia". 

November 5, 2012: Henderson - Julie Thompson with the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, based in Ely, NV, will present some of their recent projects. Title to be announced.

December 3, 2012: Henderson - Annual holiday potluck and member slide shows!

Spring 2012 Meetings

February 2, 2012:  Reno - Michelle Hunt with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Reno will present "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitat & Outdoor Classroom Program".

February 6, 2012: Henderson -Daniel Thompson, Ph.D, Life Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas will present "The Influence of Host Plant Characteristics on Endemic Butterflies of the Spring Mountains."  An overview of new information about locations of butterfly eggs, larvae, and adults and the ecological characteristics of their host plants.  Case studies of several threatened endemic butterflies of the Spring Mountains will illustrate how key features of host plant distributions and ecology influence butterfly habitat suitability. 

March 1, 2012: Reno - Dean Tonenna, botanist with BLM Carson City District, will give a presentation on "A survey of BLM conservation projects in western Nevada and eastern California".

March 5, 2012: Henderson - Gary Reese will give a presentation on "Endemic Gypsum Badlands Plants on the Middle Red Member of the Moenkopi Formation." 

April 5, 2012: Reno - Jerry Tiehm and Jan Nachlinger will feature a program on interesting plants and habitats in southern Nevada from several trips taken early and late in the 2005 floriferous field season. NOTE MEETING ROOM FOR THE APRIL MEETING. We will meet in Room 104 of the Knutsen Resources Center at 1000 Valley Road. This is one building north of where we have been meeting. Enter from the courtyard on the south side of the building.

April 9, 2012: Henderson - Asteraceae identification workshop - co-led by local members.  We will briefly review the important characteristics to observe in identifying Asteraceae and then work together in identifying a few specimens as a group and on our own.  Please bring any spring specimens that you may like assistance in identifying.  Also, bring a loop and any identification books you prefer to use.  We will bring several copies of Jepson, Intermountain Flora, and Utah Flora as well as other useful identification aides at our disposal. 

May 3, 2012: Reno - Carol and Howard Thomas, past President and past Vice President of NNPS, respectively, will graciously host members at their home and garden in Verdi. They’ve emphasized native plantings including Penstemon and Eriogonum species, cold hardy cacti, alpine rock garden species, and they also have a vegetable garden. Please email them at plantweaver@sbcglobal.net or call 775-345-0161 for directions. Be there at 6 pm with a potluck dish and beverages to share for a fun evening.

May 7, 2012: Henderson - "Succession after Disturbance in the Mojave." Cayenne Engel with the UNLV Applied Ecology Research Group will be describing patterns her research group have observed about changes in the plant communities and soil structure after two major types of distubances: post-fire (over 30 years), and areas that were formerly submerged by Lake Mead.  The focus of the work is to examine the processes for native plant recruitment, concurrent dynamics of invasive species encroachment, and how the altered environment may affect these dynamics.

June 4, 2012: Henderson - Ben Jurard with the UNLV Applied Ecology Reserach Group will present the results of his Master's thesis investigating the longevity of red brome seeds in soil seed banks and the dynamics of seed densities after wildlifes.  His research explored several untested aspects of the seed bank characteristics of red brome (Bromus rubens), an invasive winter annual grass in southwestern arid lands.

Seed Swap at Full Circle Compost, March 3, 2012

Full Circle compost will hold their annual seed swap on Saturday, March 3, 2012. They will also have workshops on topics such as: growing native wildflower seeds in your garden, building raised beds, and preparing your soil.  Click here for details.

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