Meetings and Events

2021NNPS MEETINGS

Joint Northern and Southern Nevada Zoom Meeting Schedule

September 8, 6:30 pm Speaker: Maria Jesus_"Worth more than gold: A vascular flora of the southern Inyo Mountains, Inyo County CA"
October 13, 6:30 pm Speaker: Peter Weisberg_ "Pinyon-juniper woodlands of the Great Basin: Taking the long view on past and future vegetation changes"
November 10, 6:30 pm ( NNPS elections held) Speaker: Sierra Sampson_ "Ethnobotany in Nevada"
Dec-Jan: no meeting
February 9, 2022, 6:30 pm Speaker: Lesley DeFalco_ "Restoration of Joshua Tree"

During 2020 NNPS held no meetings due to COVID restrictions at our meeting venues. The 2021 NNPS Board approved plans to begin a joint Northern/Southern Nevada meeting on-line in March, 2021. Meetings for this Fall have been moved to the 2nd Wednesday of September, October, and November. This has been done to resolve time conflicts with other meetings that occur the 1st week of the month. Zoom meetings begin with an open chat period at 6:30 pm, business meeting opens at 7 pm; the program commonly begins around 7:15 pm.

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.  

 

 

 

 


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