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Basin & Range National Monument Bioblitz, June 4-6, 2021

The Basin and Range National Monument is hosting a Bioblitz in June to gather data about the biodiversity of the monument. Created in 2015, the monument includes elements of both Great Basin and Mojave ecosystems and includes varied terrain of mountains, hills, and valleys. The area has not been extensively surveyed in the past so there are many discoveries waiting to be made.

There will be a group camping area (location TBD) and daily treks with biologists and botanists. The area has no services, the nearest gas, motel, and food is in Alamo to the south. It also has no water sources so be prepared for dry camping.

Join the project for updates (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/basin-and-range-national-monument-bioblitz-2021) or contact Alicia Styles (astyles@blm.gov) for more information.

Pollinator Day 2018

This year Pollinator Day will be the same day as Museum Day at UNR, May 5th from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be booths in the Fleischman Ag quad, near the native plant garden, and all 12 museums on campus are open to the public. Watch this page for more details.

2018 American Penstemon Society Grants

The American Penstemon Society is seeking proposals for their 2018 Grants program.

The purpose of the APS Special Projects Program is to stimulate activities that promote knowledge and appreciation of Penstemons. The Society is particularly interested in funding projects that:
1) Promote conservation of Penstemon species in the wild, especially rare or sensitive ones, through understanding of factors that affect their survival, or
2) Promote appreciation for the diversity and beauty of Penstemons in wild and domestic landscapes, through horticultural research, dissemination of information of interest to gardeners, or the construction or enhancement of educational display gardens.

Submit proposals to Dorothy Tuthill via email (dtuthill@uwyo.edu) or mail no later than March 15, 2018.

Visit Penstemons.org for more information

Graduate student scholarship grant

In addition to the program described above, we are pleased to announce a new program for graduate students researching Penstemon-related topics, with a maximum award of $2000. Full details of this program, including instructions for proposal submission, are available at http://penstemons.org/index.php/society/22-grants.

2016 Pollinator Week Event

Come celebrate pollinators of Nevada at the UNR Biggest Little Pollinator Garden on June 22, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!  Located in the courtyard of the Fleischmann Agriculture building at the south end of the UNR campus!  We'll have garden tours, pollinator talks from local experts, native bee and butterfly specimens, a bug petting zoo, poster and plant giveaways, native bee house making, and more! We can't wait and hope to see many of you there!

June Announcements

NV Bugs and Butterflies t-shirt design
Nevada Bugs and Butterflies (our February 2016 presenter) is raising funds for their pollinator education program. Supporters receive a t-shirt that highlights 15 types of bees that are native to Northern Nevada. The t-shirt campaign closes on June 23rd, so don't miss out. Visit https://www.booster.com/nevadabees to get your t-shirt and donate.

Julie Carville, author of Lingering in Tahoe’s Wild Gardens and Hiking Tahoe’s Wildflower Trails is publishing a new book titled Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails. The book features 21 scenic wildflower trails along with a wildflower and tree guide with color photographs.  Available June 7, 2016, Retails for $29.95. Julie will be visiting Reno area book stores on June 11th and is the speaker for our September meeting. Contact: Julie Carville, mtngypsypress@gmail.com, 530-265-4741.

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