2003 ACTIVITIES

  • Wednesday January 8, 8 pm - Monthly program: slide talk by Dr. John Callaway, USF, "Restoring Functioning Salt Marshes: The Importance of Plant Diversity" The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-7190
  • Saturday January 25 - Western lily workday at Table Bluff. Dave Imper, 444.2756.
  • Saturday February 8 - Western lily workday at Table Bluff. Dave Imper, 444.2756.
  • Wednesday February 12, 8 pm - Monthly program: slide talk by Michaela Walston, "Medicinal Uses of Native Plants".The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-7190
  • Sunday February 16, 1-5 pm - Arts-'n-crafts: Make your own giant papier maché Darlingtonia to brandish in this year's All Species Parade. Carol Ralph will furnish the materials ans show you how. Call her at 822-2015, and she'll tell you where to meet.
  • Saturday February 22, all day - Coastal Trail, from lagoon to Requa. Appx. 3 miles total, some uphill. Carpool 8 am from Pacific Union School in Arcata, 3001 Janes Rd. or meet at the trailhead. Bring lunch, raingear. Carol Ralph, 822-2015.
  • Saturday March 8, 9:30 to noon - Plant Propagation Workshop led by HSU's Bill Weigle at the campus greenhouse. Learn how the pros do it. Registration required; limited to 15 participants. $15 donation requested. 822-2015.
  • Sunday March 9, 1 pm - Early Spring plant walk in Trinidad, featuring fetid adder's tongue, skunk cabbage, milkmaids, coltsfoot, etc. Trinidad State Beach, in town off Stagecoach Road. Larry Levine, 822-7190.
  • Wednesday March 12, 8 pm - Monthly program: slide talk by Andrea Pickart and Gordon Leppig, "Wetland Plants of Humboldt County". The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-7190
  • Sunday March 16, 10 am - Willow walk at Elk River Slough. Bring a hand lens if you have one. Meet at the CalTrans park-and-ride lot, west side of Hwy. 101 at the Elk River Road exit just south of Eureka. Larry Levine, 822-7190.
  • Saturday March 22, all day - LAKE EARL AREA DAY HIKE
    Botanize the coastal forest, dunes, and wetlands on trails from the headquarters of the Lake Earl Wildlife Management Area. We'll walk 4-6 miles. We might find calypso orchids. After (or before) we'll check the center where much of the Aleutian Goose Festival is happening. Meet at Pacific Union School in Arcata at 8:00 am or elsewhere if you arrange it. Be ready for any weather and bring lunch. Please tell Carol Ralph you are coming 822-2015.
  • Friday March 28 - Redwood Field Guide Survey Trip to Redwood National Park (Melissa Brooks). Gas, food, and camping fees subsidized by a BLM grant. All levels of botanical knowledge welcome. Please contact Melissa Brooks at 707-269-1382 or mbrookshumboldt1.com to sign up or for more details.
  • Saturday March 29 - Redwood Field Guide Survey Trip to Grizzly Creek State Park (Melissa Brooks). Gas, food, and camping fees subsidized by a BLM grant. All levels of botanical knowledge welcome. Please contact Melissa Brooks at 707-269-1382 or mbrookshumboldt1.com to sign up or for more details.
  • Sunday March 30, 10 am - Plant walk ... early spring in the Arcata Community Forest, featuring trillium, coltsfoot, and more. Meet at the Trail #9 parking lot, opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Road, which begins just east of 7th and Union Streets. Led by Larry Levine (822-7190).
  • Wednesday April 9, 8 pm - Monthly program: Ron Nelson, videographer, presents a broom and gorse control video -- one of a series of videos on invasives. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-7190
  • Friday/Sunday April 11-13 - Redwood Field Guide Survey Trip to Big Basin State Park, Santa Cruz Co. Led by Kim Hayler. Gas, food, and camping fees subsidized by a BLM grant. All levels of botanical knowledge welcome. Please contact Melissa Brooks at 707-269-1382 or mbrookshumboldt1.com to sign up or for more details.
  • Saturday/Sunday April 12-13, 9 am-4 pmVegetation Sampling Workshops - two-day training in new efficient methods for describing and mapping plant communities, useful for conservation and management ... Saturday at Dry Lagoon, Sunday at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Pacific Union School, Arcata (Janes and Upper-Bay Roads). Contact Tony LaBanca, 441-2098 if you wish to participate. Additional sessions are scheduled for June 21-22 on inland serpentine.
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  • Sunday April 20, 1 pm - Wildflower walk in grand fir forest near Hydesville, hosted by landowners Bill and Linda Shapeero. Their small property contains a greater variety of species than the trailsides in most public natural areas. From Eureka, take 101 south past Fortuna to a left turn at Drake Hill Road, then right at Rohnerville Road 1.7 miles to Puddin Lane, on the left at the bottom of the gulch. Follow signs to Shapeero. The ground may be damp, so bring boots or old shoes. Led by Larry Levine. For information call 822-7190 or 768-3287
  • Sunday April 27 - ALDERPOINT DAY HIKE
    Spring wildflowers, the hybrid "oracle oak," and good company are guaranteed on this day hike (about 4 miles round trip) on a railroad track from Alderpoint along the Eel River to Cain Rock. Redwood Region Audubon is coming too! Last year golden fairy lanterns were abundant. Carol Ralph, David Fix, and Jude Power are leading a fun day of botanizing and birding (Rufous-crowned Sparrow). Meet at 8:30 AM at the Sentry Market in Garberville. Bring sunscreen and hat (Imagine!), water, lunch, and sturdy shoes. Possibly return as early as midafternoon. For information or to tell us you are coming, call Carol Ralph (822-2015).
  • Friday/Sunday May 2-4 - Annual Spring Wildflower Show at the Humboldt County Office of Education. 822-7190
  • Saturday May 10 - SOUTH FORK TRAIL DAY HIKE
    May 10, Saturday. Join a foray to this inland wildflower destination along the South Fork Trinity River. The trail traverses oak woodland, mixed evergreen forest, and rocky slopes. The last mile of the 3.5 miles to the river crossing is narrow on a steep slope, but no one has to go all the way. Meet at Pacific Union School in Arcata at 7:30 am (to get to trailhead 9:30). Be ready for sun and warmth or cool and damp; bring plenty of lunch and water; wear sturdy shoes. Please tell Carol Ralph you are coming (822-2015).
  • Sunday May 11, 1 pm - Salt marsh and dunes walk at the Elk River Wildlife Area, featuring the rare Humboldt Bay owls's clover and more. Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot, west side of Hwy. 101 at Elk River Road, the first exit south of Eureka. Led by Larry Levine (822-7190).
  • Wednesday May 14, 8 pm - Monthly program: Karen Gaffney of Circuit Riders Productions, a service organization in northern Sonoma County, presents a slide talk about how giant reed grass Arundo donax is being controlled in the Russian River watershed. Karen's talk will cover research and mapping, landowner outreach and education, and removal and restoration.
    The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-7190
  • Saturday/Sunday May 17-18 - Redwood Field Guide Survey Trip inland Mendocino redwoods (Colette Beaupré). Gas, food, and camping fees subsidized by a BLM grant. All levels of botanical knowledge welcome. Please contact Melissa Brooks at 707-269-1382 or mbrookshumboldt1.com to sign up or for more details.
  • Sunday May 18th, 10 am - wildflower walk from the top of Table Bluff down to the beach. Meet south of the bay, at the road gate near the end of Hookton Road. For information call Larry Levine at 822-7190.
  • Sunday May 25, 10 am - Wildflower walk at Elk Head, Trinidad, led by Larry Levine. A plant list is available. Meet at the College Cove parking lot, on Stagecoach Road, north of Anderson Lane. 822-7190
  • Saturday May 31, all day - Rare Plant Monitoring Work Day ... annual and biennial monitoring of several rare and endangered species in conjunction with the USFWS. One or two hours required per site; no botanical experience necessary to participate. Bring work gloves and a lunch. Meet 9 am at the south end of Bayshore Mall parking lot. For info, contact David Imper at 825-5112 or David Loya at 834-5013.
  • Sunday June 1, 10 am - Wildflowers, ferns, and trees of the Arcata Community Forest. Meet at the Trail #9 parking lot, opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Road, which begins just east of 7th and Union Streets. (822-7190).
  • Saturday/Monday June 7-9 - Redwood Field Guide Survey Trip coastal Mendocino redwoods (David Loya). Gas, food, and camping fees subsidized by a BLM grant. All levels of botanical knowledge welcome. Please contact Melissa Brooks at 707-269-1382 or mbrookshumboldt1.com to sign up or for more details.
  • Sunday June 8, 10 am - Coastal plant walk in McKinleyville, led by Birgit Semsrott. Meet at Hiller Park, on Hiller Rd., west of the old "downtown" shopping center. 825-0680
  • Saturday/Sunday, June 14,15 - GROVES' PRAIRIE DAY HIKE AND CAMPOUT
    Step back to early spring by going up in elevation to Groves' Prairie in the Lower Trinity District of Six Rivers National Forest. This modest-sized prairie, surrounded by old growth Douglas fir, has been restored with native grasses. We'll see how it worked. Pussy ears and pussy paws should be in the prairie too; corn lily and other riparian species along the creek; good variety of forest floor flowers under the big trees. A trail circles through the big trees and surrounding second growth. The campground has vault toilets (no running water); the creek supplies water (that should be treated if for drinking). Meet at Pacific Union School in Arcata at 8:30 am or arrange another place. Come for just the day or stay for a campfire supper and night under the stars. It's about a 2-hour drive from Arcata, through Willow Creek. Call Carol Ralph 822-2015 for information, directions, menu coordination, and to tell her you are coming.
  • Sunday June 15, 2002, 10 am - Plant walk on the trail leading to Headwaters Forest. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Elk River Road, first freeway exit south of Eureka. Note: Elk River Road starts with a right turn near the freeway, and will fork to the right later on. Be sure to watch the road signs at intersections. For info call 822-7190.
  • Saturday/Sunday, June 21-22, 9 am-4 pmVegetation Sampling Workshops - two-day training in new efficient methods for describing and mapping plant communities, useful for conservation and management. Focus: inland serpentine. Contact Tony LaBanca, 441-2098 if you wish to participate.
  • Sunday June 22th, 10 am - later-in-season repeat of a wildflower walk from the top of Table Bluff down to the beach OR maybe a somewhat different itinerary. Plant list available. Meet south of the bay, at the road gate near the end of Hookton Road. For information call Larry Levine at 822-7190.
  • Sunday June 29th, 1 pm - Kneeland wildflower walk hosted by landowners John and Julie Bair, whose 60 acre property includes ungrazed meadows, forest, woodlands, outcrops, and more. The walk will last approximately two hours, and may require a moderate level of exertion. Hiking shoes are recommended. Bring a snack and a beverage. Meet 1 pm at Freshwater Farms Nursery, on Myrtle Ave, just south of Freshwater Road, for a 1/2 hour drive to the property.
  • Sunday July 6, 10 am - Visit the Bracut salt marsh restoration area, with Stephanie Morrissette, a botanist with Mad River Biologists. See the rare Point Reyes bird's beak and Humboldt Bay owl's clover both in bloom. Meet 10 am at the parking lot of the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center on South G Street. 839-0900
  • Saturday July 12 - HORSE AND GROUSE MOUNTAIN BUTTERFLY DAY TRIP - Join entomologist Pete Haggard as we travel to sunny, inland, upper elevation areas in search of butterflies. Since flowers attract butterflies, we'll be looking for the flowers too. We will do short walks at various stops up to 5,400 ft elevation. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and layers of clothing to be ready for anything. Meet in front of the Village Pantry coffee shop on Giuntoli Lane in Arcata at 9:00am. We plan to return to Arcata by 4:00 pm. This is a joint outing of Redwood Region Audubon Society and North Coast Chapter CNPS. Call Tom Leskiw 442-5444 for more information.
  • Sunday July 13, 10 am - Trinidad Head plant walk, cosponsored with the Trinidad Museum Society. This mostly botanical walk around the Head also includes some history. Meet at the beach parking lot. 822-7190 or 677-0716.
  • Sunday July 20, 10 am - Wildflowers, ferns, and trees of the Arcata Community Forest. Sunday being the official start of "Weed Week," we'll probably also have an eye out for invasive or potentially invasive exotics. Meet at the Trail #9 parking lot, opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Road, which begins just east of 7th and Union Streets. (822-7190).
  • Sunday July 27, 10 am - "Summer Color in Salt Marsh and Sand," wildflower walk at the Elk River Wildlife Area. Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot, west side of Hwy. 101 at Elk River Road, the first exit south of Eureka. (822-7190).
  • Saturday July 26, 10 am to 4 pm - Wildlife and Native Plant Garden Tour, fundraiser cosponsored with the Redwood Region Audubon Society. Visit nine showcase gardens plus a native plant nursery. $15 per person; tickets on sale at Freshwater Farms, Miller Farms, North Coast Environmental Center, Pierson's Garden Shop, Strictly for the Birds, and through CNPS or RRAS. [schedule] [ticket order form]
  • Sunday August 3, 10 am - Summer wildflower walk at Elk Head, Trinidad. A plant list is available. Meet at the College Cove parking lot, on Stagecoach Road, north of Anderson Lane. 822-7190
  • Sunday August 10, 10 am - Grass walk on the Hammond Trail in McKinleyville ... an easy introduction to the common and mostly non-native wild grasses. Nimble fingers and a hand lens useful but not required. Participants can collect samples of the more common species, and mount them on construction paper for future reference. Meet at the trail parking area several blocks west of the Murray Road freeway exit. 822-7190
  • Saturday, August 16, 10:00-12:30 - plant walk sponsored by Friends of the Dunes, "Summer Plants & Sand," at the Lanphere Dunes, led by Chris Chalfant. Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Road, Arcata. (444-1397)
  • Saturday/Sunday, August 16-17 - GROVES' PRAIRIE II, DAY HIKE AND CAMPOUT. A different palette of flowers awaits us in late summer, as well as the seed pods of the flowers we saw in June. Meet at Pacific Union School in Arcata at 8:30 am or arrange another place. Come for just the day or stay for a campfire supper and night under the stars. Call Carol Ralph 822-2015 for info, directions, menu coordination, and to tell her you are coming.
  • Sunday August 31, 10 am - plant walk: streamside, brackish and fresh water plants, along the beach and Widow White Creek in McKinleyville, led by Stephanie Morrissette of Mad River Biologists. Bring boots or shoes that can get wet. Meet at the trail parking area several blocks west of the Murray Road freeway exit. (839-4365)
  • Sunday September 7, 10 am - composite (Sunflower Family) wildflower walk, led by Sunny Bennett. Bring a hand lens if you have one. See over 20 species. Meet at the beach parking lot at the far end of Mad Rive Road. Nearest freeway exit is Giuntoli Road in Arcata. (839-1980)
  • Wednesday September 10, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: Local botanist Matt Richmond will present a slide show of his trip to Tasmania and New Zealand, where he recently spent several weeks backpacking the countryside and photographing the native flora. Plan to see landscape images from beach and alpine forests, and photographs of many indigenous species from these unique and richly diverse areas. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-7190
  • Saturday/Sunday September 20/21, 10 am to 4 pm - our semi-annual native plant sale at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes. Rd in Arcata (near Mad River Hospital), featuring California natives suitable for local gardens: shrubs, trees, ferns, and herbaceous perennials. (839-1980)
  • Saturday September 27, 9-5 pm - workshop: Introduction to the Coastal Carex of Northwestern California, at Humboldt State University. Instructors: Gordon Leppig, Tony LaBanca, and Clare Golec. Participants should bring dissection equipment, including extra-fine forceps; a Jepson Manual, and a lunch.Look for more information and registration material in the August 2003 Humboldt State University Natural History Museum Program Guide or call Spring Garrett at 826-4479.
    "Sedges (Carex) are the largest genus of flowering plants in California, the largest genus of wetland indicators in the state and have more rare taxa than any other genus on the northcoast. This workshop is an intensive immersion into sedge morphology, keying, and the identification and ecology of local coastal taxa. This workshop will begin with a basic review of sedge biology and morphology, and then the rest of the day will be spend dissecting and keying specimens in the laboratory using a microscope and the Jepson Manual. Much material will be available for review, dissection, and comparison. This workshop is geared for beginners, but all ages and levels of caricology may find it profitable."
  • Sunday September 28 - day trip: a "Wetland Wander" at Dry Lagoon, focused on the sedge family. Meet the bulrushes. See two species of Eleocharis and four of Scirpus! Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd) in Arcata at 10 am. Bring lunch, clothes for being outside, and be prepared to wade (rubber boots or old sneakers). We'll return about 4 pm. Phone Gordon Leppig with questions 839-0458.
  • Saturday October 4 - day trip: "Back Side Of Horse Mountain". We'll start a botanical exploration at the East Fork Campground on 299 on the Willow Creek Side of Berry Summit, walking up the dirt roads toward the summit. We'll see a variety of conifers, hardwoods, and shrubs, and who-knows-what else. Meet at Pacific Union School at 8:30 am. Bring lunch, water, and outdoor clothing for the higher elevation there. We'll return by dark. Please call Carol Ralph to tell her you are coming or with questions, 822-2015.
  • Wednesday October 8, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: Peter Bruckner of the Salmon River Restoration Council presents a slide show on the council's community-based program to control noxious weeds. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-2015
  • Sunday November 2 - day trip: "Mt. Lassic Proposed Wilderness". We'll join an outing of the California Wild Heritage Campaign to see a hot spot of rare plants in pine and cedar forests, as well as sweeping views of the coast, Trinity Alps, and Yolla Bolly Mts., and probably some fall colors along the road up. The drive is 2 hrs. from Arcata to Dinsmore, plus 40 minutes up the mountain on dirt roads. Meet at Pacific Union School in Arcata at 8:00 am or at Dinsmore store at 10:00. Bring lunch and water and appropriate clothing for being outside. We'll do a couple of short hikes and head for home about 4 pm. Phone Mike Guerriero 777-3408 about the destination, Carol Ralph about arrangements 822-2015.
  • Wednesday November 12, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: The demise of a native conifer: Why we're losing Port Orford cedar to a non-native disease, Eric Jules, HSU Department of Biological Sciences. publicity flier [ pdf 160 KB]
    In 1952, a fatal disease was accidentally introduced into the range of Port Orford cedar. Since then, the disease, a close relative to Sudden Oak Death, has steadily marched across the cedar's range, causing alarm among land managers and nature lovers alike. The cedars play a critical role in several habitats of northern California, and the effects of losing the species are unknown but likely to be significant. Erik will describe the spread of the disease, discuss why it infects some places and not others, and assess the different methods for slowing the spread of the disease.
    At HSU, Erik teaches plant ecology, population ecology, and general education courses on environmental change in north america. His research interests focus on the effects of habitat fragmentation on understory plants, invasion ecology, and the effects of fire on plant communities. He has been conducting field research since 1992, mostly in the Siskiyou Mountains.
    The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-7190
  • Wednesday December 10, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: Susan McBride, the University of California Sea Grant Marine Advisor for Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, presents a slide talk on eelgrass, an underwater flowering plant which provides significant food and shelter for wildlife. Humboldt Bay supports over 4500 acres of the native eelgrass, Zostera marina. Susan will discuss results of a two-year study to measure and characterize the local eelgrass resource. She will also describe the accidental discovery and subsequent eradication of an exotic relative, Zostera japonica. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 839-0900
  • Saturday December 20, 10 am - 12 noon Plant Patterns In The Dunes. Join a Friends of the Dunes walk with ecologist Steve Norman in the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. On this 2-hour walk through beach pine forest, dune hollows, and dune mat Steve will point out plant patterns and what they can tell us about the history of the land forms and vegetation. Meet at 10 am at Pacific Union School to carpool to the refuge parking. Be prepared for whatever the weather offers that morning and 1-2 miles walking. For information call 822-2910.
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