2011/2012 CALENDAR
North Coast Chapter - CNPS

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Evening programs featuring guest speakers are presented every second Wednesday, at Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, near 7th and Union. (except June-July-August). Refreshments 7:00, program at 7:30 p.m. No charge; everyone welcome. For more information about evening programs, contact Audrey Miller


North Coast Chapter field trips are bring-a-lunch, carpool facilitated affairs. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more information about field trips, contact Carol Ralph.


Two-hour walks take place in locations of interest from Ferndale to Trinidad, and are advertised through the mass media. Participants represent a broad range of interests and backgrounds, from casual tourists, to nature enthusiasts, amateur botanists, and people who work for land management agencies. For more information about plant walks, contact Carol Ralph.

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  • January 12, 2011 (Wednesday). - "Intimate Views of Golden Inside-out Flower and of the Dune Silver Bee" evening program, refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30
    HSU graduate students Brian Dykstra and Kim McFarland will share results of countless patient hours in beautiful mountains and in coastal dunes observing this rare native plant and this native bee. Brian has photos and videos of pollinators Kim followed the life cycle of this solitary ground-nesting bee, including its underground nest and its mating behavior. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • February 9, 2011 (Wednesday). - ""Chemicals-The Language of Plants" - - evening program, refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30
    Professor William Wood, HSU Chemical Ecologist, will discuss his research covering among other things floral odors, compounds in plants that are toxic, distasteful, inhibiting to growth of other plants and how plants keep colonies of ants. The talk will also cover how people have adapted the many chemicals used by plants for their own benefit. Many toxic compounds plants make to keep from being eaten have become human medicines. Floral odors are the basis of many perfumes. Colored plant compounds are used in dyeing food and clothing. Our present lifestyle could not exist without the chemicals we use from plants.Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • February 26, 2011 (Saturday) - Trinidad Head to Elk Head Day Hike - It will be dense, lush, coastal scrub, remnant coastal prairie, and spruce forest within sight or sound of the ocean all the way. We'll shuttle some cars to Elk Head parking lot, then walk Trinidad Head (Is the grape fern still there?), on through Trinidad State Beach (Is the slinkpod blooming yet? Any of the three species of currant?), on to Elk Head (Is there any footsteps of spring?), covering several miles on easy paths and seeing some heroic English ivy removal. Bring lunch and water and be ready to be outside all day. Return late afternoon. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 9 a.m. at the beach parking lot by Trinidad Head. For information and to say you are coming call Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • March 9, 2011 (Wednesday) - " Lassics Lupine: Taking the Pulse of a Rare Plant" - evening program, Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30 pm. The rocky, in parts barren, picturesque landscape of the Lassics is home to several exceedingly rare plants, including the Lassics lupine. This lupine is without question the rarest species in Northwestern California, and may be the most threatened. David Imper, Lisa Hoover and Sydney Carothers will summarize 9 years of research, spanning all aspects of its ecology and threats, beginning with its life history, wildlife depredations, soils, climate and light relationships, seed bank and germination studies, and more.
  • March 13, 2011 (Sunday), 1-3 pm - "Pussy Willows and Catkins at the Marsh". Join willow and riparian expert John Bair on a walk in Arcata Marsh to see these important early spring bloomers, the willows and alders. Learn other trees and shrubs and common trailside weeds as well. Meet at the Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 South G St., Arcata, ready to walk on the Marsh's trails. A hand lens or binoculars will be useful. 822-2015.
  • March 20, 2011 (Sunday) - Equinox in the Redwoods: Brown Creek-South Fork Trail Loop Day Hike - It's time to look for trillium! and hazelnut female flowers! and the first stream violet! Can we spot the false azalea and the western wahoo without their leaves? This roughly 4-mile hike in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a great place to look for early spring among the damp, winter green. Bring lunch and water; dress for a day in the shady redwoods. (Yes, consider gloves). Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Information: Carol Ralph 822-2015
  • April 2, 2011 (Saturday), 2-4 p.m. - "What's Blooming at Arcata Marsh?" Knowledgeable and lively docents Jennie Hanson and Rich Ridenhour will lead a walk focused on flowers on the paths of Arcata Marsh. Learn about some plant families, about flower parts, about native, non-native, and invasive species, and whatever else catches the eye of the participants. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh and the North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Meet at the Interpretive Center, 569 South G Street, Arcata. A hand lens or binoculars will be useful. For more information, call (707) 826-2359.
  • April 10, 2011 (Sunday). - Benbow to Garberville along the Eel River, Day Hike. - Where the South Fork Eel River swings away from Highway 101 between Benbow and Garberville is a trail through mixed evergreen forest and oak woodlands. We'll enjoy these inland habitats while they are cool and green. This is a true exploration, our first trip there, so we don't know what flowers we will find. We can be sure of 3 species of oaks and tan oak. We will leave some vehicles at Southern Humboldt Community Park and drive to Benbow to walk from that end. We will walk about 4 miles. Bring lunch and water. Dress for being outside all day whatever the weather. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9 a.m. at the Kohl's end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or about 10:15 a.m. in the Community Park. Return late afternoon. Important: Tell Carol you are coming (822-2015) so we can include you in the shuttle.
  • April 13, 2011 (Wednesday). - "Walter Earle's Favorite Native Plants for Our North Coast Gardens" - evening program, Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30 pm. Walter Earle and Margaret Graham have been growing native plants at Mostly Natives Nursery Tomales California. They specialize in plants that thrive in north coast gardens. Walter will share with us some of what they have learned about his favorite species for our coast-what sites they like, tricks about planting and caring for them, how to propagate them, and what wildlife they attract.
  • April 16, 2011 (Saturday), 9:00-1:00 p.m. - Earth Day English Ivy Removal, NPW - Help with invasive plant removal. Meet at the Beach Creek Group Camp. Five miles north of Trinidad exit on Patrick's Point Drive. Go south 3/4 mile, enter park on right, get free day-pass at kiosk, take first left, then second left. Bring clothing for all weather, including sun screen and rain gear. Gloves will be provided, but bring your own if you can. A picnic lunch will also be provided to all volunteers at the end of the morning. 707-677-1945.
  • April 17-23, 2011, - California Native Plant Week - First annual statewide event! In keeping with our local dedication to native plants, North Coast activities are TWO weeks long, from 4/16-5/1, and will are marked below by "NPW". (see home page for more local events!)
    CNPS Native Plant Week website
  • April 17, 2011 (Sunday). - "Native Plants in Yards and Forest" NPW 8:00-11:00 (a free Godwit Days field trip). A brisk, morning walk to see native plants used in landscaping, along the way to seeing them in that classic, northwest California habitat, the redwood forest. Walk from the Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back. Think about "What IS a native plant?" "Why plant natives in your yard?" "How do you mimic in a yard a wild, native habitat ?" Hopefully trillium will be blooming in the forest. About 3 miles walk on sidewalks and good paths. Leader: Carol Ralph. Presented by CNPS. 826-7050 to register for trip, or register for Godwit Days at www.godwitdays.com
  • April 18, 2011 (Monday), 7:30 p.m. - "Fast Times on Planet Earth" NPW, by Dan Gluesenkamp. Invasive turkeys! Sudden Oak Death! West Nile Virus and swine flu! Biological invasions are a phenomenon of growing importance, and affect everything we love -humans, food, nature, and history. This talk gives an overview of the biological invasion crisis, with case examples from Dan's research on wild turkeys and work restoring natural habitats, and discussing how medical analogies and systems can be applied to protecting nature. Finally, he will talk about the Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN), an initiative that coordinates and organizes Early Detection and Rapid Response to plant invasions across the nine counties which contact the San Francisco Bay. This "stitch-in-time" approach minimizes the environmental and economic damage caused by these invaders, educates citizens, and is an example of the change we need if we are to succeed in our conservation commitment. Dan Gluesenkamp directs Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch, and recently discovered an extinct manzanita near the Golden Gate Bridge. At the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Free. 707-822-2015.
  • April 23, 2011 (Saturday), 1-3 p.m. - "Ferns in and around the Dunes" NPW - with Carol Ralph. Prehistoric, persistent and lovely describes most ferns. Meet eight species and learn about their morphology, reproduction, and identification on a walk along the Lanphere Dunes entrance road. Bring a hand lens. Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Road in Arcata and carpool to the Lanphere Dunes. Please pre-register by calling 707-444-1397 or infofriendsofthedunes.org. Co-sponsored with Friends of the Dunes.
  • April 24, 2011 (Sunday). - "Flowers in a Fir Forest" NPW, 1-3 p.m. An easy plant walk near Hydesville, hosted by Bill and Linda Shapeero. A grand fir forest, stream, pasture, and pond offer a rich assortment of flowering herbaceous plants, including two trilliums, two fairy bells, two violets, skunk cabbage, delphinium, inside-out-flower, checker lily, redmaids, candyflower, and bleeding heart. From 101 at the south end of Fortuna, exit Kenmar Dr., go left under 101, right on Eel River Drive, left on Drake Hill Rd, right on Rohnerville Rd, and 1.7 miles to Puddin Lane at the bottom of a gulch. Follow signs to Shapeero. The ground may be damp. 707-768-3287 or 707-822-2015.
  • April 29-30, May 1 (Friday-Sunday). - "Spring Wildflower Show" NPW - ...the North Coast celebration of California wild plants. Volunteer! Call 707-822-2015.
  • May 7, 2011 (Saturday), 12:30-4:30 p.m.. - Stony Creek Half-day Hike. This famous and favorite botanical destination offers diverse, almost entirely native vegetation. Western azalea, Pacific rhododendron, Del Norte iris, California lady's slipper, and Oregon anemone are among the expected bloomers. Dennis Walker will lead this 2-mile roundtrip hike to the confluence of Stony Creek and North Fork Smith River. The trail is somewhat narrow and uneven, with an optional extension over boulders. Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds in Crescent City (along 101 at north end of town; opens at 11 a.m.) or at the Gasquet store-post office at 1 p.m.. Please tell us you are coming 822-2015.
  • May 11, 2011 (Wednesday). - "Insect-Plant Relationships plus Photography Tips". Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30 pm. Bob Case, former college biology and environmental science teacher, county Pest Management Coordinator, and published photographer, will share interesting insect-plant relationships and tips on photography with examples of Sierra and other wildlands organisms. Join us for an insightful exploration of these important relationships.
  • May 21, 2011 (Saturday) - Mattole Wildflower Tour - roadside botanizing. Windswept coastal prairies, sunny roadside banks, sandy beaches, and shady river forests are all part of the Mattole Rd. scenery as it winds south from Ferndale past Cape Mendocino and Bear River to Petrolia. This trip will be roadside botanizing, until we arrive at the mouth of the Mattole River, where we will find that sandy beaches south of Cape Mendocino have different plants than those north. Our route back home will be decided when we are ready to leave Mattole Beach. Bring lunch and water and a two-way radio if you have one. Dress for the weather, including wind. Meet at 8:30 at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange a place farther south. Return late afternoon. Tell Carol you are coming: 822-2015.
  • June 18, 2011 (Saturday), 8:30 a.m.-12 noon - Introduction to Horse Mountain Botanical Area Harsh, serpentine soils and their special flora are part of the treat offered by this easily accessed, montane part of Six Rivers National Forest. This short walk (less than 2 miles) will introduce the interesting shrubs, conifers, and delicate, spring flowers found among the grand vistas. Dress for walking on gravel roads and uneven terrain in mountain weather (much colder than the coast). Bring food and water, including your lunch if you don't have to rush off. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata ), 9 a.m. at the beginning of Titlow Hill Rd off Highway 299, or 9:30 a.m. at the parking area on Titlow Hill Rd. at the turn-off to Horse Mountain summit. Call Carol to say where you will meet us: 822-2015.
  • June 25-26, 2011 (Saturday, Sunday optional). - Looking for Lewisia (a "Rare Plant Treasure Hunt").Until last year Lewisia kelloggii, a relative of bitterroot, was thought to live only in the Sierra Nevada, Then it was discovered northwest of Orleans! This trip is to look for more. First we will drive a short distance up Forest Road 12N12 (Cedar Camp Rd.) and hike a short distance to see the known plant and explore the interesting serpentine flora. Then we'll spread out to search for more Lewisia and other serpentine goodies. Hiking will be cross-country or old mining roads with some steep slopes. Wear good hiking boots. Be prepared for any weather, including sun. Bring plenty of lunch and water. Some of us will camp somewhere in the area Saturday night and explore more on Sunday. Lodging is available in Orleans. Meet at the Orleans Ranger Station at 10 a.m., about 2 hours from Eureka. Tell us you are coming: Carol Ralph 822-2015, Dave Imper 444-2756.
  • July 22-24, 2011 (Friday-Sunday). - Cook and Green Pass - day hikes and overnights. Descriptions of this area north of Seiad on the Klamath River, close to Oregon in the Klamath National Forest, are full of superlatives, e.g. "the largest single aggregation of native plant species known to occur in one limited area in California." We won't be able to see them all, but we'll enjoy what we do! Brewer spruce, Sadler oak, false bugbane, phantom orchid, queen's cup, spotted coralroot, iris, bear grass, pussy ears, etc. Trails head in three directions, including into the Cook and Green Pass Geologic and Botanic Area. Where we camp Friday and Saturday nights will depend on the size of the group. Lodging is available along the Klamath (Route 96). Tell Carol if you are considering or certainly coming: 707-822-2015.
  • August 6, 2011 (Saturday), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Orchids in the Dunes, plant walk. Intricate,diverse,amazing, and beautiful, orchids have a special allure. Join Carol Ralph to find four species blooming and one in fruit along the forest and dune trails of Lanphere Dunes. Bring a lens; the flowers are small! Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Rd. in Arcata to carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by CNPS and Friends of the Dunes. Call 444-1397 to RSVP.
  • August 13(14), 2011 (Saturday, Sunday optional). - Waterdog Lake: plant, butterfly, and bird day hike. Famous for their butterfly diversity, tiny Waterdog Lake and adjacent North Trinity Mountain are our destination on a two-mile trail through diverse mountain habitats: white fir and Sadler oak; shrubby regeneration from the 1999 Megram Fire; creekside mountain alder thicket; gravelly bald; wet, rocky hillside; red fir; and a small, sedgy meadow (with gentians) around the land-locked pond. The trail gains about 1,000 ft elevation, starting at 5,300 ft., but is not steep. Bring lunch, snack, at least 2 quarts water, and many layers of clothing. Meet at 8:00 a.m. sharp at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. It's a two-hour drive to the trailhead northeast of Hoopa. Return by 6 p.m., or join an optional camp-out near the trailhead Saturday (and Friday?) night. A CNPS-Audubon event. Call Carol 822-2015.
  • September 10, 2011 (Saturday) 9 a.m.-12 noon. - Ivy Bash at Patrick's Point State Park. Pulling English ivy off the ground and away from trees is great for relieving daily tensions and fostering the satisfaction of a job well done. Doing it in one of our State Parks is socially rewarding as well. Join novice and experienced ivy pullers in rescuing a patch of this wonderful state park from this invasive plant. Then share an appreciation picnic lunch provided by the park. Staff will tell how to become an official volunteer ivy basher, empowered to work in the park at any time, and thank current volunteers. Bring work gloves if you have them. For information: 677-3109; mforys@parks.ca.gov.
  • September 11, 2011 (Sunday). - Horse Mountain day hike. A day among Jeffrey pine and huckleberry oak looking for a late lily or angelica or a new patch of azaleas or ...you never know what! ..in Six Rivers National Forest along Titlow Hill Rd. We will explore a new trail scouted by the Horse Mountain Trails Group. It will be 2-4 miles on gravel roads and uneven ground, with some ups and downs. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Dress in layers for all kinds of weather--summer to winter (yes, even gloves). At 4-5,000 ft. it can be any kind. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata ) or arrange another place. Return by 5 p.m. Call Carol 822-2015.
  • September 14, 2011 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "The Nightshade Family -Friend or Foe?". Lively lecturer and esteemed botanist Dr. James P. Smith will introduce the family of tomatoes, potatoes, nightshades and tobacco. We will look at the root crop that was once suspect because it was not mentioned in the Hebrew Bible; the herb that was thought to cause insanity; the plant that may explain why witches thought they were capable of flying; the foul-smelling plant that has sent many of us to the emergency room; and, of course, tobacco. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 pm with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 17, 2010 (Saturday), 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.. - Native Plant Sale - Prepare for the fall planting season. Get your native shrubs, trees, perennials, bulbs, and ferns. Experienced gardeners to help you choose. Cash or check. At the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot, 569 South G St., Arcata (5 blocks south of Samoa Blvd.).
  • September 24, 2011 (Saturday), 10 a.m.-noon - Conifers on Campus, a plant walk with Dr. Dennis Walker, the man who brought conifers from all corners of the world to create a remarkable collection on Humboldt State University Campus. Not all conifers look like Christmas trees! Learn what makes a conifer and broaden your understanding of these trees and shrubs. Meet at the green front doors of the dome greenhouse, between the biology and engineering buildings. Weekend parking is free in campus lots. 822-2015
  • October 2, 2011 (Sunday). - Chapter Picnic at Big Lagoon. An afternoon of good food and good company, among the sand plants, wetland plants, bog plants, and spruce forest plants in Big Lagoon County Park (Turn left off 101, 7 miles north of Trinidad). Bring a dish to share, your own item to BBQ, your own beverage, eating gear, and any friends or relations you want. Fire will be ready for cooking at 1:00 p.m. We will eat 1:00-2:30; then explore by foot or boat. Bring a canoe or kayak if it's not too windy. Camp chairs, tables, and canopies will be useful too. Plan on a cool sea breeze. $2 day use fee. In case of rotten weather, call Carol to find out where we will be instead. 822-2015
  • October 12, 2011 (Wednesday), "New Guinea Plants I Have Known". Photographer, linguist, restorationist, community developer, zoologist, and compulsive botanizer, New Zealander,David Price, will share a plant-focused glimpse into his 25 years in Papua and Indonesian New Guinea. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m., program starting at 7:30.
  • November 5, 2011 (Saturday), Looking at Lichens, dayhike. Questionably plants, definitely native, unquestionably important, and usually small, lichens are an overlooked link in our ecosystems.Learn how to focus on them during a day of roadside stops and modest hiking with Tom Carlberg, hopefully in the oak woodlands and Douglas-fir forests in the Horse Mountain-Cold Spring area.If the weather is snowy or stormy at high elevation, we'll explore in the dune forest instead.Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place.Dress for the weather!! On the mountain it can be cold!Bring lunch and water and (important) a hand lens if you have it.For information contact Jenny 444-2553 or Tom 442-0530.
  • November 9, 2011 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "High Elevation Pines of the Klamath Mountains: Past, Present, and Future". Join teacher, researcher, and explorer Michael Kauffmann on an arm-chair journey through time and the Klamath Mountains, focusing on the foxtail and whitebard pines. These high elevation conifers have survived shifting climatic conditions through recent geologic ages, but will they survive the next shift? Michael's first-hand observations and others' studies from across the West suggest the answer. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m., program starting at 7:30.
  • December 14, 2011 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Native Plant Show and Tell". An informal evening for anyone to share photos, artifacts, readings, or food relating to native plants and their habitats. Presenters include Jim and Ginny Waters on the wilds of Alaska, Ron Johnson with his orchids and lilies, Judie Hinman and Carol Ralph (in absentia) with Trinity Alps flower exuberance, and Ann Wallace looking at wildflowers with an artistís eye. If you would like to contribute, contact Dave Imper at dimper@suddenlink.net or 444-2756. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m.
  • January 11, 2012 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Butterfly-Insect-Flower Relationships in Humboldt County". Lured into butterfly-watching by the large species, such as swallowtails and admirals, people inevitably want to know about the small species, such as hairstreaks, blues, and skippers, as well as other common insects that forage on flowers. Bob Stewart, all-around naturalist, veteran interpreter, and author of two photographic butterfly books, will help in this pursuit by sharing photos, information, and tales of common butterflies and other flower-visitors and their relations to host and nectar plants. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m.
  • February 8, 2012 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "The Big Story of Plant Evolution, from a Predator that Ate Photosynthesis to a Modern Flower". A long, long time ago, in a puddle far, far away a cyanobacterium produced oxygen during photosynthesis and changed the planet forever. Dr. Frank Shaughnessy, phycologist (algae scientist) of Humboldt State University, will trace the exciting, ongoing story, and the evidence for it, that produced the verdant, diverse world on Earth today. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m.
  • February 26, 2012 (Sunday). - Patrick's Point Day Hike. Mosses and ferns are thriving in February. We will see 9 species of fern, a spikemoss (Selaginella), and various mosses. We will analyze the coastal bluff vegetation, much of it evergreen, as a planting plan for bank stabilization. We will see Bishop pine, two species of angelica, three of plantain, and look for an early bloom of milkmaid, skunk cabbage, or black trailing currant. We will walk 2-4 miles on the level, beautiful trails in this state park, being sure to pass through the native plant garden. Bring lunch and water; dress for a day outside. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:30 at the visitor center in Patrick's Point State Park. If you don't want to support State Parks with your $8 park entrance fee, park outside and walk in or join another car. Information: Carol Ralph 822-2015
  • March 14, 2012 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Touting Trillium-Woodland and Shade Garden Essentials". Russell and Yvonne Graham will cover lore, myths, terminology, propagation, culture, companions, and more. They have grown trilliums and other specialty woodland perennials, both native and exotic, since moving to their property in 1972. They operated a mail order nursery emphasizing native perennials for 25 years from their location near Salem, in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m.
  • March 24, 2012 (Saturday). - Willows at the Blue Lake Fish Hatchery, Day Trip. Besides fish and birds the hatchery has wonderful thickets of deciduous shrubbery, including ....willows! We will study them, cottonwoods, other shrubs, and anything else that catches our fancy along informal trails through this riparian habitat along the Mad River. If we have time, we might then walk along the riverside dike from the bridge or go look at willows at the Pump Station Park on Warren Creek Rd. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:20 at the hatchery in Blue Lake. Information: Carol Ralph 822-2015
  • April 11, 2012 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - evening program. Vickie and John Patton virtually share their garden and how it developed. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m.
  • April 22, 2012 (Sunday). - E-Ne-Nuk and Bluff Creek Day Hike. The summer flowers last year at E-Ne-Nuk Campground, on Highway 96 near Orleans, suggested that spring could be fun too, and the Bluff Creek Trail was enticing. Rock faces and jumbles, a grove of oaks and conifers, a grassy old stream bed, and gravelly, serpentine slopes all offer possibilities, including fawn lilies. The trail begins by winding up a steep hill. Dramatic geology is all around, where in recent history Bluff Creek burst through a ridge to reach the Klamath River more directly. Bring lunch and water; dress for a day outside. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Information: Carol Ralph 822-2015. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m.
  • May 4-6, 2012 (Friday-Sun). - Spring Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale. (Plant sale Saturday and Sunday ONLY.)
  • May 9, 2012 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - evening program. To be announced. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th & Union, refreshments at 7 p.m.

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