Date: Thursday, December 15, 2015 (doors open 6:45 pm, program begins at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
Back at the Duck Club, we turn the mike and screen over to you, the audience. This is your chance to share a favorite flower, voyage, or habitat—locally or anywhere else in the world. The only rule is 5 minutes so that everyone gets a turn and we get home before midnight. Look back through the year’s adventures and prepare for your FIVE minutes of fame!
Our tech master says: “Please use presentation software such as Keynote or PowerPoint to place your photos onto separate slides, then position, resize, sequence, & add transitions. We prefer *not* to have individual photos, but if you can’t do that, send them in a standard digital format—.jpg, .png, or .psd. Videos must be in standard video format: .mov (preferred), .mpeg (ok), .avi (discouraged), .wmv (discouraged), but *no* .exe, Windows people. We don’t use speakers, so please do *not* add sound. Keep your presentation to a maximum of about 20 slides or 5 minutes. We provide the computer; bring in your presentation on a flash drive, portable hard drive, CD, or DVD. Windows users: no autoexec (.exe) files of any kind. Please arrive a little early, so we can copy your presentation to the main projecting device.”
Following a long-standing tradition, board members will provide a festive spread on the hospitality table. If you’d like to share something tasty, you are welcome to bring it.
ON NATIONAL MONUMENT PROPOSALS FOR THE SANTA ANA MTS AND OC
The two different, but overlapping, proposals are still in play to designate part or all of the Santa Ana Mountains as a national monument.
1. The Santa Ana Mountains to Sea National Monument is proposed by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton); it is expected that he will soon introduce a bill proposing this monument to Congress. This version of the monument would encompass about 101,500 acres of OC, principally:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Crystal Cove State Park
Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve
Bommer Canyon Open Space Preserve
Limestone/Whiting/Black Star Wilderness Parks and adjacent units of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks
O’Neill Wilderness Park
Caspers Wilderness Park
Native Gardeners’ Corner—Members’ Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
This column is a regular newsletter feature offering chapter members and local experts a chance to briefly share information on many things related to gardening with natives. The question for this newsletter is: “Many of us had a terrible time with non-native ants this past summer and fall. What (if anything) did you do to combat them successfully in your garden?”
NOTE: Recently Greg Rubin, a San Diego based landscape designer and installation expert spoke to our chapter. With his broad experience with natives and successful landscape designs, he has dealt with all manner of problems. In his talk he emphasized the critical role that non-native Argentine ants play in the importation and support of various sucking insects like aphids and scale to the detriment of our native plants, especially in garden situations. The following is Greg’s “brief” response to the question about ant problems in the native garden.
Greg Rubin-“As you probably already know if you attended our recent presentation with the Orange County Chapter of CNPS, Argentine ants may be one of the single greatest causes of mortality in native landscapes. Although there are certainly lots of other reasons plants can die (overwatering, underwatering, fertilizer, root pathogens), I usually start by looking for ants. If they are present, especially in the rootball, then I treat the infestation first, and that often resolves the issue. I've even been able to save dying Ceanothus!
We are now accepting applications to our annual grant for student research on local native flora. This year advanced undergraduates are also eligible! Application deadline is December 16th. See Grants tab for a full description.