Speaker: Bob Allen
Date: April 20, 2017 (doors open 7:00 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
With the plentiful rains (it’s about time!), wildflowers are popping in OC. We’ll look at the ten most common or obvious families of plants and discuss how to identify them. Family characteristics will be presented, along with photos of our beautiful local species, and their life histories. Frequent references will be made to the Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains, so bring along your copy (and perhaps a book light) to follow along. Printed mini--‐guides to those plant families will be available. Download a copy here.
Bob Allen is an entomologist, botanist, instructor, nature photographer, and author. He grew up in Garden Grove, San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Viejo. He is a Research Associate in Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and Research Associate at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Co--‐author with Fred Roberts of Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains, he also teaches at community colleges in Orange County.
OCCNPS has commented on some recent Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and similar documents.
West Alton Parcel Development Plan draft EIR: OCCNPS is one of several signatories to Laguna Greenbelt’s letter extensively detailing this Plan’s numerous flaws. Laguna Greenbelt spearheads a coalition of nine enviro groups (including OCCNPS) with the goal to establish the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor that will link the 22,000‐acre Coastal and the 150,000‐acre‐plus Central portions of the Natural Communities Conservation Program (NCCP) of OC. The long‐planned six‐mile‐long corridor is badly needed to allow safe passage of wildlife between the two areas. Such passage is essential to maintain healthy biodiversity, especially in the Coastal portion.
ACTION NOW: Laguna Greenbelt needs volunteers to help analyze images taken by cameras along the Corridor route. Training will be provided. To help, contact wildlifecorridor.org or .
Final Restoration Plan for Tree Trimming/Removal Activities in Aliso Creek, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, in Resolution to Coastal Commission Violation No. V‐5‐15‐0125 [Revised January 23, 2017]: Action on this Coastal Act violation was brought by the Sierra Club Hobo‐Aliso Task Force, joined by Sea and Sage Audubon. OCCNPS concurs that there is an important principle here: landowners/managers in the Coastal Zone must abide by the Coastal Act.
Native Gardener’s Corner-Member’s 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 request for this edition of the OC-CNPS newsletter is: “Do you grow any native plants because they are especially entertaining, interesting, or just plain weird?”
Leon Baginski -“Although not strictly native, I enjoy my organ pipe cactus. Slow grower but always reminds me of my trip to the national monument of the same name. Also love my ocotillo!! It is so odd for coastal garden. Unfortunately gophers seem to like the roots.”
Laura Camp -“We have pipevine (Aristilochia californica) blooming right now outside the Tree of Life office. The dutch pipe flowers are plentiful and bizarre and brown, and it’s weird because with the leaves in dormancy you can’t even tell that it’s flowering until you get up close—then the elaborate shapes and camouflage coloring make me go ‘whoa’!”
Bob Allen -“At home, I grow Ceratophyllum demersum, aquatic hornwort or coontail, an odd aquatic flowering plant in the Order Ceratophyllales (only 6 species), sister group to all Eudicots. It lives in a 20 inch tall glass vase full of water with a bubbler to keep it aerated.” http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=18711