Join the North Coast California Native Plant Society for a series of programs on the second Wednesday of each month.
January 8 Butterflies of Coastal Humboldt County Butterflies decorate the native plants of Humboldt County, and in some cases have relationships with specific hosts. Join us for a three-part presentation celebrating the butterfly diversity in the county. Local naturalist Bill Rodstrom will present a summary of the new North Coast Chapter's guide to butterflies and host plants, many of which are available in our nursery. This will be followed by retired Eureka High School science teacher Robert Child's quick guide to butterfly ID using his watercolor art, highlighted in a new poster celebrating the butterflies of coastal Humboldt. Posters will be available at the talk. Gary Falxa will wrap up the talk with a short discussion on Monarch Butterfly conservation and ecology. Come and get inspired for spring planting to enhance your garden's wildlife!
February 12 Updated research into gall wasps (Cynipidae) in Northern California. Tiny, gentle wasps of the family Cynipidae collectively produce galls on roses, thimbleberry, oaks, tan oak, and chinquapin. During a presentation given six years ago, only cynipids occurring on oaks (Quercus spp.) were covered. This updated presentation will discuss new findings on the life histories of cynipids on oaks, tan oak (Notholithocarpus), chinquapin (Chrysolepis sp.), roses (Rosa spp.), and thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus). Join Dr. John DeMartini, a Humboldt State University Professor emeritus with a passion for regional natural history, for this interesting talk.
March 11 Frank Lake
April 8 Vascular Plants of Northwestern California: a Story of Plants and People. Dr. James P. Smith, Botany Professor emeritus at Humboldt State University, leads us on an evening celebrating our plants, our local botanists, and our chapter's 50th anniversary. His recently published book will be for sale.
May 13 Botanizing the BLM Lands of the North Coast. Jennifer Wheeler, botanist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Arcata, will take us on a virtual journey across BLM lands on the North Coast. The BLM manages a diverse collection of habitats across Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties, including Red Mountain, South Fork Eel, and King Range. Jennifer will introduce us to a variety of wonderful plants including the newly described Wailaki Lomatium (Lomatium kogholiini) from the Red Mountain Area of Critical Environmental Concern. We will also visit the Douglas-fir forests of Butte Creek Management Area and the oak woodlands of Lacks Creek and Travis Ranch.