Mojave Desert Chapter CNPS Field Trips and Events
Although CNPS encourages sharing
rides, we cannot arrange carpools. On any trip, be prepared! Bring
plenty of water, food, hat, sunscreen, and emergency supplies, and be
sure to dress for any type of unpredictable Mojave Desert weather.
Contact trip leaders for more information.
Sunday April 9, 2006. 12:00
to 4:00 p.m. Wild Food Walk w/ Christopher Nyerges, author
of numerous books on nature, plant ID and survival skills (FOJF
sponsored). Place: Old
Paths Assembly, 32670 Laramie Rd, Lucerne Valley, CA. Cost: $20
in advance. $25 on day of event. Family discounts apply. Contact: Lisa (760) 248-2331, or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Roberta at O.P.A. at (760) 248-6838
April 11, 2006 San
Bernardino County Board of Supervisors/OHV Ordinance:
It is important for
people to show their support for this ordinance and possibly give
testimony as to how OHV abuses have affected your quality of life in
the desert. Check the
Board’s website at http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/sbco/cob/
Saturday, April 15 - East Mojave
Field Trip to Thorne’s Buckwheat/Hackberry Burn: Though the east
Mojave is looking rather bleak, the site of the 2005 Hackberry Burn
(70,000 ac) in Mojave National Preserve remains an odd exception.
Abundant summer and early fall rains has kicked off a
surprising post-fire germination in areas within the burn. This field trip will explore the ecological effects of fire
on desert floristics and also guarantees to showcase several CNPS
listed species, including Thorne’s Buckwheat (Eriogonum thornei),
one of the poster-child rare plants of the Mojave Chapter.
4WD or a high-clearance vehicle is REQUIRED.
Expect moderate hiking (2-3 miles over rocky terrain), bring
lunch and plenty of water, and be prepared for temperatures that may
range from 45 F (Mid Hills/NY Mtns) to 85 F (lower elevations).
Meet at 9 am at Essex
Rd exit off I-40 (approx 105 mi. east of Barstow).
Group departs no later than 9:15 am. Trip Leader: Jim Andre.
April 21-24. Desert Symposium at
The symposium will feature current research on archaeology,
anthropology, paleontology, geology, ecology, biological sciences, and
environmental issues. Abstracts of the proceedings and a field trip
guide will be published. For more information contact Dr. William
Presch, Director Desert Studies, Department Biological Sciences,
California State University, Fullerton, California 92834, 714-278
Friday, April 21. Plant Sale
at Victor Valley College Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.
(Lower campus/Fish Hatchery Rd). Desert friendly plants will be on
sale Friday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Saturday,
April 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 30. Training
for Monitoring Springs and Seeps. Mojave
Chapter CNPS Conservation Chair Tom Egan will be demonstrating a riparian/wetland ecological health inventory/monitoring
technique previously developed by the Bureau of Land
Management. The technique is called the Proper Functioning Condition Assessment. Participants will be shown how to use this
technique in desert riparian, wetland and spring-fed plant communities at
select points in the Arrastre Creek watershed of the San Bernardino
Be prepared for hiking and
bring water, lunch and writing materials. Meet at the Victor Valley
Museum on Apple Valley Road at 11:15am or at the BLM
kiosk (Coxey Truck trail
and Bowen Ranch Road intersection) at 12:00;
or at the San Bernardino National Forest/California Desert
Conservation Area cattleguard boundary on Coxey Truck Trail at
12:30 p.m. Registration: contact FOJF2@yahoo.com
or call Jenny at (760) 220-0730
Saturday, April 22, Earth Day Celebration at Victor Valley College,
Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. The Earth Day
Celebration will feature the Mojave Conservation Workshops. These
workshops are free and include alternative energy, recycling and
vegetable bio-diesel, organic gardening,
reducing water in the landscape, solar power, and using straw
bales for construction. There
will also be a free raffle and fun stuff for the kids.
Saturday, May 6.
Clean Air Fair: 10-3pm at Victor Valley College on the lower campus. The
fair is held to introduce and showcase the companies and products that
protect and enhance air quality. The Fair is always free to the public
and has many special activities, including a Kids Activity Booth,
continuous "theme" entertainment, and lots of exhibitors.
The American Lung Association of Inland Counties sponsors "Flight
For Life" participating youth recieve a free kite.
Manufacturers and sponsors of alternative fuel vehicles bring their
newest cars and trucks, Victorville Transportation Authority (VVTA)
gives away a free bike and displays their new compressed natural gas (CNG)
busses. Local businesses and industry are there too, demonstrating how
they meet and/or exceed air quality permitting requirements. The Fair
is lots of fun, is informative, and it's FREE.
The Fair is held in the lower campus gym on the Victor Valley College
(VVC) campus, and runs in conjuction with VVC's Cinco De Mayo
Celebration and Tech X. Don't miss this fun, one-day-a-year event! For
more information contact the District's Community Relations Office at
(760) 245-1661 - ext. 6717. email@example.com
San Bernardino Mountains Wildflower Weekend:
Sky Meadow Science Camp at Cienega Seca, high in the San Bernardino
Mountains above Big Bear, will be the setting for the first wildflower
weekend workshop sponsored by the Mojave
Desert Chapter of CNPS and the Blue
Sky Meadow Science Institute. The San Bernardinos are renowned for
their plant diversity in that they have the highest mainland rare
plant concentration in the United States. Field trips will be held on
Friday evening, all day Saturday and half day on Sunday. The $80 fee
includes two nights in dorm style cabins (similar to the Bristlecone
sojourn). Meals are included. Make checks out to L.A. County Education
Foundation/Blue Sky Meadow, Box 2860 Big Bear City, CA 92314. Please
email your reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org
17-27 - Victor Valley College trip to Peru: Once again, VVC
is offering an international natural history course (Biology 98 for
non-credit, Biology 250 for biology transfer credit), this time to
Peru. Accompany professional botanists, ornithologists, and zoologists
in exploring the upper Amazon Basin by boat in search of plants,
primates, birds, and other wildlife, then travel on to Machu Picchu to
marvel at the Incan Ruins. After that, onto Paracas and a journey
through the northern Atacama Desert to board boats for an island where
penguins dwell. The cost of the trip is approximately $3100, which
includes airfare, lodging, food, and on-the-ground transportation.
There are four Tuesday evening pre-trip lectures (non-mandatory if you
take the non-credit option), and the trip is slated for June 17-27.
Contact Pam MacKay for a complete itinerary and to register: email@example.com