Next Public Meeting

Wednesday, November 10, 7:30 p.m. 

Zoom Video Conference Meeting

Tracking Post-Fire Blooms of Native Plants Using Citizen Science 

 Amy Patten – California Native Plant Society 

As our community looks forward to a season of rest and rain after struggling to recover from the CZU fire and defend our homes for the 2021 fire season, the RBDA invites you to a meeting celebrating the resilience and growth of our bioregion. The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has been surveying the emergence of native plants from the post-fire seedbeds and started a citizen science program to help us all understand the history and current state of our local botanic diversity — and help celebrate and defend that diversity by joining the survey project. Using the app iNaturalist, you can take photos of plants you find but can’t identify, and the hive mind of botanists on the app will help identify them. If you’ve found a rare native, join the CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Program and help botanists understand propagation and survival of our natural heritage.

Please come to the virtual RBDA Public Meeting on Wednesday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. to learn more about this program and hear what exciting native plants the CNPS survey has found in its study of Big Basin and Bonny Doon post-fire landscapes.

Amy Patten is the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Manager at the California Native Plant Society, where she works with volunteers to collect data on rare plant populations around the state. Patten graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2009 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and she is passionate about the natural history of the Central Coast. 

Virtual Meeting Participation

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