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Chapter Meeting – 12 December, 2022

“Pinnacles Jewelflower” – an undescribed species – and other botanical rarities of the Pinnacles
Guest Speaker: Amelia Ryan

Brief Business Meeting

Our December meeting is also our official Annual Meeting to elect a slate of officers for the 2023 Marin Chapter Board of Directors.

We have space on the board and call for additional nominations. If you are interested in serving, please contact Kristin Jakob at 650-608-1274.

The proposed slate for 2023 is as follows:

Co-President: David Long
Co-President: Kristin Jakob
Treasurer: Kate Wing
Recording Secretary: Woody Elliott
Eva Buxton
Paul da Silva
Ann Elliott
Carolyn Longstreth
Laura Lovett
Eddie Robertson
We need a quorum of 10% of Chapter members voting at the meeting, please attend and vote.

Featured presentation

“Pinnacles Jewelflower” – an undescribed species – and other botanical rarities of the Pinnacles
Guest Speaker: Amelia Ryan

7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation
preregister HERE

Though identified nearly 20 years ago as a probable new species, the “Pinnacles Jewelflower” has languished undescribed. At last, this species is in the process of being described. As an extremely rare endemic species, describing it is the first step to making sure it is preserved. Pinnacles has also been allocated funding to begin systematic surveys of this rare species. As of yet, however, we have only casual observations about the species and no idea of the sizes, number, and extent of populations. In this “preview” talk, we will look at what we know so far about this species, its characteristics, and its preferred habitat, and discuss the distribution and status of other similar species in the area. We will also cover some other interesting and unusual plants found at Pinnacles.

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Amelia Ryan

Amelia Ryan is a Vegetation Ecologist at the Pinnacles National Park.  She developed a love of plants growing up on 40 acres in western Sonoma County. This led her to study botany at UC Davis and later acquire a MS in Ecology from San Francisco State. She has been working in habitat restoration and resource management for over 20 years, having started at Armstrong Redwoods in the late 90s, then worked at Point Reyes National Seashore on several restoration and endangered plant projects for nearly 14 years before moving to Pinnacles National Park where she has been the Vegetation Ecologist for 5 years. She is a long-time member of CNPS and served on the Marin Chapter Board for 6 years.


Events Volunteer Opportunities

Ring Mountain Docent Program Starts Spring 2023!

by Stacey Pogorzelski

Become part of the first group of Ring Mountain Preserve Wildflower Docents. Join the Marin Chapter of CNPS and Marin County Parks with this fantastic opportunity to share your love of Ring Mountain’s unique ecology, wildflowers, and unusual serpentine grassland habitat with the general public, while also fostering stewardship of this Marin landmark.

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Layia platyglossa (tidy tips) and poppies Ring Mountain by Laura Lovett

This opportunity will run weekends from April through mid-June 2023, with training in March. No experience is necessary, but familiarity with native plants is preferred.

Additional details and a formal sign-up will be available early next year. For more information and to receive notice of the registration website for the docent program, please contact Stacey Pogorzelski at


Potential docent activities

  • Walk, sit, or staff a table near wildflower hot spots during the main wildflower bloom period (April – mid-June).
  • Point out wildflowers (share names, interesting facts, etc.) and wildflower habitat, or assist visitors in finding wildflowers. We will train you!
  • Lead by example and educate about “leave no trace” and “stay on trails” ethics and wildflower viewing etiquette. Please note: volunteers will not be enforcing preserve rules
  • Take notes on commonly-asked visitor questions, visitor use patterns, and/or collect data on natural resources, (e.g., use iNaturalist to take observations).


Volunteer Requirements and 2023 Schedule

Docents will need to attend both virtual and in-person training. (We may be able to accommodate some missed training hours).

  • Virtual training: Tuesday evenings March 7, 14, 21, 28. In-person field training: Saturday April 1 (dates tentative)
  • April 2 – mid-June: Docents volunteer for at least three 2.5-hour shifts (mostly weekends, some weekdays possible)
  • Wear a docent volunteer t-shirt and hat that will be provided.

Dudleya farinosa bluff lettuce Ring Mountain Ann Elliott
Dudleya farinosa, bluff lettuce Ring Mountain by Ann Elliott

Volunteer qualifications

  • No experience necessary, but botanical, gardening or native plant familiarity is
    very helpful
  • Must have an interest in engaging with a variety of visitors
  • Willing to lead by example and communicate “leave no trace” and “stay on trails” principles and ethical wildflower viewing
  • Comfortable with rugged outdoor conditions
  • Happy working independently or with a partner or small group
  • Must have, and carry, a working cell phone (for emergencies)
  • Must be 18 years or older (unless accompanied by a guardian)
  • Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation
2022 Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meeting – 10 October 2022

The Insects, Birds, and Other Animals that Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving

Guest Speaker: Frédérique Lavoipierre, Author of Garden Allies

7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation
preregister HERE

The birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects that inhabit our yards and gardens are overwhelmingly on our side—they are not our enemies, but instead our allies.

2022 Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meeting – 12 September 2022

“Ginna Meyer’s Favorite Hikes”
Guest Speaker: Ginna Meyer, El Dorado Chapter CNPS

7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation
preregister HERE

Ginna will present photos, descriptions, and visiting information for a few of her favorite hiking places to see, appreciate, photograph, and learn about our beautiful native plants.

Other Events

Mount Tamalpais Florilegium

Photo by Deborah Kass
2022 Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meeting – 8 August 2022

Photo by Toni Corelli

“Wetland Plants Along the San Mateo Coast”
Guest Speaker: Toni Corelli, Botanist, Photographer, Author

7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation

 preregister HERE

 The San Mateo Coast extends 60 miles along the Pacific Ocean south of San Francisco, with acres of public land in over 25 parks and state beaches.

2022 Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meeting – 11 July 2022

Stephen McCabe

“Cliff hangers and Flatlanders: Dudleya on the Edge”
Guest Speaker: Stephen McCabe

7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation

preregister HERE

Succulents, a hot topic in gardening circles, have brought new attention to California’s dramatic native succulents, the dudleyas.

2022 Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meeting 13 June, 2022

Fostering Diverse Resilient Bayland/Wetland Habitats in the Face of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change
Guest Speaker: Christina Toms

7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation    preregister HERE

Climate change threatens the health, biodiversity, and resilience of San Francisco Estuary’s tidal wetlands, including its native plant communities, through multiple mechanisms including sea level rise and changes in the timing, intensity, and duration of watershed runoff.

2022 Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meeting – May 9 May 2022

Terrence Gosliner

San Bruno Mountain State and County Park: Wild in the Midst of the San Francisco Bay Area

Guest Speaker:  David Nelson

7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation    preregister HERE

San Bruno Mountain is a wild oasis in the midst of the highly urbanized San Francisco Bay Area.

2022 Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meeting – 11 April 2022

Maximizing Habitat Values in Urban Landscapes
Guest Speaker: Pat Reynolds – River Partners, Native Seed and Plant Program Director
7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation    preregister HERE

Landscaping with native species and incorporation of habitat enhancement features within urban areas is a significant and underutilized conservation action that can effectively increase habitat values in the built environment.