Speakers: Hartmut Wisch
Date: October 20, 2016 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
This beautifully illustrated program explores the great diversity of California native bees—approximately 1600 species!—that co-evolved with our native flora. Some of these bees are generalists that pollinate a variety of flowers while others are more specialized. All six recognized families of bees will be discussed.
Hartmut discovered a love for macro photography and a fascination with the diversity of our insect fauna after working for 35 years as a naturalist--‐guide taking European visitors through western North America. His special interest is in observing and identifying our native bees. He is a contributing editor at bugguide.net (Iowa State U. Entomology) and a member of the Lorquin Entomological Society.
Two different, but overlapping, proposals have been made to designate part or all of our backyard Santa Ana Mountains as a National Monument. Stay tuned to see if a Monument is designated, and if so, what it includes!
1. The Santa Ana Mountains to Sea National Monument would encompass about 101,500 acres of OC, principally:
- Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
- Crystal Cove State Park
- Upper Newport Bay
- Bommer Canyon
- about 1/3 of the Trabuco District (Cleveland National Forest).
U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, is expected to introduce a bill proposing this Monument to Congress in September. See latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-monument-20160823-story.html for details.
2. A small group, which included activists from the Sierra Club and the California Chaparral Institute, met earlier this summer to discuss a Santa Ana Mountains National Monument that would encompass the entire range, with about the same boundaries as the Trabuco District.
Another meeting on this proposal is scheduled for Sept. 22, 10-1, at the Wildomar Library, 34303 Mission Trail, Wildomar, CA. About 35 are signed to attend, including several OC residents. If you would like to attend, contact Linda Castro, . Video call-in is available. To carpool from San Juan Capistrano, contact Celia Kutcher, .
The idea of designating the Santa Ana Mountains as a National Monument has been around for a while. One version, the “Grizzly Bear National Monument” was so-called in honor of the last grizzly bear in California, which was killed in Trabuco Canyon in 1908.
Native Gardeners’ Corner—Members’ 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. Answers are listed in order received.
The request for this Edition of the OC-CNPS Newsletter is: “Which Summer and Fall blooming native plants are your favorites?”
Thea Gavin -“I have several buckwheat species in my backyard garden; all are profuse summer bloomers that hold onto the lovely dried flowers for a long time.”
Leon Baginski - “Oenothera hookeri, given enough water in late spring and mid summer will throw out big yellow flowers well into the fall while the already formed seed pods further down the stem attract American finches.”
Antonio Sanchez –“Abutilon palmeri - This roundish ball of orange flowers does well in the summer heat and responds to heavy pruning to keep it flowering thru much of spring, summer and fall. Doesn't seem to mind a little extra water during the summer, much like the monsoons it gets from its native desert areas, to keep it fresh looking and flowering for months. Also, Eriogonum x blissianum—a nice hybrid of E. giganteum and E. arborescens, it can look like a Cleveland Sage when young and full of leaves, and the spring-summer flowers are an excellent mix of its 2 parents, pinkish-white, large and showy. Excellent bee and butterfly plant. Has responded well to aggressive dead-heading to keep it lightly flowering through fall. Good for gardens that may not have room for E. giganteum.”
Rama Nayeri --‐“I know this is not 100% native but I really like Autumn Sage because of all the varying flower colors.”