White Pine chapter has several big weekends planned for June. We hope you can make it to some or all of these field trips. Please see the chapter event calendar for additional announcements and updates.
- The next Steptoe Bioblitz is June 9. James Riser is the contact. For further information about the event and registering, visit www.facebook.com/SteptoeButteBotanyBioblitz.
- The Mason Bee Workshop and Whelan Cemetery weed pull is June 23 (we are co-sponsoring this event with the Palouse Prairie Foundation). This workshop is limited in number to the first 15 who register. Registration information will be on our event calendar soon.
- The INPS State Annual Meeting at Bumblebee Campground is a whole weekend adventure starting June 29. If you haven’t been to an Annual Meeting, please consider going as Calypso chapter has planned an exciting program of field trips and a talk by Jack Nesbit on John Leiberg, the Swedish-American Botanical Collector. Annual meeting will not be held in Northern Idaho again for several years. Complete information is available on the INPS website. Visit INPS Statewide Annual Meeting 2018 for details and the registration form.
We hope you can make it to some or all of the above field trips. We are also announcing the addition of the choice of two working field trips for June 2. One is close to Moscow and the other one is above Lucille in the uplands between the Snake and Salmon River. These are both day trips.
- Latah Soil and Water Conservation District’s star thistle weed pull will be on Gormsen Butte, a beautiful Palouse Prairie remnant. Several of you have volunteered for this in the past and have really enjoyed it. View the Gormsen Butte flyer for more information. Call or email Brenda Erhardt at LSWCD to reserve your spot as this outing is limited to 15 people. The phone number is on the flyer.
- Mike Hays has agreed to lead another crupina-pulling field trip to the elevations above Lucille. We will get to see some wonderful country and beautiful wildflowers on this hike, while we also pull any crupina we come across. This weed pulling helps the Forest Service keep crupina from invading a beautiful grassland ecosystem that includes the rare Spalding’s catchfly, Silene spaldingii. This area is very species rich. This field trip participants will meet Mike Hays at the service station in Grangeville along US 95 at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2. Bring gloves, water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Trek poles may be a good idea as well. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants. For those who want to carpool from Moscow, please email whitepine chapter.