North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Saturday April 2, 9:00 am, North Table Mountain, 2488 Cherokee Road, Oroville: RSVP. We will carpool, since this is a 2.5 hour drive each way from Berkeley. Hosted by Gregg Weber. (Co-Organizer). For more information go to

Toyon Canyon at Briones Regional Park, Sunday, April 3, 9:45 am, Briones Regional Park – Briones Road Staging Area, Briones Road, Martinez. RSVP. Native plant expert Gregg Weber leads this trip to a floristically rich area of Briones Regional Park. For more information go to

East Trail at Mount Diablo State Park, Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:45 am to 3:00 pm, 9800 Marsh Creek Road, Clayton
Hike led by Gregg Weber. For more information go to

April 16, 10:30 am Jepson Prairie vernal pools and Playa Lake Tour. In honor of California Native Plant Week, join naturalist Russ Huddleston of the Solano Land Trust to see both invertebrates and vernal pool flora at Lake Olcutt and the surrounding area. There will be a $10 per person charge as a fundraiser; funds raised are to be spent on interpretive signage for Jepson Prairie. We will start with the “dipnet tour” of vernal pool invertebrates, and then proceed with Russ Huddleston to get up close with some truly unusual flora. Bring your Jepson Manual (paper or electronic) to work through keys on genera you won’t see in most locations. RSVP is not required, but it will help planning if you check in at or e-mail .

Monday, April 18, 2016 7:00 am to Friday, April 22, 2016, 10:00 pm
See once in 100 year bloom in parts of Death valley and Panamints, Death Valley National Park, Death Valley.
There may never be another year like this in Death Valley in our lifetimes. So I don’t want to miss it! If you can’t go for the whole 5 days, no problem, just sign up, and coordinate with us. Leave Bay area Monday, April 18 around 7 am.

Plan on car camping, backcountry, or maybe get a spot at one of the campgrounds in Death Valley if there is space. Drive back starting 11 am, Friday, April 22. There are several motels in Death Valley and Panamint Springs if you prefer to stay in a motel, and meet us for botanizing. For more information go to Gregg Weber, co-organizer and event host

Tuesday, April 12 at 10 am, Friday, April 22 at 10 am, and Saturday, April 23 at 10 am. We have scheduled our vernal pool tours at Warm Springs. There are still quite a few spaces in 3 tours, 

To sign up go to the website:

There’s a short description of the tours on the site linked above. Tours are about 2 hours, heavy rain will cancel, and good walking shoes are a must as we will be doing lots of off-trail walking.  Directions to the meet site are sent out in an email as part of the registration confirmation.

Ivette Loredo
Wildlife Refuge Specialist
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
1 Marshlands Road
Fremont, CA 94555
(510) 792-4275 x 134 office phone
(510) 792-5828 fax
(510) 377-5956 cell