Adopt a Rare Plant and Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Spring 2015 Kickoff Meeting, March 31st, 2015, 7-8:30 pm, Orinda Public Library, Gallery Room

Since the initiation of the Adopt-a-Rare-Plant Program by the East Bay Chapter in 2011 dedicated volunteers have reported on many historically documented and several rare plant occurrences in the East Bay region that are new to science. Without this diligent work information about the health and size of our rare plant populations would be missing or far from current. In other areas of the state the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH) has also been very successful since its inception. Overall, a total of 2,500 rare plant occurrences have been updated through the RPTH program, with nearly 1,000 of those new to science! Danny Slakey, who has recently moved to Oakland, is the current RPTH coordinator and is excited to botanize our biodiversity hotspot in Oakland. Reflecting on the successes of both the RPTH and Adopt-a-Rare Plant programs, we thought it would be great to combine our programs in strategic ways. The Adopt-a-Rare-Plant program is essentially one “flavor” of the RPTH, in which volunteers focus on a single species for one or two years. RPTHers in other parts of this state have sometimes used a similar approach, while others have used different approaches, such as targeting all of the rare plants in a small geographic area. By overlapping these programs we aim to offer support for rare plant adopters and provide a regular schedule of outings for local day trips in the greater Bay Area. We are also looking forward to searching for some of our locally rare plants.

On Tuesday, March 31st, from 7 to 8:30 pm, we will be holding an orientation meeting for volunteers interested in adopting a rare plant or learning about RPTH opportunities for the approaching blooming season. The meeting will be held at the Gallery Room of the Orinda Public Library, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda CA. The Library is within walking distance of the Orinda BART Station. Information about the Adopt-a-Rare Plant Program can be found at and details about the RPTH program at . RSVP to by Thursday, March 26th. We look forward to seeing you!

Heath Bartosh and Danny Slakey