CNPS x BYLT: Gall Walks of Life at Kenny Ranch Trail

**Registration will not be required for this field trip**

WHEN: February 22th 2020 9am-12pm RAIN OR SHINE!
WHERE: Kenny Ranch is located behind the Twin Cities Church on Rough and Ready Hwy in Grass Valley, CA. Parking is ample in the church parking lot where we will be meeting. More info:
COST: Free, Suggested donation $5

Plant galls are at a fascinating junction between plants and arthropods (and sometimes fungi!) where these specialized gall inducing organisms elicit a change in the typical form of a plant part often as protection for developing young. This leads to a bewildering and bizarre variety of forms and life strategies that make close examination of our native plants that much more rewarding. Galls also have a lot to teach us about the interdependence of nature and highlight the plant kingdom’s fundamental role as the arbiters of biodiversity.

Join trip leader Shane Hanofee on this educational hike where we will discuss the ecology of galls and gall inducers and how to spot them in the wild. They’re more abundant than you might think!

This event is part of a weekly hiking series being put on by the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society with support from the Bear Yuba Land Trust. From February – May 2020, we will be offering weekly (almost) field trips to various locales in western Placer and Nevada Counties. The hikes will cover a variety of botanical topics that were selected to follow the seasonal development of our various ecosystems. Early hikes will concentrate on lower elevations and early spring plant phenomena and will ramp up into full blown wildflower season. So come to one, a few, or all of the dates and join us on an immersive educational hiking series.

All are welcome to join our Facebook Group where we will be posting recaps and pictures and having discussions about the plant phenomena we will be observing. Its also a great place to post your requests for IDs and gardening tips and have your questions be answered by our knowledgeable chapter members.

**All hikes are rain or shine. Some may require pre-registration. Dates and Locations may change.**

Feb 29 – Spring Fungi – Hidden Falls Regional Park, Auburn, CA
Mar 7 – Native Trees and Shrubs – McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA
Mar 14 – Native Trees and Shrubs – Yewei’im Bom Trail, Nevada City, CA
Mar 21 – Wildflowers – American State Recreation Area or nearby, Auburn, CA
Mar 28 – Native Trees and Shrubs – Cascade Canal Trail, Nevada City, CA
Apr 4 – Wildflowers – Steven’s Trail, Colfax, CA
Apr 11 – Wildflowers – Euchre Bar, Alta, CA
Apr 18 – Geophytes – Spenceville Wildlife Area, Penn Valley, CA
May 2 – Wildflowers – Table Mountain, Oroville, CA
May 9 – Rare Plant Hunt – Cascade Canal Trail, Nevada City, CA

Shane Hanofee is a passionate amateur devoted to learning about and caring for the plants and fungi of California and more specifically, Nevada and Placer counties. He spends his free time hiking, gardening, and volunteering for local conservation groups.