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Flora of the San Joaquin Desert 
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 07:30pm
 

Located in the southern Central Valley, the San Joaquin Desert is the smallest, least recognized and most imperiled true desert in North America, with less than 40% of its original area remaining. The desert was not formally described until 1995 and didn’t gain recognition by the scientific community until 2011. The San Joaquin Desert is floristically distinct with 37 near-endemic and 40 strict- endemic plant species. Nearly half of the species are imperiled and listed as endangered, threatened, rare or watch status.

This presentation will delve into why it took so long for the San Joaquin to be recognized as a desert, how it is both climatically and floristically similar to the Mojave Desert and what we can do to conserve what little of it remains.

Ryan O’Dell has been a Natural Resource Specialist with the BLM Central Coast Field Office for 14 years. His primary duties include rare plant survey and endangered plant species monitoring and recovery in the central Inner South Coast Ranges and San Joaquin Desert.

How to attend: Most of our lectures take place Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Our talks are live- streamed simultaneously to Zoom and YouTube. To view talks, watch our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/CNPSSantaClaraValley (no registration needed) or join on Zoom by registering at the Zoom link provided in each lecture’s description. Recordings of past talks can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.

 
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Upcoming Events

Thu Jun 20 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
CNPS SCV Board Meeting
Fri Jun 21 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Sat Jun 22 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Jun 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:30PM
“Power to the Pollinators” Summer Native Plant Community Tour
Sat Jun 22 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Community Work Day at the Native Plant Garden in Kirk Park
Sun Jun 23 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Bird and Plant ID Walk at Lake Cunningham Park (San Jose)
Tue Jun 25 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Native Plant ID
Fri Jun 28 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Fri Jun 28 @ 7:00PM - 08:50PM
Photography Group - Photo Sharing Meeting
Sat Jun 29 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
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