Don't miss engaging and educational programs of the CNPS general meetings. All are welcome at these free presentations held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. See the most recent newsletter at montereybay.cnps.org for the program topic. A wide selection of books is available for sale at each meeting.
The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is a member of a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. Our chapter covers Monterey and San Benito counties.
This month's speaker is David Styer. He'll talk on the flora found at Fort Ord.
David Styer became an avid bird watcher in 1950 and a few years later, he had two years of field training in botany with the University of Pennsylvania professor Edgar T. Wherry. Between college and the draft David was a plant breeder for the Burpee Seed Company. After military service, and earning a PhD in math, he spent the rest of his working career at the University of Cincinnati. There, he spent most of his free time inventorying nature. He was one of the first people in the 20thCentury in Ohio to rediscover running buffalo-clover, Trifolium stoloniferum, long thought to be extirpated and even extinct. David retired in1999, met his wife Jane in 2001 and then moved to the Monterey area. In his early days here, David had actually been inventorying birds on the former Fort Ord, but one of his vivid early memories was seeing the wonderful diversity of native plants in the maritime chaparral—and now the plants of Fort Ord have taken over his life.