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2020 General Meeting - November 14th

Chapter Members -- please join us for a virtual annual potluck. Cook your favorite food and remember when we could meet in person. Starting at 4:00pm, our Chapter’s General Meeting will include our annual election and recognition of volunteers, Fellows and others. Please watch your email for the Zoom invitation. The meeting will be followed by a talk at 5:00pm

Doug TallamyNature’s Best Hope, A talk by Doug Tallamy

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current land management practices have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can and must ̶ take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 103 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug’s new book, Nature’s Best Hope, released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller.

The general public is invited to watch on Youtube starting at 5pm November 14, 2020.

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Our chapter has a rich variety of activities scheduled year-round. Most of our Chapter activities are listed in the Blazing Star Newsletter, but some late-breaking events don't make it into the newsletter and are announced electronically. Stay informed by making sure that your contact information is correct. 

Activities will be announced on our Chapter News list, our Facebook page and Meetup. Two things you can do to make sure you don’t miss anything are:

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The Santa Clara Valley Chapter emails announcements about upcoming events (talks, hikes, sales, wildflower show, garden tour), alerts, last-minute notices and latebreaking news. Events that are scheduled after the Blazing Star is published are announced to this list. To sign up, please send an e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This list is open to the general public. Members are not automatically subscribed to the list, so you need to add yourself if you’re not already on it.

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Chapter Activities

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The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society covers Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo. Want to learn more about native plants? Support California's biodiversity? Join us! We welcome CNPS members and the public at our virtual and in-person activities.

The Chapter's Online Nursery Store is a great place to buy plants and more (delivery and pickup available)

Our Native Plant Lecture Series includes a wide variety of talks with a native plant focus 

The Lake Cunningham Native Plant Garden provides opportunities to preserve and restore native plants


To receive weekly updates about our upcoming events, please join our Chapter News list. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.You can also learn about events on our Chapter's Facebook page and Meetup group

If you missed any of our 2020 talks or live garden tours, you can view them on our new YouTube channelActivities such as field trips and Keying With Natives are on hiatus until health ordinances make it practical to hold them again.  All nursery workdays and some restoration activities (Edgewood and Alum Rock) are being held on a restricted basis until further notice.

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