The Southeast Chapter encompasses a botanically diverse region that includes the deep canyons and riparian habitats that comprise the Arkansas River watershed, the peaks and foothills of the Wet and Sangre de Cristo ranges, the Pike's Peak and Spanish Peaks regions, and millions of acres of short-grass prairie, including the Comanche Grasslands.

To the Southeast Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society,

Speaking of the first blooms, TONIGHT @ 6:30p there is a Budburst Project group meeting. Please attend if you are already in the Budburst project group and/or if you are interested in getting involved with it. 

CoNPS Budburst Project Group

Time: Apr 29, 2021 06:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Calendar Link: https://conps.org/mfm-event-calendar/#!event/2021/4/29/conps-budburst-project-group-troubleshooting-the-budburst-app

Colorado Springs joins worldwide City Nature Challenge April 30-May 3

https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/article/news/colorado-springs-joins-worldwide-city-nature-challenge

Get out on the trail and take some pictures! This fun event uses iNaturalist as a data collection tool. Visit different elevations to capture the most species. 

Join this project in iNaturalist:

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-colorado-springs 

The CoNPS Native Plant Sale is Happening Now!

Deadline to order is May 12, 5pm

Go to: https://conps.org/2021-spring-plant-sale/#!form/2021SpringPlantSale 

There is a pick-up location in Colorado Springs. Order your plants now. 

Coming up in May, 

CoNPS SE Chapter Virtual Meeting- Paint Mines Interpretive Park Slideshow

May 19th 6-7:30p on Zoom 

Calendar Link (please register here):

https://conps.org/mfm-event-calendar/#!event/2021/5/19/conps-se-chapter-virtual-meeting-paint-mines-interpretive-park-slideshow 

Curt Nimz will present a slide show of early-season wildflowers found in the Paint Mines Interpretive Park located near Calhan in eastern El Paso County. This will serve as an introduction to the Paint Mines field trip that is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 2021.

The main wildflower attractions are White Penstemon (Penstemon albidus), Hedgehog Cactus, (Echinocereus viridiflorus), Downy Paintedcup (Castilleja sessiliflora), and both red and yellow Whole-leaf Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja Integra).

The park also features fantastic geological formations including spires and hoodoos that form through erosive action that creates incised gullies and exposed layers of selenite clay and jasper.

More information about the Paint Mines Interpretive Park can be found on the park website: https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/parks-and-recreation/paint-mines-interpretive-park/ 

Please register for this meeting using the calendar link above. 

CoNPS SE Chapter Field Trip - Paint Mines Interpretive Park

May 27th 8:30a-12p @ Painted Mines

Calendar link (please register here): https://conps.org/mfm-event-calendar/#!event/2021/5/27/conps-se-chapter-field-trip-paint-mines-interpretive-park 

We will do an easy walk/hike along the trails in the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in eastern El Paso County to look at the early season wildflowers. The main wildflower attractions are White Penstemon,Penstemon albidus, Hedgehog Cactus,Echinocereus viridiflorus, Downy Paintedcup,Castilleja sessiliflora,and both red and yellow Whole-leaf Indian Paintbrush,Castilleja integra.

The park also features fantastic geological formations including spires and hoodoos that form through erosive action that creates incised gullies and exposed layers of selenite clay and jasper.

More details about the area can be found at https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/parks-and-recreation/paint-mines-interpretive-park/  You can download a park brochure and map from this site.

Please register for this meeting using the calendar link above. 

I hope to see you on my front porch, picking up your plants in a couple of weeks!

Please keep in touch- ecocitycoloradosprings@gmail.com

Sincerely, 

Maggie Gaddis

SE Chapter President

Colorado Native Plant Society

 

Birdbill Dayflower, Commelina dianthifolia

Photo by Loraine Yeatts White-mouth Dayflower Commelina erecta 6/18/16

Recent virtual botanical events of the SE chapter

photo by Loraine Yeatts
Scarlet Globemallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea)
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photo by Marlene Borneman
Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum) (G5S2)
[photo Credit]

photo by Andrea Boag
Drummond’s Milkvetch (Astragalus drummondii)
[photo credit]

photo by Nicole Ellison
Orange Sneezeweed (dugaldia hoopeseii)
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