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Seeking Native Plants

What to do with your surplus native flora? Donate, of course!


Attracting Birds with Native Plants

CPS Chapter( Eastside Branch)

Learn how to enhance your garden to attract a wide range of native birds in all seasons. Connie will present slides showing the most common birds that can be attracted to your yard. She will also give tips on the kinds of native plants that can be used to landscape a Pacific Northwest garden for birds and how to supplement it with feeders and other aids.

Connie Sidles is a master birder and long-time member of Seattle Audubon Society. She has written four books about nature focusing on her favorite "backyard," Montlake Fill on the UW campus. She is a board member of Friends of Yesler Swamp and leads numerous walks through these sites.

Date Tuesday, January 27th, 2015   

7:00 pm --Social Time (meet your fellow Eastsiders)

7:30 pm--Program begins


King County LIbrary Service Center

Room 2A/B

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA

Contact:    Franja Bryant   franjabryant@hotmail.com

(If you would like to have your name added to our Eastside email list, contact franjabryant@hotmail.com.)

FYI: There will be no CPS program meeting at CUH in January.  
CPS February Program Meeting
Date:            Thursday,February 5th, 2015; 7:30 PM  

Location:      Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

                   University of Washington Campus

                   3501 NE 41st Street

                   Seattle, WA 98195


Subject:      MeadoWatch: Exploring the link between climate change and wildflower phenology  by Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Washington, Biology Department

Climate change is one of the most profound challenges of our time. Unfortunately, our ability to document the biological impacts of climate change as well as identify potential management strategies for mitigating those negative impacts is often constrained by a lack of information. Citizen Science programs that enlist non-scientists to aid in data collection efforts are increasingly relied upon to generate the data that can help us understand potential climate change impacts and solutions, while providing outreach opportunities to the general public. The Hille Ris Lambers lab has initiated one such citizen science program, MeadoWatch, to explore the potential impacts of climate change on wildflower phenology in the high mountain meadows of Mt. Rainier National Park. In this presentation, Dr. Hille Ris Lambers will describe the MeadoWatch program and in doing so, touch on the value of citizen science for long-term ecological monitoring, the importance of wildflower phenology in the functioning of plant communities, and the fate of Mt. Rainier’s iconic wildflower meadows with climate change.


Dr. Hille Ris Lambers is an ecologist whose research focuses on the processes that structure plant communities, and how these are influenced by anthropogenic activities (e.g. climate change). She is a faculty member in the Biology Department at University of Washington, and heads up the Hille Ris Lambers Lab. For more information on her lab's activities see: http://faculty.washington.edu/jhrl/Index.html   


Plant Identification Workshop

The Central Puget sound Chapter offers regular plant identification workshops to help members improve plant ID skills. While the Workshop is oriented primarily toward beginners, anyone who wants to work on improving keying skills or their familiarity with the northwest flora is welcome.  Our main objectives are practice with technical identification keys, familiarity with plant families, and recognition of common northwest species.  No prior experience is necessary; the only requirements are interest in the topic, patience with beginners if you are an old hand, and patience with old hands if you are a beginner.  If you have them, bring a hand lens and a copy of Hitchcock or another favorite plant book.  You are encouraged to bring unknown plants for identification. We will have plenty of material and tools if you come empty handed.  CPS botanists will be the instructors.

Date:            Thursday,February 5th, 2015; 6:00 PM  
Location:      Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

                   University of Washington Campus

                   3501 NE 41st Street

                   Seattle, WA 98195


If you weren't able to make the November CPS Chapter Meeting on Thursday, November 6, 2014,

click on the link below for an excellent presentation on:

Hooven Bog, Past, Present, and Future.  

A rare but important win for rare habitat conservation

by Dr. Sarah Spear Cooke, wetland scientist and restoration ecologist

                                        Hooven Bog Presentation

Sitting in the rapidly urbanizing landscape of south-central Snohomish County sits Hooven Bog. A 30+-acre sphagnum bog/fen/emergent wetland complex that is surrounded by mature forest for at least half its periphery. Atypical of most uniform bogs, this wonderful bog/wetland complex displays at least five distinct bog/fen vegetation communities with many bog endemic species.


Hooven remained relatively untouched until about 40 years ago when the first houses were built along the northern shore and a narrow gravel road was constructed along the western third of the emergent habitat. The last few years have been the most damaging to Hooven because the developer who owned it, and the mature forest along the southern shore, began expanding the old gravel road. This caused huge issues with the water chemistry and disturbed much of the understory of the mature forest.


In this program Dr. Cooke will take us on a tour of the bog’s varied habitat types with photos from this summer’s plant inventory. Along the way she will introduce the diverse flora of each habitat type, including the rare and bog-endemic species. She will also discuss weed removal activities to-date and plans for the future.


The Native Plant Press Newsletter: September 2014 Issue

The Native Plant Press Newsletter: October 2014 Issue

The Native Plant Press Newsletter: November 2014 Issue

The Native Plant Press Newsletter: December 2014 Issue

About Us

In 1976, a group of University of Washington scientists and local plant enthusiasts joined to form the Central Puget Sound Chapter of WNPS. Now we are the largest chapter of WNPS, and our over 900 members include avid gardeners, plant novices, hikers, photographers, teachers, students, professional botanists, and other people interested in the native plants and vegetation of the Pacific Northwest.

Run by volunteers, the CPS Chapter engages in a range of education and conservation activities. The Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter. It also provides monthly programs on topics related to native plants, and offers free plant identification workshops before the monthly program. The Chapter offers regular field trips to various botanical locations throughout the western part of the state. In addition, members work with schools and other organizations to increase public awareness of the importance of native plants and their environment.

The CPS Chapter Stewardship Program encourages member leadership and participation in projects that restore, protect, maintain and/or educate the public about native plants and native plant habitats. Stewardship grants are available annually to support these projects.

Most every year, the CPS Chapter conducts the Native Plant Stewardship Program. Participants receive free training in native plant-related issues and, in return, provide volunteer service in their community. This program began in 1996, and has now trained more than 350 native plant stewards in King and Snohomish Counties. The stewards are involved in education, conservation and urban forest, riparian and wetland restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound region, recording over 67,000 volunteer hours.

Twice a year the Chapter sponsors major plant sales which are its main fundraising effort. In addition, CPS has a native plant salvage program and manages a native plant nursery.

The CPS Board meets once a month, except during July and August, and recent minutes of Board meetings can be viewed at CPS Board Meeting minutes links below:

CPS Board Minutes June,2014

CPS Board Minutes September,2014

CPS Board Minutes October,2014

Bylaws and Standing Rules are also available. We welcome your participation in the Washington Native Plant Society. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to become involved.