Rare Plant Program Manager, David Magney, will be leading a Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH) at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is closed to the public (it is a California Condor refuge) except for special events. It is located at the western end of the San Emigdio Range in southwestern Kern County.
The RPTH will focus on finding new occurrences of the Kern Mallow, Eremalche parryi subsp. kernensis, an endangered species. The Refuge should be in full bloom at the time of the RPTH, so all that come out will be able to enjoy a bountiful and rich display of native wildflowers and a number of rare plants. Camping is available at the Refuge for those who wish to arrive early and leave the day after the RPTH.
RVSP required to dmagney[AT]cnps.org by April 12, to receive directions and where to meet as all gates into Bitter Creek NWR are locked. Email David Magney if you have any questions.