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Redbud sponsors lectures, presentations, meet-ups, and other events from time to time throughout the year. All are welcome -- Redbud and other CNPS members as well as the general public. We are "Passionate About (Native) Plants"  and hope that you will be, too!

(Also, enjoy our Field Trips and see our Past Events.)

The Redbud Chapter
"Passionate about (Native) Plants”
Lecture Series

Plants, Pollen, Pollinators, and Climate Change
Guest Speaker: Randy Oliver

When: Wednesday, April 11
7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way Nevada City 95959

Randy Oliver has kept bees for over 50 years. He will share with us insights gained through his acute awareness of how bees and flowering plants interact.

The flowers and flowering time of most plants are the result of the coevolution of each species of plant with its pollinators. A honey bee colony is completely dependent on the pollen it collects as its source of protein, lipids, sterols, vitamins and minerals. Randy will talk about pollen and the coevolution of plants and their bee pollinators; how climate change and elevated CO2 levels are impacting this critical element of ecology; and our changing local ecosystem.


Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise near Grass Valley. With an M.S. in Biological Sciences, Randy sees beekeeping through the eyes of a biologist. He closely follows bee research, engages in some himself, and enjoys sharing what he's learned with others, through articles, speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website,


Birds and Their Habitats of the Western Sierra
Speaker: Ted Beedy


Wednesday, June 27th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Auburn Library
350 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603

Ted Beedy will take us on a virtual journey across the Sierra from the oak savanna in the west, up through conifer forests, into the majestic alpine regions. We'll see and hear the stunning diversity of birds that make the Sierra their home. We'll learn how they use the varied habitats, which species are in decline, and which are expanding and increasing.

Ted recently co-authored Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution.

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Ted received his Ph.D. in Zoology from UC Davis. He taught ornithology and other biology classes at UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento before working as an environmental consultant at Jones & Stokes in Sacramento. In 2006, he started his own firm, Beedy Environmental Consulting, in Nevada City.

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