Eastern Sierra Land Trust - Upcoming Events

2016 Hikes, Field Trips, Volunteer Days, Celebrations, and much more!

 

 

June

Stewardship Workday: Wetland Weed Removal at Conway Ranch

Thursday, June 2

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details

The natural wetlands of Conway Ranch provide critical habitat for birds and mammals. Help us prevent the weeds from taking over! For more information about ESLT's Stewardship Workdays, Click Here >>

 

Self-Guided Pollinator Garden Tour

Co-Hosted by Chalfant Big Trees Farm and Feed

Saturday, June 4

10am - 2pm

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details and tour map

Many Eastern Sierra locals have been hard at work creating beautiful native plant gardens that provide much-needed habitat for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. On June 4, take part in our free, self-guided tour and see some of these blooming pollinator havens in person! Pre-registered attendees are also invited to join Chalfant Big Trees Farm & Feed for a complementary lunch during the tour at their garden store in Chalfant Valley.

To sign up and obtain our tour schedule, as well as a map of participating pollinator gardens, contact Catherine Tao, ESLT Education Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member: catherine@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554. To learn more, Click Here >>

 

Mule Days Through the Years, with guest speakers Tammy Mandrell and Richard Underwood

An ESLT Brown Bag Lunch Presentation

Tuesday, June 7

12:00 - 1:00pm

ESLT Office (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

Want to spice up your lunch break? Come by our office backyard for our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, and listen as local speakers share informative, entertaining tales about the colorful history of Inyo County.

On June 7, Bishop's annual Mule Days Celebration Executive Director Tammy Mandrell and Board President Richard Underwood will join us to tell stories from the many years of Mule Days, and share how this notable tradition has come to shape Inyo County!

ESLT's free Brown Bag Lunches are held on the first Tuesday of the month from May - September, and guests are encouraged to bring lunch and sunglasses. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors. To learn more about our 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Click Here >>

 

Conway Ranch: Protecting a Cherished Community Resource - TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

A Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua Field Trip

Friday, June 17

1:00 - 4:00pm

Meeting location: Lee Vining Community Center

 

Looking down on the Mono Basin from the viewpoint just below Conway Summit, Eastern Sierra residents and visitors have marveled at the picturesque expanse of Conway Ranch for decades. Owned by Mono County, this historic stretch of open land northwest of Mono Lake provides critical habitat to birds, mule deer, and other wildlife, and it supports the region’s economy with opportunities for sustainable grazing and commercial fish rearing. Today, this iconic panorama and its community resources are protected forever thanks to innovative, cross-agency collaboration between Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Mono County, and funding partners. But did you know that Conway Ranch nearly became a large-scale housing and resort development? Join Eastern Sierra Land Trust Executive Director, Kay Ogden, and Land Conservation Program Director, Susanna Danner as they team up with representatives from Mono County for an afternoon spent exploring this iconic property, looking for wildlife, and learning about Conway Ranch’s natural and political history – and future.

Participation is limited; attendees must pre-register with the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. Please note: tickets are SOLD OUT for this event. Please contact the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua to learn about other similar events being held in association with this year's Chautauqua!

 

Oasis in the Desert: Exploring the Strange and Stunning Black Lake Preserve - TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

A Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua Field Trip

Saturday, June 18

7:30 - 11:30am

Meeting location: Lee Vining Community Center

 

Be sure to have your binoculars in hand as we explore the remote and beautiful meadows surrounding Black Lake! A rare wetland in the midst of the California desert, the Adobe Valley’s Black Lake is home to a vast variety of unusual flora and fauna. Designated as an Important Bird Area, Black Lake is critical to supporting avian populations: it serves as a breeding outpost for dozens of migrating bird species, as well as providing a vital water source for pronghorn antelope, mule deer, golden eagles, and more. Thanks to a generous donation in 2014 by the property’s former owner, Black Lake and its surrounding meadows are now a wildlife preserve managed by Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Join Executive Director, Kay Ogden, and Land Conservation Program Director, Susanna Danner as they lead a walking tour of this protected landscape and hope to glimpse some of the unusual plants and wildlife that make the region so special.

Participation is limited; attendees must pre-register with the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. Please note: tickets are SOLD OUT for this event. Please contact the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua to learn about other similar events being held in association with this year's Chautauqua!

 

Stewardship Workday: Sage-Grouse Fence Flagging at Black Lake Preserve

Thursday, June 23

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details

Help ESLT create safer habitat for the Bi-state population of Greater sage-grouse! On June 23, join us out on the land at our Black Lake Preserve, as we flag fences with reflective materials to make them more visible to these low-flying birds. For more information about ESLT's Stewardship Workdays, Click Here >>

 


 

July

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Tuesday, July 5

12:00 - 1:00pm

ESLT Office (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

Want to spice up your lunch break? Come by our office backyard for our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, and listen as local speakers share informative, entertaining tales about the colorful history of Inyo County.

ESLT's free Brown Bag Lunches are held on the first Tuesday of the month from May - September, and guests are encouraged to bring lunch and sunglasses. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors. To learn more about our 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Click Here >>

 

Stewardship Workday: Yednock Conservation Easement Cleanup

Thursday, July 7

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details

The Yednock Conservation Easement provides critical wildlife habitat and stunning views of the Mono Basin. Join our cleanup crew as we remove debris from this seldom-visited property northeast of Mono Lake! For more information about ESLT's Stewardship Workdays, Click Here >>

 

Stewardship Workday: US 395 Highway Cleanup

Thursday, July 21

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details

Help keep our scenic highway clean! Join us as we remove trash and debris from ESLT's adopted section of Scenic Highway 395 along Sherwin Grade. For more information about ESLT's Stewardship Workdays, Click Here >>

 

ESLT's 8th Annual Lands & Legacy Celebration

Saturday, July 30

Parallax Restaurant at Mammoth Mountain

Save the Date to Celebrate! ESLT's annual Lands & Legacy Celebration is our "party of the year": an opportunity for ESLT friends and supporters to come together and toast our work protecting our treasured Eastern Sierra Lands. This event commemorates our conservation victories and gives us all an occasion to dream big. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!

 


 

August

The Stories of Manzanar, with guest speaker Bernadette Johnson

An ESLT Brown Bag Lunch Presentation

Tuesday, August 2

12:00 - 1:00pm

ESLT Office (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

Want to spice up your lunch break? Come by our office backyard for our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, and listen as local speakers share informative, entertaining tales about the colorful history of Inyo County.

On August 2, Bernadette Johnson, Superintendent of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will share a part of our nation's past that many have tried to sweep under the rug: the history of forced removal and relocation of Japanese Americans to the internment camp at Manzanar during World War II.

ESLT's free Brown Bag Lunches are held on the first Tuesday of the month from May - September, and guests are encouraged to bring lunch and sunglasses. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors. To learn more about our 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Click Here >>

 

Stewardship Workday: Green Creek Sign Installation and Cleanup

Thursday, August 4

RSVP to catherine@eslt.org for details

Join us as we clean up the Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve and install signs to mark the boundary of this protected property. For more information about ESLT's Stewardship Workdays, Click Here >>

 


 

September

Pack Trains and the Mules that Power Them, with guest speakers Jennifer and Lee Roeser

An ESLT Brown Bag Lunch Presentation

Tuesday, September 13

12:00 - 1:00pm

ESLT Office (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop)

Want to spice up your lunch break? Come by our office backyard for our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series, and listen as local speakers share informative, entertaining tales about the colorful history of Inyo County.

For the final installment of our 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Jennifer and Lee Roeser of the McGee Creek Pack Station will share stories that provide insight into the sometimes-tragic, oft-amusing tradition of mule (and horse) pack trains that brought early prospectors, explorers, soldiers, and more deep into the High Sierra in Inyo County's earliest days. Please note: this presentation will be held on the second Tuesday of the month (rather than the first) to accommodate our speakers' schedule.

ESLT's free Brown Bag Lunches are typically held on the first Tuesday of the month from May - September. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch and sunglasses. In inclement weather, the event will be held indoors. To learn more about our 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Click Here >>

 


Please check back soon for more information about other upcoming events and volunteer opportunities in 2016.