When Michelle Browner first visited Black Lake, she found a landscape that spoke to her soul. She felt what early settlers must have experienced when they first explored the American West. Breathtakingly beautiful, the land before her was rugged, remote, and alive with strange plants and wildlife.
Thanks to Michelle, this unusual Eastern Sierra landscape is protected forever and now you can experience its wonders for yourself. Eastern Sierra Land Trust will be holding a Black Lake Preserve Celebration on May 14, and weinvite youto join usas wecommemorate this conservation success with birdwatching opportunities, a walking tour, and a picnic lunch on the land.
Black Lake Preserve Celebration
Saturday, May 14
9am – 1pm
RSVP to Sara at for details anddirections
Located northwest of Benton in the Adobe Valley, Black Lake is a rare wetland in the midst of the desert. Rimmed by wet alkali meadows, Black Lake serves as a critical water source for wildlife. It has been designated by the National Audubon Society as part of the Adobe Valley Important Bird Area, and for good reason: from waterfowl to songbirds to raptors, a diverse array of species flocks there particularly this time of year, when breeding season is in full swing.
To Michelle Browner, Black Lake was something truly unique. “From the beginning, I felt very deeply that this was a special place,” she recounts. “When I first saw the Adobe Valley, I already had the idea in my mind that I wanted to do whatever I could to conserve it.”
Michelle remembers feeling that she, “could not, and would not ever want to have the land around Black Lake developed.” So when the parcel went up for sale nearly twenty years ago, Michelle jumped at the chance to purchase Black Lake and the surrounding meadows.
Concerned about the landscape’s long-term future, in 2014 Michelle Browner approached Eastern Sierra Land Trust to consider options that would conserve Black Lake long beyond her lifetime. “I decided that I wanted to make an outright land donation to the Land Trust, to ensure that the property would remain protected forever,” Michelle explained.
With the future of this unique place now secure, join us as wecelebrate its conservationand thank Michelle Browner for her generosity and foresight. In addition, May 14is International Migratory Bird Day soin its honor, we’ll be out on the landwith binoculars in hand.
Eastern Sierra Audubon will be with usto point out unusual bird species, and California Native Plant Society representatives will share information on the strangeflora that can be found in the area’s wet alkali meadows. Following an interpretive walking tour of the property, everyonewill sit down with Michelle Browner and her conservation partners to share a catered picnic lunch on the land.
Attendance at ourBlack Lake Preserve Celebration islimited, and RSVP isrequired. To reserve your spot, pleasecontact Sara Kokkelenberg, ESLT Stewardship Coordinator, at (760) 873-4554 or !