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Fall Wildlife Activity

It is officially fall now and the nights are cooling down quickly. Aspen groves are starting to change color and the wildlife are on the move. We recently captured some activity on a conservation easement property located in Swall Meadows, we thought you would all enjoy some of these cool shots. [slideshow] -Aaron

2017-03-03T12:12:23-08:00September 25th, 2012|Blog, On the Wild Side, Press Releases|

Sierra Nevada red fox

Lately we have really been enjoying sharing wildlife sightings from various conservation projects. One species that we would be pretty lucky to catch on "film" is the Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) a rare native fox that occupies the wild remote corners of the the Eastern Sierra. I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn a little bit more about this neat animal while conducting background research for a few of our ...continue reading

2017-03-03T11:03:03-08:00September 12th, 2012|Blog, Press Releases|

Monitoring

Victoria, ESLT AmeriCorps member, monitoring an easement property. Here at ESLT a key part of our Stewardship Program, annual easement monitoring, is in full swing as we engage in visits to each of the properties where we hold conservation easements. When we accept a new easement, we also take on the responsibility to monitor that property annually in perpetuity, a commitment that is taken seriously by our organization and other Accredited Land Trusts. It ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:24-08:00July 10th, 2012|Blog|

Historic Conservation Values

Did you know that lands preserved by ESLT in partnership with private landowners have included what was once the highest elevation production orchard in the Country, the first farm established in Hammil Valley (also a railroad stop), and a portion of one of the earliest ranches in Big Meadows, which we now know as Bridgeport? Apple orchard in Swall Meadows Working in land conservation we spend a lot of time ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:24-08:00June 20th, 2012|Blog|

Seeking Cattail Warriors

[10/12/2011 - We are no longer accepting applications for this contract work, thanks!] Eastern Sierra Land Trust is looking to contract with a couple hardy souls to provide assistance to a current restoration project on the Benton Hot Springs Ranch conservation easement. Specifically, this contract will be responsible for the  removal of an unwanted aquatic plant species in order to improve habitat for important wildlife, and paving the way for an exciting ...continue reading

2017-03-03T15:47:59-08:00September 30th, 2011|Blog|

Fieldwork at Benton Hot Springs Ranch

This last Monday Hillary and I ventured out to the ponds on the conservation easement at Benton Hot Springs Ranch to collect some data for the habitat improvement project that we are conducting at that location. This expedition benefited from Hillary's expert canoe handling skills (see video below) which were required  in order to maneuver the boat along transects to measure and map water depth across the reservoir, all in light winds! We also had help from ...continue reading

2017-03-03T15:47:58-08:00March 17th, 2011|Blog, Volunteer|

Thinking Like a Deer

Wildlife need to be able to get around too. Understanding this is simple;  think about your own life. Imagine if you could not venture more than a block from your home. Sure, you could be pretty happy on the couch for a while, maybe even borrow some snacks from a neighbor, but what would happen when you ran out of coffee or had a craving for Thai food? What if you wanted ...continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:28-08:00February 17th, 2011|Blog|

The garden keeps buzzing (and humming) along

Believe it or not, I once had a job that required me sitting for hours amongst the flowers, notepad in hand, counting the number and type of pollinators making visits to a specific plant. I found it quite meditative, though it probably sounds more romantic than it really was once you factor in the summer heat and note  that the sea of flowers were the spiny heads of the invasive ...continue reading

2017-03-03T11:05:11-08:00July 7th, 2010|Blog, Pollinator Gardens|

Come Ride Adobe Valley!

I hope you all are planning to come to our members celebration at Benton Hot Springs the weekend of May 22-23! One of the great activities we will be hosting is a bike ride in the Adobe Valley on Sunday morning. This remote stretch of HWY 120 connects Benton and HWY 395 just south of Lee Vining. Check the route out online in Google maps/earth We are planning to meet ...continue reading

2017-03-03T15:48:00-08:00May 11th, 2010|Blog|