On the Wild Side

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On the Wild Side spotlights a series of articles from our SierraScapes Newsletter about Eastern Sierra natural history, and wildlife in this area, and their interactions with the landscape.

Sheep, Sheep On The Mountain

© Steve Yeager "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." -John Muir As fall settles in the Eastern Sierra, we humans are making the change from hiking at high elevations and jumping in alpine lakes, to bundling up in sweaters and jackets and enjoying fall colors. Meanwhile, other animals are also responding to the seasonal change in temperature ...continue reading

2019-10-11T12:07:28-07:00October 11th, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, Press Releases, What's New|

Find Fall Colors and Inner Peace

We're getting ready for fall colors here in the Eastern Sierra! You can get ready too, with the Bishop Visitor Center's fall color viewing guides: How To Find Fall Colors And Inner Peace (PDF) [Preview] Dear Fall Color Leaf Peeper: Congratulations! This fall color guide will help you discover and monitor elusive and overlooked fall colors in the Eastern Sierra quickly and easily. Many visitors read the information below and tell us ...continue reading

2019-10-08T11:42:06-07:00October 8th, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, What's New|

Fall Colors According to a Local Teen

Road at Sinnamon Meadows Conservation Easement, © ESLT 2nd Place (tie) in the Mary Austin Prize for Writing contest Lyndsey Rowan Bishop High School More often than not, people have to travel great distances to be one with nature. However, sometimes a community is blessed with nature being right out their front door. Bishop is one of those communities. Around this time of year, the weather gets nippy, the days ...continue reading

2019-09-23T16:40:34-07:00September 23rd, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side|

Treasures: Finds from the Field

You should probably not work for a land trust monitoring easements, because you won’t have any fun and will never see anything worthwhile. You shouldn’t visit the Eastern Sierra either. It’s definitely not beautiful, and there’s nothing there to do. We found this toy camel off of a closed logging road near the Hoover Wilderness. I was monitoring an agricultural easement that had a historic boneyard this summer, and I ...continue reading

2019-09-23T16:38:53-07:00September 23rd, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, What's New|

We’re Helping Bi-State Sage-Grouse. Join Us!

Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. Would you like to be a part of our conservation success stories? At the bottom of this article, you can read about an opportunity to volunteer with us next month as we care for Bi-State sage-grouse habitat. Bi-State sage-grouse on the border of California and Nevada are a genetically distinct population of sage-grouse, and are a loved species here in the Eastern Sierra. But due ...continue reading

2019-09-19T14:02:22-07:00August 13th, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, Press Releases, SNAP, Volunteer, What's New|

Pronghorn: Superstar of the American West

Twin Pronghorn Fawns, by Tom Koerner, USFWS You’re driving east from Bridgeport through the winding Aurora Canyon Road, through high desert gullies and over hills with vast scenic vistas. You’re nearing Bodie State Park and suddenly, the muted green hillsides tingle with small movements. You slow to a halt on the side of the road and reach for your binoculars in the back seat. As you dial in the focus, ...continue reading

2019-07-23T14:40:08-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side|

Come Explore our Oasis in the Desert

The Place: It’s summer, and we know you’re getting outside to play! Here at ESLT, summer is also stewardship season, and we’ve already been out caring for our special places. So this season, we would like to encourage everyone to visit one of ESLT’s remarkable destinations – Black Lake Preserve. Thanks to our incredible volunteer teams and supporters, we’ve been improving land conditions at the Preserve this year. We’ve worked together to ...continue reading

2019-07-02T11:07:05-07:00June 27th, 2019|Blog, Featured, On the Wild Side, Success Stories, Volunteer, What's New|

Helping the Herd

A treacherous corridor. A missing puzzle piece. A shared solution. Mule deer migrate through the Swall Meadows Wildlife Area twice every year. Imagine that the year is 1999, and you just moved to a new home in Swall Meadows. Every day out your window, you begin to see the same thing. Mule deer! A lot of mule deer. This experience led community members to the discovery that homes lay in ...continue reading

Protected Forever: Waterfalls, Canyon Walls, and Bighorn Sheep

Thanks to the help of Mono Lake Committee and The Wilderness Land Trust, together we have permanently protected a critical piece of Lundy Canyon, a special and iconic Eastern Sierra place. Photo of Lundy Canyon, originally posted to Flikr by m01229. Thanks to your support and the support of our community of Eastern Sierra Protectors, we have helped make a dream come true: a critical piece of land in the ...continue reading

Finding Strength in Nature

Maria Montessori stated in her book Discovery of the Child, “When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” As a requirement of my Montessori-based education, I went away to a nature camp for one to four weeks per year from Kindergarten through eighth grade. By the time we were teenagers, we were spending a month out of the classroom learning about the natural world. I am certain that this ...continue reading

2019-03-25T13:35:43-07:00March 25th, 2019|Blog, On the Wild Side, Volunteer|