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Mule deer are an iconic species in the Western US. Perhaps you have seen them take bounding, stiff-legged hops through the sagebrush, or noticed their large, mule-like ears. Maybe you saw a mule deer from the Round Valley herd!

The Round Valley mule deer herd migrates seasonally between the valley floor in the winter and mountain meadows in the summer. On their journey, they must pass through a thin bottleneck in Swall Meadows. Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) was founded to conserve this important migration corridor through conservation easements.

CDFW Human-Wildlife Conflict Scientist Dan Taylor will lead us on an educational tour of the Round Valley mule deer herd’s winter range. CalTrans Senior Biologist Katie Rodriguez and Mono County Supervisor Stacy Corless will also be in attendance to share an update about the Mammoth Lakes 395 Wildlife Crossing Project.

The Mule Deer Migration Corridor Field Trip is a free, family-friendly event. Please do not bring dogs, but do remember to dress for the weather. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Binoculars are recommended to view the deer, but they are not required. The event may be postponed if it is storming. Please RSVP to Claire at for the meeting location and mark your calendars for March 26th from 2-4 pm.

Thanks to Heather Freeman for the usage of her photo. 

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