Owens Lake – Bird Mecca

ESLT has participated in the Owens Lake Master Plan process for the past two years - and this story illustrates one of the reasons why: Owens Lake has returned to being significant habitat for many species of birds. The City of Los Angeles has rewatered a large portion of the lake for dust control and the birds have returned! Read on for a wonderful account of the Audubon Society's recent Owens Lake …continue reading

2017-03-03T11:03:06-08:00May 11th, 2012|Blog|

Reserve a Spot at the Audubon Wild at...

Which Plants are Best for Your Owens Valley Garden? Find out at the Wild at Home Gardening Workshop Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Eastern Sierra Audubon Society (ESAS), Inyo & Mono Master Gardeners and Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care are proud to present the 2nd annual Wild at Home Gardening Workshop. Join us at the ESLT office at 176 Home St. in Bishop from 1-4pm on Sunday April 22nd to learn how …continue reading

2017-03-03T11:05:11-08:00April 17th, 2012|Blog|

The 11 Layers of an Onion – An...

On Tue., March 27th my roommate Elsbeth and I rode our bikes to Rick Devore's 100% organic Apple Hill Farm. I was fulfilling an AmeriCorps requirement to volunteer at a farm to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day. Elsbeth is simply a great human being and wanted to help. We were greeted at the end of the driveway by a spry Belgian shepherd and an adorable golden retriever graying at the nose. …continue reading

2017-03-03T11:07:56-08:00March 29th, 2012|Blog, Volunteer|

Looking Back on My AmeriCorps Year at ESLT

As my AmeriCorps year comes to an end, I almost feel like I just started at ESLT! It's probably because the year has been a whirlwind of activity and exciting new experiences. My recent AmeriCorps graduation gave me an opportunity to reflect on my time here, and on the impact of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) in general. The SNAP Program places 27 talented and creative young people at different environmental …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:26-08:00November 22nd, 2011|Blog, Volunteer|

Enhancing Habitat for Native Fish through Partnerships

In early 2008 after working closely with several key partners, Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT), along with landowner Bill Bramlette, finalized permanent preservation for the important 900 acre Benton Hot Springs Ranch. This property includes numerous springs and seeps, ponds, and both wet and dry alkali meadows. The protection of wetlands and riparian areas is crucial in arid regions because of their role as critical wildlife habitat. The property is managed as …continue reading

2017-03-03T15:47:59-08:00September 6th, 2011|Blog, Volunteer|

Willow Flat Easement: Critical Wildlife Habitat Preserved

written by David Woodruff, ESLT Deputy Director Eastern Sierra landowner Tina Bundy Nappe and her family have permanently preserved her 60 acres for future generations. Her land, know as Willow Flat, which includes a half a mile of the Little Walker River, has now been preserved with a conservation easement, a voluntary binding land protection agreement between the landowner and Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT). The Nappe family retains ownership and management …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:15:02-08:00July 22nd, 2011|Blog, Volunteer|

Sharing the Natural Wonder of Benton Hot Springs...

written by Piper Wright, ESLT high school intern Educating both children and adults about the value of land conservation is an important part of ESLT's mission. The various conservation lands that ESLT has can be an excellent educational tool: getting young children out on the land can spark their interest in wildlife and the natural world around them. Our project began in early February with an idea to partner with the Eastern …continue reading

2017-03-03T15:47:58-08:00June 6th, 2011|Blog, Volunteer|

ESLT Goes to Lone Pine High School

  What do thirteen sophomore biology students at Lone Pine High School think about Owens Lake? Karen and I got to find out last Tuesday when we made the trip down there and taught them a little bit about Eastern Sierra Land Trust and the story of Owens Lake.     Translating the concepts behind conservation easements, land stewardship, and the Owens Lake Planning Committee into something that would engage …continue reading

2017-03-03T12:12:28-08:00March 10th, 2011|Blog|

A Day with Jack Laws

A Day With Jack Laws Sunday, October 3, 2010 Two Drawing and Sketching Classes Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site Celebrated author, artist and nature educator Jack Laws, great grandson of the R.J. Laws of Laws, CA, will conduct a one day program on wildlife interpretation, bird sketching, drawing and painting techniques. Drawing Birds in the Western Landscape - Morning Session Learn basic shapes and methods for capturing the form and movement …continue reading

2017-03-03T11:03:14-08:00September 20th, 2010|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|
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