Exploration

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15 Aug: Getting Nostalgic in the Mammoth Lakes Basin with the Trail Ambassadors

Watching the Trail Ambassadors run the cross cut saw to remove a log from a trail in the Mammoth Lakes Basin put us in an old time kind of mood, so here’s pictures of them working in black and white. Look for the Trail Ambassadors on high country trails this summer, or join them for Trail Work Thursday or an interpretive hike.

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15 Aug: Trail Ambassadors in Little Lakes Valley

For a month now, Friends of the Inyo’s Eastern Sierra Trail Ambassadors have been on the ground, working hard to open up and clear out high country trails after an epic winter. One place they’ve really enjoyed working is Rock Creek and the trails leading out of Little Lakes Valley. On the way up to Ruby Lake, a few Whitebark pine fell across the trail and they spent an afternoon sawing them out. Check out photos below, and look for the Trail Ambassadors out on trails all summer long.

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15 Aug: Birds of the 2017 Owens Lake Bird Festival

Here’s the list of birds we saw at the 2017 Owens Lake Bird Festival: Gadwall American Wigeon Mallad Blue-winged Teal Cinnamon Teal Northern Shoveler Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal Canvasback Redhead Lesser Scaup Long-tailed Duck Bufflehead Red-breasted Merganser Ruddy Duck California Quail Eared Grebe Double-crested Cormorant American White Pelican Great Blue Heron Great Egret Snowy Egret White-faced Ibis Turkey Vulture Osprey Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Cooper’s Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk Swainson’s Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Sora American Coot Black-necked Stilt American Avocet Back-bellied plover Snowy Plover Semipalmated plover Killdeer Spotted Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs Willet Whimbrel Long-billed Curlew Marbled Godwit…

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15 Aug: The People of the Owens Lake Bird Festival

While the birds were the star of the festival, the people made it pretty great too:   Saturday started out cold (photo by David Carle)…   But we persisted, and had a great time (photo by Janet Carle).   It was a gorgeous day to search for birds (Gabby Guerrero).   We learned a lot from Bob Steele about the art of bird photography (Sam Dummer).   Dave Herbst led his always popular exploration of the microbiotic life of Owens Lake (Janet Carle).   (David Carle)   This year’s festival offered many excited trips off the lake. Here’s the group…

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01 Aug: SnowSchool Comes to Mammoth

SnowSchool happened this year in Mammoth! Winter Wildlands Alliance sponsors SnowSchool, a travelling curriculum of winter science and ecology lessons applied to outdoor educational opportunities. This winter, Winter Wildlands Alliance worked with Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association to coordinate the event and bring together groups like Friends of the Inyo, Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, and Mammoth Mountain to get Mammoth Elementary 5th graders out into the winter landsacpe for a day. We scheduled it twice, and got cancelled due to epic storms, but we made it happen on Tuesday, March 21, even with another big storm. The kids were great- smiles…

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28 Feb: Tablelands Tour

What a great tour in the Volcanic Tablelands a couple of weeks ago. We owe a huge thank you to Greg Haverstock, the BLM’s resident archaeologist. It seems as if very few people are as familiar with the Tablelands, and we’re thankful for him sharing his knowledge of the cultural history and landscape that is right out our back door. Check out some photos from the day, and we’ll do this outing again in the future. Greg brought an atl atl for us to try out. This is a traditional hunting tool that preceded the bow and arrow. Greg also…

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27 Dec: Nature’s Classroom

Claudia Moya-Tanner’s son Bo explored Devils Postpile National Monumental with Bishop Second Graders on a project supported by Friends of the Inyo. Check out Claudia’s editorial, published in the Inyo Register on December 6.  Nature’s Classroom Exploring public lands through the eyes of children. There’s no better way to experience a sense of wonder than through the eyes of a child. For me, that means frequent trips with my son Bo to Devils Postpile National Monument, the protected public lands in our own backyard. The Monument has long been Bo’s playground, and one of his favorite places to learn, explore,…