June 2023 • ESLT News
As the sweet warmth of June seeps into the Eastern Sierra, the days grow longer, the meadows flourish with vibrant wildflowers, and the blooming lupine rustle harmoniously with the whispering summer breeze. Summer is palpable as our wildlife residents reemerge, enriching the landscapes with their dynamic presence. I welcome you to fully embrace this transformation and join us in our upcoming summer endeavors.
June serves as a remarkable month of homecoming for our migratory birds, and what better way to celebrate their return than participating in the newly rescheduled Migratory Bird Day at the rare desert wetland at Black Lake Preserve tomorrow? This special day, filled with avian melodies and vibrant feathers, showcases the important role our preserved lands play in the grand tapestry of migratory routes.
I hope you can join me at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) on June 6th where I’ll be part of a panel speaking about our Mammoth Lakes Highway 395 Wildlife Crossing, and at California Natural Resources Agency’s (CNRA) webinar on Increasing Voluntary Conservation Easements on June 8th. These events promise to be a wealth of knowledge and experiences for all who attend.
Looking ahead, I’m delighted to announce the date of our Lands and Legacy celebration – September 23rd. After scheduling, canceling and rescheduling several times, we are (finally!) set to gather in-person. Join us for a guided tour on the land that you’ve worked to protect, and an inspiring in-person dinner and Paddle Raise at Parallax Restaurant hosted by Mammoth Mountain on September 23rd.
And speaking of our vibrant ESLT family, I am absolutely overjoyed to introduce two new faces. Andie Stewart, our new Communications Manager, is joining us with her incredible knack for storytelling and her background in human rights work in the Middle East. Julie Royall, joining us as our AmeriCorps SNAP member, is another fantastic addition to our team with her infectious energy and outdoor education background. With their passion and dedication, they’re already making significant contributions to our work.
Additionally, I’m excited to share that we are welcoming two bright, enthusiastic interns from Redlands University for the summer to help in our Lands Program with Emmie, ESLT’s Stewardship Director and Amy, our Conservation Director. I’m confident they will be fantastic additions to our team, and will spend time shadowing each ESLT staff member throughout the summer. I can’t wait to see what they achieve during their time with us.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, connecting with our community, and sharing in the magic of a Sierra summer.
Executive Director/CEO, ESLT
(760) 873-4554, [email protected]
Welcome to ESLT
Andie joins us from a career working at an international human rights organization in the Middle East, where she focused on the nexus of human rights and land law access issues for many years.
Andie grew up in Kansas, where her love of the natural world and how it intersects with humans took root. She graduated with an M.A. in Human Rights Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In her free time, Andie can be found skiing, rock or ice climbing, riding her horse, or summiting a Bishop skyline peak with her dog, Adlee.
Welcome to ESLT
We are thrilled to announce that Julie Royall has joined ESLT as our new AmeriCorps SNAP member!
Julie graduated from Vassar College with a degree in philosophy, and developed her understanding of critical theory into real world development. She traveled the world and country to continue her study in permaculture, gardening, botany and environment. Her travels eventually led her west to the Eastern Sierra, where she finds true home.
She has spent the last decade working as an outdoor environmental educator, to inspire awareness and conscious relationships to nature. Julie looks forward to working with ESLT staff to make sure her programs integrate with grace into ESLT’s overall mission of education, land conservation and stewardship.
In her free time, Julie can be found climbing in Pine Creek, hiking or throwing pottery with her friends.
From the Field
Redlands University Students at Green Creek
While doing research at SNARL, eight Redlands University students and one professor joined ESLT field staff for a stewardship day at an ESLT property, Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve. Donated to ESLT in 2013, this property is open to the public and serves as both an important wildlife habitat and ecologically significant native plant habitat.
Together with ESLT staff, the students restored a foot pathway leading to a sprawling meadow that had experienced two track OHV damage.
A View of Ullman Ranch from Kay’s Electric Vehicle
Kay stopped at Ullman Ranch on her way to a retirement party in Sacramento for John Donnelly, former Executive Director of CA’s Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB). WCB has helped fund over 7,500 acres of ESLT protected land.
Ullman Ranch is a 1,424 acre seasonal cattle ranch that was protected permanently in 2021. It’s conservations preserves a critical migration route for mule deer and securing habitat for a variety of wide-ranging wildlife such as sage-grouse, bees and butterflies, American badger, eagles, and songbirds.
ESLT Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Lands & Legacy Celebration Save the Date: September 23rd, 2023
Our newly rescheduled Lands & Legacy celebration will feature a guided tour on land you’ve worked to protect, and an inspiring in-person dinner and Paddle Raise at Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax Restaurant on Saturday, September 23rd. Save the date!
More details to come soon about the schedule of summer events and land tours. We can’t wait to get inspired with you this summer on the land that you have protected forever.
World Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, June 3rd 8am-10am
Come birding with us at ESLT’s Black Lake Preserve in celebration of World Migratory Bird Day.
Join us to spot visiting birds at this rare desert wetland! If you can’t make it on Saturday, there will also be options to bird on your own at Black Lake Preserve or at the Bishop COSA.
SNARL Spring Series on 395 Wildlife Crossing
Tuesday, June 6th 7pm-8pm
Please join us this spring for a series of presentations focused on some of the latest research and findings from the Eastern Sierra and Beyond. We are very excited to be in person again at the Page Center. This seminar will take place on Tuesday, June 6th, from 7pm-8pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL – 1016 Mount Morrison Road in Mammoth Lakes.
Join at SNARL to hear Kay Ogden (ESLT’s Executive Director/CEO), Katie Rodriguez (M.S., CalTrans District 9 Biology Branch Chief), and Dan Taylor (CDFW Region 6 Wildlife North Unit Biologist).
Kay presents at Pathways to 30×30 Webinar: Increasing Voluntary Conservation Easements
Thursday, June 8th 10:30am
Partners across the state are working to advance progress toward the 30×30 goal by implementing strategies and actions along the ten pathways identified in the Pathways to 30×30 report.
Please join us for a webinar highlighting successes, challenges, and lessons learned related to Pathway 3: Increase Voluntary Conservation Easements. Learn how partners are: (1) working together to amplify and accelerate the role of voluntary private land conservation to advance the 30×30 goal; (2) pursuing multi-benefit outcomes that benefit agriculture, Tribal heritage, and/or equity and access; and (3) providing new tools and resources to advance our shared work. We look forward to seeing you there!
Learn more and stay up to date here.
Bluesapalooza – Volunteers Wanted!
Saturday, August 5th – All Day Event
Bluesapalooza is right around the corner, and ESLT is looking for more volunteers! Just like last year, ESLT will be working the South Bar, which includes pouring beer and operating the point of sale system.
Volunteers with shifts of at least four hours earn a drink token, as well as entry to the event on the day of their shift. Volunteers who complete a 6-hour shift are eligible for a free day pass to the next day of the event, plus a drink token.
In return for volunteer hours, the event generously donates to the local non-profits that help out. Last year, ESLT earned a little over $52 per volunteer hour which amounted to more than $3,500!
This incredible four-day festival is held each year in the heart of Mammoth Lakes and features dozens of breweries and world-renowned musicians. Listen to great music and support an amazing cause.
Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering.
Thank you for being a part of the ESLT family. With our caring landowners, volunteers, members, and supporters, we’re protecting a bright future for the Eastern Sierra.
Kay, Amanda, Amy, Andie, Carissa, Claire, Emmie, Heather, Julie, and our Board of Directors
(From Eastern Sierra Land Trust)