Eastern Sierra Land Trust   ◊   July 2017 E-Newsletter

Eastern Sierra Land Trust
 
Inspiration comes in many forms and shapes. It could be in the sweet smell of a summer monsoon, or in watching red-shouldered hawks in their aerial mating dance. Or it might come to you while standing in a special place in nature, just soaking it all up.
 
These seemingly simple moments and the inspiration they bring can be life-changing.
 
It's so important to spend time in the wild places you love, and to share that time with, well, anyone and everyone. All of us - from all walks of life, and of all ages - can find inspiration and appreciation in nature.
 
And what better way to inspire the next generation? Time spent playing outdoors is a classic childhood image - yet more and more, kids are losing the chance to get outside and explore. That's one of the reasons ESLT is hosting a new, free event this Saturday, one we're calling Crayons & Paint. It's a day for families with children between the ages of 5 and 15 to have a blast getting creative together in the great outdoors.
 
Inspiration, art, and time spent exploring in nature... How fun will that be!? I'm looking forward to it - I hope you'll join us and help spread the word to neighbors and friends.

Happy summer ,
Kay Ogden,  Executive Director
Calling All Kids: Let's Get Creative!
Join us THIS SATURDAY for Crayons & Paint: a free family day of fun and exploration in nature

Are you and your kids looking to escape the heat and explore the Eastern Sierra this summer?
 

If so, we hope you'll join us this Saturday, July 29 for our first-ever Crayons & Paint: a family day out on the land you've helped protect forever. Crayons & Paint will be an opportunity for families with children between the ages of 5 and 15 to have fun getting creative in nature.

 

Participation is limited, so please contact Indigo at indigo@eslt.org today to RSVP.


Celebrate Conservation at Lands & Legacy
Get ready for our Party of the Year, taking place August 11 - 13 in the Eastern Sierra
 
Join us as we celebrate the lands and waters you've helped protect forever!
 
At our annual Benefit Dinner on August 12, come together with friends for a festive evening and raise a glass to the many successes made possible thanks to you.
 
Plus, join us for one of two walking tours that same weekend. On Friday afternoon, visit our Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve and hear stories about the property's fascinating past from historian Dale Johnson. And on Sunday morning, explore an ongoing habitat restoration project at Benton Hot Springs Ranch with landowner Bill Bramlette and a representative from CA Dep. of Fish & Wildlife.
 
Tickets are limited, and are going fast - learn more about this fun weekend and reserve your spot today!

Looking For Our Next AmeriCorps Member
Help us fill this important role by forwarding this email to someone who might be great for the job
 
Do you know someone who loves the Sierra, and who wants to help protect its wonders while gaining environmental professional experience? The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) might be a great opportunity for them.
 
ESLT is seeking an enthusiastic, conservation-minded SNAP member to commit to 11 months of service to help protect the Eastern Sierra we all treasure. As our Education Coordinator, this new full-time team member will lead and collaborate on restoration, education, and outreach projects that engage our local community in conservation.
 
Don't wait: the application deadline is tomorrow, July 26!

Volunteers In Action at Conway Ranch
Thanks to their great work, sage-grouse chicks and other wildlife have a better chance at survival

Have you seen spiky metal prongs atop fence posts out on the range, and wondered what the heck they're for?
 
Here's your answer: they're perch deterrents! They keep hawks and other birds of prey from getting comfortable while on the hunt for sage-grouse chicks and other wildlife.
 
Our thanks go to volunteers  Bob Gardner Rosanne Higley , and Lee Whitmer (pictured at right). They recently helped install per ch deterrents at Conway Ranch - making these iconic meadows safer for the vulnerable creatures that call them home.

UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Crayons & Paint
Saturday, July 29 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Karen's Preserve ( map)
 
Join us for a free family day of activities, learning, and exploration! Families with children aged 5 through 15 will have fun playing games and doing guided art projects that teach kids about local wildlife, plants, and the natural world. RSVP to indigo@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554

Volunteer Day at Benton Hot Springs Ranch
Saturday, July 29 from 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Benton Hot Springs Ranch ( map )
 
Not afraid to get your feet wet? We'd love your help as we dig out bulrush, then move it to a place at the Benton Ponds where it will thrive and help crowd out an aggressive invasive plant. RSVP to indigo@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.

Lands & Legacy Celebration
Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13
Parallax Restaurant at Mammoth Mountain ( map)
 
Join your friends, family, and fellow conservation supporters as we raise a glass in honor of the magical lands and waters you've helped protect forever. There's lots in store for that weekend - learn more and reserve your spot by Clicking Here >>

Volunteer Day: Scenic Highway 395 Cleanup
Tuesday, August 29 from 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at the ESLT office to carpool ( map )
 
Join our volunteer team as we clean up our section of Scenic Highway 395, located north of Bishop along Sherwin Grade. For details and to sign up, contact Indigo: indigo@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.

EASTERN SIERRA LAND TRUST
 
ESLT works with willing landowners to protect vital lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historic, and watershed values.

250 N. Fowler Street, Bishop CA 93514

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