4/18/2009 Owens Lake Important Bird Area spring big day

Owens Lake IBA Spring Big Day, Saturday, April 18, 2009

Eastern Sierra Audubon is planning its Owens Lake Spring Big Day--a semi-annual bird survey conducted in the Owens Lake area--for Saturday, April 18th. This survey will be focused on the dust control project area and should take roughly half a day. We will need five teams of 3-5 counters to do the census. We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Diaz Lake County parking area (3 miles south of Lone Pine).

If you would like to be part of the survey please contact Mike Prather via email or phone (information below). During this part of April each survey group can expect BIG numbers. There will be a tally and free meal at Prather home after the count – don’t miss it!

RSVP Mike Prather, (h)760.876.5807


It’s spring, so dress in layers (cool morning in the 50s F and warm afternoon in the 70s - 80s F). Wear footwear that might get muddy or wet. Protect yourself from sun. Bring water, snacks, etc. A hard hat and safety vest are required. Mike has a limited number of hard hats and vests. Please let him know if you have your own hard hat and vest.

Equipment: Binoculars, field guides, spotting scope (if you have one), camera.

Vehicles: Car pool during the survey, if possible. Unless it has recently rained, all roads should be fine (they have a packed dirt surface).


• Frontier (Best Western) – 760.876.5571

• Dow Villa Motel – 760.876.5521

• Mt. Whitney Motel – 760.876.4207

• Trails Motel – 760.876.5555

• Portal Motel –760.876.5930

• Diaz Lake County Park – 3 miles south of Lone Pine on Hwy 395)

• Tuttle Creek BLM –Take Whitney Portal Rd. west for three miles. Turn left onto Horseshoe Meadow Rd. Go a little over a mile to turnoff to campground on right.

• Lone Pine Campground – Inyo National Forest. Reservations can be made online. Campground is less than 10 minutes from Lone Pine. Drive west on Whitney Portal Rd.

• Boulder Creek RV Park – 4 miles south of Lone Pine on Hwy 395. 760.876.4243

• Portuguese Joe Inyo County Campground – Go one half mile west of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Rd. and turn left on Tuttle Creek Rd. Campground is on the immediate right.

• Mt. Whitney Restaurant – open 6AM – 9PM. At the stop light in Lone Pine.

• Alabama Hills Cafι – Open at 5:30AM. Breakfast and lunch. Post St. west of Hwy 395 (just north of Pizza Factory).

• Bonanza Mexican Restaurant – Open 11AM for lunch and dinner Mon. through Friday. Open at 8AM for breakfast Sat. and Sun. One block north of stoplight on east side of street.

• Expresso Parlor – Opens at 6AM. GOOD coffee. Second block north of light on west side.

• Merry-Go-Round – Dinner only; open at 5PM. Next to the Seasons at the stop light.

• Seasons – Dinner only; open at 5PM. At the stop light. Fine dining (excellent, $$$)

• Pizza Factory – Opens at 11AM. Across street from Dow Villa Motel.

• Carl’s Junior – Open at 6:30AM. North end of town.

• McDonald’s – Open at 6AM. South end of town.

• Ranch House Cafι – Breakfast, lunch, dinner. In Olancha on Hwy 395, 22 miles south of Lone Pine at southern end of Owens Lake.


Local birding:
• Diaz Lake – 3 miles south of Lone Pine on Hwy 395.

• Edwards Field – riparian area behind Carl’s Junior (north end of Lone Pine).

• Lower Owens River – Access where the Lone Pine Narrow Gauge Rd. or Hwy 135 crosses the river. Walk upstream or down stream wherever habitat looks good.

Local Attractions:
• Lone Pine Film History Museum

• Manazanar National Historic Site – 10 miles north of Lone Pine on Hwy 395.

• Inter-Agency Visitor Center – 2 miles south of Lone Pine at junction of Hwy 395 and Hwy 136.
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