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|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 dont miss it!
RSVP Mike Prather, firstname.lastname@example.org (h)760.876.5807
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING
Its 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).
WHERE TO STAY
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.
PLACES TO EAT IN OR NEAR LONE PINE
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.
Carls Junior Open at 6:30AM. North end of town.
McDonalds 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.
OTHER NEARBY ATTRACTIONS
Diaz Lake 3 miles south of Lone Pine on Hwy 395.
Edwards Field riparian area behind Carls 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.
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.