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Upcoming Eastern Sierra Audubon Programs

When: Normally on the FIRST Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) of October, December, February, and April; 7:00 PM (see Events Calendar) and sometimes additional months.
Where: Venues vary - in the past we've held programs at the White Mountain Research Center, Owens Valley Station (4 mi. East of Bishop on East Line St., see Map, or the USFS/BLM Office Meeting Room in Bishop (see Map) - See program details for information and updates.

Evening programs will be preceded by (1) announcements of interest to the membership, and (2) sharing of recent bird sightings and other news on the local natural history scene. Check back here or local news media for possible changes. Everyone is welcome to attend!

May 6th: A Second Showing: Raptors of the Eastern Sierra with Ron Oriti

Ferruginous Hawk, Dark Morph

Ferruginous Hawk, Dark Morph
Photo by Ron Oriti

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, U.S. Forest Service/BLM Building in Bishop, 7:00pm

The first presentation of Raptors of the Eastern Sierra was such a hit that we have scheduled an encore to include those of you that missed the first one! This will be a repeat of the same presentation that was given in February of 2015.

The May 6th program will be held at the U.S. Forest Service/BLM Building in Bishop on West Line Street, near the DMV. Please welcome back Ron Oriti, who will be giving his presentation on Raptors of the Eastern Sierra in an encore performance! Doors open at 6:30, with the presentation starting at 7:00pm. Seating is limited!

Raptors of the Eastern Sierra

There are 17 different raptors that are typically found in the eastern sierra. Ron Oriti will cover the basics of each species - their natural history and the differences between males, females, and immatures, but the highlight of the presentation will be the wonderful photos (if anything, come for the photos!). You will love seeing these raptors up close.

American Kestrel, photo by Ron Oriti

American Kestrel, photo by Ron Oriti

Ron Oriti is a retired Planetarium Director and astronomy teacher. He was a research assistant in meteoritics at UCLA, and has co-authored a textbook on astronomy for beginning college students. His love of nature and the outdoors brought him to the Eastern Sierra. With the aid of the digital camera he has specialized in photographing local landscapes, wildflowers, dragonflies, butterflies, lizards, raptors, and other birds.

We hope to see you then and spread the word!

Questions/comments:; 760-920-8541.

Future Programs (schedule subject to change):

  • June 3, 2015 (Wednesday): Stories of Discovery: Citizen Science and Rare Reptiles of Eastern California, with Adam Clause. Venue TBA.

June 3 Audubon Program: Discover Rare Local Reptiles! (Venue TBA)

Rare reptile

Stories of Discovery: Citizen Science and Rare Reptiles of Eastern California

The Great Basin Desert of eastern California supports a remarkable, yet mysterious assemblage of squamates (snakes and lizards). For many species, this area forms the northern edge of their known distribution. Others are quite rare, their populations scattered and isolated after the drying of the deserts. Southern Mono and northern Inyo Counties, in particular, are a “black-hole” for scientists who study squamates. This lack of basic information can inhibit conservation planning. As with ornithology, web platforms for citizen science initiatives can play a huge role in pulling back the curtain on knowledge gaps. In his talk, presenter Adam Clause will provide a primer on squamate biodiversity in the region, discuss how citizen science can help improve our understanding of that biodiversity, and finish with an overview of his personal research on the Panamint alligator lizard.

Rare reptile

Adam G. Clause was born and raised in southern California, and tries to explore remote desert canyons as much as time will allow. He completed his B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity at the University of California, Davis, and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia. His dissertation research focuses on the spatial ecology and conservation biology of alligator lizards in eastern California and southern Mexico. A naturalist at heart, Adam fosters a deep interest in studying the natural history and distribution of all organisms, but particularly reptiles and amphibians. Applied conservation science is his passion, and he enjoys promoting the value of nature to broad audiences.

For more information contact Jenny Richardson (email or call 760-920-8541. Also, check back for updates to the list of future speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

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Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

If you have any questions or are interested in presenting a program, please contact our programs coordinator, Jenny Richardson, at:; 760-920-8541.

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