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Oasis in the desert: Black Lake Preserve

Friday 6:30 AM-11:30 AM
Trip# 209: Oasis in the desert: Black Lake Preserve
Tags: restoration low elevation < 8,000' plants birds
Description: A rare wetland between the Benton Range and Black Mountain, Adobe Valley's Black Lake is home to a vast variety of unusual flora and fauna. Designated as an Important Bird Area, Black Lake is critical to supporting avian populations: it serves as a breeding outpost for dozens of migrating bird species and also provides a vital water source for pronghorn, mule deer, Great Basin spadefoot toad, and Wong's springsnail. Thanks to a generous property donation in 2014, Black Lake Preserve is now owned by Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Join Land Trust staff as they lead an early-morning walking tour of this protected alkali lake and wetland. Likely sights include rare alkali meadow plants, waterfowl, shorebirds, and, if we are lucky, Loggerhead Shrike. (est. driving miles: 130; hiking difficulty: easy)
Current Weather Conditions in Lee Vining:
Broken clouds, 69° (Feels Like: 67°)
Wind: ESE @ 3mph with 7mph gusts
Visibility: 10,000 ft
Forecast for Friday June 16:
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Transportation: Carpool/Personal Vehicle
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