Vic and I have just returned from a field trip with Sea & Sage Audubon Society to the Eastern Sierras. We went primarily to see the progress on the Owens Lake restoration, as well as to watch sage grouse courtship and to scout out locations for the birding classes that Vic leads to that area.
Linda Oberholzer was our leader for this trip. It was a relief that Vic didn't have the responsibility for organizing or keeping the 13-car caravan together. It was really nice to be able to relax and enjoy being a participant instead of leading. Others from Huntington Beach on this trip were Lena Hayashi and Dick and Pat Cabe. All three are longtime environmental activists who participate in the monthly bird surveys at Shipley Nature Center and the Huntington Wetlands, both of which Lena is the organizer.
We started Saturday morning with a tour of Owens Lake led by Mike Prather, an environmental activist from Lone Pine. He is one of the many people involved in the ongoing restoration and dust abatement project there.