This Week's Mammoth Times Events Calendar

Black Lake Celebration Day, May 14
May 14 is International Migratory Bird Day – and in its honor, Eastern Sierra Land Trust will be out on the land with Eastern Sierra Audubon Club celebrating the donation of our new Black Lake Preserve. All are invited to celebrate the conservation of the spectacular landscape of Black Lake Preserve with speakers, walking tours, birdwatching opportunities and a catered picnic lunch in the meadow from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendance is limited to 50 guests. To RSVP, contact Sara Kokkelenberg at sara@eslt.org or call 760-873-4554.

South Tufa Tours, Lee Vining, May 14, May 15
All are invited to discover the mystery of Mono Lake’s bizarre tufa towers, strange alkaline waters and unique ecological system during a walk along the shores of this ancient lake. Those planning to attend are asked to meet at the South Tufa parking lot kiosk (five miles south of Lee Vining on U.S. Highway 395, five miles on State Route 120 east, follow signs for South Tufa). Guided walks begin at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and last about an hour. Contact Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center at 760-647-3044.

Free Nature Videos and Children’s Time, the Mammoth Visitor Center, Mammoth Lakes, May 14, May 15
Local and visiting families are invited to watch a variety of interesting videos in the Forest Service auditorium at the Mammoth Visitor Center each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. And beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturdays only, ESIA will host a variety of fun activities for children. There will be arts and crafts, and stories about the Eastern Sierra. For more information, call 760-920-1163.

Sierra Club hike, Bohler Canyon, May 15
Re-visit little Bohler Canyon after a large fire came through to monitor regrowth and to visit the many arborglyphs among canyon aspens. This is an easy, four-mile round-trip, with some cross-country. The group will meet 8:30 a.m. at the Mammoth Lakes Union Bank or at 9 a.m. behind June Lake Junction Shell station. For more information, contact Jean at 760-648-7109, dillinghamjean@gmail.com).

Personal Drones! How They Work and Why Their Use is Up in the Air, May 17
Paul Page talks about the increase in drone use. The talk is at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Rd. Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour. For more information contact Annie Barrett at anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655 or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654.

Sierra Club U.S. Highway 395 clean up, May 18
Join the local Sierra Club for a morning clean up of its two-mile section of U.S. Highway 395. The group will meet at 8 a.m. at the Crestview Rest Area (five miles north of Mammoth Lakes). Vests, hard hats, trash bags, pickers, gloves and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Dick and Joanne at 760-709-5050 or rhihn@skidmore.ed.

Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People Slideshow and Dinner, Thursday May 19
Friends of Himalayan Sherpa People, a local non-profit, will host a slideshow and benefit dinner at the Lee Vining Community Center. A full Nepali dinner will be held at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. slideshow with scenic photos of Nepal, earthquake recovery one year after two devastating earthquakes and updates on projects in the villages. This event is free. Donations accepted to further the Friends' project work. For more info, call 760-387-2122.

Wooly Mullein Removal, May 19
Eastern Sierra Land Trust is inviting all to help pull Woolly Mullein, an invasive weed that chokes out the native plant species that wildlife need to thrive. For more information go to http://www.eslt.org/.

Mono Lake Bird Walk, May 20, May 22
The Mono Lake Committee and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve lead guided bird walks at Mono Lake County Park on Fridays and Sundays from late May through Labor Day weekend. The walks are from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. with leaders from the Mono Lake Committee and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve staff. The group will meet five miles north of Lee Vining (turn on Cemetery Road and follow the signs to the County Park).

McGee Creek beaver pond tour, May 20
Join the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association guide for a day hike up to the beaver ponds at McGee Creek. Upon arrival at the ponds, hikers will learn about the history and life of this majestic animal. The group will meet at the McGee Creek trailhead at 11 a.m. The tour will cover six miles roundtrip and will last approximately two to three hours. This trail is considered a moderate hike. For information call 760-920-1163.

Health and Safety Fair, Shady Rest Park, May 21
Join First 5 of Mono County from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for a morning of fun activities for the little ones. Events will include a bike rodeo, ambulance tours, snacks and lots of items and information on keeping your family healthy and safe. For more information, call Molly at 760-924-7626 or mdeshaillets@monocoe.org

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