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April 13, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

The State of the Yuba!

Please join SYRCL's annual "State of the Yuba" program, focusing on Yuba watershed health, outlining SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlisting all river lovers in the ongoing protection and restoration of the Yuba River. The program will educate and update, and looks like a fantastic evening!

Date: April 21st, Open House at 5pm; Program 6-8pm
Location: Peace Lutheran Church (828 W Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945)
Details: This event is FREE! And refreshments will be available for purchase

Please click here for more information!

Earth Day Concert with the Foothill Conservancy!

Don’t miss bluegrass greats Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands at the historic Mokelumne Hill Town Hall on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. The event is a special Earth Day celebration to benefit Mokelumne River conservation and the Foothill Conservancy. Tickets are on sale now: Adult tickets are $25 advance, $30 door; tickets for kids 12 and under are $15. For more information, click here, or call 209-223-3508.

Bird and Wildflower Walks: South Yuba River State Park!!

State Park Docents will lead guided easy two mile Wildflower Walks every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning on Sunday March 6 and continuing through at least May 8. Resident Birding experts will also be leading guided two mile walks approximately once monthly through the early fall. Dates and details for both events are posted on the website.

Please click here to learn more about either event schedules.

Owens Lake Bird Festival!

Join Friends of the Inyo on April 22-24th, for the second annual Owens Lake Bird Festival in Lone Pine! The festival will celebrate migrating shorebirds as they move between hemispheres at Owens Lake Important Bird Area, and will highlight the Owens Lake story and the significant return of a vital, threatened habitat.

Please click here to register for the festival, or click here for more information!

Weathering Change: The Impact of Climate and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on California’s Water

Climate change and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will strongly influence water availability and allocation in California. UC Davis will be hosting a conference featuring keynote Kevin de Leon, President Pro Tem of the California State Senate, and a full day of sessions, panel discussions, and time to engage with academics, managers, and stakeholders.

Date: April 4-5, 2016. Please RSVP by March 27th.

Location: University of California, Davis, Conference Center

For more info or to RSVP, click here!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Positions Available with SYRCL!

SYRCL is seeking a River Science Project Manager for the 2016 River Ambassador Program! The River Science Project Manager will be responsible for implementing SYRCL’s River Science Projects as part of SYRCL’s River Science Team. SYRCL is also hiring River Captains and a Water Program Presenter.

Job descriptions and application info here!

Friends of the Inyo is hiring!

Friends of the Inyo relies on a small staff and volunteers to help care for and protect the Eastern Sierra's public lands. They are currently seeking an Operations Manager, a Forest Wilderness Intern, and Summer Field Positions.

Full job descriptions available here, or for more information please send an email!

Development Director: ESLT!

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is searching for an experienced fundraiser who will help the organization grow to meet new challenges and opportunities.

Please review full job description here, or please email ESLT Executive Director Kay Ogden!

District Wildlife Bioloist!

The Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest is currently outreaching for a GS-0486-09/11, District Wildlife Biologist position located in Bridgeport, CA. This is permanent/fulltime position.

For additional information, please contact Susan Ellsworth requesting an outreach response form.

Assistant Wildlife Bioloist!

The Tahoe National Forest (TNF) is currently outreaching for a GS-0486-07/09, Assistant Wildlife Biologist position located on the Yuba River Ranger District. This is permanent/fulltime position. Applicants will be able to select either Camptonville or Nevada City, CA as the Duty Station.

For additional information, please contact Marilyn Tierney requesting an outreach response form.

Summer Wildlife Biology/Ecology Field Technicians!

The USDA Forest Service is hiring Temporary Biological Sciences (Wildlife) Technicians based in Alta, CA. This work aims at developing a better understanding of where wildlife movement corridors are and their relationships with roads.

For additional information, please click here for vacancy and application info!


Grants Available for National Parks Centennial Celebrations

To honor the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016, the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund (Cal Wildlands) has created a one-time National Parks Centennial Celebration grantmaking program to support community-based celebrations and events across California.

This is a one-time, special program that operates with its own guidelines, criteria, and application process.

More information here!

Eli Segal Fellowship Accepting Applications!

The Eli Segal Fellowship is now accepting highly qualified candidates for a 13-month position at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

For more information, click here!

Rotary Peace Fellowships!

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

For more information, click here!

Wallace Global Fund Grants Available!

The Wallace Global Fund supports activities and movements that are global or national in scope. We will consider significant local or regional initiatives with the potential to leverage broader national or global impact. Proposals can be for either core or project-specific support.

For more information, click here!

Online BA in Public Service​​!

The University of Colorado Denver is offering an online BA in Public Service. Course work explores public service in governmental, nonprofit, and nongovernmental organizations, and topics such as financial management, fostering human capital, capacity building, program evaluation, change management, collaboration, network analysis, and leadership.

For more information, click here!


Eastern Sierra Land Trust:
Keeping the Eastern Sierra Abloom


ESLT to host free Pollinator Garden Workshop on April 16th in Bishop

What's for dinner? Without pollinators, the options might be few. With one third of the food supply and at least 80% of the world's flowering plants depending on pollinators, their impact can be felt everywhere—from backyards to dinner plates. Much of the Eastern Sierra’s natural treasures rely on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in order to live and thrive. But their numbers are in decline: impacted by pathogens, parasites, pesticides, and habitat loss, pollinators are disappearing from the landscape.

Local non-profit Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is committed to permanently safeguarding the Eastern Sierra’s wild and working lands, and since launching their Eastside Pollinator Garden Project in 2014, a major focus of ESLT’s work has been helping native pollinators thrive. With the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, ESLT is building safe havens for pollinators and educating the community about the important role they play. Since the project began, ESLT has helped certify 54 gardens and community spaces in Inyo and Mono Counties as pollinator-friendly habitat.

For all those interested in creating their own pollinator garden blooming with beautiful native plants, Eastern Sierra Land Trust will be hosting a free Pollinator Garden Workshop on Saturday, April 16th from 10am to 12pm at Inyo Council for the Arts (137 S. Main St. in Bishop).

With support from US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Native Plant Society (CNPS), the Pollinator Garden Workshop will provide guidance, information, and resources to anyone ready to create their own Eastern Sierra pollinator haven. Local experts – including Katie Quinlan of CNPS, Michelle Hunt of USFWS, Julie Fontaine of Trestles Environmental Corporation, and Steve Blair of Chalfant Big Trees Farm & Feed – will share helpful information about native plants, plant nutrition, irrigation techniques, and everything else needed to get a pollinator garden growing this spring.

Once a garden is ready to be planted, committed Eastside Pollinator Garden Project participants will be awarded a $125 voucher for native plant purchases. Participants will also receive a Certified Pollinator Garden plaque to post near their new pollinator habitat when the certification process is complete.

This year ESLT aims to certify 20-25 additional gardens as pollinator havens; anyone interested in bringing bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to their yard is encouraged to attend the workshop to learn more about what they can do to help pollinators thrive. Those unable to attend the workshop are encouraged to stop by ESLT’s annual GardenFest, to be held at the ESLT office (250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop) on April 31st for more information.

By working with members of the Eastern Sierra community to create pollinator habitat and encourage land stewardship, ESLT hopes to keep the Eastside blooming, year after year.


Eastern Sierra Land Trust works with willing landowners to protect vital lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. To learn more about ESLT’s work and how to get involved, please click here. For more information about the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project and the upcoming workshop, please contact ESLT Education Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member, Catherine Tao, or call (760) 873-4554.

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Newsletter contents prepared by Kate Gladstein.
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