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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!

June 3 Audubon Program: Discover Rare Local Reptiles!

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, U.S. Forest Service/BLM Building in Bishop, 7:00pm

The June 3rd program will be held at the U.S. Forest Service/BLM Building in Bishop on West Line Street, near the DMV. Doors open at 6:30, with the presentation starting at 7:00pm. Seating is limited.

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.

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Ground Snake, Sonora semiannulata

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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Future Programs (schedule subject to change):

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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