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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!

Holiday Potluck Candlelight Dinner and Program, December 14th, 6pm


The December 14th meeting is also our annual Holiday potluck candlelight dinner, held at 6pm in the dining room of the White Mountain Research Center.

Do plan to attend as it is a fun event, and bring a friend or neighbor! Every participant should bring a dish (entrée, salad, or dessert to serve at least 6 people, and contribute either juice, soft drinks, wine or beer to the beverage table.) We often run out of food, so we would appreciate contributions of larger portions so there will be sufficient food for everyone. Please bring your own place setting. Audubon will provide coffee, tea, juice, and a touch of wine prior to the dinner. Also, we encourage you to bring more main dishes and salads this year than desserts, as last year we ran out of main dishes, but had leftover desserts. Everyone was still happy and well-fed, though! Arrive by 6pm for our potluck dinner. 

The dinner will be followed by a program at 7pm:

Water and the California Dream - book cover

Eastern Sierra Water: Historic Choices that Shaped California

Join us at White Mountain Research Center, Owens Valley Station, on Wednesday December 14th, 2016, for our annual holiday candle-light potluck dinner (6pm), followed by a special presentation by David Carle at 7pm, Eastern Sierra Water: Historic Choices that Shaped California

Eastern Sierra Water: Historic Choices that Shaped California

In 2003, David Carle published Water and the California Dream: Choices for the New Millennium. In this book, he described how, in the last one hundred years, imported water transformed the environment of the Golden State and its quality of life, with landownership patterns and real estate boosterism dramatically altering both urban and rural communities. The key to this transformation was expanded access to water from the Eastern Sierra, the Colorado River, and Northern California rivers. In 2016, Carle published a revised edition in which he brings that history up to date, as water choices remain the primary tool for shaping California’s future. In his presentation, Carle will focus on the Eastern Sierra and issues discussed in the revised edition, Water and the California Dream: Historic Choices for Shaping the Future.

David Carle

Dave Carle is the author or co-author of 13 non-fiction books and 2 novels, including Water and the California Dream: Historic Choices for Shaping California (Counterpoint, 2016), Introduction to Water in California (UC Press, 2015), and the historical novel Mono (Phalarope Press, 2010).

David Carle grew up in Orange County, California, received his bachelor's degree at UC Davis in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and a master's degree from CSU Sacramento in Recreation and Parks Administration. He was a ranger in California State Parks for 27 years; including the Mendocino Coast, Hearst Castle, the Auburn State Recreation Area, and the State Indian Museum in Sacramento. Then, from 1982 through 2000 at the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, he shared the unit ranger position with his wife, Janet, participating in the long effort to protect that Eastern Sierra inland sea from the effects of stream diversions to Los Angeles. He taught biology and natural history courses at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes. Dave is currently the President of the Mono Basin Historical Society.

For more information contact Erin Nordin (email Also, check back to the programs page for updates to the list of future speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

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