2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Maturango Museum Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 6 PM

Presentation by Mike Prather at Annual Meeting:

Owens Lake’s Returning Wildlife – Hemispheric Importance

Hundreds of thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl are once again returning to Owens Lake each spring and fall. After the lake’s destruction when the Los Angeles Aqueduct was completed in 1913, who would have expected such good news? The Owens Valley had choked on dust from the mid 1920’s until water was again released onto the lake in 2001 for a massive effort to control her hazardous dust. That dust control water covered dozens of square miles and immediately attracted shorebirds and waterfowl; water, primitive algae mats, brine flies and the ‘table was set’. A stopover to rest and forage for energy replenishment helps the feathered current of birds moving thousands of miles during north and south migration.

“But this is a dust project, not a wildlife project,” Audubon was told for many years. However, persistence and the building of a multi-stakeholder voice for the birds has led to what is hoped will be lasting protection for large tracks of historical habitat. This collaboration has taken years of building trust and is often referred to in Salton Seas talks as a model for success.

This program by Mike Prather from the Eastern Sierra Audubon chapter will take you on a fieldtrip of Owens Lake’s natural and human history.

Mike has lived in Inyo County since 1972, both in Death Valley and Lone Pine. He has worked tirelessly on desert issues such as wildlife,water,wildernessandparks. Heispastchair of the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, Eastern Sierra Audubon, Owens Valley Committee and currently is chair of the Inyo County Water Commission and a board member of Friends of the Inyo. Mike and his wife Nancy are retired public school teachers and have two grown daughters Robin and Phoebe. They also have two grandchildren Kestrel and Wren. Mike lives in the Alabama Hills above Lone Pine.

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