FINAL NOTICE: We, 20 Feb 08 Tulare Lake Field Trip
- The Return of Tulare Lake
Event: Kerncrest Audubon Society Field Trip to Tulare Lake Basin
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Leader: Dr. Stephen A. Laymon, Atwell Island Project Manager,
USDI-Bureau of Land Management
Meet: 9:30am at Col. Allensworth State Historic Park 18 miles N. of
Wasco on Hwy. 43.
Destinations: USDI-Bureau of Land Management's Atwell Island Project
and Pixley National Wildlife Refuge
Meals: Bring food and water to last all day.
Contact: Lee Sutton, E: 2roadrunner@..., P: 760-375-1981, C:
As recently as 100 years ago, Tulare Lake was the largest lake west
of the Mississippi. Water diversions caused the lake to dry up and
farmers moved in to farm the former lakebed. Now in its 5th year, the
Bureau of Land Management's Atwell Island project just north of Kern
County in neighboring Tulare County is restoring valley grassland and
alkali sink habitat to a 7000 acre portion of the former Tulare Lake
bed. Join in as Atwell Island project manager, Dr. Steve Laymon,
tours participants through restored habitat, home to several listed
and sensitive species.
An added feature of this field trip will be the impressive evening
fly-in of 1000s of SANDHILL CRANES at nearby Pixley National Wildlife Refuge.
Happy & Productive Birding,
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