Entries by Jeff Hunter (7)

Thursday
Aug282014

Saturday October 18, 2014: Indian Fire Bitterbrush Planting

89 year old WW2 Vet Axel Fritz at last year's planting

Join the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership and the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society as we assist the BLM with re-planting Bitterbrush in the footprint of the Indian Fire, south of Mono Lake. 

Bitterbrush is vitally important forage for mule deer and pronghorn antelope. Volunteers will assist with planting and watering Bitterbrush in an area burned in 2012. This will be a fun project in a spectacularly beautiful area. 

We will meet at Mono Mills off Hwy 120 East at 9:30 a.m. Directions to our meeting location can be found at the following link; http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/9374

For more information or to RSVP please contact Jeff Hunter at info@bodiehills.org or 423-322-7866. 

Thursday
Jul102014

Sat Sept 27, 2014: National Public Lands Day Stewardship Project

Volunteers will remove about a half-mile of barbed wire fence from a sage ground lek (strutting ground). The group will also remove vegetation from around historic building and structures to remove hazardous fuels, as well as conduct a general site clean-up.

Participants should bring sturdy shoes/boots, pants, long sleeves, gloves, a hat and sunscreen. BLM and the State Park will provide all necessary tools. 

All volunteers will have free entry into the State Park. The site managers will provide a BBQ lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks to the volunteers. Those interested are welcome to attend a free tour of Bodie State Historic Park at 1:30 p.m.

Please RSVP if you are planning to come volunteer.

Click here for a map and directions to the site: https://goo.gl/maps/PnHHO

For more information or to register please contact Jeff Hunter at info@bodiehills.org or 423-322-7866. The meeting time and location will be provided upon registration. 

Thursday
Jul102014

Sat Sept 13, 2013: Obsidian Quarry tour with BLM Archaeologist Greg Haverstock

Bodie Obsidian

We will join BLM Archaeologist Greg Haverstock and visit one of the most significant sources of obsidian in prehistoric California. Participants will learn about obsidian analyses and how these data are used by archaeologists to reveal prehistoric behavioral patterns. The discussion will include details about the temporal use of the Bodies Hills obsidian source, the spatial distribution of obsidian through trade and travel, geo-chemical variation in obsidian, and obsidian hydration dating. Participants will also become familiar with obsidian tool manufacture, see prehistoric examples of this process, and learn about changes in obsidian use during the Holocene.

This outing is rated as easy, with minimal elevation gain and loss during this outing. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a camera, sun screen, hat, a sack lunch, 2-3 liters of water. Long pants and comfortable hiking shoes are also recommended.

Important info: 2 miles or less walking - No 4WD required, high clearance helpful. 

For more information or to register please contact Jeff Hunter at info@bodiehills.org or 423-322-7866. The meeting time and location will be provided upon registration. 

Thursday
Jul102014

Sat/Sun Aug 16 & 17, 2014: Stewardship Project & Optional Campout



Join us on Saturday August 16 as we work to convert barb wire fencing in the Bodie Hills to wildlife friendly "let down" fencing. The project will take place from 9am - 3pm with an option to camp out in the Bodie Hills followed by a hike on Sunday morning Aug 17. This project is a stepping stone that will hopefully lead to the removal of a nearby fence in the Bodie Bowl Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). 
Participants should wear long pants, hiking boots, and sun protection (hat & sunscreen) and bring water and a lunch. We will provide tools, safety glasses and gloves.  Volunteers who work a full day will be rewarded with some cool swag from Patagonia! 

The work site requires some hiking in sagebrush country. Participants should be physically fit and expect to work in full sun exposure. The views (from our worksite) of Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra are incredible, so bring along a camera.

 

Participants who wish to spend the night should provide their own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag & pad). Dinner & breakfast will be provided to campers.

 

For more information or to register please contact Jeff Hunter at info@bodiehills.org or 423-322-7866.

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

Saturday July 12, 2014: Archaeology outing to Dry Lakes Plateau

Pronghorn Antelope herd in Dry Lakes Plateau - Photo by John Dittli

Join us on Saturday July 12 for an outing to the Dry Lakes Plateau led by BLM Archaeologist Greg Haverstock.  There, participants will explore the unique sagebrush ecosystem and dry lakes beneath Beauty Peak and learn about the rich cultural history of the area. Specifically, the use of this area during episodes of mid-Holocene drought will be discussed. The distribution of obsidian from both the Bodies Hills and Mt. Hicks will be detailed. The outing will include visits to several prehistoric sites in addition to two historic sites that detail the use of the area by Basque sheepherders. Registration is required and space is limited. The outing will involve 2-3 miles of walking. Four wheel drive vehicles are required to access this area.

For more information or to register please contact Jeff Hunter at info@bodiehills.org or 423-322-7866. The meeting time and location will be provided upon registration.