|CONSERVATION OPEN SPACE AREA|
The Bishop Paiute Reservation Conservation Open Space Area (COSA) is a 24.8 acre tract of breathtaking wetlands set aside for conservation, research, education and outdoor recreation. Please utilize the 1.2 mile walking path and see the activities below for more ways to enjoy the unique plants and wildlife on the refuge.
Location: Entrance to the COSA is behind the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center at 2300 West Line St.
COSA Self-Guided Plant Walk
Explore native plants growing in the COSA and their traditional Paiute uses on your own schedule! The plant walk follows an easy 1 mile round trip scenic trail. Numbered posts along the way mark plants of interest and correspond to the numbered map on the back of booklets located at the COSA entrance. Also keep an eye out for the many species of birds and mammals that live in the COSA.
Begin behind the Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center and enjoy your walk!
COSA Corner: Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center
The COSA Corner is an educational resource located in the Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center. Adults and children alike are welcome to stop in and learn about native plants and animals in the COSA, as well as ongoing restoration and education efforts, after experiencing the COSA trail firsthand!
Make sure not to miss the native fish tanks!
Eastern Sierra Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk & Census
The Eastern Sierra Audubon Society hosts bird walks along the COSA on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise listed. These events are an exciting way to become more familiar with native birds, help improve the COSA list of bird species, and meet community members who share a love of the outdoors!
Taking Root Program
“If we surrendered to the Earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees…The future of education is in the outdoors.” –Rainer Maria Rilke
Birds in the Classroom
Birds in the Classroom fieldtrips offer third graders at Bishop Elementary School the exciting opportunity to learn about birds of the Owens Valley from passionate Audubon Society and Taking Root volunteers. Prior to the field trips, volunteers present slides and a video about birds and their adaptations and migrations, and students have an opportunity to discuss, share their own experiences, and ask questions. The class field trips to the COSA are scheduled during spring migration for maximum viewing of birds. Audubon provides child-sized binoculars and training in their proper usage. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about and use birding field guides. If interested in volunteering, please contact Hillary Behr at hbehrATicsosDOTus.
The Bishop Indian Head Start preschool utilizes the COSA for field trips including seed planting, observing water bugs, and visiting the Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center’s COSA Corner. These trips are intended to spark a curiosity and fondness of nature from a young age. Please contact Head Start Director Susie Cisneros at 872-4857 if you are interested in volunteering with the Head Start program.
Tuniwa Nobi Field Trips
How to Get Involved