The river is much higher today than it was yesterday, as the snow from Mt. Whitney continues to melt. The flow is around 7000 cfs; two days ago it was more like 4000. A highly variable river this is! Monitor the flow at the Corps of Engineers; the last column is the one of interest.
This place is a nature paradise. Some figures from birder Bob Barnes' site:
Significant Floral and Faunal Facts
- Highest mammal diversity (115+ species) in North America north of southern Mexico
- Highest plant diversity (over 2000+ vascular plant species) in California
- Highest butterfly diversity (135 species) in California