Sixteenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua - June 15th-17th, 2018

Join us the 3rd weekend in June each year for three days of field trips, workshops, auditorium presentations, music, and great food. Based out of Lee Vining, CA this celebrated event is among the best of the nature festivals offering topics such as birds, butterflies, geology, plants and wildflowers, mammals, bugs, storytelling, art, night sky, photography, kids activities, kayaking, and more.

A picnic, concert, and bird calling contest finishes out the event on the final day at Mono Lake County Park.

Registration opens on the internet on April 15th each year. Please visit for more information.

Birding By Ear workshops - 2018

How many times have you heard a bird sing and wondered what kind it was? Wouldn’t it be fun and satisfying to be able to identify birds by their song or call? Come and listen to the sounds of the birds and learn to associate those songs to the actual bird.

These 4-hour workshops begin at 8:00 a.m. and are geared for beginning and intermediate birders but all levels of birders are welcome.  Come prepared to have a good time at a relaxed pace.  Beginning near the shore of Mono Lake the group will visit a variety of habitats gradually working its way up to an elevation of about 7,000-8,000 ft.

Dave Marquart, State Park Interpreter with the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, will help participants listen to singing birds in a way they perhaps never have and to develop techniques to identify and remember them. Dave has been listening to the sounds of nature for most of his life and has been leading bird walks for 23 years.

Three dates to choose from:

May 26th (Saturday), June 9th (Saturday), & June 21st (Thursday)

(Each workshop limited to 12 participants)

Cost: $30.00

For registration and information call the State Natural Reserve at: (760) 647-6331 or


Proceeds go to support interpretive activities at the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve