Mono Basin Bird
June 20-22, 2008
Mono Basin is home to millions of birds representing over 300 species.
Most are migratory, and over 100 species nest here as well. The Mono Basin watershed has a variety of habitats, and each supports its
own collection of bird species—as well as birds commonly seen throughout the Basin. The most prominent habitat is Mono Lake, a salty, alkaline inland sea home to brine shrimp,
alkali flies, and the millions of birds that depend on
them. Flowing down from the Sierra Nevada escarpment, freshwater streams create a different habitat where aspens, willows, and cottonwoods grow. And in other locations, one finds Mono Basin habitats such as Jeffrey Pine forests, Pinyon Pine woodlands, vast sagebrush steppe, and freshwater lakes.
Twenty-five years ago California Audubon and Mono
Lake Committee filed suit against Los Angeles Department of Water and
Power on behalf of the Public Trust value of Mono Lake. Today Mono’s
creeks are full of water, the lake is near its highest point in almost 30 years, and the City of Los Angeles has one of the lowest per
capita water use levels in the State. Birds were a rallying point for
Mono’s protection, and with the rising lake come new challenges and
responsibilities. You can participate in some of the birding and bird conservation
opportunities that we have this year.
If you would like to learn more about any of the
counts, or field
seminars ongoing in the Mono Basin, please call Bartshe at 760.647.6586
x21, or you can e-mail