Birding for Students
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Birding for students at Mono Lake

Summer and fall are ideal times to observe birds at Mono Lake. Eared Grebes, phalaropes, ducks, warblers, woodpeckers are just a sampling of the hundreds of birds species that can be found around Mono Lake.

The best place to watch birds and get close to them is at Mono Lake County Park. With a naturalist-guide and a spotting scope students will be able to get a good look at a variety of birds, their behavior and feeding.

birding at County Park

Birds were a rallying point for the protection of Mono Lake. Mono Lake is part of the Western Hemispere Shorebird Reserve Network, and designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Birding Consevancy and Audubon.

Phalaropes off County Park. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Groups sizes of 20 or less are recommended due to limited space on the boardwalk trail. Walks last from one to two hours and are appropriate for all age levels.

Yellow-headed Blackbird at Mono Lake. Photo by Ted Beedy.

We can schedule a guide for your group based on your specific area of focus. We have staff and volunteers with diverse backgrounds and years of outdoor education experience.

Email Education Director Bartshé Miller or call (760) 647-6595 for more information or to schedule a group.

Birdwatching for kids

Students can observe shorebirds, ducks, raptors, and various birds that make wetlands, willows, and cottonwoods their home.

Birds are more than just winged curiosities! At Mono Lake we can discuss bird behavior, migration patterns, and feeding strategies.

Birding at Mono Lake. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.