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Guided Trips in August: Volcanoes, natural history, birding, and more

July 28th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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A Sierra wave sunset over Mono City. Photo by Nora Livingston.

A Sierra wave sunset over Mono City. Photo by Nora Livingston.

It’s getting to be that time of summer when thunderstorms roll through in the afternoon and the clouds make for some lovely sunsets. It’s a great time to visit the Mono Basin! Spend your morning doing something fun (like a guided trip!) and spend your afternoons watching the storms sweep through from the window of a coffee shop or the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore, then watch the tumultuous sky turn peach and gold and charcoal.

We have some fun guided trips for you to join in on, coming up in the next three weeks:

Wednesday, August 3: Mining the Past Through Binoculars will spend the morning learning about history while keeping an eye out for wildlife. The Mono Basin is rich with Native American, mining, logging, and ranching history. In this program, we will spend the morning visiting different historic locations while learning both about the stories behind them and the critters that inhabit them now. 8:00am–12:00noon. $65 for members, $75 for non-members. Sign-up today!

Tuesday, August 9: Birding the Volcanoes mixes geology with birding. The Mono Basin is a world-famous window to the rich geologic past of the Sierra Nevada, where stunning evidence of glaciers and volcanoes abounds. This trip will visit local geology spots while we keep our eyes out for birds and mammals. 8:00am–12:00noon. $65 for members, $75 for non-members. Sign-up today!

2014-07-05 Mono Craters sunset ELj_5715

A glowing sunset over the Mono Craters. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Tuesday, August 16: Birding Riparian Zones brings you to the lush oasis of a Mono Basin stream to look for early migrants and late nesters. Mono Basin creeks and canyons are hidden jewels for breeding and migrating songbirds in the high desert. This birding trip will explore lush riparian areas that are hotspots for bird activity. Expect to see warblers, sapsuckers, pewees, buntings, sparrows, towhees, vireos, and if you’re lucky, American Dipper or Townsend’s Solitaire. 7:30–11:30am. $65 for members, $75 for non-members. Sign-up today!

Lewis's monkeyflower. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Lewis’s monkeyflower. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Saturday, August 20: Natural History Ramble brings a holistic approach to spending time outside. The Mono Basin has beautiful and diverse habitats, as well as ample opportunities to observe wildlife, wildflowers, and wild views. Hike with a naturalist guide and learn to identify local plants, birds, mammals, clouds, rocks, you name it!  8:00am–12:00noon. $65 for members, $75 for non-members. Sign-up today!

If these scheduled trips interest you but don’t fit your vacation schedule, we also offer custom guided trips tailored to your wishes and interests. Call (760) 647-6595 to sign up, and visit our Guided Trips web page for more information.

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