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Guiding you to the past at Mono Lake

September 6th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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The season is winding down, birds are heading south to their wintering grounds, and fall is just around the corner. Our next two months of guided trips will focus on catching up with those birds before they disappear and also turning our attention to the ghosts that never leave: the historic places and buildings that tell almost invisible tales of the Mono Basin that existed many years ago. Come explore the shores of Mono Lake with us and refocus your eyes towards the past to imagine what life here was like long before we were born.

The Bodie Jail, photo by Nora Livingston.

The Bodie jail. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Here’s a look at our guided trips in September:

Wednesday, September 7: 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!

We have TWO Mining the Past Through Binoculars trips in September! The first is a full day trip that visits Bodie State Historic Park and the second is a half-day trip that will stay in the Mono Basin focusing on Paiute history, and the miners and ranchers that supported Bodie’s operations and persisted after Bodie faded away.

The Cain house in Bodie. Photo by Nora Livingston.

The Cain House in Bodie. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Thursday, September 15: Mining the Past Through Binoculars will spend the day 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 day visiting different historic locations while learning both about the stories behind them and the critters that inhabit them now. This trip will visit Bodie State Historic Park in the afternoon. 8:00am–4:00pm. $125 for members, $135 for non-members. Sign-up today!

Sunday, September 18: 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!

Wednesday, September 28: Fall Raptor Rapture will spend the morning locating and identifying the tricky hawks and accipiters, both perched and in flight, that are migrating through through the valley. September and October are when raptors head south for warmer climes. Bridgeport Valley provides ample wide-open hunting from trees and telephone wires for these charismatic birds. 9:00am–1:00pm. $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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