2018 Field Seminars

 

2018 Field Seminars

Registration for the Mono Lake Committee's summer
and fall 2018 Field Seminars is open.

Click on the blue "register" button near the class of your choice to sign up. You can also use the links at the right to navigate through the seminars by month, subject, duration, and instructor, if that's easier.

Questions? Call (760) 647-6595 and ask for Elin, Nora, or Andrew. You can also email us if that's easier.

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Falling for the Migration: Bridgeport Valley & Mono Basinregister now
August 16–17 • Dave Shuford
$172 per person / $157 for members

The east slope of the Sierra Nevada is a major migration route for birds traveling from northern nesting areas to warm southern habitats. As a result, late summer is the time of year to see fall migrants and early arriving wintering birds in the Mono Basin and Bridgeport Valley. Dave Shuford has been a staff biologist at Point Blue Conservation Science for over 30 years. He has conducted numerous surveys and research projects in the Mono Basin and beyond and is well acquainted with where to find birds in the Eastern Sierra. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Falling for the Migration: Crowley, Mammoth, Monoregister now
August 18–19 • Dave Shuford
$172 per person / $157 for members

The east slope of the Sierra Nevada is a major migration route for birds traveling from northern nesting areas to warm southern habitats. As a result, late summer is the time of year to see fall migrants and early arriving wintering birds in the Crowley, Mammoth, and Mono Basin areas. Dave Shuford has been a staff biologist at Point Blue Conservation Science for over 30 years. He has conducted numerous surveys and research projects in the Mono Basin and beyond and is well acquainted with where to find birds in the Eastern Sierra. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Miwok-Paiute Basketryregister now
August 24–26 • Lucy Parker & Ursula Jones
with special guest Julia Parker
$265 per person / $250 for members
$80 materials fee

During this seminar, participants will prepare materials and create a small Miwok-Paiute basket. This seminar is designed for weavers of all levels and participants are encouraged (but not required) to camp with the group at a peaceful private campsite near Lundy Canyon. Lucy Parker is a descendent of the Yosemite Miwok, Mono Lake Kutzadika'a, and Kayasha Pomo peoples, who learned traditional handiwork from her mother, master basket weaver Julia Parker. Ursula Jones, Lucy's daughter and Julia's granddaughter, is carrying the tradition forward. Limited to 12 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.
FULL: Please call (760) 647-6595 to be added to the wait list.

Natural History Rambleregister now
August 30 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

At the edge of the Great Basin high desert and the steep eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada, 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 on this half-day seminar and learn to identify local plants, birds, mammals, clouds, rocks—you name it! Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Volcanism at Mono Lakeregister now
August 31 • Nora Livingston
$95 per person / $85 for members

Mono Lake sits in a bowl formed by ancient volcanic sediments and recent volcanic eruptions. This one-day seminar will visit several volcanic formations around the lake while addressing the overall picture of volcanism in the Mono Basin and its role in shaping the landscape we see today. Nora Livingston is the Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide. She has been learning about the volcanism of the Mono Basin since she was 16 years old. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

A Long Journey: Shorebird Migrationregister now
September 7 • Nora Livingston
$95 per person / $85 for members

As birds fly south for winter, the common questions include “Where exactly are they going? Where are they coming from? How long does it take them to get there? How do they know where to go?” This seminar strives to answer those questions during a fun time in the field observing these lightweight travelers as they fuel up along their migration. We will focus on waterbirds and shorebirds, but there will be plenty of landbird migrants as well. Nora Livingston is the Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide. She spent nine years migrating to and from the Mono Basin along with the birds, until she finally became a resident in 2016. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Living on the Edge:
Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep in the Mono Basin
register now
September 8–9 • John Wehausen
$182 per person / $167 for members

This field seminar will involve discussions of the fascinating biology of the federally endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, their relationship with other mammals (including mountain lions and humans), and their conservation in the field. Past participants saw bighorn 15 out of the last 16 years—while there is a very good chance of seeing bighorn sheep during this seminar, there is no guarantee. John Wehausen has been studying the Sierra Nevada bighorn and working for their conservation since 1974. Please be aware that this seminar involves very strenuous hiking at the 10,000-foot elevation and above.
Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Mono Basin Tree Identificationregister now
September 14 • Nora Livingston
$95 per person / $85 for members

This one-day seminar will delve into the diversity of trees in the Mono Basin and their identifying traits. We will examine, observe, and even smell the trees to help ingrain the knowledge into our senses. Nora Livingston is the Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide. She was lucky to study dendrology (the study of trees) in the Appalachian Mountains where there are well over 100 tree species in a small geographic area. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Fire Ecology of the Eastern Sierraregister now
September 15–16 • Malcolm North
$172 per person / $157 for members

We live in a pyrogenic landscape, where most forests are born and shaped by fire. Fires are inevitable in much of the western United States, but many modern fires burn differently than what forests evolved with. This seminar will visit several recent fires in the Mono Basin, show fire effects on forest ecosystems, and discuss the good, bad, and ugly of current fire management and policy. Malcolm North is a research scientist in the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station and a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. He has studied Sierra Nevada forests for more than 20 years, authored or co-authored over 150 papers, and worked extensively with forest managers to apply research findings. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Mining the Past through Binocularsregister now
September 21 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

The Mono Basin is rich with Native American, mining, logging, and ranching history. This half-day field seminar will spend the morning visiting different historic locations in the basin while learning both about the stories behind them and also the critters that inhabit them now. Nora Livingston is the Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide. She is also the Secretary of the Mono Basin Historical Society and the daughter of an historian. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Geology of the Mono Basinregister now
September 21–23 • Greg Stock
$182 per person / $167 for members

From volcanic craters to glacial moraines, earthquake faults to tufa towers, the Mono Basin displays some of the most unique, spectacular, and accessible geology anywhere in the world. This seminar, consisting mostly of field visits to the premier sites, will present the geologic stories of the Mono Basin in understandable fashion. Greg Stock is the first ever Yosemite National Park geologist. He has authored and co-authored over 50 papers and abstracts on Sierra Nevada geology and is co-author of the book Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.
FULL: Please call (760) 647-6595 to be added to the wait list.

Fall Color Forayregister now
October 3 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

Every fall, quaking aspen trees famously paint the landscape with golden hues as their leaves change. This half-day seminar will hit the hotspots of colorful groves during peak season. We will enjoy glittering golden, ruby, and emerald forests while learning about aspen ecology. Great for photographers. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Fall Color Forayregister now
October 11 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

Every fall, quaking aspen trees famously paint the landscape with golden hues as their leaves change. This half-day seminar will hit the hotspots of colorful groves during peak season. We will enjoy glittering golden, ruby, and emerald forests while learning about aspen ecology. Great for photographers. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Mono Basin Fall Photographyregister now
October 12–14 • Robb Hirsch
$275 per person / $250 for members

Autumn in the Mono Basin is one of the greatest photographic experiences in the country—spectacular foliage and skies combine with exceptional light, presenting ample subject matter. Join accomplished photographer and workshop leader Robb Hirsch to explore shoreline locations at sunrise and sunset, fall color in nearby canyons, and grand overviews of the Mono Basin. Photographers of all levels are welcome; a fully adjustable camera of any size or format is suggested. Limited to 12 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Arborglyphs & Aspen Natural Historyregister now
October 13–14 • Richard Potashin & Nancy Hadlock
$197 per person / $182 for members

A century of sheep grazing brought Basque sheepherders into the Mono Basin’s aspen-bordered meadows, and they left numerous carvings—arborglyphs—on the aspens. Join the instructors for an enchanting journey into the aspen groves to explore this historic art form and to learn about the wildlife, insects, and birds that are drawn to the groves. Richard Potashin has been discovering and documenting aspen carvings for many years. Nancy Hadlock has been a naturalist, interpreter, and educator for the National Park Service and US Forest Service for over 30 years.
Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Fall Color Forayregister now
October 15 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

Every fall, quaking aspen trees famously paint the landscape with golden hues as their leaves change. This half-day seminar will hit the hotspots of colorful groves during peak season. We will enjoy glittering golden, ruby, and emerald forests while learning about aspen ecology. Great for photographers. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

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Finished seminars:

Mono Basin Winter Photography
January 26–28 • Joe Decker
$275 per person / $250 for members

Mono Lake by Moonlight
March 2–4 • Joe Decker
$275 per person / $250 for members

Birding Mono Basin Hotspots
June 1 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

Breeding Birds of the Mono Basin
June 2 • Nora Livingston
$95 per person / $85 for members

Twilight Birding & Owling
June 3 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$60 per person / $50 for members

The Art of Wildflower Macrophotography
June 8–10 • David Gubernick
$275 per person / $250 for members

South Shore Kayak (canceled)
June 9 • Stuart Wilkinson & Committee staff
$122 per person / $112 for members

Natural History of Mono Basin Woodpeckers
June 12–14 • Steve Shunk
$182 per person / $167 for members

Mining the Past through Binoculars (canceled)
June 24 • Nora Livingston
$95 per person / $85 for members

Natural History Ramble
June 27 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

Birding Between the Breweries (canceled)
June 28 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$135 per person / $125 for members

Miwok-Paiute Basketry
June 29–July 1 • Lucy Parker & Ursula Jones
with special guest Julia Parker
$265 per person / $250 for members
$80 materials fee

Wildflower Waltz
July 6 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

Birding Between the Breweries
July 12 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$135 per person / $125 for members

Mono Basin & Bodie Photography
July 13–15 • David Gubernick
$300 per person / $275 for members

Mono Basin Natural History: Aquatic & Terrestrial Habitats
July 13–15 • David Wimpfheimer
$207 per person / $192 for members

Mining the Past through Binoculars
July 19 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

En Plein Air at Mono Lake: Beginning Oil Painting
July 20–22 • Penny Otwell
$192 per person / $177 for members

Butterflies of the Mono Basin & Sierra Nevada
July 21–22 • Kristie Nelson
$172 per person / $157 for members

Natural History Ramble
July 25 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

Wildflower Waltz
July 26 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

Birding the White Mountains
July 27 • Nora Livingston
$95 per person / $85 for members

Mono Basin Mammals (canceled)
July 27–29 • John Harris
$182 per person / $167 for members

High Country Plants & Habitats:
How are they coping with climate change?
(canceled due to smoke)
August 3–5 • Ann Howald
$182 per person / $167 for members

Landscape Photography, Milky Way &
Perseid Meteor Dark Sky Astrophotography

August 10–12 • Jeff Sullivan
$275 per person / $250 for members

Mining the Past through Binoculars
August 15 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$75 per person / $65 for members

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Questions? Call (760) 647-6595 and ask for Elin, Nora, or Andrew. You can also email us if that's easier.

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