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Mono Basin Natural History: Aquatic & Terrestrial Habitats (canceled)

Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.
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July 8, 2022 @ 2:00 pm July 10, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

The Mono Basin is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent; this field seminar will be an overview of the varied habitats that are found here. We will enjoy the rich diversity of mammals, butterflies, wildflowers, trees, and other plants as we explore the Mono Basin, and a major focus of this seminar will be the identification and ecology of birds that breed here. A guided canoeing exploration of Mono’s south shore is included in this class.


Date: July 8–10, 2022

Instructor: David Wimpfheimer

Price: $270 for members / $285 for the public

Registration: Begins February 17, 2022 at 9:00am PST for Mono Lake Committee members.

Questions? Contact the field seminar team by email or phone at (760) 647-6595.

Activity level: DIFFICULT

This seminar’s activity level: difficult. We will be walking up to three miles a day at a leisurely pace, some of which will be over uneven terrain, off trail, and will include stepping up and over obstacles. This type of walking requires good balance, some agility, and stamina. Be prepared for short, steep sections of trail. We will be standing for several hours at a time while out in the field; some of that time may be in the sun without much shade. Participants must be able to sit down in and get up out of a canoe.

A group of people looking toward a creek with rock formations on the opposite bank.