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Mountain Botany & Ecology

In this seminar we will explore the Mono Basin's varied plant communities, from the shore of Mono Lake to the forests and meadows at the high elevations of Lee Vining Canyon. We'll learn the basics of flower and plant anatomy and how to use a plant key, discuss soils and geology, and examine the adaptations that enable plants to tolerate the extremes of mountain environments. Michèle Slaton is an Ecologist with the US Forest Service and has lived in the Eastern Sierra since She has worked as a botanist in Colorado, Death Valley National Park, and the Inyo National Forest.…

$235 – $250
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Lundy Canyon Bird Walk

Join a naturalist-guide for a leisurely walk up Lundy Canyon, where the convergence of coniferous forest, sagebrush scrub, riparian woodlands, and open water offers a diverse list of bird species. Meet in front of Lundy Lake Resort (directions below). This guided, 1.5–2 hour walk is appropriate for all experience levels and age groups. Details Date: Saturdays at 8:00am Price: Free Additional information: Meet at the Lundy Lake Resort on Lundy Lake Road.From Highway 395 turn onto Lundy Lake Road (located 6.5 miles north of Lee Vining). Continue straight for 5 miles to the Lundy Lake Resort to meet the group. Tours…

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Mono Lake Canoe Tours

Discover bubbling springs, alkali flies, brine shrimp, underwater tufa towers, migrating birds, and crystalline waters, all from the unique vantage point of a canoe. Guided canoe tours provide a unique look into the ecology and geology of this high desert lake. No canoe experience is necessary and we provide all the equipment. Our experienced canoe guides will share with you some of Mono Lake's unusual natural history as well as the story about efforts to protect this nearly million-year-old lake. Advance reservations are required. Details Date: Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00am*, 9:30am*, and 11:00am* *These are tour departure times. You…

$20 – $35

Phalarope interpretive walk

Join phalarope researchers Ryan Carle and Kiki Tarr for an educational walk along the shore of South Tufa to learn phalarope identification and about conservation efforts at Mono Lake and globally. This two-hour walk is less than half a mile, appropriate for all age groups, and free. Bring binoculars (if you have them), sun protection, and water. Meet at the South Tufa Overflow lot, located about 1/2 mile West of South Tufa off Test Station Road. Space is limited—sign up here. Details Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022, 9:00--11:00am Location: South Tufa Overflow lot, located about 1/2 mile West of South…

Free
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Mono Lake South Tufa Tour

Join a naturalist-guide for a walk among strange tufa towers, bubbling springs, birds, wildlife, brine shrimp, and the behind-the-scenes story of the most unusual lake in California. This guided, one-hour walk includes hands-on activities, and an overview of the human and natural history of Mono Lake appropriate for all age levels. Advance reservations are recommended. Details Date: Daily in summer at 6:00pm Price: Tours are free, but there is a $3 per person entrance fee to the South Tufa Area. Additional information: Meet at the kiosk at the South Tufa parking lot.Tours are free, but reservations are recommended to secure…