A close up of yellow wildflowers overlooking the teal waters of Mono Lake on a cloudy day.

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Virtual Seminar: Bird Breeding Biology (FULL)

Learn about the essentials of bird breeding biology from the comfort of your own home. This virtual seminar will broaden your knowledge of important foundations of ornithology (the study of birds) that can be applied to every bird you see, and we will be using examples of birds local to the Mono Basin to help prepare you for your next visit. This seminar includes a 50-60 minute lecture, a Q&A session, and take-home exercises to apply your newfound knowledge to your backyard birds. Photo by Sandra Noll.

$25 – $40

Virtual Seminar: Bird Migration & Dispersal (FULL)

Learn about the essentials of bird migration and dispersal from the comfort of your own home. This virtual seminar will broaden your knowledge of important foundations of ornithology (the study of birds) that can be applied to every bird you see, and we will be using examples of birds local to the Mono Basin to help prepare you for your next visit. This seminar includes a 50-60 minute lecture, a Q&A session, and take-home exercises to apply your newfound knowledge to your backyard birds. Photo by Chris McCreedy.

$25 – $40

Field Seminar: Mono Basin Natural History

The Mono Basin is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent; this field seminar will be an overview of the varied habitats found here. We will enjoy the myriad 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. We will also discuss Mono Lake's unique and productive aquatic habitat. David Wimpfheimer has been an educator and interpreter for more than 25 years, focusing on birds and California's natural history. Photo by Elin Ljung.

$167 – $182

Field Seminar: Mountain Botany & Ecology (FULL)

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. Photo…

$167 – $182