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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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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

Natural History at the Edge of the Sierra (FULL)

The Natural History Institute defines natural history as the “…practice of intentional, focused attentiveness and receptivity to the more-than-human world, guided by honesty and accuracy.” Rather than focusing on one specific aspect of a singular creature of interest, natural history pays attention to all the goings-on in front of the observer. On this day trip, we will make our way up the east slope, stopping at several locations to connect with all that we may find. Throughout the day, we will have moments of quiet reflection to allow ourselves to ponder the grandeur and the minutia that envelops us in…

$130 – $145
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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…