Five people standing in a grassy field adjacent to Mono Lake looking out toward the lake with binoculars at birds flying in the sky and the Sierra Nevada in the distance.

Coming this spring: Virtual seminars

The Field Seminar team is excited to present a selection of virtual seminars coming up this spring.

Join me, the Mono Lake Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide, to learn about the essentials of ornithology (the study of birds) from the comfort of your own home. These virtual seminars will broaden your knowledge of important foundations of ornithology that can be applied to every bird you see, and I’ll be using examples of birds local to the Mono Basin to help prepare you for your next visit. Each seminar includes a 50–60 minute lecture, a Q&A session, and take-home exercises to apply your newfound knowledge to your backyard birds.

We have scheduled a virtual seminar every other Saturday evening from early March to mid-May, covering a variety of topics:

March 6: Bird Anatomy & Physiology

March 20: Bird Feathers & Flight

April 3: Bird Food & Foraging

April 17: Bird Mating, Vocal, & Social Behavior

May 1: Bird Breeding Biology

May 15: Bird Migration & Dispersal

Registration will open on February 15. Each seminar is $25 for individuals or $40 for a couple or household, with a 10% discount for Mono Lake Committee members. You can also sign up for all six seminars at once for a discounted $135 for individuals and $225 for a couple or household, with an added 10% off for Committee members when you enter promo code MEMBER. (Not a member, but want the discount? You can join when you register!)

These virtual seminars are limited to 20 people. We expect participants to attend the seminars live, but if something comes up and prevents live attendance, we will be recording the seminars and they will be available to participants for one week after the date of the seminar.

Virtual seminars are a new addition to our program and we are excited to share them with you! We are also planning a limited number of in-person seminars this year, which will be listed online here on March 15.

Questions? You can email the Field Seminar team or call us at (760) 647-6595.

Top photo by AnnaLisa Mayer.