Phalaropes perch on a low tufa surrounded by water.

The 2021 Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua: A virtual success!

Last weekend, bird enthusiasts and Monophiles came together from across the country—and even the globe—to virtually celebrate the annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. The Chautauqua team was impressed and humbled by the number of Chautauquans who attended the presentations after months and months of other virtual events. Our deepest appreciation goes out to all who attended and continue to celebrate birds in the Mono Basin with us.

Despite not being in person, the event was still one to remember, thanks to our presenters. The lineup of their programs was impressive, varied, and kept folks entertained and informed throughout the weekend. Presenters spoke about topics including California Gulls, Osprey, photography, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, nature journaling, and more. Participants were able to ask questions live and interact with the presenters and each other.

Of course, the Chautauqua would not be complete without the bird calling contest. To wrap up the event we hosted a goofy and endearing contest in which participants gave their best bird calls over Zoom. Asher Perla won with his imitation of a Varied Thrush, which was quite impressive! There were other bird impressions and jokes that had us all equal parts laughing and groaning.

We could not celebrate the Chautauqua without our organizing partner, California State Parks, as well as our sponsors. And of course, those of you who attended virtually. We cannot wait to see you next year here at Mono Lake!

If you missed out on the event, but would like information on how to access the recordings, please send me an email.

Top photo courtesy of Ron Ozuna.