Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Want birds? Just add water.

It’s not that simple of course, but at Owens (dry) Lake, with some water returning via dust mitigation efforts, so are the birds. Here is a recent article from the LA Times about the Owens Lake Big Day, and here are the results, compliments of Mike Prather, Owens Lake Big Day coordinator.  With over 60,000 birds comprising 75 species, there’s more going on than what you can see from Highway 395.