2019 & 2020 Field Seminars
 

2019 & 2020 Field Seminars

Registration for the Mono Lake Committee's 2019 Field Seminars is open to members and non-members alike. Registration for the Winter 2020 Field Seminars will open on Tuesday, October 15 at noon.

Members may register starting on February 1 each year, and if you are not a Committee member, but you wish to register in February, you may join the Committee when you sign up for the seminar(s) of your choice. Non-members can register beginning on March 1 each year.

You may register either by calling the Mono Lake Committee at (760) 647-6595 or by clicking the "register" button near the seminar(s) of your choice to sign up online. That button will take you to Eventbrite, where you click the green button, and then scroll through the resulting list to find the seminar(s) of your choice.

Questions? Call (760) 647-6595 and ask for Elin, Nora, or Andrew. You can also email us if that's easier.

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Mono Basin Landscapes & Moon Photographyregister now
November 8–10
• Jeff Sullivan
$275 per person / $250 for members

Late fall is sunset, moon rise, and reflection season at Mono Lake. The departure of summer heat reduces wind, leaving the dense, salty water of Mono Lake mirror-smooth. A passing storm may leave a dusting of snow or bring clouds to decorate our compositions. Accomplished local photographer Jeff Sullivan will teach you some of his favorite techniques and show you some of his favorite spots for landscape and night photography in the Mono Basin. Jeff is a landscape photography and astrophotography workshop instructor, and author of the guidebook Photographing California Vol. 2 – South. Limited to 12 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Winter Photography at Mono Lake
January 10–12, 2020
• Joe Decker
$275 per person / $250 for members

Winter in the Mono Basin offers a "visual quiet" that complements the silence of the coldest season in a most remarkable place. Poconip ice fog, ice-covered tufa towers, winter storms, and bright but low sunlight are all possible, combined with the towering Sierra Nevada backdrop, most likely blanketed in snow. Add the rising full moon and opportunities to photograph a snowy landscape by moonlight, and the photographic possibilities are endless. Photographer Joe Decker's work has been widely exhibited across the United States, from the San Diego Museum of Natural History to the Smithsonian, and he has been recognized with residencies as diverse as Arizona, Iceland, and Antarctica. Limited to 15 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Mono Basin Winter Wanders (half-day)
February 1 • February 15 • March 7 • March 21, 2020
Nora Livingston

$90 per person / $80 for members

Winter invites us to experience the forgotten season and wander in a mountain meadow or along a frozen creek, curious and in awe. In this half-day field seminar we will investigate the wonders of winter and how plants and animals survive in the cold and often snow-covered landscape. We will either hike or snowshoe at least two miles, depending on the amount of recent snowfall. Nora Livingston is the Mono Lake Committee's Lead Naturalist Guide. She has spent over ten years learning about the unique natural history of the Mono Basin and is an expert on Mono Basin birding locations. Limited to 9 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

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Finished seminars:

Birding Mono Basin Hotspots
May 31 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$110 per person / $100 for members

Breeding Birds of the Mono Basin
June 1 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Visions of the Past: Sierra Gold, Aurora Silver
June 1–2 • Terri Geissinger
$197 per person / $182 for members

Twilight Birding & Owling
June 2 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$90 per person / $80 for members

Natural History of Mono Basin Woodpeckers
June 11–13 • Steve Shunk
$182 per person / $167 for members

Mono Basin & Bodie Photography
June 21–23 • David Gubernick
$300 per person / $275 for members

Capturing the Mono Basin in Pastel
June 28–30 • Ane Carla Rovetta
$192 per person / $177 for members
$30 required materials fee

Wildflower Waltz
July 5 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$110 per person / $100 for members

Mono Basin Big Day Birding
July 6 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Birding the White Mountains
July 12 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Butterflies of the Mono Basin & Sierra Nevada
July 13–14 • Kristie Nelson
$172 per person / $157 for members

Full Moon Hike
July 16 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$90 per person / $80 for members

Wildflower Waltz
July 18 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$110 per person / $100 for members

Mono Basin Mammals (canceled)
July 19–21 • John Harris
$182 per person / $167 for members

The Art of Wildflower Macrophotography
July 26–28 • David Gubernick
$275 per person / $250 for members

Mono Basin Landscapes & Milky Way Photography
August 2–4
• Jeff Sullivan
$275 per person / $250 for members

Mono Basin Natural History: Aquatic & Terrestrial Habitats
August 2–4 • David Wimpfheimer
$207 per person / $192 for members

En Plein Air at Mono Lake: Beginning Oil Painting
August 9–11 • Penny Otwell
$192 per person / $177 for members

Mining the Past through Binoculars
August 10 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Falling for the Migration: Bridgeport Valley & Mono Basin
August 15–16 • Dave Shuford
$172 per person / $157 for members

Geology of the Mono Basin
August 16–18 • Greg Stock
$182 per person / $167 for members

Falling for the Migration: Crowley, Mammoth, Mono
August 17–18 • Dave Shuford
$172 per person / $157 for members

Miwok-Paiute Basketry
August 23–25 • Lucy Parker, Julia Parker, & Ursula Jones
$265 per person / $250 for members
$80 materials fee

Birding the White Mountains
August 30 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Volcanism of the Mono Basin
August 31 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

A Long Journey: Shorebird Migration
September 1 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Creating the Illuminated Field Journal
September 6–8 • Hannah Hinchman
$192 per person / $177 for members

Mono Basin Tree Identification
September 13 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Fire Ecology of the Eastern Sierra
September 14–15 • Malcolm North
$172 per person / $157 for members

Los Angeles Aqueduct Tour
September 20 • Bartshe Miller
$165 per person / $150 for members

Geology of the Mono Basin
September 20–22 • Greg Stock
$182 per person / $167 for members

Fall Color Foray
October 4 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$90 per person / $80 for members

Watercolors in the Wild: Autumn Flora
October 4–6 • Andie Thrams
$192 per person / $177 for members

Arborglyphs & Aspen Natural History
October 5–6 • Richard Potashin
& Nancy Hadlock
$197 per person / $182 for members

Fall Color Foray
October 11 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$90 per person / $80 for members

Mono Basin Fall Photography
October 11–13 • Robb Hirsch
$275 per person / $250 for members

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Questions? Call (760) 647-6595 and ask for Elin, Nora, or Andrew. You can also email us if that's easier.

All seminars operate under permits from the Inyo National Forest and Californiat State Park system.

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