The 2020 Chautauqua is canceled due to COVID-19

We are sorry to announce that we must cancel this year's Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua due to COVID-19.

The Chautauqua partners are committed to the health and safety of our participants, presenters, staff, and the broader community; therefore, we feel it would be irresponsible to hold an event of this size at this time. Moreover, with Governor Newsom's stay-at-home order and plans to reopen the state in stages—with large gatherings last on the list—as well as Mono County discouraging visitation to the Eastern Sierra, it's clear that we cannot proceed with the festival. Stay tuned for a couple of live, virtual experiences that we'll be offering for free on Saturday, June 20.

We will miss seeing you here in the Mono Basin, but we trust that we'll be able to go birding and celebrate the Mono Basin together when it is once again safe. Lastly, don't forget to mark your calendars for the nineteenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, June 18–20, 2021. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy—we're thinking of you.

Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

June 19-21, 2020 in Lee Vining, CA

The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua brings birders together to enhance appreciation and understanding of the Mono Basin's diverse and abundant bird life and to educate the public about this area's value to birds and people. The Chautauqua offers over 90 field trips, workshops, and presentations with renowned bird guides, naturalists, and artists. Add live music and delicious food, and you've got yourself a fantastic long weekend in nature with friends!


The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua won a Mindful Birding Award in 2015 for adopting ethical birding guidelines and supporting conservation efforts for birds and their habitats. We're proud to practice ethical birding.


Registration is on April 15 at 6:30am

The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is a very popular event. Many field trips will fill to capacity within minutes of registration opening. We suggest being as prepared as possible with trip choices as well as multiple alternative choices from the program. Register on our secure site for the events you wish to participate in along with your complete contact and payment information. You will be registered for the events of your choice based on availability. Registering online is faster, easier, and quickly confirms your spots.


Please fully prepare yourself to register by reading our REGISTRATION PAGE before registration opens!