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American Kestrel, copyright 2015, Santiago M. Escruceria


Next Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is June 16-18, 2017

Old News below, check back in January for 2017 news

Exciting new pre-Chautauqua field trip: Birding between the Breweries
Come join us on Thursday before the Chautauqua for an exciting and fun trip. Mono County is notable for spectacular scenery, great birding, and a rising collection of high-elevation breweries. Combine your love for birds and brews on this relaxing afternoon trip. Birding between the breweries will introduce you to some great birding at a few local hotspots as well as great beer at some hotspots of another kind. Bring your binoculars, proof of age, and thirst for birds (beginners and experts welcome alike). We will provide a ten-person van and a sober birding guide(s). One beverage per person per brewery is included in tour fee; guests may purchase additional beverages and food. Please drink responsibly.

If you've already registered for Chautauqua events you can simply edit your registration to include "Birding between the breweries" and pay the $60 additional fee. If you have not registered for the Chautauqua, please register here, create a new registration, and click "Birding between the breweries" as your registration type. If you have questions or need assistance, please call (760) 647-6595 during business hours.

Sign up quick because this program is limited to 10 spaces!


Program Information March 27, 2016
We're excited to announce that detailed trip descriptions are now posted. We are very excited about this year's lineup. We have over 25 new field trips and presentations! Thank you all for being patient—we know you want to get planning for registration on April 15 at 6:30am sharp. Ready, set, go!


Confirmed Presenter List (updated March 27, 2016)
Below is a list of the confirmed presenters for the Fifteenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, June 17-19, 2016:

Tim Alpers, Karen Amstutz, Ted Beedy, Hillary Behr, Peter Bergen, Ryan Burnett, Gayle Dana, Susanna Danner, Scott Dietrich, Ryan DiGaudio, Colin Dillingham, Santiago Escruceria, Lisa Fields, Jora Fogg, Terri Geissinger, Tom Hahn, Keith Hansen, Kirk Hardie, Dave Herbst, Justin Hite, Ann Howald, David Jaffe, Rodd Kelsey, Levi Keszey, Nora Livingston, Burleigh Lockwood, Chris McCreedy, Paul McFarland, Steve McLaughlin, Caelen McQuilkin, Geoff McQuilkin, Peter Metropulos, Connie Millar, Lisa Murphy, Kristie Nelson, Karyn “Kestrel” O’Hearn, Kay Ogden, Roy Poucher, Bob Power, Will Richardson, Michael Elsohn Ross, Ane Carla Rovetta, Ali Sheehey, Christy Sherr, Dave Shuford, Stephen Shunk, Andrew Smith, John Sterling, Greg Stock, Sarah Stock, Trout Unlimited, John Wehausen, Erik Westerlund, Stuart Wilkinson, David Wimpfheimer, and David Winkler.


Benefit the Chautauqua:
Birding the Andes and valleys of central Colombia, July 30–Aug 13, 2016.
Do you want to bird in Colombia, enjoy exclusive early Chautauqua registration, and benefit the Jeff Maurer Chautauqua Research Grant? Trip leader John Sterling is generously donating a portion of his proceeds to the Jeff Maurer Chautauqua Research Grant for those that mention the Chautauqua when registering.


2016 Jeff Maurer Chautauqua Research Grant
Each year a portion of the proceeds from the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua fund a small grant that supports continuing research and education connections. The grant is named in honor of Jeff Maurer, a dedicated field biologist, educator, and long-time Chautauqua presenter. This year we hope to fund up to $2,500.00 for Mono Basin/Eastern Sierra research.


Music in the park:
Idle Hands String Band
This performance is free and open to the public on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 12:30pm at Mono Lake County Park!


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Mono Lake Committee   California State Parks   Yosemite National Park   USFS   ESIA   Friends of the Inyo

Point Blue   Eastern Sierra Audubon Chapter   Yosemite Conservancy   Bodie Foundation   Eastern Sierra Land Trust


El Mono Motel      Lake View Lodge     Lee Vining Motel     Epic Cafe in Lee Vining

Guadualito Birding Tours      Mono County

Bird Chautauqua Mission:

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 Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua—not your ordinary bird festival!
(since 2002)