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2019 Chautauqua evaluation & raffle

What a fantastic Chautauqua! Thanks to all for a wonderful weekend of birds and natural history. You can fill out an evaluation of the event here to help us improve. We are happy to announce that this year's raffle raised $1,450 for the Jeff Maurer Chautauqua research grant. The lucky raffle winners are: Helen Yost, who won early registration for two for the 2020 Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, Kelly Kersten and Denise Holmes, who each won a pair of Vortex Optics birding binoculars, and Stephen Peralta, who won a custom birding trip with the Mono Lake Committee's Lead Naturalist Guide. Thanks to all who entered for supporting science in the Mono Basin!


Check-in reminder

Please remember to check-in in Lee Vining before attending your scheduled Chautauqua events! Check-in will be available at the following times and places:

  • Thursday, June 13, 3:00–7:30pm at the Mono Lake Committee
  • Friday, June 14, 6:00am–7:00pm at the Lee Vining Community Center
  • Saturday, June 15, 6:00am–12:00noon at the Lee Vining Community Center
  • At check-in, and throughout the weekend, you can buy Chautauqua raffle tickets to have the chance to win early registration for two for the 2020 Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, a pair of Vortex Optics birding binoculars, or a custom birding trip with the Mono Lake Committee's Lead Naturalist Guide. Winning tickets will be drawn at the Sunday picnic, but you do not have to be present to win.


    Registration is now open

    Registration for this year's Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is open and there is still space available in many great trips. Check out the grid schedule online as you select your programs. Additionally, be sure to check out our registration tips and the tutorial video we created to walk you through the system step-by-step. Register here.


    Practice registration open through April 12th

    Registration for this year's Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is only a few days away, beginning at 6:30am PDT on Monday, April 15th. Be sure to check out the newly updated grid schedule online as you select your programs, which now includes the Friday night dinner. In order to have the best chance of getting your first choice events, we highly recommend that you practice using the registration system before the test system closes at midnight on Friday, April 12th. Additionally, be sure to check out our registration tips and the tutorial video we created to walk you through the system step-by-step.


    2019 T-shirt design

    We're excited to announce the T-shirt art for this year, featuring a Loggerhead Shrike illustrated by L Wren Walraven on an organic cotton, light gray T-shirt. T-shirts will only be available for pre-order, so be sure to order yours when you register so you don't miss out.


    Program information is online

    The full schedule of field trips, presentations, and workshops is now online, including the grid schedule, which shows how trips may overlap. Please note that this schedule is still a draft and additional programs may be added prior to registration day. We recommend finding several alternate programs for each time slot, as many programs fill quickly—some fill just minutes after registration opens. Updated presenter biographies are also online, so you can learn more about everyone leading trips this year.


    Registration is April 15, 2019 at 6:30 AM

    Mark your calendar! The program will come out in mid-March, which will give you a month to plan for registration day. If you are a first time Chautauquan and want to get a feel for the event, check out last year's program, as we repeat a good number of events to make sure everyone gets a chance to experience them if they don't get in their first time.


    Coming to the Chautauqua? Book your accommodations now!

    Planning ahead is crucial for this event, as Lee Vining gets very busy in the summer. If you would like to stay in a hotel, book now! Lee Vining puts you in the middle of the action, and June Lake is only 20 minutes away. Check out our Local Info page for links and phone numbers.


    Chautauqua planning is going full steam ahead

    Field trips are lining up, presentations are getting sorted, and our presenter list is brimming with amazing naturalists ready to make the Eighteenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua better than ever! Stay tuned for updates.


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