The 2021 Chautauqua will be virtual
We are sad to miss you all yet again in person, but this year we are organizing several virtual presentations and a Zoom Bird Calling Contest! Presentations will be in the evening on Thursday June 17, Friday June 18, and Saturday June 19, and the Bird Calling Contest will be at noon on Sunday the 20th, just like the regular Chautauqua picnic. Registration will open in late April and it won't be the normal rush to get a spot because it is unlimited!
The 2020 Chautauqua was canceled due to COVID-19
We missed 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. Until then, follow the links to enjoy a dawn chorus from Lee Vining Canyon, and a sunset from the Mono Lake County Park Boardwalk.
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.
April 29th COVID-19 UPDATE: The 2020 Chautauqua is canceled
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.
March 25th COVID-19 UPDATE: We have postponed registration until May 15
We care deeply about our staff, presenters, participants, and our community, so we will be basing our decisions about the festival on safety first. Depending on how the news unfolds and state and federal guidelines change in the weeks ahead, it is possible that we may have to cancel this year's festival, and if that's the case, we will make that announcement before registration beings. Please stay tuned for updates or join our email list. Thank you and stay well.
Planning is underway for the Nineteenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua
Field trips are lining up, presentations are getting sorted, and our presenter list is brimming with amazing naturalists ready to make the Nineteenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua better than ever! Stay tuned for updates.