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221 Convict Lake: Birds & botany, rocks & remnants
low elevation < 8,000' single location plants birds flowers geology
Mile-long Convict Lake, located at 7,600 feet above sea level about 40 miles south of Lee Vining, lies in a glacial basin under Laurel Mountain and Mount Morrison, two towering metamorphic peaks. The trail encircling the lake goes through a range of habitats with a high diversity of shrubs, trees, and flowers, including many uncommon and interesting species of plants. Expect to see many characteristic Eastern Sierra birds including Yellow Warbler, House Wren, Green-tailed Towhee, Dusky Flycatcher, and Red-breasted Sapsucker. Other species ranging from Calliope Hummingbird to Bald Eagle may also be found. Convict Creek, which can be viewed safely from a boardwalk, roars into the west end of the lake. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring your binoculars and a snack. A walking stick is helpful for short sections of the trail. (est. driving miles: 80; hiking difficulty: easy to moderate)
Guide/Speaker: Rodd Kelsey (he/him)
Fee: $0.00
Transportation Type: Carpool/Personal Vehicle
Trip Type: Field Trip
Day: Friday
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting Venue Location
296 Mattly Ave
Lee Vining CA 93541
Venue Location
296 Mattly Ave
Lee Vining CA 93541
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