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Crowley Lake: Marshes, migrants, mountains, & mud

Saturday 6:30 AM-3:00 PM
Trip# 311: Crowley Lake: Marshes, migrants, mountains, & mud
Description: Crowley Lake Reservoir, cradled in the Long Valley Caldera and formed by the damming of the Owens River, offers spectacular views of the High Sierra to the west and the Glass Mountain and White Mountain ranges to the east. Crowley is nestled amid a mix of sagebrush, wet meadows, and small alkali lakes, attracting a variety of breeding and migrant waterbirds. June is the peak of the breeding season, so we should see several species of nesting ducks, shorebirds, and grebes, plus some over-summering non-breeders and late migrants. We will also view the largest Bank Swallow colony in the Eastern Sierra, enjoy the beautiful song of the Sage Thrasher, the subtle beauty of the Brewer's Sparrow, and if we are really lucky, run into some Bi-State Greater Sage-Grouse. (est. driving miles: 80; hiking difficulty: easy)
Current Weather Conditions in Lee Vining:
Broken clouds, 69° (Feels Like: 67°)
Wind: ENE @ 4mph with 5mph gusts
Visibility: 10,000 ft
Forecast for Saturday June 17:
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Transportation: Carpool/Personal Vehicle
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