For the many bird lovers out there, the biggest bird celebration of the year in the Eastern Sierra kicks off this week, as Lee Vining and the Mono Basin gear up for the 11th annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.
There will be 80 different events offered by 45 different presenters Friday through Sunday, June 15-17.
Weekends consist of field trips, workshops, and presentations with subjects that include: birds, butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, chipmunks, bats, geology, wildflowers, photography, art, survival skills, music, food, and several kidsâ€™ events. There will also be live raptor shows with peregrine falcons, a Harris hawk, an eagle owl, parrots, and homing pigeons.
Walk-in registration is available for many workshops and events and field trips will be held from the Mono Basin to Bridgeport Reservoir, from the White Mountains to Yosemite.
The Chautauqua will conclude with a picnic and free concert by the Adam Burns Band Sunday at the Mono Lake County Park Sunday at noon. And, of course the traditional bird-calling contest will be held during the intermission.
Lee Vining High School will be offering a limited amount of food for sale.
Carpooling from Lee Vining is strongly recommended.
Bring a blanket or low chair. The park is located five miles north of Lee Vining off of Cemetery Road.
The Adam Burns Band combines rock, folk, ska, and eastern European influences to create music that is both energetic and richly melodic. Adamâ€™s songwriting reflects his passion for the bluesy melodies of Jack White, the lyrical wit of Elvis Costello, and the unbridled energy of The Clash. The band has become known for their vivacious live shows, characterized by playful interaction with each other and their audience.
The Adam Burns Band is a localâ€™s favoriteâ€”drawing big crowds out of the backcountry each time they play at the Mobil in Lee Vining.
Bird Chautauqua organizing partners are the Mono Lake Committee and California State Parks.
Other partners include National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Eastern Sierra Audubon, Friends of the Inyo, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Yosemite Conservancy, PRBO Conservation Science.
For more information, visit www.birdchautauqua.org.