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Mammoth Lakes & Vicinity
Sat. & Sun., July 7-8, 2017 (R - Full)
Group will meet at 5:15 am on both Saturday and Sunday
7 car limit- no solo drivers; everyone must car pool

This trip will involve two full days of birding in and around the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA at relatively high elevations (6,000 – 9,000 ft) though we will not be doing any extensive hiking.

On Saturday, we will visit a locations including Virginia Lakes, Mono Lake and Saddlebag Lake.  On Sunday, we’ll spend the morning in Devils Postpile National Monument and the afternoon in the vicinity of Mammoth Lakes.  Since these will be two full days of birding, it will be necessary to drive up to Mammoth on Friday and return home on Monday. Most participants will stay Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in motels or rental condos in Mammoth Lakes.  Lodging is also available in Lee Vining and June Lake

Target species include Sooty Grouse, Common Nighthawk, Black Swift, Black-backed Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, and Evening Grosbeak.  (See the webpage for a more complete list of birds seen on previous trips there.)

Our meeting time on Saturday will be 5:15 am so we can catch the sunrise over Mono Lake and see the Common Nighthawk. Sunday morning, our meeting time will be 5:15 am and we will bird until late afternoon both days. We will visit pine/fir forests, sagebrush prairie, and some high desert on the shores of Mono Lake. Besides birds, we expect to see some spectacular vistas, and natural features such as old volcanoes, waterfalls, and glacial moraines. We also can expect to see some interesting mammals such as Yellow-bellied Marmot, Pika, Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel and Douglas Squirrel, Mule Deer, Coyote, and Black Bear.
Advance reservations are necessary;  trip size is limited.   Trip fee is $40. Make check payable to Sea & Sage Audubon and mail to:  Mammoth trip, c/o Nancy Kenyon, 32 Almond Tree Ln, Irvine CA 92612.  Be sure to include your phone number and email address for trip confirmation & additional information AND your trip waiver.
Please include the following information when you send in your reservation for this trip:

Your phone number
Your email address
2-way radio - do you have one?
Your signed trip waiver - Trip Waiver (1 person) - OR - Trip Waiver (2 persons)

Additional Information: additional info will be forthcoming

Bird list from 2009, 2012, 2013, & 2015 trips
Trip Information
Motel information
Weather forecasts


Vic Leipzig, Leader
Reservations: Nancy Kenyon; 949-786-3160;

updated 4/16/17


Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963