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2019 Field Seminars
 

2019 Field Seminars

Registration for the Mono Lake Committee's 2019 Field Seminars is open to members and non-members alike.

Members may register starting on February 1 each year, and if you are not a Committee member, but you wish to register in February, you may join the Committee when you sign up for the seminar(s) of your choice. Non-members can register beginning on March 1 each year.

You may register either by calling the Mono Lake Committee at (760) 647-6595 or by clicking the "register" button near the seminar(s) of your choice to sign up online. That button will take you to Eventbrite, where you click the green button, and then scroll through the resulting list to find the seminar(s) of your choice.

Questions? Call (760) 647-6595 and ask for Elin, Nora, or Andrew. You can also email us if that's easier.

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Los Angeles Aqueduct Tourregister now
September 20 • Bartshe Miller
$165 per person / $150 for members

The Mono Basin extension of the Los Angeles Aqueduct began transporting water 350 miles south to the City of LA in 1941. Visit all the major aqueduct facilities in the Mono Basin and learn about their modern relationship with Los Angeles, Mono Lake, and its tributary streams. We'll discuss past and present diversions and see how modifications to 20th century infrastructure can serve 21st century water needs. Bartshe Miller is the Committee’s Policy Director, and has nearly 30 years of experience leading tours about Mono Basin ecology, hydrology, and history. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Geology of the Mono Basinregister now
September 20–22 • Greg Stock
$182 per person / $167 for members

From volcanic craters to glacial moraines, earthquake faults to tufa towers, the Mono Basin displays some of the most unique, spectacular, and accessible geology anywhere in the world. In this seminar, consisting mostly of field visits to locations like Tioga Pass and Panum Crater, Greg Stock will guide you through eons of fascinating Mono Basin geology. Greg is Yosemite National Park's geologist, and has authored and co-authored over 50 papers and abstracts on Sierra Nevada geology. He is co-author of the book Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Fall Color Forayregister now
October 4 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$90 per person / $80 for members

Every fall, quaking aspen trees famously paint the landscape with golden hues as their leaves change. This half-day seminar will hit the hotspots of colorful groves during peak season. We will enjoy glittering golden, ruby, and emerald forests while learning about aspen ecology. Great for photographers. Limited to 9 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Watercolors in the Wild: Autumn Floraregister now
October 4–6 • Andie Thrams
$192 per person / $177 for members
Painting in wild places is powerfully transforming, yet working outdoors can be overwhelming. A series of guided studies designed to get us working with ease will focus on autumn flora, with a particular emphasis on fall's color palette. During gentle forays outdoors and inside the studio, we'll carefully observe local plant life, collect ideas, and experiment with drawing and painting techniques using watercolor, gouache, and ink. All levels are invited. California-based visual artist Andie Thrams uses watercolors onsite in wildland forests to create paintings and artist's books that explore mystery, reverence, and delight, while also grappling with the vanishing habitats of our era. Limited to 12 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Arborglyphs & Aspen Natural Historyregister now
October 5–6 • Richard Potashin
& Nancy Hadlock
$197 per person / $182 for members

A century of sheep grazing brought Basque sheepherders into the Mono Basin's aspen-bordered meadows, and they left numerous carvings—arborglyphs—on the aspens. Join the instructors for an enchanting journey into the aspen groves at peak color to explore this historic art form and to learn about the wildlife, insects, and birds that are drawn to the groves. Richard Potashin has been discovering and documenting aspen carvings for many years. Nancy Hadlock has been a naturalist, interpreter, and educator for the National Park Service and US Forest Service for over 30 years.
Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Fall Color Forayregister now
October 11 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$90 per person / $80 for members

Every fall, quaking aspen trees famously paint the landscape with golden hues as their leaves change. This half-day seminar will hit the hotspots of colorful groves during peak season. We will enjoy glittering golden, ruby, and emerald forests while learning about aspen ecology. Great for photographers. Limited to 9 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Mono Basin Fall Photographyregister now
October 11–13 • Robb Hirsch
$275 per person / $250 for members

Autumn in the Mono Basin is one of the greatest photographic experiences in the country—spectacular foliage and skies combine with exceptional light, presenting ample subject matter. Join accomplished photographer Robb Hirsch to explore shoreline locations at sunrise and sunset, fall color in nearby canyons, and grand overviews of the Mono Basin. Photographers of all levels are welcome; a fully adjustable camera of any size or format is suggested. Limited to 12 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

Mono Basin Landscapes & Moon Photographyregister now
November 8–10
• Jeff Sullivan
$275 per person / $250 for members

Late fall is sunset, moon rise, and reflection season at Mono Lake. The departure of summer heat reduces wind, leaving the dense, salty water of Mono Lake mirror-smooth. A passing storm may leave a dusting of snow or bring clouds to decorate our compositions. Accomplished local photographer Jeff Sullivan will teach you some of his favorite techniques and show you some of his favorite spots for landscape and night photography in the Mono Basin. Jeff is a landscape photography and astrophotography workshop instructor, and author of the guidebook Photographing California Vol. 2 – South. Limited to 12 participants. Click here for a full seminar itinerary.

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Finished seminars:

Birding Mono Basin Hotspots
May 31 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$110 per person / $100 for members

Breeding Birds of the Mono Basin
June 1 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Visions of the Past: Sierra Gold, Aurora Silver
June 1–2 • Terri Geissinger
$197 per person / $182 for members

Twilight Birding & Owling
June 2 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$90 per person / $80 for members

Natural History of Mono Basin Woodpeckers
June 11–13 • Steve Shunk
$182 per person / $167 for members

Mono Basin & Bodie Photography
June 21–23 • David Gubernick
$300 per person / $275 for members

Capturing the Mono Basin in Pastel
June 28–30 • Ane Carla Rovetta
$192 per person / $177 for members
$30 required materials fee

Wildflower Waltz
July 5 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$110 per person / $100 for members

Mono Basin Big Day Birding
July 6 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Birding the White Mountains
July 12 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Butterflies of the Mono Basin & Sierra Nevada
July 13–14 • Kristie Nelson
$172 per person / $157 for members

Full Moon Hike
July 16 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$90 per person / $80 for members

Wildflower Waltz
July 18 (half day) • Nora Livingston
$110 per person / $100 for members

Mono Basin Mammals (canceled)
July 19–21 • John Harris
$182 per person / $167 for members

The Art of Wildflower Macrophotography
July 26–28 • David Gubernick
$275 per person / $250 for members

Mono Basin Landscapes & Milky Way Photography
August 2–4
• Jeff Sullivan
$275 per person / $250 for members

Mono Basin Natural History: Aquatic & Terrestrial Habitats
August 2–4 • David Wimpfheimer
$207 per person / $192 for members

En Plein Air at Mono Lake: Beginning Oil Painting
August 9–11 • Penny Otwell
$192 per person / $177 for members

Mining the Past through Binoculars
August 10 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Falling for the Migration: Bridgeport Valley & Mono Basin
August 15–16 • Dave Shuford
$172 per person / $157 for members

Geology of the Mono Basin
August 16–18 • Greg Stock
$182 per person / $167 for members

Falling for the Migration: Crowley, Mammoth, Mono
August 17–18 • Dave Shuford
$172 per person / $157 for members

Miwok-Paiute Basketry
August 23–25 • Lucy Parker, Julia Parker, & Ursula Jones
$265 per person / $250 for members
$80 materials fee

Birding the White Mountains
August 30 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Volcanism of the Mono Basin
August 31 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

A Long Journey: Shorebird Migration
September 1 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Creating the Illuminated Field Journal
September 6–8 • Hannah Hinchman
$192 per person / $177 for members

Mono Basin Tree Identification
September 13 • Nora Livingston
$140 per person / $130 for members

Fire Ecology of the Eastern Sierra
September 14–15 • Malcolm North
$172 per person / $157 for members

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Questions? Call (760) 647-6595 and ask for Elin, Nora, or Andrew. You can also email us if that's easier.

All seminars operate under permits from the Inyo National Forest and Californiat State Park system.

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