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Owens Lake Bird Festival

Friends of the Inyo

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM (PDT)

Owens Lake Bird Festival

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee
Full day event Ended $35.00 $0.00
With valid student ID
Ended $20.00 $0.00
Child under 12 year of age free with paying adult
Ended Free $0.00

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Friends of the Inyo invites all birders and lovers of wildlife to celebrate the spring migration during the Owens Lake Bird Festival, April 24th and 25th. Each year in spring and fall Owens Lake, at the terminus of the Owens River near Lone Pine, CA, supports hundreds of thousands of shorebirds during their annual migrations between continents. Dried by drastic diversions to bring water to the people of Los Angeles, today dust mitigation and restoration efforts have returned water, creating habitat and attracting birds to the lake once again. Designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society in 2001, it is the largest and richest wildlife area in Inyo County. In its first year, the Owens Lake Bird Festival promises to honor this extraordinary place and the huge migrating flocks of birds that depend on it for rest and nourishment. It will also celebrate the communities of the Southern Owens Valley and their ties, through the watershed, to Los Angeles.

The festival begins Friday evening with a reception at the Lone Pine Film History Museum featuring the Audubon-California’s short film The Legacy of Owens Lake. On Saturday, expert guides will lead morning and afternoon field trips to Owens Lake with explorations for beginners through experts in bird identification, avian photography, a tour of the invertebrate food web, discussions of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Master Project (dust control and wildlife), and the wonders of migration. Lunch will include several short talks about the lake including ‘Owens Lake Master Project’ by representatives of LADWP, ‘Audubon’s Important Bird Areas’ by Andrea Jones of Audubon-California, ‘Why is that Lake Red?’ by Dave Herbst, PhD of the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, and ‘The Magic and Wonder of Owens Lake’ by influential friend of the lake, Michael Prather. The festival will close with a reception at the Interagency Visitor Center featuring the photography exhibit “The Owens Lake Project” by Robin Black.

Have questions about Owens Lake Bird Festival? Contact Friends of the Inyo

When & Where

Statham Hall
138 Jackson Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Friends of the Inyo

Founded in 1986, Friends of the Inyo is a Bishop, CA-based non profit organization that works to care for and protect public lands in the Eastern Sierra while inspiring others to do the same. Friends of the Inyo connects thousands of people to their public lands each year through hikes, tours, volunteer opportunities, habitat restoration, trail maintenance, civic engagement, and educational programs.

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