This Week's Mammoth Times Events Section

Staff Writer

Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua Volunteer event, June 16
The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is here again. Come explore the variety of birds and natural history of the Mono Basin. To kick off the event, join Friends of the Inyo and help take care of Lundy Canyon by picking up trash around the lake and near the trailhead and doing some light trail work. The Bird Chautauqua will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Those planning to attend are asked to meet at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center and bookstore.

The High Country Responds to a Changing Climate, June 16
Sponsored by 350 Mono as a prequel to the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, learn about climate issues from local experts from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining. Speakers include Connie Millar, Geoff McQuilken, Sarah Stock and Greg Stock, among others.

Conway Ranch: Protecting a Cherished Community Resource – A Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua Field Trip, June 17
From 1-4 p.m., join Eastern Sierra Land Trust Executive Director, Kay Ogden, and Land Conservation Program Director, Susanna Danner, as they team up with representatives from Mono County for an afternoon spent exploring this iconic property, looking for wildlife, and learning about Conway Ranch's natural and political history and future. Participation is limited; attendees must pre-register with the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.

South Tufa Tours, June 17, June 18
Come discover the mystery of Mono Lake’s bizarre tufa towers, strange alkaline waters and unique ecological system during a walk along the shores of this ancient lake. Meet at the South Tufa parking lot kiosk (travel five miles south of Lee Vining on U.S. Highway 395, five miles on State Route 120 east, then follow signs for South Tufa).

Mono Lake Bird Walk, June 17, June 19
The Mono Lake Committee and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve lead guided bird walks at Mono Lake County Park on Fridays and Sundays from late May through Labor Day weekend. Walks are held from 8-10 a.m. Groups meet five miles north of Lee Vining. Turn on Cemetery Road and follow the signs to County Park.

Oasis in the Desert: Exploring the Strange and Stunning Black Lake Preserve, June 18
A rare wetland in the midst of the California desert, the Adobe Valley's Black Lake is home to a vast variety of unusual flora and fauna. The lake and its surrounding meadows are now a wildlife preserve managed by Eastern Sierra Land Trust. From 7:30-11:30 a.m. join Executive Director, Kay Ogden, and Land Conservation Program Director, Susanna Danner, as they lead a walking tour of this protected landscape and hope to glimpse some of the unusual plants and wildlife that make the region so special. Participation is limited; attendees must pre-register with the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.

Owens River Water Trail Project, June 18, June 19
Friends of the Inyo and Inyo County are looking for volunteers to help clear the Lower Owens River outside Lone Pine for a potential recreational water trail. This has the potential to become the first designated paddle trail in California and the Western U.S. The group began work June 11 and 12, and is gearing up for another round this weekend, June 18, and 19. All are invited to come help start something new in Inyo County. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. where the Lone Pine Narrow Guage Road crosses the Owens River. Contact Friends of the Inyo for more information.

June Lake Trails Day, June 25
Friends of the Inyo, the June Lake Trails Committee and the Inyo National Forest are inviting all to join in the 7th annual June Lake Trails Day from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the June Lake Community Center. Come out and help care for popular trails in the June Lake area. There is a project for everyone, so bring the whole family. Breakfast will be provided by the June Lake Women’s Club and lunch will be provided after the projects. Make sure to stick around for the raffle during lunch and you could win a sweet prize.

Music & Moonshine at the Hayden Cabin, June 25
The Southern Mono Historical Society is inviting all to an evening of Music ’n Moonshine at the Hayden Cabin, 5489 Sherwin Creek Rd. in Mammoth next weekend. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. and last until dark. The cost is $10. Music will be provided by Up All Night, featuring Gary Walker and his talented musican friends playing some rockin’ blues. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy great music, dancing and socializing. There will also be a no host whiskey bar and some other moonshine. For more information, call 760-934-6918 or visit

Swall Meadows Wine Beer and Food Fest, June 25
The communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise are partnering for the annual outdoor Wine and Beer tasting event this Saturday. All proceeds will benefit the Swall and Paradise all-volunteer fire departments. The event will feature unique wines from some of California’s best wineries, including Grgich Hills, Rombauer Vineyards, Frog’s Leap and many more. Handcrafted beers from Eastern Sierra Breweries like June Lake Brewing, Mountain Rambler Brewery and mammoth Brewing Company will be on tap. The event also boasts great food, desserts from Great Basin Bakery and Rock Creek Resort. Music will be provided by Idle Hands and there will also be a silent auction (including a season pass to Mammoth Mountain). To donate, or for more information, contact Donalda Day at 951-255-3299 or email