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Upcoming Eastern Sierra Audubon Programs

When: Normally on the FIRST Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) of October, December, February, and April; 7:00 PM (see Events Calendar) and sometimes additional months.
Where: Venues vary - in the past we've held programs at the White Mountain Research Center, Owens Valley Station (4 mi. East of Bishop on East Line St., see Map, or the USFS/BLM Office Meeting Room in Bishop (see Map) - See program details for information and updates.

Evening programs will be preceded by (1) announcements of interest to the membership, and (2) sharing of recent bird sightings and other news on the local natural history scene. Check back here or local news media for possible changes. Everyone is welcome to attend!

September 25th (Thursday):
Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin with Marie Read

Cover of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin

Join us at 7pm on September 25th at the at the BLM/Forest Service Office in Bishop (by the DMV) for this book event with author/photographer Marie Read. Spellbinder Books will be there with signed copies of her beautiful new book for sale. Note that this program is on a Thursday night rather than our usual Wednesday. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin

Nationally known bird photographer, Marie Read, takes us on a journey exploring the birdlife of the Mono Lake Basin. Marie’s stunning photography, now featured in her newly released book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin, reveals the fascinating lives of the birds that breed or migrate through this spectacular birding hotspot.

Iconic Mono Lake is famous for bizarre tufa towers rising from the surface of its highly alkaline water. Teeming brine shrimp and alkali flies attract huge numbers of breeding and migratory birds, including California Gulls, Wilson’s and Red-necked phalaropes, and Eared Grebes. The surrounding sagebrush scrub, pinyon-juniper, Jeffrey pine and conifer-aspen forests support many other species of birds as well.

Delve into the hidden lives of birds such as Pinyon Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Lewis’s and Black-backed Woodpeckers, and American Dipper! Enjoy Marie’s stories from the field and learn how she obtained some of the behavior and action shots in the book.

About the Author

Marie Read, wildlife photographer

Marie Read

Marie’s images and articles have appeared in magazines such as Living Bird, Bird Watching, Nature’s Best, Birds & Blooms, and National Wildlife, as well as in books, calendars, and websites. She has authored two previous books: Secret Lives of Common Birds: Enjoying Bird Behavior Through the Seasons (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), and Common Birds & Their Songs (coauthored with Lang Elliott, Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

You can see Marie’s work at

Spellbinder Books of Bishop will be at the program with signed copies of the book for purchase.

See you THURSDAY, September 25th!

See you there at the U.S. Forest Service/BLM Building in Bishop on West Line Street, near the DMV. Doors open at 6:30, with the presentation starting at 7:00pm.

Please Note: This program falls on a THURSDAY, rather than our usual Wednesday night program.

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October Program (Date and Venue TBA):
Trick or treat… it’s Bats… Eeeek!

Hoary bat

Hoary bat, Lasiurus cinereus
Photo by Joseph M. Szewczak

Trick or treat…it’s Bats…. Eeeek!

But wait… did you know that bats are a vital part of the ecosystem, and that California is home to 23 different species of these marvelous creatures? Come discover the wonderful world of our local bats, and bust some of the Halloween-ish myths about these animals. Not the creepy stuff of horror film and campfire legend, bats are key nocturnal insect predators and equipped with fascinating adaptations for life in tiny roost spaces and the vastness of the night sky. Worldwide, it's estimated that one in every four mammals on the planet is a bat, and they employ a fascinating array of survival strategies and life histories. From fruit-eaters to insect-eaters, migratory bats to hibernating bats, there’s a bat to charm even the most timid soul.

Wildlife biologist Leila Harris will share life histories and cool facts about some of our native bat species, many of which occupy the hills, mines and forests of Mono and Inyo Counties. Learn about ongoing research, conservation challenges and what you can do to support bat-friendly habitats and communities.

Special treat: Ever wanted to see a bat up close? Following the presentation, weather allowing, the group is invited to take a walk through the adjacent conservation area with Leila and her trusty bat detector, to observe science in action. If the local bats cooperate, we’ll have the opportunity to hear the echolocation chirps of passing bats, and the chance to see biologists capture and release bats to contribute data to a local study. (Please note: October is getting late in the active season for our local bats, so the weather will determine our fortune for the field component of this program.)

For more information contact Jenny Richardson (email or call 760-920-8541). Also, check back to this page for updates to the list of future speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

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Future Programs (schedule subject to change):

  • September 25, Thursday, BLM/USFS Offices Meeting Room in Bishop, 7pm (doors open at 6:30): Book Event with Marie Read, author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin. Marie will speak about her new book and Spellbinder Books of Bishop will have books available for purchase (and signing) at the program.
  • October (date and venueTBA): Leila Harris will present a Halloween-themed program on bat research and natural history.
  • December - Annual Candlelight Potluck Dinner and Program

Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

If you have any questions or are interested in presenting a program, please contact our programs coordinator, Jenny Richardson, at:; 760-920-8541.

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