Owens Lake Bird Festival to return live April 23

Friends of the Inyo Louis Medina –

Friends of the Inyo’s Owens Lake Bird Festival is returning this year as a live birding and exploring event on April 23 in Lone Pine. The event is back by popular demand following a two-year hiatus for COVID safety reasons.

Since 2015, Friends of the Inyo’s Owens Lake Bird Festival has been celebrating the migration of thousands of birds as they alight at Owens Lake to replenish their strength before continuing on their hemispheric journey along the Pacific Flyway, which extends from Alaska to Patagonia.

But the Festival is more than just about birding, and outings are designed to cover topics that also include botany, photography, geology, local history and culture, and more, to complement the experience, as well as to inform the public about Friends of the Inyo’s work to protect and care for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra, with a focus on our work in Southern Inyo County.

“We are so excited to be able to invite people to enjoy Southern Inyo County with us in person again,” said Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director Wendy Schneider. “We look forward to celebrating local wildlife and ecosystems on Earth Day Weekend.”

This year, we are offering five half-day birding tours (three in the morning, and two in the afternoon) to Owens Lake, Cartago Springs and the Alabama Hills; and two all-day desert/mining-history tours to Conglomerate Mesa and Cerro Gordo. Half-day tours are $22.50, Conglomerate Mesa tours are $45, and Cerro Gordo Tours are $55, per person. And we only have about 30 tickets left.

All trips will be led by knowledgeable birders, naturalists, and photographers who have been affiliated with the Bird Festival since its inception.

The fun will begin and end at the parking lot of the Museum of Western Film History, at 701 S. Main Street in Lone Pine, from which outings will start off, and where attendees can enjoy an optional barbecue dinner for an additional price at the end of the day. Dinner, catered by Big W BBQ, will be held outdoors, in a COVID-safe, informal setting.

Friends of the Inyo acknowledges the sponsorship support of Metabolic Studio, the County of Inyo and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which allows us to put on this popular event.

To learn about tour descriptions and times, as well as dinner options, please visit www.friendsoftheinyo.org/birdfestival, where you can also purchase tickets using a major credit card.

Questions? Write to info@friendsoftheinyo.org.

Story First Published: 2022-04-22