Upcoming Field Trips and Events

See Programs, Owens Lake, and CBC pages for more!

Eastern Sierra Audubon Event Official Audubon Events

Eastern Sierra Audubon Event Antelope Valley/Topaz Lake Birding, First Friday of each month at 8am - Beginners Welcome! (Binoculars and bird books provided)

Sandhill Crane, seen monthly on the Topaz walks

Join us as we look for resident and migrant species of birds throughout the beautiful Antelope Valley, including along the shores of Topaz Lake (in the northern part of Mono County).

Please Note: The Sweetwater Coffee Shoppe is closed until Memorial Day weekend. We will be meeting at the Walker Country Store, 107700 US Hwy 395 at 8am First Fridays of the month.

Leader: Elena Espinosa (30+ years of birding experience)

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

We've seen the Sandhill Cranes and the Long-billed Curlews every time we've been out. We also have an abundance of Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Pine Siskins right now. We had a funny sighting with a Wilson's Snipe on top of a telephone pole.

I hope to see you on the first Friday of the month and then head out for the birding around 8 am.

When: 8:00am on the first Friday of each month

Where: The Sweetwater Coffee Shoppe is closed until Memorial Day weekend. We will be meeting at the Walker Country Store, 107700 US Hwy 395 at 8am First Fridays of the month

Contact Elena with questions or for more information: 928-300-8088 or espinosa2015@gmail.com.

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Eastern Sierra Audubon Event Monthly Bird Walk and Census - Second Saturday of the Month, at the Bishop Paiute Tribe's COSA

2017 COSA Walk Dates and Meeting Times:

  • January 14, 8:30 am
  • February 11, 8:30 am
  • March 11, 8:30 am
  • April 8, 8:30 am
  • May 13, 8:30 am
  • Meet at 7:30 these months:
  • June 10, 7:30 am
  • July 8, 7:30 am
  • August 12, 7:30 am
  • September 9, 7:30 am
  • October 14, 8:30 am
  • November 11, 8:30 am
  • December - will coordinate with the Bishop CBC

[COSA walks are held on the second Saturday of every month, unless otherwise announced]

Conservation Open Space Area in Bishop

The Pond at the COSA

Unless otherwise indicated, our COSA bird walks will all be the second Saturday of the month, except (sometimes) for December, because we will have it coincide with the Christmas Bird Count. During June, July, August, and September they will start at 7:30 instead of 8:30. Watch the monthly email update, this field trips page, or local media for confirmation, updates on leader(s) and meeting time. Or, contact Hillary (below), or if you just show up at 8 or so, you'll probably find us!

The Conservation Open Space Area is being developed for wildlife and the community by the Bishop Paiute Tribe. We'll be keeping species lists and observing behavior as well as identifying birds, for the purpose of creating bird lists for the site. For more information, read this article on the COSA in the March-April 2013 Sierra Wave newsletter. There have been surprises every month so far - come find out what new birds we'll see next time - maybe you'll add toour bird list on e-Bird!

All are welcome - these walks are for birders of ALL LEVELS, beginners included! We will bring extra binoculars and field guides to share. If you'd like to print out a bird checklist, with blanks for adding your own discoveries, you can download that here: COSA Bird Checklist trifold (pdf)

Please meet at 7:30am in June-September, or 8:30am during October-May at the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street in Bishop. Contact Hillary Behr for more information, or if you are interested in leading a future monthly walk: hillarybehr@yahoo.com.

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Birds and Brews

Second Tuesday of each month, 5pm: Birds and Brews!

Meet other birders to talk birds and enjoy the delicious food and drink at the Mountain Rambler Brewery in Bishop, located at 186 South Main Street in downtown Bishop.

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Birding Festivals in California and Nearby

2017 Birding Festivals


Wings Over Willcox

Willcox, Arizona
January 11-15, 2017
Registration for Wings Over Willcox opens October 3, 2016. See website for details.

Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival

Morro Bay, CA
January 13-16, 2017
Online registration for the 2017 Festival opens 8 a.m., November 5th, 2016.

Galt Winter Bird Festival

Galt, CA
January 21, 2017 - David Sibley is the Keynote in 2017!

Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway

Chico, CA
January 24 - 28, 2018
Check website for registration information, available in December

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Winter Wings Festival

Klamath Falls, Oregon
President’s Day Weekend
February 16-19, 2017
Registration opens December 10, 2016

Eastern Sierra Audubon Event Great Backyard Bird Count

Your backyard!
February 17-20, 2017

San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival

Mare Island, Vallejo, CA
February 19-21, 2017

San Diego Bird Festival

San Diego, CA
February 23-26, 2017
This is a big one! Registration opens in October. Online registration is free, and many events are free! Many events are also full - go to the San Diego Bird Festivalwebsite to check it out!

California Duck Days

Davis, CA
February 24-25, 2017

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Godwit Days

Arcata, CA
April 19-25, 2017

Eastern Sierra Event Owens Lake Bird Festival

Lone Pine, CA
April 28-30, 2017

We've set the dates for the 3rd annual Owens Lake Bird Festival. Stay tuned for more details over the coming months. We look forard to seeing you next spring.

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Eastern Sierra Event Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

Lee Vining, CA
June 16-18, 2017

Get your binoculars ready for the 16th Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua coming June 16-18, 2017! Eastern Sierra Audubon is a proud sponsor of this great birding event. We hope you’ll be here to celebrate and support the rich diversity of bird life, the legacy of avian research, and the ongoing conservation efforts in the Eastern Sierra—all while having a darn good time. We hope to see you at the Chautauqua!

Registration opens Monday, April 15th at 6:30am. We encourage you to register online at that time as some classes do fill quickly. As you gear up for registration, please read our tips for a smooth registration process. There are no early registrations. The complete Chautauqua program will be available online soon, so you can choose your first, second, and third choices ahead of time.

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Eastern Sierra Event Birding the Valley

Coleville/Walker/Topaz, Northern Mono County
September 9-10, 2017
Explore the beautiful Antelope Valley in Northern Mono County, with birding, hiking, geology, photography, and more.

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Sandhill Crane Festival

Lodi, CA
November 3-5 , 2017

California Swan Festival

Marysville, CA
November 10-12, 2017


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