2020 Owens Lake Bird Festival
Event Schedule

Friday, April 24

6:00pm- 8:00pm Opening reception

Check in, registration and event social at Statham Hall, 138 Jackson Street
Enjoy hors-d’oeuvres and drinks.


Saturday, April 25

6:00am- 8:00 am- Meet and check in, Statham Hall, 138 Jackson Street

Continental breakfast provided

6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am, 8:00 am-11:30am- Morning Outings

12:00pm- 1:00pm- Informal lunch, Statham Hall, 138 Jackson Street

1:00, 1:15, & 1:30pm- 4:30pm- Afternoon Outings

5:00pm- Dinner Reception, Statham Hall, 138 Jackson Street,

Keynote address by Michael Prather
“Owens Lake – The Long Winding Road.”

Sunday, April 26

6:00 – 7:30 am- Meet and check in, Statham Hall, 138 Jackson Street

Continental breakfast provided

6:30am, 7:00am, & 7:30am-11:30am- Morning Outings

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