2020 Owens Lake Bird Festival
Outings Schedule

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All outings begin at Statham Hall. Regarding how strenuous an outing is, trips on Owens Lake are the most accessible and least strenuous.

Friday Afternoon

9:00 AM

  • Conglomerate Mesa Exploration with Bryan Hatchell

Saturday Morning

6:30 AM

  • Birding and Botany in the Alabama Hills with Russell Kokx
  • Photographing Birds on Owens Lake with Martin Powell
  • Birding on Owens Lake with Debbie House & Barbara Kelley (***All Day Outing – 6:30 AM – 3:30 PM***)

7:00 AM

  • Natural History at Cottonwood Creek with Paul McFarland
  • Birding on Owens Lake – Focus on Snowy Plover with Bill  Deane & Katie Rodriguez
  • History of Saline Valley Salt Tram & Cerro Gordo with Max Rosan (***All Day Outing – 6:30 AM – 4:30 PM***)

7:30 AM

  • Birding on Owens Lake with Jora Fogg & Collette Gaal
  • Birding on Owens Lake with Mike Prather & Ali Sheehey
  • Birding at Cartago Springs with Andrea Jones

8:00 AM

  • Bird Habitat Management on Owens Lake with Jeff Nordin

Saturday Afternoon

1:00 PM

  • Geology in the Alabama Hills with John Kelly
  • Geology on Owens Lake with Dave Wagner

1:15 PM

  • Birding For Beginners with Benny Jacobs-Schwartz
  • Birding on Owens Lake with Jeff Nordin & Bill Deane
  • Birding on Owens Lake with Collette Gaal & Kathy Duvall

1:30 PM

  • Exploring the Owens River Water Trail with Alex Ertaud

Sunday Morning

6:30 AM

  • Birding and Botany in the Alabama Hills with Russell Kokx
  • Birding at Cartago Springs with Andrea Jones

7:00 AM

  • Birding on Owens Lake with Mike Prather
  • Photographing Birds on Owens Lake with Martin Powell
  • Film History of Owens Lake with Chris Langley
  • Birding at Edwards Field with Collette Gaal & Kathy Duvall

7:30 AM

  • Birding at Cottonwood Creek with Jora Fogg & Alex Ertaud
  • Geology on Owens Lake with Dave Wagner
  • Birding on Owens Lake with Debbie House
  • Lower Owens River Restoration and Ecology with Jeff Nordin

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