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2021 Virtual Owens Lake Bird Festival

April 23 - April 24


The Owens Lake Bird Festival goes virtual for 2021.

Friday, April 23rd, and Saturday, April 24th
*$40 suggested donation

*100% of event proceeds benefit Friends of the Inyo’s programs that work to protect and care for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. If the suggested donation is a barrier you can request free admission.

Event Description

Over the past six years, the Owens Lake Bird Festival has grown to be a staple event in Owens Valley for birders and naturalists. The incredible offerings of the Eastern Sierra make for world-class experiences for the thousand-plus attendees who have attended.  We look forward to the time when we can once again host these in-person gatherings. But until then, we are excited to bring together our community of birders virtually for the 2021 Owens Lake Bird Festival.

We hope you join us this year for a unique offering of virtual events on Friday and Saturday evenings on April 23rd and 24th, 2021. One benefit of a virtual event over an in-person event is that our expert presenters can share information via their screens in a way that this event has never offered. Plus, you can join the event from the comfort of your own home. Barriers including traveling, lodging, and access are no longer a hurdle–simply sign up and join us from your device. We hope to see you in April!

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The Virtual Presentations

Owens Lake Habitat Management: It’s for the Birds

Presented by Collette Gaal & Jeff Nordin
Friday, April 23rd at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power operates the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program on approximately 48.6 square miles of Owens Lakebed. Since the implementation of water-based dust control, Owens Lake has once again become an important stop-over for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. While originally designed to control dust, shallow flooding areas are now also managed to sustain habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds. We will discuss how these areas are managed to benefit migrating shorebirds and waterfowl.


Photographing Birds in Inyo County

Presented by Martin Powell
Saturday, April 24th at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Lone Pine native, local photographer, and popular Owens Lake Bird Festival leader, Martin Powell will be presenting his incredible photos, the stories behind them, and highlights of the birds and places that he photographs throughout Inyo County.



Owens Lake’s Importance in Western Hemisphere Bird Migration

Presented by Mike Prather
Saturday, April 24th at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presented by Mike Prather, Lone Pine resident and local icon in the birding community, this presentation will explore the importance of Owens Lake Lake to western hemisphere bird migration. Mike will share his knowledge and expertise of some of the most incredible birding in the world.

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April 23
April 24