Owens Lake Bird Festival

April 24-26, 2020

The Owens Lake Bird Festival showcases the migration of birds through the Mojave desert, along the historic Owens Lake. This festival merges magic of the historic west and ancient tribal histories at the Alabama Hills with the stark natural beauty at the edge of Death Valley. 30+ outings highlight the birds, photography, botany, geology, and history of this important location. LADWP’s unique dust management engineering restored the lakes important bird habitats where saltwater and freshwater interact to host a huge number of traveling bird species. Learn more about the outings, schedule, and more below!


2019 Schedule
2019 Schedule of Outings
2019 Outing Leaders
About Owens Lake
Map of Owens Lake
Videos of the Festival
Birds From 2019 festival
Birding Ethics
Lodging and Restaurants
Eastern Sierra Birding Trail Map
Birds from the 2017 festival


Our newest video includes the history of Owens Lake and the Bird Festival

Check out this inspirational short film about Owens Lake, Mike Prather, and the importance of being present.

Major Sponsors:

Metabolic studio logo


Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association Logo

Eastern Sierra Audubon Logo


The following businesses are providing direct support to this year’s festival:

KMMT- Mammoth Lakes – Provides complimentary promotion of our festival

Best Western Plus Frontier Motel – Donates rooms for trip leaders

Mountain Rambler Brewery – Provides delicious beer

Mono Lake Committee – Provides expertise in the form of trip leaders and logistical support

Mono Lake Bird Chataqua – Another partner festival organized by the Mono Lake Committee helping with expertise and support

Boulder Creek RV Resort – Provides equipment for the festival

McDonalds of Bishop and Lone Pine – Provided coffee to keep us all going strong

Friends of the Inyo Business Supporters in Lone Pine

Whitney Portal Hostel

Best Western Plus Frontier Motel

Mt. Whitney Motel

Lone Pine Budget Inn

Trails Motel

Portal Motel

Timberline Motel