California’s Great Beyond

Mono Basin Phalarope Festival

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  • Location: Hess Park
  • Dates: June 23, 2024 - June 25, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: Highway 395 Corridor, Lee Vining, CA 93541
  • Phone: (760) 647-6595

This FREE event follows the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, adding an exciting continuation to the birding festivities. Witness the unveiling and dedication of captivating new phalarope murals showcasing the migratory connections between Mono Lake, Great Salt Lake, and Laguna Mar Chiquita in Argentina. A team of visiting researchers, park rangers, educators, and conservationists from Laguna Mar Chiquita and Great Salt Lake will share their valuable insights and experiences regarding saline lake conservation.

Learn about their work in Argentina and Utah and discover the similarities and challenges faced by these globally connected habitats. Participate in a lively bird call contest and showcase your creativity with a phalarope costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the most authentic bird calls and the most imaginative and well-crafted phalarope costumes.

Immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere filled with live music, dancing, and an array of delicious food (proceeds from food purchases support Lee Vining High School). Engage in meaningful discussions and cultural exchanges with fellow attendees and international guests. Share stories, insights, and ideas surrounding the importance of saline lakes and migratory connections, fostering global understanding and cooperation. For more info, go to

Mono Basin Phalarope Festival