Winter Ecology of the Mono Basin
- Location: Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore
- Dates: February 9, 2019
- Address: Corner of Hwy 395 & 3rd Street, Po Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541
- Phone: (760) 647-6595
The Season Seldom Seen: Winter Ecology of the Mono Basin
Winter in the Mono Basin is silent, majestic, and filled with mysteries. Despite the illusion of stillness, there is a lot going on in the forest and desert, in the air, and even under the snow. In this seminar we will investigate the connections plants and animals have with their winter environments in addition to what factors cause winter in the first place. In the field we will discuss the different “personalities” of snow, why winter is longer and harsher at higher elevations, what adaptations plants and animals have evolved to survive cold winters, and how humans have adapted to cope with winter. We will also look for the birds and mammals that survive here in the sometimes harsh winters, as well as look for tracks and burrows if there is snow. This will be an active seminar in potentially freezing temperatures where participants will need to have enough stamina to walk up to 3 miles.
Nora Livingston is the Mono Lake Committee Lead Naturalist Guide. She has spent the last three years settled into the Mono Basin getting to know all of the basin’s seasons and patterns. Winter is quickly becoming her favorite time to explore.
More information and itinerary: http://monolake.org/visit/19winterecology.pdf