Join David Wimpfheimer to explore one of the most dynamic ecosystems on the planet. We’ll start this weekend adventure by kayaking Mono Lake’s southern shore, gliding by oddly wonderful tufa towers, and hopefully encounter thousands of phalaropes who's fate is tied to trillions of brine shrimp in the lake. Besides the tufa formations, the basin contains a geologic diversity found in few other places in the world; the oldest lake on the continent and the youngest mountain range.
Saturday’s focus will be Lundy Canyon, a gem of the Eastern Sierra. An amazing wildflower display here is just part of a rich botanical diversity set amongst numerous waterfalls in a spectacular glacial canyon. The rest of the weekend features several short hikes to young volcanic domes, sagebrush meadows, mixed conifer woods and riparian forests. These habitats are the breeding zones for many birds, including green-tailed towhee, sage thrasher and Townsend’s solitaire. The battle to save Mono Lake was one of the most influential environmental victories of the twentieth century and David will share his personal involvement. Kayak rental included.