Birding, Mono Lake and More

Clark's Nutcracker is no stranger to the Mountaineers of the Eastern Sierra.

The Clark’s Nutcracker is no stranger to the Mountaineers of the Eastern Sierra.

 

The Yosemite Gateway Chalet sits at the intersection of the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin, allowing for some of the best birding in North America.  A magnificent diversity of habitats offers opportunities to spot Ospreys, Gray-crowned Rosy Finches, Golden Eagles, Sage Thrashers and much, much more.  The Grant Lake reservoir, just 10 minutes form the Chalet, is one of the top birding destinations in the June Lake Loop.
Just beyond Grant Lake you will be in the Mono Basin, which boasts over 325 species — that’s enough to keep even the most jaded jay-spotter on her toes for days on end. And even if you can’t tell the difference between Big Bird and a Turkey Vulture, you can still enjoy a variety of feathered June Lake friends that dance around the landscaped grounds of the Yosemite Gateway Chalet.

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