Birding & Wildlife Viewing Blogs

The No. 1 Tip For Wildlife Viewing in Mammoth Lakes

Jul 21, 2020 / Dakota Snider

Have you ever sat back and watched a mule deer graze on grass? What about a black bear tearing apart a log to look for insects? There are hundreds of different types of wild animals in the Eastern Sierra. And summertime—when many species are the most active—is one of the... MORE

Everything You Need to Know About Bear Safety in Mammoth Lakes

Jul 01, 2017 / Monica Prelle

These tips will keep you (and the bears) safe while you're visiting Mammoth Lakes. MORE

Spotting the Elusive Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep

Apr 19, 2017 / Jason Abplanalp

The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis sierra) is one of North America’s most magnificent mammals. These majestic creatures are only found within the rocky high-alpine ridges and deep canyons of California’s wild and scenic Sierra Nevada mountain range. With patience and luck, you can spot a herd of these... MORE

Naturalist’s Guide to the Mammoth Lakes Basin

Oct 08, 2015 / Jason Abplanalp

No matter how you arrive, one of Mother Nature's finest works is awaiting your exploration! MORE

A World of Forests: Mammoth Lakes Ecosystems

Sep 03, 2015 / Jason Abplanalp

Mammoth Lakes is legendary for providing outdoor adventurers access to long, scenic hiking trails and flowing, epic mountain bike single track. These trails wind through a wide variety of forest ecosystems, providing majestic environments rich in natural beauty and diverse in flora and fauna. MORE

Birding by Ear in the Eastern Sierra

Jul 29, 2015 / Kalyn LePre

Dave Marquart, an interpretive naturalist for California State Parks, joins us to talk about birding in the Eastern Sierra. When most of us listen to birdsong, it's a pleasant sound that reminds us of nature, but when Dave hears birdsong, it's more like a symphony of sounds and species. While it takes a certain type of person to love birding, many people can kindle a deeper connection to nature and take the opportunity to unplug through birding. MORE

Unique Wildlife of the Eastern Sierra

Jun 09, 2015 / Monica Prelle

One of the best parts about visiting Mammoth Lakes is wildlife viewing. Though the bears are one of the biggest attractions, there are birds of prey, alpine rodents and even endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn. Here are some of the unique animals of the Eastern Sierra. MORE

Bears in Mammoth Lakes

Jun 09, 2015 / Kalyn LePre

If you've been to Mammoth Lakes, you've probably seen the "Don't Feed Our Bears" stickers on dumpsters, cars and on signage all over town. If your planning your first trip, look for them. They're everywhere!  I caught up with Steve Searles, the local wildlife specialist to talk about Bears in Mammoth Lakes. We talked about why it's important not to feed them, what to do if you encounter a bear, and how to stay bear safe in the backcountry. MORE