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Nationally known bird photographer, Marie Read, takes us on a journey exploring the birdlife of the Mono Lake Basin. Marie’s stunning photography, featured in her recently released book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin, reveals the fascinating lives of the birds that breed or migrate through this spectacular birding hotspot.

Iconic Mono Lake, in California’s Eastern Sierra, is famous for bizarre tufa towers and highly saline and alkaline water. Teeming brine shrimp and alkali flies attract numerous breeding and migratory birds, including California Gulls, Wilson’s Phalaropes, and Eared Grebes. The surrounding sagebrush scrub, pinyon-juniper, Jeffrey Pine and conifer-aspen forests support many other species.

Delve into the hidden lives of Pinyon Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Sage Thrasher, Lewis’s Woodpecker and American Dipper. Enjoy Marie’s stories from the field and learn how she obtained some of the behavior shots in the book.

Signed books will be available for purchase.


Marie’s images and articles have appeared in magazines such as Living Bird, Bird Watching, Nature’s Best, Birds & Blooms, and National Wildlife, as well as in books, calendars, and websites. She has authored two previous books: Secret Lives of Common Birds: Enjoying Bird Behavior Through the Seasons (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), and Common Birds & Their Songs (coauthored with Lang Elliott, Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

You can see Marie’s work at http://www.marieread.com.

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