Lava Beds Flora and Avifauna
Instructors: Sean Smith, NPS and Frank Lospalluto
Dates: Friday-Sunday, June 5-7, 2015
Location: Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, CA
Explore spring high desert birds and wildflowers at Lava Beds National Monument with a botanist and field biologist who have done extensive surveying at this spectacular location. Lava Beds is located at the floristic junction of the Cascade Range and the Great Basin, and contains an interesting mix of both regional floras. Beginning Friday evening, we値l botanize in sagebrush steppe, mountain mahogany woodlands, cave entrances, cindercone scree, and conifer forests searching for wildflowers. The newly published Flora of Lava Beds National Monument, will be available as a resource.
Starting Saturday evening, we値l investigate birdlife in varied habitats in and around Lava Beds National Monument. We値l seek out and observe shrub-steppe and grassland-dwelling species within the park. We will also explore the lava flow and cave edges to watch for some unique nesting site selection. Some species we may see and hear include: Loggerhead Shrike, Black-throated Sparrow, Gray Flycatcher, Brewer痴 Sparrow, Horned Lark, Sage Thrasher and Rock Wren. Saturday evening we値l take a field trip to Petroglyphs at the Monument to view raptors and owls nesting on cliff face, and make some short stops to scope birds in Tulelake NWR. Sunday morning/afternoon we値l bird Lava Beds Monument. The class will lodge overnight Friday and Saturday at the Lava Beds campground.
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