Mariposa Grove Birding

pileated woodpecker, Yosemite bird-watching walk, Mariposa Grove, Wawona, hike
October 5, 2014

The wild and rugged terrain of Mariposa Grove is superb habitat for numerous avian species. Join experienced birder Karyn "Kestrel" O'Hearn for a day of discovery, observation and conservation. The course will cover learning about the birds you come across, their natural history, biology and some current research findings. Participants will walk among the giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove and in Wawona’s mountain meadows and coniferous forests, in hopes of encountering a variety of birdlife. This program begins in Wawona Sunday morning and ends around 3 pm.

Experience package includes camping Oct. 4–6 at Wawona Campground plus entry into Yosemite. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. View a suggested packing list for this program.

Take a quick glimpse of the area that will be visited by viewing Yosemite Nature Notes: Big Trees.

Hiking: Easy to moderate; 2–3 miles, with some elevation changes
Elevation: 5,100'–6,000'
Experience package: $79
Leader: Karyn "Kestrel" O'Hearn
Karyn "Kestrel" O'Hearn

Karyn "Kestrel" O'Hearn

Karyn "Kestrel" O'Hearn has spent over 20 years studying and sharing California's Natural History. She graduated in 1996 from UC Santa Cruz with a Environmental Studies degree, and after two short seasons with Cal Fire began teaching in environmental education which led her to the Sierra. She has been a Ranger Naturalist interpreting, teaching, and guiding visitors throughout Yosemite National Park including a field trip each June as part of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua and leading High Sierra Loop trips since the early 2000's. She is a docent for Yosemite Area Audubon and Sierra Foothill Conservancy, where she developed a local winter bird walk series in Mariposa. When not naturalizing or interpreting she teaches middle school science. Her newest endeavors are fly fishing, gardening, and beginning a journey back to school to study avian science and conservation. Most of her free time is spent observing the natural world with an emphasis on birds and sharing what she observes with anyone who will listen.