Flora and fauna
Mono Lake is a noted birdwatching destination. Brine shrimp and brine fly larva in the water and brine flies on the shorelines provide abundant food for birds. Hungry migrants stopover at Mono Lake to refuel before moving on. Other birds choose the predator-free islands for nesting grounds and spend a few months at the lake.
When walking near the lake, you will quickly notice the shoreline is black with tiny brine flies. When approached, they take flight as an impressive black cloud. Fortunately, these fastidious flies hate touching icky humans, so you can walk through these clouds comfortably.
Since this is a preserve, no camping is permitted anywhere within the Mono Lake Scenic Area.
Lodging is available within the city of Lee Vining, some of which overlook the lake.