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Donate now to protect Mono Lake’s gull colony

March 17th, 2017 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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It’s really starting to feel like spring in the Mono Basin—the days are getting longer, afternoon temperatures are nearing 70°, and we’ve started seeing the first California Gulls return to Mono Lake to nest. Right now, there is only a small, watery barrier separating the California Gull nesting grounds from the mainland, making it just a short swim for coyotes to get to the islands and wreak havoc on the gull colony.

The good news is that plans are advancing for the construction of a temporary fence across the landbridge on Mono Lake’s north shore to block coyote access to the islands until enough snow melts to raise the lake above the threshold of concern later this summer. Thanks to the generosity of 76 donors, we have already funded a significant amount for the fence, but we still need your help. We’ve made the short video above for you to enjoy and share with your friends to encourage them to join this collective effort. You can also watch the full campaign video below or visit the Long Live the Gulls campaign page to donate and learn more. Thank you for your support—we, and the gulls, appreciate it!

2 Responses to “Donate now to protect Mono Lake’s gull colony”

  1. avatar Wally Roberts Says:

    I don’t get it. I was of the impression that part of the agreement with the DWP was to maintain the level of Mono Lake to prevent the island breach.

  2. avatar Elin, Communications Coordinator Says:

    Hi Wally, you are right that the long-term management level of Mono Lake set by the State Water Board will protect the islands from predator access. The lake has been rising, overall, toward that management level. Unfortunately the present day issue is that the five-year drought lowered Mono Lake over seven feet, creating the issue discussed here. That’s why the fence is an entirely temporary measure designed for use only until the lake rises and restores the natural water protection for the islands.