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Great article about Mono Lake and the drought

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Journalist Jane Braxton Little recently wrote a comprehensive article about Mono Lake—we recommend giving it a read. She does a great job of capturing where Mono Lake stands today in the face of California’s historic drought. Click the link to read the article Mono Lake Facing Another Crisis.

Mono Lake tufa towers are seen Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, near Lee Vining, Calif. The ancient towers, composed of calcium carbonate, were formed underwater when fresh water springs mixed with minerals in the lakewater, and became visible when lake water receded over the past 60 years due to water diversion to Los Angeles. Now, residents and the U.S. Forest Service say the Mono Lake protections are imperiled by a plan to subdivide 120 acres for luxury homes on the lake's western shore. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Photo of Pirate Ship Tufa at South Tufa from the article “Mono Lake Facing Another Crisis.” Photo by Ben Margot, Associated Press.

Invasive plants at Mill Creek inspire stewardship

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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It’s the early afternoon and I’m standing in Mill Creek on July 30, 2015. The sun is warm when you stand in its rays and the cool softly flowing water is refreshing and welcomed. Standing still I can see bees and butterflies dancing among violet pink, periwinkle blue, and bright yellow wildflowers. It’s hard to believe that two months ago, this particular stretch of Mill Creek was almost entirely dominated by invasive white sweet clover (Melilotus albus).

Wildflowers along Mill Creek. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

Wildflowers along Mill Creek. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

White sweet clover plants can live for 2–3 years before casting thousands of seeds and dying. The seeds are hard and light (ideal for stream transportation) and have been shown (more…)

The Mono Lake shrimp are back!

Sunday, April 17th, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Brine shrimp (Artemia monica) have emerged from the bottom of Mono Lake and they’re already growing fast! Come check them out along the shores of Mono Lake or in our aquarium at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore (open seven days a week). Enjoy the algae while you can little guys, humans aren’t the only migratory species that’s excited about your arrival….

Artemia monica swirling around bubbling tufa in the MLC's aquarium. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

Artemia monica swirling around bubbling tufa in the Mono Lake Committee’s aquarium. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

Eared Grebe survey results from 2015

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Mono Lake is a critical migratory staging ground for Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis). Surveys have confirmed that 30–50% of the entire continent’s population of Eared Grebes utilize Mono Lake, with over one million birds visiting on their fall migration route to feed on brine shrimp. Since 2008 the Mono Lake Committee has collaborated with Canadian research biologist Sean Boyd from the Pacific Wildlife Research Centre in British Colombia to carry out annual aerial Eared Grebe surveys.

Aerial Eared Grebe survey data suggests that a shift toward an earlier peak in grebe population numbers at Mono Lake may be occurring.

Aerial Eared Grebe survey data suggests that a shift toward an earlier peak in grebe population numbers at Mono Lake may be occurring.

It had previously been observed that Eared Grebes were most prolific at Mono Lake in mid-October (as recently as 2013), but (more…)

2016 Mono Lake Committee Scholarship now open for applicants

Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Each year the Mono Lake Committee supports local students pursuing higher education who display a personal connection with Mono Lake and the Mono Lake story with two $1,000 scholarships. Mono County resident high school seniors who have firm plans to attend a two- or four-year college within a year of graduation qualify.

Carson Bold won one of the 2015 Mono Lake Committee Scholarships; Communications Director Arya Degenhardt presented it to him at graduation. Photo courtesy of Susan Morning.

Carson Bold was a recipient of one of the 2015 Mono Lake Committee Scholarships; Communications Director Arya Degenhardt presented it to him at graduation. Photo courtesy of Susan Morning.

If you are interested in applying, you can find the application here. The application deadline is: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:00pm. (more…)

2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, LA: Do you have your tickets yet?

Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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The Thousand Year Journey is showing in the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of @jedidiahjenkins.

The routine is the enemy of time; it makes it fly by.”
—Jedidiah Jenkins, The Thousand Year Journey

Step out of the routine and join us for the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles March 10 & 12. You will be transported around the world and everywhere you look will bring a new and different perspective. We will take you skiing, skateboarding, biking, kayaking, surfing, slacklining, and freerunning, to wild places that otherwise go undiscovered. Each film is (more…)

Mono Basin, Mammoth, & Bishop Christmas Bird Counts

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Canyon Wren. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

It’s time once again for the annual Christmas Bird Count! All skill levels are invited to participate in this important citizen-science effort sponsored by Eastern Sierra Audubon. Results from these counts show long-term population trends and shifting demographics; plus it’s great fun to get out and see the birds!

  • Monday, December 14 — Mono Basin
  • Saturday, December 19 — Bishop
    RSVP to Chris Howard:
    (Let him know if you prefer a specific area or teammate or if you’d prefer to be a feeder-watcher)
  • Sunday, December 20 — Mammoth Lakes

Hope to see you out there!

Holiday shopping: For the birds & for Mono Lake

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Not everybody’s heard about the birds, but bird’s the word. With cards, socks, and candles available from the Mono Lake Committee, you’re sure to find the perfect something for that special birder in your life:

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Holiday card sets: Whether you choose the Red-Breasted Nuthatches with red ornaments, Great Horned Owls perched on a starry night, or the Hairy Woodpeckers pecking away in the snow, you’ll be sure to spread some holiday cheer with (more…)

Holiday shopping: Local gifts from the Mono Lake Committee

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Season’s greetings from the Mono Lake Committee! This holiday season we have a variety of gifts that pertain to the local area or are made locally. Support local artists, businesses, and Mono Lake all at the same time with your purchases from the 2015 Fall catalog:

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If You Were a Bear: Written by Dr. Rachel Mazur, wildlife biologist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, this book’s rhythmic writing and stylish illustrations (more…)

Steps for Snow at Mono Lake

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Local families came out in force on a foggy morning to show support for climate progress at the Paris Summit and a future snowy Sierra and rising Mono Lake.
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Participants walked from Lee Vining down to the lake, heard speakers discuss climate issues, and learned what personal “steps” we can all take to use energy and water wisely.  Everyone took home a snowflake ornament made by local children with their personal action pledge recorded. Thank you Janet and Gina and the Steps for Snow team for raising awareness about these important issues in our community.
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