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