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Healing Mono Lake’s tributary streams: Come help us remove invasive plants

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 by Sara, Mono Lake Intern
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If you’re in the area on Monday, July 25, consider joining Mono Lake Committee staff and naturalist Ann Howald to help pull invasive plant species!

Join us on Monday to help pull invasive plant species from along Mono Lake's tributary streams. Photo by Julie Curtis.

Join us on Monday to help pull invasive plant species from along Mono Lake’s tributary streams. Photo by Julie Curtis.

We’ll be spending the morning out in the field working to restore Mill Creek, one of Mono Lake’s important tributary streams. As a special treat, guest naturalist Ann Howald will be joining us. Ann is a retired consulting botanist who has taught popular Committee field seminars for over ten years, so she is certain to enrich the experience for all.

We are meeting at the Mono Lake Committee at 8:00am on Monday, July 25. The day’s adventure will include traversing through mixed sagebrush communities, willow lined riparian areas, and perhaps even in a cold stream! Please be sure to bring shoes that can get wet, sun protection, and plenty of water.

A picnic lunch will be provided so if you think you may be able to make it, please RSVP to me by email so we can plan accordingly. However, last minute drop-ins are also welcome! Contact me by email or at (760) 647-6595 with any questions.

Interns then and now: Randy Arnold

Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Sara, Mono Lake Intern
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I was first introduced to former Mono Lake Committee intern, Randy Arnold, amid the excitement of the runway at the Trail Chic fundraiser back in the summer days of June. The Mono Lake Committee was taking the opportunity to honor Randy Arnold for his continued support of the Mono Lake Committee and his ongoing support of non-profits through his work at Barefoot Wine. I didn’t quite know who the man radiating good nature and smiles was at the time, but luckily, in writing this piece I had the opportunity to find out.

This past summer, Randy (right) was presented with a Mono Lake Committee Board of Directors Resolution in recognition of his steadfast, fun, and creative dedication to Mono Lake. Education Director Bartshe Miller and Board member Martha Davis presented Randy with the resolution. Photo by Erv Nichols.

This past summer, Education Director Bartshe Miller and Board member Martha Davis presented Randy with a Mono Lake Committee Board of Directors Resolution in recognition of his steadfast, fun, and creative dedication to Mono Lake. Photo by Erv Nichols.

For 25 years, Randy has worked for Barefoot Wine and for most of that time he has also been a member of the Mono Lake Committee—a commitment spawned from his experiences as a youth. At 14 years old, he first laid eyes on Mono Lake (more…)

Following Osprey at Mono Lake

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Sara, Mono Lake Intern
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Photo by Erv Nichols.

An Osprey comes in to land on its nest atop a tufa tower at Mono Lake. Photo by Erv Nichols.

For the past 20 years the saga of the Osprey has been unfolding at Mono Lake. In the mid-1980s the first nesting pair of Osprey was recorded at Mono Lake. They built their nest of assorted sticks and branches high atop a tufa tower rising up out of Mono Lake’s salty, alkaline waters. Unfortunately, that year was unsuccessful for the pair and they eventually left the nest in the fall with no signs of chicks ever having hatched. Determined, the pair returned to Mono Lake the next year and began the process again—and again, they were unsuccessful. All told, it took the pair of Osprey five seasons of returning to Mono Lake and giving their best efforts before they successfully hatched two chicks. Since then, Mono Lake’s Osprey population has been on the rise. (more…)

Guided canoe tours: The best way to experience Mono Lake

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Sara, Mono Lake Intern
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If you’re a Mono Lake Intern, mornings start early on the weekends. Six-thirty finds three sleepy interns and the Canoe Coordinator all making their way, eyes half-closed, through the crisp morning air in Lee Vining to meet at the back door of the Mono Lake Committee. Despite the early hour and memories of warm and cozy beds, spirits are high. It’s canoe tour day!

Caption caption. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Canoe tour days involve a sunrise wake-up call for Mono Lake Interns. Luckily, sunrise is one of Mono Lake’s best times of day. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Every Saturday and Sunday the ritual repeats. Canoe days are hard work. It takes a lot of energy to load and unload the fleet of shiny silver canoes from the canoe truck, to spend the entire day paddling Mono Lake’s (hopefully!) glassy waters, and all the while maintain the excitement of sharing the wonders of the Mono Basin with a fresh group of visitors—three times in a row. Yet there isn’t one among us who would even think about trading a canoe tour shift. On days like this, we all feel like we have the best job in the world. (more…)

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