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Fall colors are emerging in the Mono Basin

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Erica, Mono Lake Intern

Quaking Aspens between Grant Lake Reservior and Silver Lake along the June Lake Loop are rapidly changing their leaves from a dark green to yellow color. These trees regularly grow in dense, unbroken stands, creating a stunning golden vista when their leaves fully change color in the fall. If you are headed to the Eastern Sierra, make sure to do this driving loop to see these beautiful seasonal changes.

Aspens along Highway 158 are starting to change to lime-green and yellow. Photo by Erica Stephens.

Willow leaves on the shore of Silver Lake look yellow due to a combination of fall color and a rust fungus. Photo by Erica Stephens.


Seasonal changes in the Mono Basin

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Erica, Mono Lake Intern

As the evening wind whips through the Mono Basin it is becoming noticeably colder now. The summer season is coming to a close and this change brings beautiful new fall colors, migratory birds, and plants.

Animals are preparing for the winter ahead and can be seen gathering nesting materials and food supplies.

Pikas do not hibernate and gather grasses to get them through the winter. Photo by Erica Stephens.

A marmot sunbathing on a rock. Photo by Erica Stephens.

The birds of the Mono Basin are feeling and responding to seasonal changes as well. Spring and summer birds have raised their chicks and parents and fledglings alike have left for (more…)

Tioga Lake being drained for maintenance work

Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Robbie, Project Specialist

Tioga Lake, located along Highway 120 west near the east entrance to Yosemite, will be drained one month earlier this year for necessary maintenance.

In compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Inyo National Forest conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) began draining the lake on Tuesday in order to install a geomembrane liner on the main and auxiliary Tioga Lake dams.

It is expected to take two to three weeks to drain the lake and while there will still be some water in the lake, recreation will be limited.

Lee Vining Creek Diversion Dam work planned for September through November

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

If you are planning a fishing trip to the Lee Vining Creek diversion pond this fall, there will be some construction activity impacting your experience.

This fall there will be construction at the Lee Vining Creek diversion pond, a popular fishing site. Photo by Arya Degnhardt.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) is going to be working on the Lee Vining Creek facility in September because it discovered it can’t lower the spill gate all the way because sediment has accumulated underneath it. DWP has to put in a (more…)

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