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Holiday shopping: Gifts for every Mono Lake enthusiast

Friday, November 25th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the Mono Lake Committee! The holidays are quickly approaching and our Fall Catalog features tons of great gifts for anyone who loves Mono Lake. This year we’ve added even more great options, so you’re sure to find something for everyone.

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Mono Lake brine shrimp T-shirt: Show off your love for Mono Lake’s endemic brine shrimp with these Artemia monica shirts. Available in light turquoise with a women’s cut and moss green with a unisex cut. (more…)

Holiday shopping: Gifts the kids will love!

Saturday, November 19th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Season’s greetings! The holidays are just around the corner and our fall catalog features gifts the kids will love. From familiar local animals to books that the whole family will enjoy, you are sure to find the perfect gift for any budding naturalist.

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Finger puppets: Bring your wild friends from the Mono Basin home with you to play! These plush, lovable, and high-quality Folkmanis finger puppets make for great interactive play. Choose from three Mono Basin species: bobcat, fawn, and Western Tanager. (more…)

Send in your 2016 Free Drawing tickets today!

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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If you haven’t yet sent in your tickets for the Mono Lake Committee’s 2016 Free Drawing fundraiser, there is still time. Enter today for the chance to win round-trip airfare for two on Southwest Airlines, a Cali4nia ski pass, a Mono Basin adventure vacation, and many more great prizes. Be sure to take a look at the complete prize list to see everything we are offering this year.

Photo by Elin Ljung.

Tickets must be received by December 10 to be eligible for the 2016 Free Drawing. Photo by Elin Ljung.

If you are already a member of the Mono Lake Committee, you should have already received your tickets. You will also receive ten tickets in the center of your fall Newsletter, arriving in (more…)

California Gull protection likely needed in 2017

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Geoff, Executive Director
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California’s drought has lowered Mono Lake to the point at which the nation’s second largest California Gull rookery, home to 50,000 nesting birds, is in danger. The shrinking moat of water between Negit Island and the lake’s north shore could soon prove inadequate in deterring predators like coyotes.

Committee wildlife cameras have captured evidence that coyotes are currently active in the landbridge area along Mono Lake’s north shore. Mono Lake Committee wildlife camera photo.

Committee wildlife cameras have captured evidence that coyotes are currently active in the landbridge area along Mono Lake’s north shore. Mono Lake Committee photo.

While it appears that Mono Lake will stay just barely high enough to provide protection during the 2016 nesting season, the lake level forecast places it half a foot below that same threshold at the start of the 2017 nesting season.

As a result, management discussions have progressed from contingency planning to the actual logistics of how to efficiently construct a (more…)

Mono Lake Committee’s ecological monitoring program at 38 years

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Lisa, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
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Type the word “monitoring” into the Mono Lake Committee’s website search bar and 673 results appear. To say that scientific monitoring and environmental advocacy work go hand in hand for the Committee is an understatement.

The Committee collects streamf ow and water diversion data for Mono Basin streams monthly all year, and weekly in summer. Photo by Erv Nichols.

The Committee collects streamflow and water diversion data for Mono Basin streams monthly all year, and weekly in summer. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Ever since the Committee’s founders conducted the fundamental and pivotal ecological study of Mono Lake in 1976, scientific research and monitoring have been the basis for all of the work that has followed. In crafting policy positions, all aspects of an issue must be analyzed and understood, since arriving at a balanced (more…)

Mono Lake in another drought year

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 by Geoff, Executive Director
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When the California State Water Resources Control Board protected Mono Lake in 1994 by revising Los Angeles’ water rights in a landmark decision, it linked lake level and water exports together. The closer the lake is to its mandated ecologically sound level, the more water Los Angeles is authorized to export.

This approach, advocated by the Mono Lake Committee to protect Mono Lake and meet real water needs in the city, also works in reverse: the lower the lake, the less water can be exported.

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Last year, with the level of Mono Lake falling due to drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) reduced exports by 70%, as required by the State Water Board rules. This year, (more…)

Summer 2016 Mono Lake Newsletter now online

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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Newsletter-Su-coverA full moon canoe tour on Mono Lake should be on your bucket list. There’s nothing like it. With the cool salty air off the water, the moonglade, the tufa towers even more otherworldly, birds and bats skirting through the quiet open sky—it’s like floating in the middle of a giant unbelievable black and white photograph.

While you’ve got your bucket list out, I recommend turning to page 14 of this Newsletter. The full moon canoe tour is just the beginning—the Mono Lake Committee is offering a whole slew of new guided trips and tours in addition to our regular offerings. We’ve pulled together some of the most knowledgeable, experienced, and fun people around to guide folks who are curious and want to see, learn, and do more in the Mono Basin. (more…)

“Those carpet squares were older than the State Water Board decision….”

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Ellen, Membership Coordinator
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Last November the 20-year-old carpet in the Mono Lake Committee ice house office building was replaced with low-VOC, durable carpet squares, thanks to the generosity and practical sense of Board Chair Sally Gaines. You can read more about it on page 26 in the 2016 Winter & Spring Mono Lake Newsletter.

The recarpeted, repainted, gallery with a new show from local artist Ann Piersall. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The re-carpeted, re-painted gallery with a new show from local artist Ann Piersall. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The carpet in the office and gallery in our main building was also 20 years old, but not quite as worn, so at first we had no plans to replace it. But, as often happens, the contrast between the new and the old made us realize that it was time to do so. Fortunately, (more…)

2015 Mono Lake California Gull report

Saturday, March 26th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This Winter & Spring 2016 Mono Lake Newsletter article was written by Kristie Nelson, Point Blue Conservation Science.

Monitoring of the Mono Lake California Gull colony by Point Blue Conservation Science researchers and volunteers to help understand how wildlife populations respond to ecological change over time continued in 2015.

A banded California Gull (Larus californicus) with its chick at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of West Vane.

A banded California Gull (Larus californicus) with its chick at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of West Vane.

It was a very successful year for the gulls: both population size and chick production were above-average. Chicks were numerous and heavy, which indicates that they were (more…)

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…)

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