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Update: Tioga Pass “lower gate” not opening Friday at noon

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Earlier this week, Caltrans had reported that it planned to open the lower gate on Tioga Pass Road tomorrow for fishing season opener, allowing easier access to the high country and freshwater lakes near Yosemite National Park’s eastern entrance. However, due to inclement weather predicted for the area, Caltrans will not be opening the lower gate tomorrow.

According to the press release, “Caltrans will reassess the weather and road conditions next week to determine if the highway is safe for the traveling public.” Keep checking back here on the Mono-logue for updates—we will report all Tioga Pass news that we get.

Join us for weekly Mono Lake bird walks starting on Friday, May 20

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Migratory and nesting birds are returning to the Mono Basin in droves as the weather warms. Join us for free guided bird walks at Mono Lake County park starting on Friday, May 20 to see owls, woodpeckers, sparrows, gulls, raptors, shorebirds, warblers, wrens, and more up close!

A something something sandpiper?? forages for food along Mono Lake's shore. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Least Sandpiper. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The guided walks take place at 8:00am every Friday and Sunday morning throughout the summer, and are offered (more…)

Tioga Pass “lower gate” scheduled to open Friday at noon

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The lower gate on Highway 120 west, Tioga Pass, is scheduled to be opened on Friday, April 29. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The lower gate on Highway 120 west, Tioga Pass, is scheduled to be opened on Friday, April 29. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Via press release from Caltrans:

“The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing the road to open State Route 120 West to the east Yosemite Park entrance gate. It is anticipated that the road will reopen from winter closure on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at noon, weather and safety permitting. Caltrans’ number one priority is safety for the traveling public and highway maintenance crews. State Route 120 west will remain closed at the Yosemite Park entrance.

“This partial opening is dependent upon favorable weather and verification that the highway is safe for users. If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may not be able to open the highway as anticipated. Please check local highway conditions before planning to use SR 120 west.”

Mono Lake Committee Scholarship deadline extended

Monday, April 25th, 2016 by Ellen, Membership Coordinator
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The deadline for submitting applications for the Mono Lake Committee scholarship has been extended to Friday, May 13 at 5:00pm. Completed applications can be mailed to PO Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541 or hand delivered to our Information Center & Bookstore, open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Each year the Committee awards two $1,000 scholarships to local students who display a personal connection with Mono Lake and the Mono Lake story. Mono County resident high school seniors who have firm plans to attend a two- or four-year college within a year of graduation qualify.

Last year the scholarship selection team of Robbie, Ellen, Arya, and Elin fueled their deliberations with Mono Cone. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Each year the scholarship selection team gets out of the office to talk through the essays with a fresh change of scenery. Last year that also included fresh Mono Cone! Photo by Elin Ljung.

Invasive plants at Mill Creek inspire stewardship

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 by Robbie, Project Specialist
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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, Project Specialist
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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.

Chautauqua registration begins tomorrow

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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April 15 is upon us, which means it’s time for … Chautauqua registration! This year, even tax day was postponed to avoid conflicting with registration day for the Fifteenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, coming June 17–19, 2016.

The Northern Flicker is one of the hundreds of birds you might see at this year's Chautauqua. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The Northern Flicker is one of the hundreds of birds you might see at this year’s Chautauqua. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Registration opens Friday, April 15th at 6:30am. At that time, a link will appear here on the registration page. This year we are offering many new programs and field trips as well as our most popular events from previous Chautauquas. You can see all of the exciting events we have lined up on the Chautauqua program online. Be sure to choose your first, second, and third choices ahead of time, since some programs do fill quickly. As you gear up for registration, please read our tips for a smooth registration process. This is a complicated event so remember to breathe, be patient, and even if you don’t get your first choice programs, know that you will still have a wonderful time.

We hope you’ll be here to celebrate and support the rich diversity of bird life, the legacy of avian research, and the ongoing conservation efforts in the Eastern Sierra—all while having a darn good time. See you in June!

April 1 Mono Lake level close to critically low threshold

Friday, April 1st, 2016 by Geoff, Executive Director
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This morning Mono Lake Committee staff met with Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) personnel to conduct the official annual April 1 reading of the lake level together. The consensus: Mono Lake stands at 6378.11 feet above sea level.

Mono Lake is now just 13 inches above the ecologically precipitous 6377-foot elevation at which the nesting islands become landbridged, lake salinity hits new highs, air quality problems worsen, and stream delta habitat conditions degrade.

Measuring Mono Lake's April 1 elevation

DWP’s Steve Rich and Robbie Di Paolo from the Mono Lake Committee read the lake level gauge together this morning. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

With those concerns in mind, the State Water Board rules are more nuanced this year for determining whether or not DWP can export water to Los Angeles. Not only does the lake have to be above 6377 feet for today’s measurement, it also has to be forecast to stay above 6377 every day of the coming year. (more…)

Book your Mono Lake canoe tour today

Monday, March 28th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Join the Mono Lake Committee for a guided canoe tour this summer!

Experience Mono Lake in a new way by joining a guided canoe tour this summer. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Experience Mono Lake in a new way by joining a guided canoe tour this summer. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Canoeing on Mono Lake is an unforgettable experience. See the lake in a completely new way as you float over bubbling springs forming new tufa towers, examine some of the trillions of tiny brine shrimp that inhabit the lake, and experience the peace and tranquility of this wild place. Prepare to take in breathtaking views of the Mono Basin and the dramatic Sierra crest, which (more…)

Get your ducks in a row: Chautauqua registration is April 15th

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Mallard mama with ducklings. Photo by Nora Livingston.

If you are planning to come to the Fifteenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, now is the time to gather your ducklings and make sure you’re prepared for registration—you don’t want to miss out on a trip because you haven’t decided which trips to register for! Registration opens on Friday, April 15, at 6:30am sharp. Many field trips fill within minutes, so rise before the sun, sip your coffee with your list of events in hand, and be ready to go at 6:30am. The schedule is up on the website now, and the full program with trip descriptions and leader biographies will be up very soon, so make sure you have your field trip and program choices prioritized for registration day. Check out our Facebook page for real-time updates. We look forward to seeing you in June!

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