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Join us for two Mono Lake restoration events this July

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

If you frequent the Mono-logue, you’re probably invested in helping Mono Lake and its tributary streams recover. As always, donations and member support are welcome and necessary aspects of protecting and restoring Mono Lake. But if you’re looking to help Mono Lake in a more hands-on way, consider joining us on Wednesday, July 16 or Wednesday, July 23 for a restoration field day!

The Mono Lake Committee seasonal staff after pulling invasive sweet clover on Mill Creek. Photo by Emma Oschrin.

For our restoration field days, volunteers help with various projects at Mono Lake and along the streams. This July, we’ll be having two restoration days along Mill Creek. Volunteers and Mono Lake Committee staff will be lending a helping hand to the streams by removing invasive plant species that are currently taking up space in streamside habitat. (more…)

Join us for the kick-off of the “Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists” lecture series

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Julie, Mono Lake Intern

Looking for something to do tomorrow, July 9 at 4:00pm? Come join us at the Mono Lake Committee as we learn about Mono’s Cold Climate Conundrums from Guleed Ali, a graduate student with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

Guleed Ali discusses the ages of different volcanic ash layers preserved in the steeply cut banks along the Wilson diversion system near Mono Lake. Photo by Erik Lyon.

Meet in the Mono Lake Committee’s theater and gallery for this one-hour lecture, with light snacks and refreshments provided. This Wednesday’s lecture is the first one of many more to come throughout the summer, so keep your eye on the Mono-logue for future Refreshing ‘Ologist lecture announcements. See you tomorrow!

Interesting Mono Lake brine shrimp data in the 2013 DWP compliance report

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

On May 15th every year, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power sends its Mono Basin compliance report to the State Water Resources Control Board. One of the notable things about the May 15, 2014 report is that it does not contain a “tributaries” section for the first time. This indicates that there was no official geomorphic or vegetation monitoring along the streams in 2013, for the first time since the State Water Board issued Order 98-05 in 1998. A reduction in stream monitoring has begun, and aside from a small increase in effort to confirm the effects of the new streamflows, this reduction was anticipated in the Mono Basin Stream Restoration Settlement Agreement.

The Committee has begun reviewing the report, (more…)

Mono Lake’s feathered babies

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 by Sandra, Birding Intern

Fledgling Great Horned Owl. Photo by Sandra Noll.

Last weekend’s summer solstice marks a time of new life at Mono Lake. Late spring/early summer heralds the fledging (first flight) of many birds that nest in the Mono Basin. Some crowd the nest entrance, just about ready for that first leap of faith; some hatch as downy chicks that swim well but won’t develop the feathers necessary for flight for some time yet; and others have already taken that first flight but still rely on their parents for supplemental feedings as they learn to fend for themselves.

Great Horned Owls nest earlier than most birds; by now they have already fledged their young and moved away from nesting areas to sites with more abundant prey. Many other “babies” remain, however, awaiting your discovery. (more…)

Mono Basin naturalist activities begin for summer 2014

Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Robbie, Mono Lake Intern

As we near the end of June the Mono Lake Committee, in partnership with the US Forest Service and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, is excited to announce the slew of activities that are coming up. Below is a brief list of the summer’s activities, which will be available from June 28 through September 1, 2014.

Join a naturalist at South Tufa this summer every day at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 6:00pm for a guided tour about Mono Lake's ecology and history. Photo by Elin Ljung.

South Tufa Walks
What is tufa and where does it come from? Why is Mono Lake salty and what can live in the lake? Starting tomorrow (more…)

From the Midwest to Mono: A journey

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Adam, Mono Lake Intern

In early January I began to worry—it was winter break as I sat frantically searching the internet for internships on my laptop while sub-zero winter winds whipped the windows of my Iowa home. Many of my friends had already applied for internships for the summer and I, procrastinating as usual, had failed to look at any of the internship databases available to Grinnell College students. As I frantically searched the many available websites I kept running into dead ends such as: missed deadlines, unavailability due to major specifications, and general lack of interest. As my frustration neared a peak, in a near-godsend moment, I stumbled across the position of Mono Lake Committee Intern.

Adam, left, makes tufa with Education Director Bartshe Miller during seasonal staff training. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Being a lifelong Midwesterner, I had never heard of Mono Lake or the Mono Lake Committee but the internship looked perfect; I would be able to work in one of the most beautiful areas of the United States and focus on water issues, which I am passionate about. Furthermore, I was emotionally struck by the amazing story of (more…)

Feathers, flocks, and friends at the 2014 Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Last weekend we celebrated the thirteenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, with over 300 people gathering in Lee Vining to celebrate birds, natural history, art, science, and Mono Lake, in one of the best birding sites in the Western United States.

Birding the Mono Basin's historic DeChambeau Ranch. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

This year Chautauqua participants saw more species of birds than in any other year—127 species and counting, as we continue to tally up the lists. There weren’t any unusual (more…)

Guided canoe tours on Mono Lake begin this weekend

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Julie, Mono Lake Intern

As summer at the Mono Lake Committee comes in to full swing, everybody is eagerly awaiting the start of canoe tours. As a returning Mono Lake Intern to the Committee, I am clued into the excitement all new interns are likely experiencing.

The 2014 interns practice their paddling skills on Mono Lake. Photo by Erv Nichols.

On canoe tour days (Saturdays and Sundays) the early mornings are no deterrent—I know the exhilaration that will occur from being up close and personal with this unique lake. (more…)

Information Center & Bookstore hours change to 8:00am to 9:00pm starting June 19

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Barbara, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

We at the Mono Lake Committee are looking forward to seeing many of you here in Lee Vining this weekend for birding, workshops, music, and fun at our thirteenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. As well as being a great time for birders, this annual event jump-starts our summer season, when the Information Center & Bookstore is open for longer hours.

Next Thursday, June 19, the Mono Lake Committee will be open from 8:00am to 9:00pm every day through Labor Day weekend. Photo by Jessica Ashley.

Starting Thursday, June 19th and extending through Labor Day weekend, our new hours will be 8:00am to 9:00pm, seven days a week. Wow! So if you’re in Lee Vining, even early in the morning or late at night, please stop by to say hello, to get information, and/or to purchase a gift for your special someone. We hope to see you soon!

Mono Lake bird walks take wing – join us on Fridays and Sundays

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Sandra, Birding Intern

Weekly bird walks offered in partnership between the Mono Lake Committee and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve are off to a great start with a new record for opening day—41 bird species and several mammals!

A happy group of birders enjoyed County Park on Friday, June 6. Photo by Erv Nichols.

The guided walks take place at 8:00am every Friday and Sunday morning. Participants meet in the parking lot at Mono Lake County Park on Cemetery Road; no fees or registration required. (more…)

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