Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Emma, Project SpecialistcloseAuthor: Emma, Project SpecialistName: Emma Oschrin Title: Project Specialist About: Emma graduated from Whitman College in Washington in May 2013, where she majored in Environmental Studies–Biology and minored in History. She is originally from Bishop, California and has been coming to Mono Lake since she was a kid. In her free time, Emma likes to play volleyball, go on walks, read, and play cards.See All Posts by Emma (23) Contact Emma
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…)
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!
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration SpecialistcloseAuthor: Greg, Information & Restoration SpecialistName: Greg Reis Title: Information & Restoration Specialist About: Since his Committee internship in 1995, Greg has been involved with Mono Basin stream restoration and with maintaining the Committee's computers, Websites, and Research Library, and researching and compiling information for our programs. His B.S. degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in Environmental Management and a Senior Project in Hydrology reflect his interests in natural resources management, watershed management, and habitat restoration. He is a member of the California Society for Ecological Restoration and he also works for the Rivers and Delta Program of The Bay Institute.See All Posts by Greg (154) Contact Greg
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Elin, Communications CoordinatorcloseAuthor: Elin, Communications CoordinatorName: Elin Ljung Title: Communications Coordinator About: Elin's job consists of some of her favorite things: finding typos, experimenting with layouts, and figuring out how best to communicate the Committee's work to the world. She also oversees the Field Seminar program. Elin is an EMT on the Lee Vining Fire Department, loves sitting at Latte Da Coffee Cafe immersed in a good book, and watches English Premier League football (soccer) at any opportunity.See All Posts by Elin (185) Contact Elin
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…)
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…)
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!
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…)