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Mono Lake Mobile expansion—check it out

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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If you can’t make it to South Tufa for one of the weekend 1:00pm guided tours, don’t despair; there is Mono Lake Mobile! Visit the Mono Lake Mobile site on your cell phone and learn about everything from the legal battle to save Mono Lake to the lives of the brine shrimp and alkali flies that inhabit the lake.

Whether you are visiting the shore of the lake during a quiet December afternoon or you just want to escape to Mono Lake from home, monolakemobile.org is the place to go. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Whether you are visiting the shore of the lake during a quiet December afternoon or you just want to escape to Mono Lake from home, monolakemobile.org is the place to go. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

You can even take a complete self-guided tour of the South Tufa area, narrated by yours truly, and supplemented by dozens of photos and animations. If you’re listening to (more…)

Mono Basin Clearinghouse updates: Gull research and real-time data

Monday, January 4th, 2016 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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clearinghouse-updates-2015-CAGU-report_Page_01Recent updates on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse include the following items:

Point Blue has finished its 2015 report on the nesting success of California Gulls at Mono Lake. According to project coordinator Kristie Nelson, it was an above-average year—a welcome finding after a downward trend of below-average populations over the last ten years.

We have updated the Mono Basin real-time data frames page to use pop-up windows instead of frames. This may not sound like an upgrade, but (more…)

Tioga Pass closing Sunday, November 1 at 4:00pm, possibly for the season

Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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As we enjoy the last rays of warm autumn sun ahead of a forecast winter storm, we got word from our friends at Yosemite National Park that Tioga Pass will be closing at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 1.

The pass has closed and opened a few times already this month as the weather has turned cooler and we’ve gotten some rain, but this time it’s likely that once the pass closes on Sunday it may remain closed for the rest of the winter season. Be sure to check road conditions before traveling to the Eastern Sierra, as other mountain passes may also begin to close.

The Sierra crest got its first dusting of snow this season last weekend. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The Sierra crest got its first dusting of snow this season last weekend. We hope it’s the first of much more to come. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Fall colors are emerging in the Mono Basin

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Fall is an exciting time to be in the Mono Basin—the days are getting cooler, the high peaks have their first dusting of snow, the animals are busily preparing for winter, and, of course, the leaves are beginning to change.

This picturesque waterfall nestled among the glowing aspens can be found less than a mile from the Lundy Canyon trailhead. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

This picturesque waterfall nestled among the glowing aspens can be found less than a mile from the Lundy Canyon trailhead. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Last week I hiked into Lundy Canyon, a favorite destination for fall colors, and it did not disappoint. The aspens are beginning to peak in brilliant yellows, contrasting beautifully with the surrounding landscape. Today, I continued my search (more…)

New reports and studies on the Mono Basin

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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In recent months, additional resources have been added to the Mono Basin Clearinghouse. They include:

We are still working to add the 1993 Mono Basin EIR auxiliary reports we mentioned in an earlier update. We hope you enjoy these resources!

Fall color update: Mill Creek webcam shows peak color

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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As the sun dips lower in the sky and we enter mid-October, the aspen, cottonwood, and willow trees of the Mono Basin, as well as other deciduous trees and plants, become more colorful at low elevations. You can track these changes from anywhere on our three webcams.

Mill Creek on 10/9/14 from the Mill Creek Webcam.

Mill Creek on October 9, 2014 from the Mill Creek Webcam.

The Mono Lake Webcam shows that Lee Vining Creek is very colorful near Mono Lake. The Lee Vining Webcam shows a lot of color in town. And the Mill Creek Webcam, looking down Mill Creek toward Mono Lake, has the best (more…)

Elden Vestal’s full 1993 deposition discussing historical stream conditions now online

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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In September 2012, we posted here that part 1 of Elden Vestal’s deposition had been found, and posted online by California Trout. We noted that a search for part 2 was underway. Well, the search is over!

Watch part 1 and part 2 of Elden Vestal's 1993 deposition, where he discusses the remarkable historical habitat conditions and wildlife in the Mono Basin.

Watch part 1 and part 2 of Elden Vestal's 1993 deposition, in which he discusses the remarkable historical habitat conditions and wildlife in the Mono Basin.

Former State Water Board staff member Jim Canaday had a copy of the missing video, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife digitized it, and the Committee has posted it online. Both YouTube videos (part 1 and part 2) can be found on our Historical Interviews page on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse. (more…)

New resources added to Mono Basin Clearinghouse

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The Mono Basin Clearinghouse has had some major upgrades and updates recently! The most important one is that it and our other sites—monolake.org, leevining.com, birdchautauqua.org—are all back online as of 9:00am this morning after almost 24 hours of downtime due to network problems at the data center where our server is hosted. (more…)

Live weather information from Lee Vining only working intermittently

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The Mono Lake Committee’s “live” Lee Vining weather data has not updated consistently lately. We are planning to replace the computer that gathers that data this spring, however the “live” weather data on this website may be out of date until that occurs.

In the meantime, you can instead track our daily weather observations that we send to the National Weather Service every morning. This is the official weather from Lee Vining, and while it isn’t updated every ten minutes, it is usually updated every day. Be aware that the data is preliminary—if it contains a mistake, when that mistake is corrected, it is not shown here. But it provides a good indication of what the weather was like on most days during the past month.

Lake-effect snow at Mono Lake

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Yesterday morning, the west half of Mono Lake was blanketed in fog, clouds, and snow. Yes, snow—lake-effect snow! In Lee Vining we measured three inches of new snow (and 1–2 inches new were reported in Mono City), adding to the three inches measured Wednesday morning, for a total of six inches on the ground!

Mono Lake Webcam shot from 8:29 am 12/5/2013 showing the new snow at the Scenic Area Visitor Center at the north end of Lee Vining. The dark area at the center of the photo is the riparian vegetation along Lee Vining Creek ending at Mono Lake.

Mono Lake Webcam shot from 8:29am on December 5 showing the new snow at the Scenic Area Visitor Center at the north end of Lee Vining. The dark area at the center of the photo is the riparian vegetation along Lee Vining Creek ending at Mono Lake.

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