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Scenes from the Chautauqua

June 22nd, 2010 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The ninth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua was another rousing success, wrapping up on Sunday afternoon with great music by Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault and delicious food benefitting Lee Vining High School.

For more photos from the 2010 Chautauqua, check out the Mono Lake Committee’s Flickr set and join the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua group to add your images to the collection. And mark your calendar right away for the tenth anniversary of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua: June 17–19, 2011!

Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst drew from their repertoire of songs about birds for the Chautauqua crowd. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst drew from their repertoire of songs about birds for the Chautauqua crowd. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Rob, Bob, Lundy, and Rena prepared tasty meals as a fundraiser for Lee Vining High School. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Rob, Bob, Lundy, and Rena prepared tasty meals as a fundraiser for Lee Vining High School. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Old spotting scopes wanted!

June 22nd, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The Mono Lake Volunteer program needs spotting scopes to help the public view the birds of the lake, and also to monitor the Osprey nests on the tufa towers for research purposes. Old, used scopes are best, since they will get a lot of wear and tear. We especially need heavy-duty tripods that can stand up to high winds and lots of toting around. Your donation will help Mono Lake and your old scope will have a second life!

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Janet Carle for more information or to donate a scope or tripod.

If you have an old spotting scope you're not using, consider donating it to the Mono Lake Volunteer Program. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

If you have an old spotting scope you're not using, consider donating it to the Mono Lake Volunteer Program. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Goshawk and Pine Grosbeaks

June 21st, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Date of sighting: 6/20/2010

Goshawk within 1/2 mile of the trailhead to Waterwheel Falls (Tuolumne Meadows). Pine grosbeaks right behind Soda Springs.

The Chautauqua is underway!

June 18th, 2010 by Arya, Communications Director
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I ran back to the office after an awesome morning of birding to let everyone know that the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is underway. It’s a beautiful weekend in the Mono Basin, and I encourage everyone to join the event if you’ve got the time.

There are some free events that are still open to the general public — for kids and parents alike.

Michael Ross will be traveling over from Yosemite to lead two children’s programs during the Chautauqua weekend. Michael has led field classes and hikes for the Yosemite Association for more than 30 years. He has written and illustrated over forty children’s books inspired by his life and work in the mountains. These two events (detailed below) are free, but space is limited so please reserve a spot by calling Lisa or Morgan at the Mono Lake Committee at 760-647-6595. … more »

Summer bookstore hours: 8:00am-9:00pm

June 17th, 2010 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2010 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

bookstore book photo

Starting Thursday, June 17th, we will go to our longer, summer hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm, 7 days a week! Come in to find out about good birding spots and places to visit, browse our book selection, visit the beautiful gallery, or watch the Mono Lake Story slide show.

We also have some unique new items in the Information Center & Bookstore, from organic, handmade soaps to recycled notebooks.

If you are in town for the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua this weekend, or if you are a bird lover here to do some birding on your own, come in and check out our wide selection of bird books—whether you want to identify local species or brush up on your knowledge of plumage, feeding habits, eggs and nests, or songs, we have the books to help you out!

Bald Eagle, Hooded Oriole

June 16th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: June 15, 2010

Hooded Oriole in our yard in Mono City!

Adult Bald Eagle circling overhead and vocalizing at Lundy Lake above the resort on the Lake Canyon trail.  Sounds like a high pitched rusty hinge!

Chestnut-sided Warbler on Lee Vining Creek

June 12th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 12 June 2010

A dapper male Chestnut-sided Warbler sang his way along the southeastern side of the Lee Vining Creek this morning. He was in the vicinity of about 500 – 1000m upstream from where the county road crosses the creek. I saw him at around 8:00 and followed him until around 8:30. Justin Hite saw him again at around 3:30. He put on a show: in plane view he munched on anything he could find from vibrant cottonwood leaves, sang up a storm, and displayed his brilliant plumage for all to see. His song is strikingly similar to that of the Yellow Warbler, and I found their songs quite difficult to distinguish.

Also, likely recovering from the 512 cfs peak of last week, I found a Spotted Sandpiper sneaking away from a new nest with one egg, it was placed among Castilleja and grass stems and debris from the flows, on what little dry(ish) ground is available.

 

The Mono Lake Story told like never before–in high-definition, digital film

June 11th, 2010 by Arya, Communications Director
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Mono Lake Committee founder David Gaines toured tirelessly around California with carousel of slides and a call to help a dying lake–talking to anyone who would listen. The Mono Lake Committee has continued this tradition by showing The Mono Lake Story slideshow at our headquarters in Lee Vining every year to thousands of visitors and Mono Lake enthusiasts. This old tradition will now continue in a new media format.

We are excited to announce that we are creating a 20-minute film … more »

Lee Vining Creek peak flow highest since 1998

June 8th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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For the last four days, Lee Vining residents and visitors strolling down the Lee Vining Creek Trail could hear boulders knocking against each other over the roar of the whitewater in Lee Vining Creek. The “clunking” sound is coming from the creek—it is the sound of large “bedload” moving—rocks moving along the bottom.

Yesterday Lee Vining Creek peaked at 512 cfs. This is the highest flow in the creek since 1998. Maximizing the peak flow below the DWP diversion dam is the primary tool used to restore the creek from damage done by … more »

more Mill Creek delights: checkerspot and Black-chinned Hummingbird nest

June 8th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: June 8 2010

Checkerspot Butterfly below the Big Bend and Black-chinned Hummingbird nest below Mono City about 4m high in Black Cottonwood, Mill Creek.

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