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Blackbird love is in the air

February 13th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: February 13, 2010

First Red-winged Blackbird I’ve heard singing in 2010. This one was perched on top of a big weedy elm singing above town.  He’s predicting winter is finished.

Mono Lake water bottles coming to the big screen

February 11th, 2010 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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mug klean kanteen thumbThe film “Sympathy for Delicious” was one of the “15 buzziest films at Sundance,” according to online news source The Daily Beast. You can see an image from the movie, which stars actor Orlando Bloom.

One might ask … how does “Sympathy for Delicious” relate to Mono Lake?

Well, just about one year ago, the Mono Lake Committee got a call from the set, requesting a large order of our stainless steel klean kanteen water bottles. Director Mark Ruffalo had seen a bottle owned by the costume designer, and wanted to provide his cast and crew with an alternative to plastic water bottles. A few days later, we saw photos on the internet of the actors with our bottles!

Watch for “Sympathy for Delicious” coming to your local theater, and see if you can spot a bottle either in the movie or in the credits.

Spend a summer working at Mono Lake

February 7th, 2010 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Erika Obedzinski, 2010 Office Director.

We are now accepting applications and hiring for our 2010 seasonal positions! For detailed job descriptions and how to apply, visit our jobs web page.

Mono Lake Committee Staff Summer 2009. Photo by Arya Degenhardt

Mono Lake Committee staff, summer 2009. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Northern Shrike

February 4th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: January 30, 2010

Northern Shrike spotted hunting Juncos up Lundy Canyon at about 7100′. Good views through a scope of the bird perched on top of a tall Jeffrey pine. Thin eye stripe that remained below the top of the eye, and white above top of bill in front. This bird continually dove at the Juncos for roughly 30 minutes periodically finding new perches up high and within the Mill Creek riparian thicket.

Not your ordinary bird festival

February 4th, 2010 by Bartshé, Education Director
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The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua combines great birding field trips with an eclectic mix of workshops, presentations, art, and music. Mark your calendars for the last weekend of spring in Lee Vining, California. The Ninth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua returns June 18-20, 2010, and Web registration begins April 15th. Where else can you see a … more »

LA Times article on DWP’s solar park proposal

February 2nd, 2010 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake Committee policy staff Geoff and Lisa traveled south to Bishop recently to hear David Freeman (interim General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power) expand upon his proposal to use LA land in the Eastern Sierra to generate solar power. The LA Times published an article about that meeting today—LA takes a shine to another Owens Valley product: sun. Look for the Committee’s take on the solar park proposal in the upcoming issue of our Newsletter, which goes to press within the week!

Robb Hirsch photography show in the gallery

February 1st, 2010 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2010 Project Specialist.

"Lundy Canyon Fall" is one of the images on display in the Committee gallery. Photo courtesy of Robb Hirsch.

“Lundy Canyon Fall” is one of the images on display in the Committee gallery. Photo courtesy of Robb Hirsch.

Field biologist by trade, naturalist by heart, and photographer by passion, Robb Hirsch has traveled through Africa, Central America, and the Western United States. He enjoys spending extended periods of time in the backcountry to experience the natural history of the ecosystem at hand; his photography is an extension of this love for the natural world. Scouting locations incessantly, Robb attempts to combine alluring locations and complementary illumination. His images are known for their compelling subjects, careful compositions, and fine light.

Robb’s exhibit in the Committee gallery focuses on Mono Lake, the Eastern Sierra, and Yosemite. Stop by and take a look!

Golden-crowned Kinglets

January 30th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 1/28/09

Skiing in the morning sun above the fog just above Lee Vining, I saw a small bird flitting around in a Pinyon Pine. I caught a glimpse of yellow on a chickadee-sized bird. There were two birds in the tree. After a couple of minutes, it came into full view with its golden crown, posed for several seconds, and flew away.

Mono Lake and the shadow biosphere

January 29th, 2010 by Bartshé, Education Director
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Could these Wilson's Phalaropes be a few feet from a shadow biosphere?

Could these Wilson's Phalaropes be a few feet from a shadow biosphere?

Last week the Royal Society in London hosted a discussion meeting about the detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society. During the symposium/discussion Dr. Paul Davies (University of Arizona) presented a webcast lecture The eerie silence: are we alone in the universe? In this webcast he discussed the progress of SETI and the continuing, albeit thus far, quiet search for intelligent life beyond earth. But what of any … more »

Tracks in the snow

January 27th, 2010 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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Deer tracks on the Lee Vining Creek trail. Photo by Rose Wilson

Deer tracks on the Lee Vining Creek trail. Photo by Rose Wilson.

This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2010 Project Specialist.

Over the last few days the Mono Basin has really shown us a full range of weather and light—deep poconip, light dustings of snow, and brilliant sunshine glinting off the lake. Each morning I wake to a new story told in the windblown snow, the story of the little, quiet animals that creep about the basin at night while most of us are sleeping. There are the rabbit tracks in the alley, scooting from their cozy snow caves in search of food. Outside my door a pair of raccoons wanders almost nightly, leaving teeny, human-like prints in the snow. Best are the bird tracks, big and small, marking where they sheltered from the wind or alighted before heading for the trees. I never see these creatures—by the time I creak open the door they are long gone, scurrying at the sound of my footsteps. But I love knowing they were there before me—the footprints of deer on the Lee Vining Creek trail or the minuscule trace of mice feet and a dragging tail on the fresh snow behind the visitor center. One thing I’ll really miss come spring is the story these wandering footprints tell.

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