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Fall Mono Lake Newsletter now online for everyone

November 10th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
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2009 Fall Newsletter coverThe Fall 2009 edition of the Mono Lake Newsletter is now available online and in color. Can you find yourself in the crowd on the cover? Want to know the status of Willow Flycatchers on Rush Creek? … see the interview with … more »

Fall Update: Unseasonably warm weather ends

November 8th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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WEATHER
Typical early October weather is to have highs near 70 and lows near freezing, however this unseasonably warm weather prevailed during the first week in November. The average November high is in the low 50s and the average low is in the upper 20s, and starting this weekend the weather is back to normal. Clear, sunny days are expected to continue … more »

Sacramento’s Viewpoint Gallery celebrates wild places

November 5th, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Photo by Robert Glenn Ketchum.

Photo by Robert Glenn Ketchum.

For those of you in the Sacramento area, a treat is coming your way on Friday, November 13 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. That evening, the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center will be opening a new photographic exhibit by artist Robert Glenn Ketchum. The new show, titled “Southwest Alaska and Bristol Bay: A World of Parks and Wildlife Refuges at the Crossroads,” will be on display until … more »

Local bird experts featured

November 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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The Los Angeles Times is running a great profile of Eastern Sierra bird experts extraordinaire Tom and Jo Heindel! Read it here:

They’re really and truly for the birds

Mono Basin Field Station gets covered

November 2nd, 2009 by Bartshé, Education Director
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What the roof used to look like on all the units.

One of the units with a new roof on the left. An example of the old roof on the right.

This past month roofers finished installing a new roof on the Mono Basin Field Station. The old roof was well past its prime, decaying and losing shingles with each puff of wind. The new roof is metal and will withstand all the wind and snow the Mono Basin can deliver.

The new roof is the latest physical improvement to this local research station that has been continually hosting research projects since 2004. In 2009 … more »

Terminus Lakes Symposium Part 4: Mono Lake’s far flung friends and lake-effect snow and mergansers

October 29th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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At lunch on Tuesday I sat with Lynn de Frietas, Executive Director of the Friends of Great Salt Lake, Wayne Martinson, Utah’s Important Bird Area Coordinator for Audubon, Bob Jellison, and Kim Rose. We talked about a proposed potash extraction project threatening Great Salt Lake that would remove 365,000 acre-feet of water, which … more »

Terminus Lakes Symposium Part 3: Researching our neighbor to the north … the first step in saving Walker Lake

October 28th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The International Symposium on Terminus Lakes has a subtitle on the program: “preserving endangered lakes through research.” Gathering reliable information really is the first step in saving a lake—with Mono Lake, the 1976 ecological study laid the groundwork for the formation of the Mono Lake Committee and its early work, and the fight to save the lake over the years benefited from the many other studies of the ecosystem.

With the Walker Lake watershed north of Mono Lake, … more »

Terminus Lakes Symposium Part 2: Climate change could cause the Great Basin to become much drier

October 28th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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“We must prepare for a change toward dryness” said Wally Broecker in his keynote address Warming Planet, Shifting Rainfall, Lessons from the Past.

Broecker, from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and well-known in the climate science field, was Tuesday’s keynote speaker at the International Symposium on Terminus Lakes. He first visited … more »

Terminus Lakes Symposium Part 1: Arriving in Reno

October 28th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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I arrived in Reno, Nevada on Monday, about two and a half hours after leaving Mono Lake. The best year ever for fall color was moving downhill, and while the Mono Basin still held pockets of intensely colored leaves, Topaz was now the epicenter of the color with the beautiful giant cottonwoods along the highway blazing with color and dropping many yellow leaves on Highway 395.

I checked in to the International Symposium on Terminus Lakes at the … more »

Canoes and kayaks form 350 for the climate at Mono Lake

October 24th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Morgan, 2009 Project Specialist.

Canoes for the climate at Mono Lake

Canoes for the climate at Mono Lake

This morning 18 boats and almost 50 people gathered at Navy Beach under cloudless blue skies for a brand new paddling adventure. The Mono Lake Committee and friends participated in the international grassroots campaign dedicated to creating an equitable global climate treaty that lowers carbon dioxide below 350 parts per million by forming a three, five, and zero with canoes and kayaks on Mono Lake.

Joining the photos already posted at 350.org from around the world, we got out our paddles for this important action. Inspired by the journey to protect Mono Lake, and the positive outcome, we add our hopeful voices and energy to this important movement. Just like with Mono Lake, climate change needs our perseverance and the courage to do what’s necessary for a livable future. Climate change is important everywhere around the world, including at Mono Lake, and the Committee is keeping up on the latest science affecting the Mono Basin.

In December, government leaders will be convening in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in order to create a new climate treaty. The International Day of Climate Action on October 24, is the best chance the global public has to influence the treaty before negotiating positions solidify. Today more than 5200 groups are gathering in over 181 countries to draw attention to the need for a dramatic international agreement to reduce carbon emissions and set us on a rapid path to 350.

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to be a part of this day.

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