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Review of Mono Basin streamflow report underway

March 27th, 2010 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Water Board, stream scientists, DWP, Mono Lake Committee, Mammoth Flyrodders, and Caltrout representatives at a meeting in Sacramento where the "Synthesis Report" was presented. Photo courtesy of Bob Vestal.

State Water Board, stream scientists, DWP, Mono Lake Committee, Mammoth Flyrodders, and Caltrout representatives at a meeting in Sacramento where the "Synthesis Report" was presented. Photo courtesy of Bob Vestal.

Mono Lake Committee staff and experts are hard at work reviewing the recently released draft “Synthesis of Instream Flow Recommendations” report.

The report is based on over a decade of supporting studies, monitoring, and detailed field work by the State Water Board-appointed expert stream scientists. The recommendations are a critical … more »

Spring update: Snow is melting fast

March 24th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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In mid-March the sun began melting the snow in the Mono Basin very quickly, and now on the fifth day of spring, many south-facing slopes are bare, and below 7,000 feet the remaining snow is retreating quickly into the shade. Above 7,000 feet deep snow … more »

Townsend’s Solitaire

March 18th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 3/18/2010

There’s a Townsend’s Solitaire around town today.

California’s coast saves water, inland regions use more

March 17th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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water_dropLast year the Public Policy Institute of California published an interactive map on its website. When you mouse over each hydrologic region of the state, it shows how the population and per capita urban water use in that region has changed since 1960. The map was released in December as part of a report on California Water Myths, which highlights eight common water myths.

Despite a steadily increasing population, most regions of the state began cutting back per-capita water use after … more »

Spring has sprung

March 16th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: march 16, 2010

Warm, calm weather is waking up the birds.  Red winged Blackbirds, Says Phoebe and Sage Sparrows in Mono City.  Robins, Mountain Chickadees, and Clark’s Nutcrackers up Lundy, with a flock of Snow Geese passing overhead. Mountain Bluebird pair, Northern Flickers and Stellar’s Jays in Lee Vining Canyon. Thirty CA Gulls out on the lake at Old Marina.

 

Mono Lake’s alkali flies on the Discovery Channel

March 16th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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On Sunday, April 11th at 9:00pm watch Life Episode 6: Insects on the Discovery Channel. The incredible footage gives a close-up perspective of the lives of several insects around the world. Part of the episode focuses on Mono Lake’s alkali fly. The other episodes run on Sundays from March 21st to April 18th.

Mono Lake's trillions of alkali flies provide food for many species of birds, including California Gulls. MLC archive photo.

Mono Lake's trillions of alkali flies provide food for many species of birds, including California Gulls. MLC archive photo.

Mono’s dust in the Public Eye

March 12th, 2010 by Arya, Communications Director
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Check out the Sacramento Bee‘s Public Eye column article on the Mono Lake dust storms by Tom Knudson. Mono Lake Committee Members can see full details on the dust storms in Greg Reis’ Lakewatch article in the current issue of the Mono Lake Newsletter online.

Dust billowed across Paoha Island on December 6, 2009---shortly after November's record-setting dust storms. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Dust billowed across Paoha Island on December 6, 2009---shortly after November's record-setting dust storms. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Paoha Island on January 29, 2010, a calm day at Mono Lake---the difference in air quality is clear. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Paoha Island on January 29, 2010, a calm day at Mono Lake---the difference in air quality is clear. Photo by Elin Ljung.

A few birds at South Tufa

March 10th, 2010 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 3/14/10

It’s still pretty quiet overall in the South Tufa area, but I was surprised to see as many birds as I did since it’s still pretty snowy there. A flock of 10 or so Meadowlarks, a Say’s Phoebe, four Canada Geese, and a Northern Harrier.

“Environmental Identity:” A short film by Natalie Holt

March 10th, 2010 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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Natalie Holt enjoying a Sierra stream. Photo courtesy of Natalie Holt.

Natalie Holt enjoying a Sierra stream. Photo courtesy of Natalie Holt.

This post was written by Erika Obedzinski, 2010 Office Director.

Two years ago, Natalie Holt spent much of her summer volunteering for the Mono Lake Committee—leading tours and helping with a variety projects in the office. More recently, for her senior high school project, Natalie created  a seven-minute film called “Environmental Identity,” featuring our very own Communications Coordinator Elin Ljung!

In the film Natalie interviews Elin, a park ranger, an Earth First activist, and the owner of a green products store, asking what motivates, inspires and concerns … more »

March 1 Hydrology Update

March 4th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Mono Lake
On April 1st, 2009 (the beginning of this Runoff Year), Mono Lake was at an elevation of 6382.5 feet. It dropped about a foot by the end of the calendar year, and in January and February it rose half a foot, for a net loss of 0.6 feet since last April 1st. The half-foot rise in January and February is the largest 2-month wintertime rise since a 0.6 foot rise in January and February 2006. Mono Lake usually rises 0.1 foot in March–if it does that this month, we should be looking at an April 1st level of about 6382.0 feet. Click here for more on Mono Lake’s levels.

Lee Vining Precipitation
Here in Lee Vining, from October through February we’ve received 11.72 inches of precipitation, which is 108% … more »

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