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Pacific Tent Caterpillars

May 18th, 2009 by MLC Administrator
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Date of sighting: Spring 2009

It is a really good year for Pacific Tent Caterpillars. You can see their tents in Bitterbrush and sometimes Desert Peach and other shrubs. They turn into a moth. 1998 was a good year, and I remember one other year since then that was good–but not this good.

Pacific Tent Moth

Pacific Tent Moth

Pacific Tent Moth

Pacific Tent Moth

Pacific Tent Moth

Pacific Tent Moth

South Tufa tours and bird walks happening now!

May 18th, 2009 by Bartshé, Education Director
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South Tufa tours are a great way to learn about Mono Lake! Photo by Greg Reis.

South Tufa tours are a great way to learn about Mono Lake! Photo by Greg Reis.


South Tufa tours

Weekend tours are currently happening on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm; meet at the South Tufa kiosk/parking lot. Daily tours begin on May 23 at 1:00 pm at the same location.

Bird walks

Sundays and Fridays; now through September 6. Meet at the Mono Lake County Park parking lot at 8:00 am.

See the Calendar of Events for details. The Mono Lake Committee operates under a permits from the Inyo National Forest and the California Department of Parks & Recreation.

Life is a pheromone

May 17th, 2009 by Bartshé, Education Director
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If you’re an adult male Columbia silk moth, it’s all about pheromones. Male Hyalaphora columbia gloveri spend their precious few evenings of adult life … more »

Boat tour operator cancels concession

May 15th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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The operator of one of Mono Lake’s natural history boat tours recently decided to withdraw from his concession agreement with California State Parks. This means that the lake will be without a motorized wildlife tour opportunity this summer. Canoeing and kayaking tour programs, however, remain in operation.

The operator, known as Mono Lake Boat Tours, has been offering seasonal tours since 2003. The program has typically involved a two-hour-long tour focused on wildlife and natural history and participants have reported the tours are informative and enjoyable.

Mono Lake is a part of the California State Park system, and all commercial ventures on the lake operate under state regulations that protect the lake’s many unique values including tufa, nesting and migratory birds, and water quality. Canoe and kayak programs run by the Mono Lake Committee and Caldera Kayaks, for example, both operate under concession agreements that include … more »

Cinnamon Teal

May 15th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: May 5th?

A pair of Cinnamon Teal puttered around in DeChambeau Ponds last week.

County Park

May 15th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: May 15, 2009

A few of the many species at County Park today:

Western Tanager, Bullock’s Oriole, Clark’s Nutcracker, Black-headed Grosbeak, Caspian Tern, Gadwall, nesting Osprey, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s Phalarope, American Coot.

It’s definitely colorful over there right now.

Evening Grosbeak Pair

May 15th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: May 15

A pair of Evening Grosbeaks have been hanging out in the alley between 2nd and 3rd street in Lee Vining at my neighbors feeder for the last few days, as well as three pairs of Black-headed Grosbeaks.

The small world of water: Today’s story on NPR

May 11th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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National Public Radio ran a story this morning titled “Drought, Politics Trouble Farmers In California“. The water situation in the San Francisco Bay Delta and Central Valley is complicated enough for many a report, but what had Mono Lake veterans talking was the interview quote from Tom Birmingham, current Executive Director of the Westlands Water District and previously the lead attorney fighting against Mono Lake’s protection.

Now we get along fine with Tom but we have to assume he was talking about us when … more »

Red Breasted Sapsucker ?

May 7th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: May 1 2009

Seen east of Dynamo Pond on Green Creek

Bald Eagles

May 6th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: May 2 2009

We saw a pair of bald eagles displaying mating behaviour in Green Creek Canyon.

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