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State Park Closure List

June 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterThe list of California State Parks slated for closure in the Governor’s budget proposal is 220 parks long. Here it is:

Parks to be closed County
Admiral William Standley SRA Mendocino
Ahjumawi Lava Springs SP Shasta … more »

LA Times opposes state park closures

June 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterThe Los Angeles Times has published a thoughtful editorial on why closing California’s State Parks could cost more than keeping them open.

Closing California’s state parks: too costly?
The state will still have to care for the wilderness areas, and one fire caused by illegal activity could more than wipe out any savings.

Sacramento update on Mono Lake, Bodie closure

June 3rd, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert CenterYesterday, on the fourth floor of the state capitol in Sacramento, the future of California’s state parks received a three hour hearing from legislators on the Budget Conference Committee.

Front and center: the Governor’s proposal to close 220 state parks including Mono Lake and Bodie.

I drove over to join Betsy Reifsnider, the Mono Lake Committee’s Sacramento Policy Associate, to testify and present over 900 public letters in opposition to closing the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, Bodie State Historic Park, and indeed all state parks.

That’s right: over 900 letters!! Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter so quickly. (If you haven’t done so yet, please do: we’re still gathering letters for the next phase of this campaign). Legislators were curious what the huge stack of paper I was carrying could be, were sympathetic to your concerns, and all your comments are now in the official record.

We also presented Mono County’s letter opposing closure of Bodie and Mono Lake, which the county Supervisors passed in an emergency action that same day. The County made excellent points and was the only … more »

Costa’s in LV

June 3rd, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 6/3/09

Sounds like Costa’s Hummingbirds are around.  This morning at 7 AM a male was doing his pendulum display for a female perched in a bitterbrush, just below the National Forest Visitor’s Center on the Lee Vining Creek trail (above that little wooden bridge).

Mono Lake state park closure threat – June 1 update

June 1st, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert Center

Thank you to all who have written letters in opposition to the closure of the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve!

In less than 48 hours you’ve generated well over 800 letters and we are printing them now! Tomorrow we will deliver them in Sacramento when the Legislative Budget Conference Committee takes up the park closure proposal for discussion.

Don’t stop now! If you haven’t yet written a letter, please do. Even though it won’t make our printout list today we strongly suspect that additional letters will be needed in the days ahead.

Action Alert summary:

Please take action today

  1. Use our website to compose a letter in support of Mono Lake.
  2. Consider making a donation to support our work on this urgent threat.
  3. Write a second letter in support of all 200+ threatened state parks via the Save Our State Parks coalition.

You can also read the original action alert Mono-logue post

ACTION ALERT (updated)! Mono Lake, Bodie State Parks proposed for closure

May 29th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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State Park Closure Action Alert Center

It’s time to speak up for Mono Lake!

Mono Lake, Bodie–and indeed all State Parks in the Sierra district–are on Governor Schwarzenegger’s just-released proposed closure list.

This dramatic and unnecessary action will undermine Mono Lake’s protection and damage the tourism-based economy of Mono County.

Your support for the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve (and Bodie too!) is needed.

Please take action today

  1. Use our website to compose a letter in support of Mono Lake.
  2. Consider making a donation to support our work on this urgent threat.
  3. Write a second letter in support of all 200+ threatened state parks via the Save Our State Parks coalition.

Recent news coverage … more »

Osprey and airborne trout

May 26th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: May 22, 2009

I was out on lower Mill Creek looking at some great historic stream channel sections that are just waiting for enough water to restore the bottomland forest. Saw some trout in the creek, and so did an osprey apparently; it flew overhead with a fish stuggling in its talons.

County Park Birdwalk List

May 22nd, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: May 22, 2009

Today, at County Park, I had a wonderful group of 9 birders on my bird walk. We saw 28 species and had a wonderful time. Thanks to all who came!

Here are the species that we saw:

Eared Grebe, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Wilson’s Snipe (heard only), California Gull, Osprey, American Kestrel, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Violet-green Swallow, Clark’s Nutcracker, Black-billed Magpie, House Wren, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager (female)

 

Monolake.org is a winner!

May 22nd, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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adobe-techsoup-mlc-logosIf you’ve poked around our new-and-improved Mono Lake Website, you probably already know that, but now we have it “in writing.” Last month we entered our website into the Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact design contest, and we came in as a runner-up in our category!

Many thanks to all of you who visited the contest site to vote for the Mono Lake Website. Your votes paid off! We will get a free … more »

Black-chinned and Costa’s Hummingbirds

May 22nd, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: May 21 and May 22

I saw a male Black-chinned Hummingbird around Third Street, drinking from the El Mono feeders. It had a beautiful dark purple gorget.

Bartshe saw a male Costa’s Hummingbird up Lundy canyon this morning.

Keep an eye out for the buzz and hum of these tiny birds!

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