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Red-winged blackbirds are back!

February 19th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Date of sighting: 2/17/09

Red-winged blackbirds are back in the Mono Basin! I heard one trilling briefly on Tuesday evening in the big trees near Second Street and Lee Vining Avenue in Lee Vining.

Link to Previous Sightings

February 19th, 2009 by MLC Administrator
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Previous Mono Basin bird and wildlife sightings can be found here Previous Sightings

Hydrology Update: Snow! Mono Lake is Rising!

February 18th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Snow storms during the first two weeks of February have caused Mono Lake to finally rise–an event that almost always occurs before the end of January. Yesterday evening as the light faded on the wind-ruffled waters of Mono Lake surrounded by a blanket of white snow and the grey-hued clearing storm clouds, I read the lake level gauge: 6382.28 feet above sea level.

Mono Lake had been at this level for about a week, but when … more »

TreePeople captures 216,000 gallons of rainwater in Los Angeles’ recent storms

February 17th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
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Recent storms in California brought a visceral sense of relief to areas looking straight down the barrel of drought. For those who have been planning ahead, it also brought water security in the form of captured rain, in cisterns.

In Los Angeles, where embracing water conservation is an everyday reality, rainwater capture is a critical piece … more »

The snow is coming down!

February 16th, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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My dad, a diehard webcam fan, just emailed me from the California coast to say that the webcam reveals what looks like a whiteout in Lee Vining. That’s pretty much true! The snow began falling in earnest this morning around 8:00 am, and I walked to work in the silent, muted atmosphere that heavy snow creates. Since we measured the overnight accumulation at opening time, another … more »

Action Alert update – no vote yet

February 13th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Earlier reports suggested that the Omnibus Public Lands Act was headed for a vote on February 11. However other business apparently intervened, so the vote didn’t take place. Watch for further scheduling news when Congress returns from the President’s Day recess. All the details on the Act’s importance at Mono Lake are in our Action Alert.

California Drought

February 6th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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I’ve been enjoying the warm, dry weather here in the Mono Basin, however, the outlook for water resources across the state seems much less than a joy to ponder. The morning radio show Forum on KQED out of San Francisco had an interesting discussion about California water–focusing on the prospects of a third year of drought. Guests included Jeff Mount, Paul Kelley, Peter Gleick, and Wendy Martin. A link to the archived show is here: High and Dry: The California Drought.

I went for a long … more »

Mark Ruffalo conserves water with Mono Lake water bottles!

February 5th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Erika Obedzinski, 2009 Office Director.

One afternoon several weeks ago Elin and I were in the main Mono Lake Committee office when the phone rang. Elin answered and soon passed the call on to me letting me know it was someone working on a film in Los Angeles who had a question for us. Assuming it would be a permit question I would need to pass on to State Parks, it was a fun surprise when I got on the line and James Burkhammer told me he was working on a film with actor and director Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo with his Mono Lake Committe water bottle on set. Photo courtesy of popsugar.com.

Mark Ruffalo with his Mono Lake Committee water bottle on the set of Sympathy for Delicious. Photo courtesy of popsugar.com.

and actor Orlando Bloom–he wanted to know if we would send them our stainless steel logo water bottles for the cast and crew! They would … more »

Mono Basin Winter Update: Storms on the horizon to end T-shirt weather

February 5th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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WEATHER

The weather has been cool and brilliant since a few stormy days cleared around January 26th. Lows are around 20 and highs are around 50 F. Mid-day hikes in the sun can be done in a t-shirt–and there is plenty of snow-free hiking below 7,000′. Snow is expected to return Thursday through Saturday with more chances of stormy weather the following Tuesday.

ROADS

The storm a week and a half ago dropped some rain and finished with a dusting of snow. … more »

Action Alert – Your phone call for wilderness needed!

February 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Mono Lake needs your help!

Congress is preparing to act on historic wilderness and wild rivers legislation that will protect public lands near Mono Lake and in the Eastern Sierra.

Please phone your Congressional representative and express your support! … more »

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