From September 5-9th nine Mono Lake Committee staff attended sessions of this great conference focused on regional research in the area. Put on by the folks at the White Mountain Research Station, the conference did a nice job of gathering many of the researchers studying different aspects of climate change in the Eastern Sierra. … more »
This National Public Radio piece from early October investigates the way climate change is forcing local animal species in the Yosemite area–including around Mono Lake–to move to higher territories.
We learned about in-depth studies on this at the recent climate conference in Bishop and there are alot of reasons to be concerned. The elevation distribution of pikas in particular has been studied extensively.
Articulating one’s core values isn’t simple. Committee staff have been discussing values by filling in the simple phrase “I believe ______” For example: “I believe that the algae, brine shrimp, alkali flies, and birds are important. ” I believe that both the planet and the people on it need places like Mono Lake.” “I believe in saving places like Mono Lake for my children’s children.”
A simple truth emerged quickly from this exercise: we all love Mono Lake. Because we’re always thinking in terms of watersheds and ecosystems, loving Mono Lake means from the headwaters to the lake-bottom, including the tributary streams. … more »
The local paper, The Mammoth Times, ran this full cover story on the Mono Lake Committee’s 30th anniversary in September.
Geoff fielded the commonly asked anniversary question nicely:
“We do get this question, of why the committee is still around,” said executive director Geoffrey McQuilkin in a recent telephone interview. “The answer I give is that the committee was founded by people who love the lake and this place. It was not founded to fight Los Angeles. That was the most important thing to do to protect the lake right away, but that’s not the point of the organization.”