April 9th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
The Mono Lake Committee found out this past week that the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) is forecasting 88% of average runoff for the 2009 Runoff Year (April 1, 2009–March 31, 2010) for the Mono Basin. Currently, the Mono Basin snowpack ranges from 89–102% of average.
Last year, DWP forecasted 86% of average runoff, but actual runoff turned out to be much less—about 64% of average based on preliminary numbers. This huge discrepancy was due to … more »
April 9th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
A memorial service for Andrea Mead Lawrence is being planned for Sunday, April 19 in Mammoth Lakes. The service will be held at Mammoth Mountain. April 19 would have been Andrea’s birthday.
April 10 update: special rates are available in Mammoth Lakes for folks attending the memorial. Shilo Inn at (760) 934-4500 ($110, ask for the commerical rate and mention the Andrea Lawrence Memorial) and Juniper Springs at (760)924-1102 ($110, reference the Andrea Lawrence Memorial)
Updated April 9, 2:00 pm
in tribute to
Andrea Mead Lawrence
Sunday, April 19, 2009
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mountainside Conference Center
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Main Lodge
Mammoth Lakes, California
||Program begins promptly
Film profile of Andrea by Olympic historian Bud Greenspan
||Appetizers, beverages, Andrea’s favorite carrot cake, good company, and a chance to share stories among friends
Please allow ample time to arrive at the Conference Center as the program will begin promptly at 6:00 pm
… more »
April 6th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
Date of sighting: 3-31-09
Ospreys have been seen around an existing nest atop an old snag near the base of June Mountain. Also at our house in June Lake Cassin’s Finches and Pine Siskins have shown up.
April 5th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
Watch the PBS show tonight!
Don’t miss out on this new film that includes Lee Vining local and Mountain Yellow-legged Frog expert, Dr. Roland Knapp, on PBS tonight! For more information visit Dr. Knapp’s research site, and be sure not to miss his very-cool Frog Blog. There’s also a behind-the-scenes online video that has some beautiful footage if you can’t catch it this time around. Dr. Knapp presented some of his work at the last year’s Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, and does the majority of his research right here in our High Sierra backyard.
April 2nd, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
The first days of April are bringing more California Gulls to Mono Lake and human visitors to the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore (open seven days a week). Today is the opening day for the Scenic Area Visitor Center operated by the US Forest Service (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Typical spring weather in the Mono Basin is a warm sunny day followed by a snowy one … and this spring is no exception. The first day of spring—at 65 degrees, our warmest day since November—was followed by a weekend that brought a foot of snow to Lee Vining! It was our biggest storm … more »
April 1st, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
Date of sighting: March 31, 2009
I saw a Phainopepla while driving South on 395 between Mono Inn and Old Marina in the afternoon on the 31st.
April 1st, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
Date of sighting: March 1, 2009
While walking the dogs behind the Mono City Volunteer Fire Department and the old quarry, we saw four beautiful sage grouse. We’ve seen there previously on winter bird counts.
March 31st, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
Andrea Mead Lawrence, alpine skiing Olympic double gold medalist, mother of five, visionary environmental leader, 16-year Mono County Supervisor, and advocate for Mono Lake’s protection, passed away on March 30 at home in Mammoth Lakes with her family at her side. She was 76.
Andrea was an inspirational leader, a tireless champion of doing the right thing, and a gracious model of how to simply be a good person. Here at the Mono Lake Committee she was our sounding board, our conscience, and our friend. We will miss her enormously.
Andrea Mead Lawrence in 2008, hosting the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers Award Banquet. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.
Andrea dedicated her life to preserving our shared public landscapes and values. After moving to … more »
March 26th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
Date of sighting: 3/26/09
Northern Pygmy Owl roadkill near the Mono Inn–a beautiful bird! And yesterday I heard meadowlarks singing again!
March 26th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
Updated on March 30:
Today President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, making the new wilderness designations official. Both Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke eloquently on our national heritage in these lands and our duty to protect them for future generations. Good excerpts are here on the White House blog.
Now, would you believe that a measurable percentage of the Lee Vining population was in attendance? That’s right, local friends Tim Alpers, of Alpers Trout, and Sally Miller, of The Wilderness Society, joined President Obama and other dignitaries at the White House for the signing. That represents 0.5% of Lee Vining!
We’re awaiting all their stories but already have a photo back of them with Buck McKeon, our local Congressman and a champion of the bill (that’s him on the left). Congratulations Sally, Tim, and everyone who has worked for years to make this bill a reality.
March 26 post:
Yesterday’s public lands bill designating new wilderness areas in the Eastern Sierra passed with strong bipartisan support. Here in the Mono Basin there’s a lot of excitement that more than 50,000 acres of public land near Mono Lake were included. It’s great news for protection of Mono Lake and nearby watersheds and great news for these outstanding scenic and ecologically valuable areas to the west in the Sierra and to the east as well.
The LA Times covers the bill’s passage today: Wilderness protection bill gets Congress’ OK