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Mono Lake trophy found in North Carolina!

March 2nd, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
The Mark Twain Days trophy found in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Peter Harron.

The Mark Twain Days trophy found in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Peter Harron.

Recently we received an interesting email from Peter Harron, a collector of Civil War-era artifacts in North Carolina. While searching for relics on the Neuse River with a metal detector, he unearthed a silver trophy, badly crushed, and missing its handles, but with very clear engraving that read:

Whitmore Tubs Trophy
Mark Twain Day
Mono Lake, Calif.
August 9, 1931

Mr. Harron found the trophy on a hilltop overlooking … more »

LA Times makes a winter visit

March 1st, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

Investigating the coldest part of the year, reporter Dan Blackburn reports on the delights of winter in the Mono Basin. You can read the article, “Mono Lake’s picture-perfect waters,” online or in your Sunday edition:

Mono Lake’s picture-perfect waters – Travel – LATimes.com.

Winter-Spring 2009 Mono Lake Newsletter online!

February 25th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

The newest issue of the Mono Lake Newsletter is now online for Mono Lake Committee members! Members get the Newsletter in the mail and get it online one month before it becomes public.

This issue features the new and improved Mono Lake Website, along with articles on stream restoration, the 10th anniversary of the international Living Lakes Network, an interview with the Inyo National Forest Supervisor, a complete list of this summer’s field seminars, and more!

The Newsletter will be available online to non-members at the end of March.

Red-winged blackbirds are back!

February 19th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

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