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Caltrans Rockfall Project work suspended for the rest of the year; no more traffic delays north of Lee Vining

August 14th, 2015 by Lisa, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
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As of Wednesday, August 12, the contractor completed Stage 1 of the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project and all equipment, including one-lane traffic control signals and barricades, have been removed from the project site. Since early May, Highway 395 north of Lee Vining had been reduced to one-lane to allow the crew room to maneuver—scaling rocks off the slopes, installing anchored mesh, and applying blends of soil amendments and seeds for successful revegetation.

The completed work on Slope 6 of the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project: rocks scaled away, anchored mesh installed, and mulch, soil amendments, and seeds applied. Photo by Sandra Noll.

The completed work on Slope 6 of the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project: rocks scaled away, anchored mesh installed, and mulch, soil amendments, and seeds applied. Photo by Sandra Noll.

Stage 1 is completed and four of the six project slopes are done. Stage 2 will address slopes 3 and 4 and will begin in spring 2016 as soon as weather conditions allow for work.

The project was originally planned to take two seasons to complete and although it appeared for a while that the entire project would be finished this year, the contractor is playing it safe by not transitioning to the next phase and allowing an entire season for Stage 2. Traffic delays are done for now and all of us—including the contractor—will know what to expect next spring.

Following Osprey at Mono Lake

August 13th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sara Matthews, 2015 & 2016 Mono Lake Intern.

Photo by Erv Nichols.

An Osprey comes in to land on its nest atop a tufa tower at Mono Lake. Photo by Erv Nichols.

For the past 20 years the saga of the Osprey has been unfolding at Mono Lake. In the mid-1980s the first nesting pair of Osprey was recorded at Mono Lake. They built their nest of assorted sticks and branches high atop a tufa tower rising up out of Mono Lake’s salty, alkaline waters. Unfortunately, that year was unsuccessful for the pair and they eventually left the nest in the fall with no signs of chicks ever having hatched. Determined, the pair returned to Mono Lake the next year and began the process again—and again, they were unsuccessful. All told, it took the pair of Osprey five seasons of returning to Mono Lake and giving their best efforts before they successfully hatched two chicks. Since then, Mono Lake’s Osprey population has been on the rise. … more »

Caltrans Hwy 395 rockfall project report #7

August 11th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Caltrans has released the seventh road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety project update #7

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Updates are also posted regularly on Twitter and Facebook.
Click here for all project updates and background.
Text from the official update is below.

Caltrans-rockfall-update-graphic … more »

The Mono Basin’s top ten July birds

August 10th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sandra Noll, Birding Intern in 2014, 2015, & 2016.

Another month has flown by and it’s time to unveil July’s top ten bird encounters; birds seen within a half-hour radius of the Mono Lake Committee headquarters. July’s birding continued to be enriched by the maturation and fledging of chicks and by initial sightings of migratory grebes and phalaropes along the shore of Mono Lake.

Violet-green Swallow atop tufa tower at South Tufa. Photo by Sandra Noll.

Violet-green Swallow atop tufa tower at South Tufa. Photo by Sandra Noll.

1.  California Gull fledglings—According to Kristie Nelson, Mono Lake California Gull Project Leader, this has been a “highly successful year for the gulls, better than we have seen in over ten years for both population size and chick production.”
2.  Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch—often seen in the high country … more »

Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists: Pete Pumphrey & Owens Lake

August 8th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sarah Angulo, 2015 Mono Lake Intern.

Join us on Wednesday, August 12 at 4:00pm in the Mono Lake Committee gallery for this year’s first Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists lecture: Pete Pumphrey will be here to discuss Owens Lake, the “other Eastern Sierra saline lake.

Owens Lake, the "other Eastern Sierra saline lake." Photo by Elin Ljung.

Owens Lake, the “other Eastern Sierra saline lake.” Photo by Elin Ljung.

Pete is a retired attorney who served as an environmental prosecutor with the San Joaquin County Office of the District Attorney. He is the vice-chair of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, … more »

The REAL hidden gems of the Mono Basin and Sierra Nevada

August 7th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sarah Angulo, 2015 Mono Lake Intern.

It’s the middle of summer, and most people have been busy exploring the great fishing spots here in the Eastern Sierra, or spending sun-filled days in the crystal-clear waters swimming all day, or enjoying the company of friends and family beside views of the mountains. While all these things are a must for a summer spent in the Sierra, oftentimes the best part is overlooked (quite literally): the flowers!

If you make it to the top of a Sierra peak, you may be able to see…. sky pilot! Photo by

If you make it to the top of a Sierra peak, you may be able to see…. sky pilot! Photo by Sarah Angulo.

Yes, the flowers may be small and low to the ground, but they deserve to be gawked at as much as the huge mountains on which they grow. In the world of the small, gazing deep into the colors and shapes and patterns of flowers, one can gain a greater connection and appreciation for the work of nature. How these little things have diversified … more »

Fine art sale at the Mono Lake Committee gallery

August 6th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Terry McLaughlin, 2012 Outdoor Experiences Lead Instructor, 2014 & 2015 Interim Information Center & Bookstore Manager, and 2015–2017 Membership Assistant.

Artist L. Wren Walraven’s popular Mono Lake Committee gallery show will end in a couple of weeks, and so all original artwork hanging on the gallery walls is now on sale, 20% off, until August 17, 2015.

"Mono Lake Trio," a Green-tailed Towhee, Yellow Warbler, and Sage Thrasher. Mixed media on wood panel by L.Wren Walraven.

“Mono Lake Trio,” a Green-tailed Towhee, Yellow Warbler, and Sage Thrasher. Mixed media on wood panel by L.Wren Walraven.

Walraven’s colorful, playful style appeals to a variety of tastes and decors. Her artwork takes a fresh look at familiar wildlife and avian friends. … more »

Breaking news: No more bobcat trapping in California

August 5th, 2015 by Lisa, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
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On Wednesday afternoon, August 5, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Commission voted 3–2 to end the trapping of bobcats throughout the entire state. This vote ends an archaic—and some would argue inhumane—practice of live-trapping bobcats in order to export pelts to China and Russia for high-end fashion demand.

A bobcat spotted in the Mono Basin sagebrush. Photo courtesy of Lundy Schneider.

A bobcat spotted in the Mono Basin sagebrush. Photo courtesy of Lundy Schneider.

Over two years ago, the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 directed the Commission to consider two alternatives to protect bobcats: Option 1 would designate “no-trapping zones,” primarily around protected natural areas; and Option 2, which would make it unlawful to trap bobcats anywhere in California. After just as many years of staff reports, public meetings, and passionate and emotional discussions, the Commission followed the overwhelming majority of public sentiment and voted to ban trapping altogether.

During this process, the Mono Lake Committee submitted two letters and attended … more »

New tables at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center

August 5th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Melissa Boyd, 2014 & 2015 Outdoor Education Instructor.

When students visit the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center the OEC staff likes to spend as much time with them outside as possible, which is why the staff and students eat most of their meals together (weather permitting) at picnic tables in the backyard. Since the picnic tables are kept outside they are constantly exposed to the harsh elements of the Eastern Sierra, so it is no wonder they have begun to weather.

Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

New, durable picnic tables at the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center! Thanks to generous members Art Carey, Dawn Cope, Linda Edwards, and Rick Garzoli & Holly Reid for the tables and to the William C. Bannerman Foundation for covering the shipping costs. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Thanks to donations from Mono Lake Committee Members Art Carey, Dawn Cope, Linda Edwards, and Rick Garzoli & Holly Reid for the tables, and the William C. Bannerman Foundation for covering shipping costs, the Mono Lake Committee was able to replace the old, splintery wooden tables with new green and blue metal ones. They look great, they are durable, and a few of them are even handicap-accessible. All of us at the Committee are excited to have new tables at the OEC and they will definitely be put to good use for many years to come. Stop by and see these new additions to the Outdoor Education Center if you are passing through!

Intern Tina and OEC Instructor Edie assemble the new picnic tables. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Intern Tina and OEC Instructor Edie get the new picnic tables ready for use at the OEC. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Trail report: The McQuilkin family’s John Muir Trail trek going well

August 4th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Mono Lake Committee Board Chair, Sally Gaines and her husband Rick Kattelmann recently resupplied Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin, his wife Sarah Taylor, and kids Caelen, Ellery, and 11-month-old Cassia on their month-long hike of the John Muir Trail. The report is that they are all having a blast, and everyone is doing well.

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Sally Gaines reported that Geoff and the family are having a great time on the John Muir Trail. Photo courtesy of Rick Kattelman.

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