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Road to Bodie temporarily closed

August 20th, 2013 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Update: As of 9:30am on Thursday, August 22, Highway 270 and Bodie State Historic Park have been reopened to the public.

Highway 270, the main road to Bodie State Historic Park, is closed temporarily due to the Spring Peak Fire. Access to Bodie was closed yesterday evening (August 19); Highway 270 and Cottonwood Canyon Road are currently closed to all traffic except fire and emergency vehicles.

The Spring Peak Fire was started by lightning on August 17 approximately 12 miles northeast of Mono Lake. Burning in brush that ignites quickly, the fire spread to within three miles of Bodie yesterday. Structure protection fire engines are stationed in Bodie, and dozer lines are being built to protect Bodie’s staff and important cultural and historical resources.

With a healthy downpour of rain yesterday afternoon and evening, the fire’s advance slowed. Thunderstorms are again predicted for today, so hopefully more rain and increased humidity will aid the firefighting efforts.

Black-necked Stilt at County Park

August 16th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 08/16/13

One Black-necked Stilt amongst the Avocets at the County Park boardwalk this evening. Also a Spotted Sandpiper and several chirping Marsh Wrens.

Black-necked Stilt at County Park

August 16th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 08/16/13

One Black-necked Stilt amongst the Avocets at the County Park boardwalk this evening. Also a Spotted Sandpiper and several chirping Marsh Wrens.

1913-2013: Los Angeles Aqueduct centennial

August 16th, 2013 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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On November 5, 1913, the Los Angeles Aqueduct delivered Owens Valley water to Los Angeles for the first time. This year, the City of Los Angeles marks the hundredth anniversary of its engineering marvel with celebrations, websites, exhibits, a centennial garden, and even a hundred mules walking on the aqueduct.

Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in the Eastern Sierra, early 1900s. Mono Lake Committee archive photo.

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White-winged Dove in Lee Vining

August 16th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 8-13-13

Spotted by Erik Lyons in town, and pointed out to me by Kristie Nelson. This is a bird typically found south of here in the deserts. Somehow, one found its way up to hang out with Eurasian Collared Doves and eat seeds at the local feeders.

Stream monitoring: Mill Creek & the Wilson diversion system

August 15th, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Emma Oschrin, 2013 Mono Lake Intern.

Over the course of this summer, I, along with a fellow intern, Edie, have had the opportunity to continue the Mono Lake Committee’s stream monitoring of Mill Creek and the Wilson diversion system.

Intern Edie Harris taking stream flow measurements of Mill Creek. Photo by Emma Oschrin.

Every week Edie and I visit the streams and use a flow meter to determine the depth and velocity of the water in several locations, which allows us to measure the flow of water in cubic … more »

Red Knot

August 12th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 08/12/13

A lone Red Knot was foraging along Navy Beach this morning. I watched it for a good half hour, picking through the water amongst the Wilson’s Phalaropes and gulls. The phalaropes were eventually flushed by some non-birders and the Knot went with them, to the north. Very exciting to see 🙂

Another record-breaking summer for hot weather

August 8th, 2013 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Last year, I wrote about how hot the summer of 2012 was in Lee Vining. So far, 2013 is even hotter. Both June and July average temperatures were the warmest on record this year. But it has been much rainier as well.

On hot summer days, nothing beats a swim in Mono Lake! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

From April 1 to August 1, Mono Lake dropped only 2/3 of the 1 foot that it dropped last year (both dry years), primarily because of about two inches more rain this year. Those cooler rainy days also kept July 2013’s average maximum temperature about the same as July 2012, despite having warmer minimums and maximums.

July 2013 had a record number of nights (eight) in the 60s (degrees F). It set a new record for … more »

YARTS: A great way to explore Yosemite

August 7th, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Emma Oschrin, 2013 Mono Lake Intern.

Are you interested in seeing all the beauty that Yosemite National Park has to offer? Do you also want to avoid the crowds and traffic that can come as quite a surprise when escaping into relative wilderness? Then the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is an option you should consider!

The comfortable, air-conditioned YARTS bus. Photo courtesy of YARTS.

Since May of 2000, YARTS has been offering a wonderful alternative to taking your own car through Yosemite. YARTS is an easy and inexpensive way to see Yosemite from the comfort of air-conditioned buses with plenty of storage space for all your belongings.

Prior to this summer, I had only been through Yosemite in my own car so I wanted to try YARTS out to see how the experience compared. As I planned my day trip into Tuolumne Meadows … more »

Reminder: Tioga Pass Run coming up on September 8

August 6th, 2013 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Erik Lyon, 2013 Project Specialist.

The 33rd annual Tioga Pass Run is just around the corner! Join us on Sunday, September 8 for this beautiful 12.4-mile race with an incredible 3,200 feet of elevation gain along one of the most scenic highways in the country.

Regular registration ($35) is open until August 20. Late registration ($40) begins August 21, so make sure to sign up soon! All proceeds benefit the Mono Lake Committee.

Register for the Tioga Pass Run

Questions? Contact Project Specialist Erik Lyon at (760) 647-6595. See you in September!

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