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Mono Basin Clearinghouse updates: Gull research and real-time data

Monday, January 4th, 2016 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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clearinghouse-updates-2015-CAGU-report_Page_01Recent updates on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse include the following items:

Point Blue has finished its 2015 report on the nesting success of California Gulls at Mono Lake. According to project coordinator Kristie Nelson, it was an above-average year—a welcome finding after a downward trend of below-average populations over the last ten years.

We have updated the Mono Basin real-time data frames page to use pop-up windows instead of frames. This may not sound like an upgrade, but (more…)

2014 Mono Lake California Gull report available

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Point Blue Conservation Science has completed its report on the 2014 California Gull nesting season at Mono Lake, which is available on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse.

California Gulls take flight near Negit Island. Photo by Sandra Noll.

California Gulls take flight near Negit Island. Photo by Sandra Noll.

The gull population in 2014 was low. This was to be expected, since 2010 was the year with the lowest reproductive success ever recorded, and the 2010 cohort returns as adults four years later. Due to the decline in lake level, Old Marina Islet became a peninsula, which represents (more…)

Preliminary Eared Grebe count results from 2014

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Some preliminary results from the 2014 Eared Grebe surveys are in: 2014 will be the fourth year in a row with peak numbers of at least a million birds. Although the late-September grebe photographs are still being counted by Environment Canada’s Sean Boyd, the four other counts between mid-September and mid-November have been compiled. The peak abundance of Eared Grebes on Mono lake—about 1.2 million birds—occurred during the first of five 2014 counts, in mid-September.

Each fall, volunteer pilots and photographers capture  images of the entire surface of Mono Lake in order for researchers to count the Eared Grebes present. Photo by Arya Degenhardt with Aerial support by Lighthawk.

Each fall, volunteer pilots and photographers capture images of the entire surface of Mono Lake in order for researchers to count the Eared Grebes present. Photo by Arya Degenhardt with aerial support by Lighthawk.

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New reports and studies on the Mono Basin

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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In recent months, additional resources have been added to the Mono Basin Clearinghouse. They include:

We are still working to add the 1993 Mono Basin EIR auxiliary reports we mentioned in an earlier update. We hope you enjoy these resources!

Elden Vestal’s full 1993 deposition discussing historical stream conditions now online

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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In September 2012, we posted here that part 1 of Elden Vestal’s deposition had been found, and posted online by California Trout. We noted that a search for part 2 was underway. Well, the search is over!

Watch part 1 and part 2 of Elden Vestal's 1993 deposition, where he discusses the remarkable historical habitat conditions and wildlife in the Mono Basin.

Watch part 1 and part 2 of Elden Vestal's 1993 deposition, in which he discusses the remarkable historical habitat conditions and wildlife in the Mono Basin.

Former State Water Board staff member Jim Canaday had a copy of the missing video, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife digitized it, and the Committee has posted it online. Both YouTube videos (part 1 and part 2) can be found on our Historical Interviews page on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse. (more…)

Interesting Mono Lake brine shrimp data in the 2013 DWP compliance report

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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On May 15th every year, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power sends its Mono Basin compliance report to the State Water Resources Control Board. One of the notable things about the May 15, 2014 report is that it does not contain a “tributaries” section for the first time. This indicates that there was no official geomorphic or vegetation monitoring along the streams in 2013, for the first time since the State Water Board issued Order 98-05 in 1998. A reduction in stream monitoring has begun, and aside from a small increase in effort to confirm the effects of the new streamflows, this reduction was anticipated in the Mono Basin Stream Restoration Settlement Agreement.

The Committee has begun reviewing the report, (more…)

New resources added to Mono Basin Clearinghouse

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The Mono Basin Clearinghouse has had some major upgrades and updates recently! The most important one is that it and our other sites—monolake.org, leevining.com, birdchautauqua.org—are all back online as of 9:00am this morning after almost 24 hours of downtime due to network problems at the data center where our server is hosted. (more…)

2013 Mono Lake California Gull report now online

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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2013 was an average year for the California Gull population at Mono Lake. Kristie Nelson, the Mono Lake California Gull Project Leader for Point Blue Conservation Science, finished the annual report in December. She reports that population size was average, and fledgling rate was below average but not especially low.

Read the 2013 California Gull report here

A volunteer collects a California Gull chick for banding. Photo courtesy of Jessica Malish.

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DWP streamflow violations in the Mono Basin uncovered

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 by Arya, Communications Director
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Careful analysis of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s (DWP) May 13, 2013 report to the State Water Board shows a disturbing pattern of streamflow violations and reporting failures in the Mono Basin in 2012. As a watchdog for Mono Lake and its tributary streams, the Mono Lake Committee has submitted this letter to the State Water Board outlining the violations and requesting appropriate action.

Mono Lake Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin said, “The minimum flows in the creeks are required by the California State Water Board to protect fish and stream habitats. DWP needs to keep its promises by following the rules. Otherwise, it’s the creeks that suffer—the fish, the streamside forests, the birds—in these places that people have worked so hard to restore.”

The Committee’s June 19 letter details 128 violations
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Happy new (water) year!

Friday, October 12th, 2012 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 water year recently came to a close. Happy new 2013 water year!

What is a water year?
It is said that hydrologists get to celebrate a new year at least four times a year—January 1st for a calendar year, April 1st for a runoff year, July 1st for a coastal California rainfall year (as well as a fiscal year), and October 1st for a water year. Needless to say, this creates challenges in organizing hydrology data.

Here in the Mono Basin, we typically use the runoff year to summarize most measurements involving stream flows, since (more…)

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