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Following Osprey at Mono Lake

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

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…)

Tenth annual Chautauqua a soaring success

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Last weekend over 300 people gathered in Lee Vining for the tenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.

During 76 field trips, workshops, and presentations, (more…)

Picnic and concert at County Park on Sunday

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Red-breasted Sapsucker painting by Lisa Walraven.

The tenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua culminates on Sunday, June 19 with a free celebration at Mono Lake County Park, just five miles north of Lee Vining. Join us to relax in the shade, stroll down the boardwalk, and hear great music by Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai. Plan to buy your lunch at the park too—all proceeds from the delicious homemade barbeque benefit Lee Vining High School.

To get to County Park from Lee Vining, head north on Highway 395 approximately five miles and turn right on Cemetery Road. Go down the hill and look for parking directions. Parking gets crowded, so please carpool if you can. We look forward to seeing you there!

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