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Walker Lake ringed by mountains with pine trees in the foreground.

Walker Lake non-profits make progress toward fishery restoration

The Walker Basin Conservancy, a pioneer in the use of market-based environmental solutions, recently announced another successful water and land acquisition in Smith Valley, Nevada. This deal included 320 acres of Walker River corridor, 3.6 cubic feet per second of…

Tall evergreen trees line the yellow coast of a blue lake, and patches of ice surround the surface under bright sunlight.

Singing ice on a Mono Basin freshwater lake

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on December 5, 2020. As winter ’23-’24 starts out cold and fairly dry, we’ve been enjoying more singing ice on local freshwater lakes, so we’re bringing back this post! Today’s Mono Lake Moment…

Mono Basin ASO flights get off the ground

In the spring, the Mono Lake Committee helped Mono County secure emergency funding from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for Airborne Snow Observatories (ASO) LiDAR flights that gave us a crucial understanding of the record snowpack. ASO-derived data and…

An incredible Giving Tuesday for Mono Lake

Thanks to the support of more than 450 members and supporters, we achieved our goal of raising $50,000 to be matched for Mono Lake. That’s the biggest match we’ve ever had for Giving Tuesday! In total, you helped us break…

Your gift is doubled for Giving Tuesday

It has been an extraordinary year, and right now we have an extraordinary opportunity for Giving Tuesday.   All gifts made through tomorrow, November 28, will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, thanks to the generosity of a longtime…

One man walks with a tripod across his back through a golden field of grass towards snow covered rocks on the shore of Mono Lake.

Eastern Sierra Christmas Bird Counts coming up

If you like the holidays, birds, and know how to count, then the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is for you! The 2023 CBC marks the 124th year that the National Audubon Society has organized this international community science event. Every…

Tracking phalaropes at Mono and beyond

Editor’s note: This article was compiled from field reports from Ryan Carle and Kiki Tarr. Phalarope research continued at Mono Lake again this summer, with phalarope surveys taking place for the fifth consecutive year, plus a new effort to tag…

Grant Lake Reservoir outlet update

Spillway upgrade construction tentatively planned for next spring One of the few dams without an outlet in the state of California is soon to get one—modification of the Grant Lake Reservoir dam may begin as early as next spring. The…

An exceptional year for Mono Basin stream restoration

The Mono Basin has had a very wet runoff year (more than 200% of average), but from a stream restoration perspective, what matters is how quickly the runoff melts, because the resulting flows dictate what kind of ecosystem processes occur.…