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Smoke signals good news for Mono Lake’s California Gulls

Friday, February 14th, 2020 by Arya, Communications Director

If you were lucky enough to be in the Mono Basin—or if you checked out the webcam—the past two crystal clear, glassy water, calm days, you likely would have noticed something unusual rising out over Mono Lake—smoke.

There is no cause for alarm, it’s actually a good sign—especially for California Gulls whose nesting grounds on the Negit Islets are being cleared of an invasive weed in time for the 2020 nesting season.

After much consideration, the Inyo National Forest, Mono Lake Committee, and Point Blue Conservation Science concluded the most efficient course of action was to pursue a prescribed burn to eradicate the invasive weed taking over the gull nesting grounds. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

In a partnership born out of a mutual interest in this critical wildlife habitat protection effort in the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, the Inyo National Forest, the Mono Lake Committee, and Point Blue Conservation Science have been planning and working towards a solution to the recent invasion of Bassia hyssopifolia for three years. The smoke rising from the islets is from a prescribed burn being done to protect gull nesting habitat.

The Mono Lake Committee advocated for a prescribed burn (more…)

Time lapse video: Watch Mono Lake rise a foot before your eyes

Friday, December 20th, 2019 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

In 2019, Mono Lake an entire vertical foot. Watch below for a quick time lapse video showing the this past summer’s lake rise and see the shoreline change by the day.

It has been an exciting year for Mono Lake and its tributary streams with the lake rising a foot and the best possible streamflows secured on Rush, Lee Vining, Parker, and Walker creeks.

We hope you’ll consider sending a year-end gift today to help the Committee prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead in 2020. The protection and restoration of Mono Lake is ongoing; we’re grateful that your support is, too. Thank you.

Double your gift to Mono Lake this Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

In celebration of the Mono Lake Committee’s 40th anniversary, this year for Giving Tuesday, our goal is to raise $4,000 to jump start the next 40 years of our work at Mono Lake.

Beginning today, until midnight on Giving Tuesday (November 27), all donations will be matched, dollar for dollar. With your support, we can do more to ensure the protection of this unique place for future generations.

Here’s how you can help: (more…)

Mono Lake webcam restored to life

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician

High atop the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center resides the Mono Lake Committee’s webcam overlooking Mono Lake.

The author ascending into the upper story of the Scenic Area Visitor Center to retrieve the camera. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

This camera offers a small glimpse into the magic that is the Mono Basin with stunning sunsets and sunrises, as well as seasonal fall colors that emerge along restored Lee Vining Creek. Sometime in February 2018, as the sun was setting and a beautiful glow surrounded the lake, the Mono Lake webcam stopped communicating with us.

Why had our beloved webcam abandoned us? We called out to it every way we knew how, using command prompt. (more…)

Tioga Pass closing Sunday, November 1 at 4:00pm, possibly for the season

Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

As we enjoy the last rays of warm autumn sun ahead of a forecast winter storm, we got word from our friends at Yosemite National Park that Tioga Pass will be closing at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 1.

The pass has closed and opened a few times already this month as the weather has turned cooler and we’ve gotten some rain, but this time it’s likely that once the pass closes on Sunday it may remain closed for the rest of the winter season. Be sure to check road conditions before traveling to the Eastern Sierra, as other mountain passes may also begin to close.

The Sierra crest got its first dusting of snow this season last weekend. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The Sierra crest got its first dusting of snow this season last weekend. We hope it’s the first of much more to come. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Fall colors are emerging in the Mono Basin

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

Fall is an exciting time to be in the Mono Basin—the days are getting cooler, the high peaks have their first dusting of snow, the animals are busily preparing for winter, and, of course, the leaves are beginning to change.

This picturesque waterfall nestled among the glowing aspens can be found less than a mile from the Lundy Canyon trailhead. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

This picturesque waterfall nestled among the glowing aspens can be found less than a mile from the Lundy Canyon trailhead. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Last week I hiked into Lundy Canyon, a favorite destination for fall colors, and it did not disappoint. The aspens are beginning to peak in brilliant yellows, contrasting beautifully with the surrounding landscape. Today, I continued my search (more…)

Fall color update: Mill Creek webcam shows peak color

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

As the sun dips lower in the sky and we enter mid-October, the aspen, cottonwood, and willow trees of the Mono Basin, as well as other deciduous trees and plants, become more colorful at low elevations. You can track these changes from anywhere on our three webcams.

Mill Creek on 10/9/14 from the Mill Creek Webcam.

Mill Creek on October 9, 2014 from the Mill Creek Webcam.

The Mono Lake Webcam shows that Lee Vining Creek is very colorful near Mono Lake. The Lee Vining Webcam shows a lot of color in town. And the Mill Creek Webcam, looking down Mill Creek toward Mono Lake, has the best (more…)

Live weather information from Lee Vining only working intermittently

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

The Mono Lake Committee’s “live” Lee Vining weather data has not updated consistently lately. We are planning to replace the computer that gathers that data this spring, however the “live” weather data on this website may be out of date until that occurs.

In the meantime, you can instead track our daily weather observations that we send to the National Weather Service every morning. This is the official weather from Lee Vining, and while it isn’t updated every ten minutes, it is usually updated every day. Be aware that the data is preliminary—if it contains a mistake, when that mistake is corrected, it is not shown here. But it provides a good indication of what the weather was like on most days during the past month.

Lake-effect snow at Mono Lake

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Yesterday morning, the west half of Mono Lake was blanketed in fog, clouds, and snow. Yes, snow—lake-effect snow! In Lee Vining we measured three inches of new snow (and 1–2 inches new were reported in Mono City), adding to the three inches measured Wednesday morning, for a total of six inches on the ground!

Mono Lake Webcam shot from 8:29 am 12/5/2013 showing the new snow at the Scenic Area Visitor Center at the north end of Lee Vining. The dark area at the center of the photo is the riparian vegetation along Lee Vining Creek ending at Mono Lake.

Mono Lake Webcam shot from 8:29am on December 5 showing the new snow at the Scenic Area Visitor Center at the north end of Lee Vining. The dark area at the center of the photo is the riparian vegetation along Lee Vining Creek ending at Mono Lake.

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Mono Lake Committee’s fire and smoke web page updated

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

We updated our fire and smoke page due to the great interest in the current conditions of the Rim Fire burning to the west and the associated smoke that is occasionally drifting as far south as Tuolumne Meadows and the Mono Basin. See all the new links here.

Among our new and updated links, we link to the smoke map (embedded below) showing fires, smoke, and (more…)

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