Category: Science

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…

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…

Clearing up the “green lake” phenomenon

This summer, the water in Mono Lake appeared noticeably clearer than it has during most summers over the last decade. Historically, the clarity of Mono Lake’s water fluctuates seasonally, appearing green and opaque in the winter as algae grows and…

Mono Lake part of Western Hemisphere shorebird survey

On August 19, 2023, the Mono Lake Committee partnered with Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society, and Point Blue Conservation Science to conduct the third lake-wide shorebird survey of Mono Lake. This survey is part of the much larger Migratory Shorebird Project, which includes…

12th annual Yosemite Butterfly Count

Aspens glimmered and quaked as the gentle wind moved through the grove. High above, Lundy Canyon’s signature red rock contrasted with bright white snow patches, remnants of a long winter. The canyon was brimming with the repercussions of the large…

The future of Eared Grebes

Mono Lake may be the North American Eared Grebe’s best hope for the future Last fall marked the Mono Lake Committee’s 15th consecutive year working with Dr. Sean Boyd from Environment and Climate Change Canada to conduct aerial surveys of…