Our friends at the Sierra Nevada Alliance are in the running for a $10,000 grant to support volunteer watershed stewardship and protection. The twist is that the funder is asking the public to vote for who gets the funding. Please consider voting for the Alliance! To vote, just go to:
Recently we received an interesting email from Peter Harron, a collector of Civil War-era artifacts in North Carolina. While searching for relics on the Neuse River with a metal detector, he unearthed a silver trophy, badly crushed, and missing its handles, but with very clear engraving that read:
Whitmore Tubs Trophy
Mark Twain Day
Mono Lake, Calif.
August 9, 1931
Mr. Harron found the trophy on a hilltop overlooking … more »
Investigating the coldest part of the year, reporter Dan Blackburn reports on the delights of winter in the Mono Basin. You can read the article, “Mono Lake’s picture-perfect waters,” online or in your Sunday edition:
The newest issue of the Mono Lake Newsletter is now online for Mono Lake Committee members! Members get the Newsletter in the mail and get it online one month before it becomes public.
This issue features the new and improved Mono Lake Website, along with articles on stream restoration, the 10th anniversary of the international Living Lakes Network, an interview with the Inyo National Forest Supervisor, a complete list of this summer’s field seminars, and more!
The Newsletter will be available online to non-members at the end of March.
Date of sighting: 2/17/09
Red-winged blackbirds are back in the Mono Basin! I heard one trilling briefly on Tuesday evening in the big trees near Second Street and Lee Vining Avenue in Lee Vining.
Previous Mono Basin bird and wildlife sightings can be found here Previous Sightings
Snow storms during the first two weeks of February have caused Mono Lake to finally rise–an event that almost always occurs before the end of January. Yesterday evening as the light faded on the wind-ruffled waters of Mono Lake surrounded by a blanket of white snow and the grey-hued clearing storm clouds, I read the lake level gauge: 6382.28 feet above sea level.
Mono Lake had been at this level for about a week, but when … more »
Recent storms in California brought a visceral sense of relief to areas looking straight down the barrel of drought. For those who have been planning ahead, it also brought water security in the form of captured rain, in cisterns.
In Los Angeles, where embracing water conservation is an everyday reality, rainwater capture is a critical piece … more »
My dad, a diehard webcam fan, just emailed me from the California coast to say that the webcam reveals what looks like a whiteout in Lee Vining. That’s pretty much true! The snow began falling in earnest this morning around 8:00 am, and I walked to work in the silent, muted atmosphere that heavy snow creates. Since we measured the overnight accumulation at opening time, another … more »
Earlier reports suggested that the Omnibus Public Lands Act was headed for a vote on February 11. However other business apparently intervened, so the vote didn’t take place. Watch for further scheduling news when Congress returns from the President’s Day recess. All the details on the Act’s importance at Mono Lake are in our Action Alert.