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Want birds? Just add water.

April 27th, 2009 by Bartshé, Eastern Sierra Policy Director

It’s not that simple of course, but at Owens (dry) Lake, with some water returning via dust mitigation efforts, so are the birds. Here is a recent article from the LA Times about the Owens Lake Big Day, and here are the results, compliments of Mike Prather, Owens Lake Big Day coordinator.  With over 60,000 birds comprising 75 species, there’s more going on than what you can see from Highway 395.

County Park birding

April 23rd, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 4-23-09

This morning from 0745 to 0850 down at County Park, I saw (among other things):

an American Kestrel eating a lizard

Spotted Sandpiper

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Black-billed Magpie

Flycatcher sp. (only had a quick look at it–they’re tough to ID!)

Violet-green Swallow

House Wrens galore!

Cedar Waxwings

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Bullock’s Oriole

Western Meadowlark



Fishing Season opens Saturday April 25th

April 23rd, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Erika Obedzinski, 2009 Office Director.

At the Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce meeting last Thursday, local resident Martin Strelneck gave an update on conditions for Eastern Sierra Trout Fishing Season Opener, which is this Saturday, April 25th. Mr. Strelneck is also a staff writer for Western Outdoor News; check out his overview on local conditions. Keep an eye on the road and weather conditions, as winter-like conditions may be back this weekend. And if you’re planning to visit Crowley Lake, be aware of the invasive Quagga mussel and remember that boat inspections are required. Be safe and have a great weekend!

Lee Vining students give tributary streams new trees for Earth Day

April 22nd, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director

This morning at 10:00 am students from Lee Vining Elementary school walked from their classroom down to Lee Vining Creek to plant trees for Earth Day. A tradition since 2005, this local Earth Day celebration is a great way to get outside and help out Mono Lake too.

In preparation, students from third, fourth, and fifth grade classes learned how to plant trees yesterday during a hands-on demonstration at school.

Today they carefully … more »

Winter Wren

April 21st, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: April 20, 2009

A little Winter Wren sang its fast-paced little song outside the Ice House office of the Committee before skittering into the vegetation to hide behind the garden canoe.

Memorial service held for Andrea Mead Lawrence

April 21st, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

This past Sunday, over 500 people gathered at Mammoth Mountain to pay tribute to Andrea Mead Lawrence on what would have been her 77th birthday.

The Andrea Lawrence Memorial, April 19

The Andrea Lawrence Memorial, April 19.

The event featured a roster of speakers, a video about her achievements from Olympic historian Bud Greenspan, a display of photographs from her many accomplishments, and a chance for … more »

Spring Update: Roads and businesses open; birds & flowers

April 17th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Today the Mono Cone and Monitor Pass both opened! Osprey are seen daily in Lee Vining and the very first flowers are blooming along the Lee Vining Creek Trail!

A snowstorm every few days has kept the air cool and the ground wet, and typically brings strong winds along with it. The weather is finally expected to warm up early next week with highs in the … more »

Vote for the Mono Lake Committee!

April 17th, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
The web revision team celebrates after launching the new website, November 2008!

Arya, Elin, Greg, and Geoff celebrate after launching the new website in November 2008!

We entered our fabulous website into the Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact design contest a few days ago. The contest organizers wish to award groups that demonstrate outstanding or innovative use of Adobe products to increase impact and further the missions of their organizations, and we felt that fit the bill perfectly. Winners are chosen on the basis of community votes, so please take a moment to vote … more »

Chautauqua spotlight: Aeolian Buttes & Flutes with Margaret Eissler

April 16th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director

Here is a simple recipe for a beautiful morning: start with one volcano, preferably rhyolitic, with breathtaking views of Mono Lake, the Sierra Crest, and the Aeolian Buttes. Add one symphony-trained flute player and Tuolumne Meadows Interpretive Ranger as your guide. Add coffee to taste, or just roll out of bed and serve immediately. … more »

Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

April 15th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

The 8th Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is June 19-21, 2009. Registration opened early Wednesday April 15th and over 100 people registered during the first three hours. Twenty of the sixty events were full by midday.

There is still a lot of room left in many of the still-open events, especially since this year, Friday June 19th is a full day of events. In previous years most of Friday’s events started in the evening.

To view the programs, schedule, and to register, visit

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