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Osprey at June Mountain

April 6th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 3-31-09

Ospreys have been seen around an existing nest atop an old snag near the base of June Mountain. Also at our house in June Lake Cassin’s Finches and Pine Siskins have shown up.

Frogs: The Thin Green Line on PBS, Sunday, April 5th

April 5th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
Watch the PBS show tonight!

Watch the PBS show tonight!

Don’t miss out on this new film that includes Lee Vining local and Mountain Yellow-legged Frog expert, Dr. Roland Knapp, on PBS tonight! For more information visit Dr. Knapp’s research site, and be sure not to miss his very-cool Frog Blog. There’s also a behind-the-scenes online video that has some beautiful footage if you can’t catch it this time around. Dr. Knapp presented some of his work at the last year’s Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, and does the majority of his research right here in our High Sierra backyard.

Mono Basin spring update: Birds and visitors arriving despite unsettled weather

April 2nd, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

The first days of April are bringing more California Gulls to Mono Lake and human visitors to the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore (open seven days a week). Today is the opening day for the Scenic Area Visitor Center operated by the US Forest Service (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

Typical spring weather in the Mono Basin is a warm sunny day followed by a snowy one … and this spring is no exception. The first day of spring—at 65 degrees, our warmest day since November—was followed by a weekend that brought a foot of snow to Lee Vining! It was our biggest storm … more »


April 1st, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: March 31, 2009

I saw a Phainopepla while driving South on 395 between Mono Inn and Old Marina in the afternoon on the 31st.

Sage Grouse

April 1st, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: March 1, 2009

While walking the dogs behind the Mono City Volunteer Fire Department and the old quarry, we saw four beautiful sage grouse. We’ve seen there previously on winter bird counts.

In Memoriam: Andrea Mead Lawrence 1932-2009

March 31st, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

Andrea Mead Lawrence, alpine skiing Olympic double gold medalist, mother of five, visionary environmental leader, 16-year Mono County Supervisor, and advocate for Mono Lake’s protection, passed away on March 30 at home in Mammoth Lakes with her family at her side. She was 76.

Andrea was an inspirational leader, a tireless champion of doing the right thing, and a gracious model of how to simply be a good person. Here at the Mono Lake Committee she was our sounding board, our conscience, and our friend. We will miss her enormously.

Andrea Mead Lawrence in 2008, hosting the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers Award Banquet. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Andrea Mead Lawrence in 2008, hosting the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers Award Banquet. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Andrea dedicated her life to preserving our shared public landscapes and values. After moving to … more »

Northern Pygmy Owl

March 26th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 3/26/09

Northern Pygmy Owl roadkill near the Mono Inn–a beautiful bird! And yesterday I heard meadowlarks singing again!

50,000+ Mono Basin area acres protected

March 26th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

Updated on March 30:

Today President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, making the new wilderness designations official. Both Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke eloquently on our national heritage in these lands and our duty to protect them for future generations. Good excerpts are here on the White House blog.

Now, would you believe that a measurable percentage of the Lee Vining population was in attendance? That’s right, local friends Tim Alpers, of Alpers Trout, and Sally Miller, of The Wilderness Society, joined President Obama and other dignitaries at the White House for the signing. That represents 0.5% of Lee Vining!

We’re awaiting all their stories but already have a photo back of them with Buck McKeon, our local Congressman and a champion of the bill (that’s him on the left). Congratulations Sally, Tim, and everyone who has worked for years to make this bill a reality.


March 26 post:

Yesterday’s public lands bill designating new wilderness areas in the Eastern Sierra passed with strong bipartisan support. Here in the Mono Basin there’s a lot of excitement that more than 50,000 acres of public land near Mono Lake were included. It’s great news for protection of Mono Lake and nearby watersheds and great news for these outstanding scenic and ecologically valuable areas to the west in the Sierra and to the east as well.

The LA Times covers the bill’s passage today: Wilderness protection bill gets Congress’ OK

World Water Day March for water in Los Angeles

March 25th, 2009 by Herley Jim, Los Angeles Education Coordinator

I had a good day Sunday, March 22, representing the Mono Lake Committee at March for Water, the Los Angeles celebration of World Water Day. It was organized by Miguel Luna, (Executive Director of Universidad del Agua, Urban Semillas, and several other organizations), and featured David Nahai (DWP General … more »

Bill passes, new Mono wilderness on the way!

March 25th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

This morning the House of Representatives passed the long-awaited wilderness bill, which is now on its way to President Obama for approval.

The bill includes outstanding lands in the Mono Basin and overlooking Mono Lake, including … more »

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