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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 »

Osprey Arriving

March 24th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Spring is officially upon us which means once again I am interested in the osprey arrival dates.  Please let me know the first date you see an osprey and the general location.  One was spotted in Bishop yesterday, so they are arriving!  Feel free to pass this request on to anyone else you think might see an osprey.

Posted by the Mono Lake Committee on behalf of:

Lisa Fields, Environmental Scientist

Sierra District, California State Parks

1155 North Lake Blvd.

PO Box 16

Tahoe City, CA 96145

530-581-3856 phone

530-581-5849 fax

Touchdown: South Africa

March 24th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
The country of South Africa.

The country of South Africa.

According to my flight itinerary it took me 31 hours, 10 minutes and 11,311 miles to get from San Francisco to Durban, South Africa, leaving me with just about enough energy left to cringe at the thought of the carbon footprint of the trip. … more »

Eastern Sierra LandLines worth a visit

March 23rd, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
Visit the LandLines blog today!

Visit LandLines today!

Today’s quick note is about our friends at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. They are working hard to protect vital lands throughout the region and they’ve completed a number of important projects, including several of note here in the Mono Basin.

They have a new blog — LandLines — on their website, so when you are browsing for the latest news, be sure to make a visit!

Eastern Sierra LandLines

California Gulls

March 20th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 3/18/2009

It was fun to see quite a few California Gulls back around down at the lake – maybe 30 or so. It always feels like summer is not too far once they arrive!

Happy Spring!

March 20th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Today is the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The days are now getting longer than the nights, the sun continues to move higher in the sky, and the snow line continues to move uphill. Our homepage has changed–winter photos are gone and spring … more »

Mono Lake Committee travels to St. Lucia, South Africa

March 16th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director

This afternoon I’m traveling to South Africa to visit one of the lakes in the international Living Lakes network, St. Lucia. Funded by a private grant secured together with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, I am going to St. Lucia in support of connecting people at non-profits–the people who do the on-the-ground work of lake protection around the world. This is both a dream come true and the opportunity of a lifetime. Armed with my trusty notebook I will be posting to The Mono-logue as opportunities arise in the next seven days of work and travel. … more »

Hydrology Update: Snowpack catches up to average

March 13th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Some snow sensors in the Mono Basin are reporting above-average snowpack! Gem Pass snow water content is 108% of the March 10th average! This is 96% of the April 1st average–the typical date of peak snowpack in the Sierra. Most other snow measurements in the area are … more »

Swallows are back!

March 13th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: 3/12/09

Yesterday while kayaking down Rush Creek where it flows through the mostly-empty bottom of Grant Lake Reservoir, I saw dippers, many ducks (at least one was a Canvasback), and swallows! The swallows were swooping around above the creek where it had cut through the sediment-filled reservoir-bottom.

Action Alert Update: First Vote Lost by 2, Second Vote Coming Up

March 12th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Today the US House of Representatives voted 282 to 144 to pass S.22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act–but since a 2/3 majority was required for procedural reasons, the bill hasn’t passed yet.

The east slopes of Mt. Conness and North Peak are proposed for Wilderness designation. Photo by Greg Reis.

The east slopes of Mt. Conness and North Peak are proposed for Wilderness designation. Photo by Greg Reis.

Another vote will be taken at some point, perhaps soon. And an amendment was added which requires the bill, if it passes, to go back to the senate.

Please call your representative and thank them for voting yes! If they voted no, please call them to ask that they vote yes the next time around. See how your representative voted. U.S. Capitol Switchboard phone number to be transferred to your Rep’s office: (202) 224-3121.

Please explain to your representative why you support this bill. The Mono Lake Committee supports it because … more »

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