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Following Osprey at Mono Lake

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Sara Matthews, 2015 & 2016 Mono Lake Intern.

Photo by Erv Nichols.

An Osprey comes in to land on its nest atop a tufa tower at Mono Lake. Photo by Erv Nichols.

For the past 20 years the saga of the Osprey has been unfolding at Mono Lake. In the mid-1980s the first nesting pair of Osprey was recorded at Mono Lake. They built their nest of assorted sticks and branches high atop a tufa tower rising up out of Mono Lake’s salty, alkaline waters. Unfortunately, that year was unsuccessful for the pair and they eventually left the nest in the fall with no signs of chicks ever having hatched. Determined, the pair returned to Mono Lake the next year and began the process again—and again, they were unsuccessful. All told, it took the pair of Osprey five seasons of returning to Mono Lake and giving their best efforts before they successfully hatched two chicks. Since then, Mono Lake’s Osprey population has been on the rise. (more…)

Tenth annual Chautauqua a soaring success

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Last weekend over 300 people gathered in Lee Vining for the tenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.

During 76 field trips, workshops, and presentations, (more…)

California Gull nest count on Mono Lake’s islands

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

Kristie Nelson of PRBO Conservation Science taking the crew out to the islands.

This post was written by Russ Taylor, 2011 Canoe Coordinator.

Each spring the Mono Lake Committee assists PRBO Conservation Science in doing a California Gull nest count on Mono Lake’s islands. PRBO, whose mission is to conserve birds and other wildlife, has been monitoring the population size and reproductive success of California Gull (Larus californicus) at Mono Lake since 1983. (more…)

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