Posts Tagged ‘water’
Submitting images for consideration for the Mono Lake Calendar has never been easier, so if you have a beautiful shot, we’d love to see it! Now is the time—the deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, and you can find submission information here.
A mile of citizen-funded solar-powered electric fence is up and running, protecting Mono Lake’s nesting gulls—one of the three largest colonies in the world—from mainland predators. The fence is the result of a year and a half of planning by the Mono Lake Committee and California State Parks along with other agency partners, a dedicated local installation team, and generous funding from Mono Lake supporters across the country.
Why is the temporary fence—which will be removed when nesting is finished—needed? Five years of drought lowered Mono Lake seven feet, shrinking the protective moat of water between the lake’s north shore and Negit Island and adjacent islets—exposing a landbridge that allows coyotes access to the lake’s long-established nesting colony of California Gulls. Last summer signs were found on a few of these islets that coyotes had indeed walked the landbridge and then swum the remaining 500 feet or so of shallow water to prey on eggs and chicks, disrupting nesting and causing gulls to be suspicious of returning to these sites in future years.
Not a typical fence site
The electric mesh netting fence used for the project (more…)
The temporary electrified fence protecting Mono Lake’s nesting California Gulls has been up and running for about three weeks now. After a long and snowy winter the gulls’ calls signal spring’s arrival, and it’s gratifying to know that as they build nests and lay eggs out on the islands, they are protected from coyote predation.
The fence stretches for about one mile across the landbridge, and is made up of five sections that overlap—an electrified long middle section, two shorter electrified sections at the ends near the water’s edge, and two passive sections at (more…)
Even with all of this snow and rain, we still need to build a temporary fence to protect the gulls. Have questions? Stop by the open house on Wednesday—we’ve got answers, ways you can help, and cookies too.
- When: Wednesday, February 15, 5-7pm
- Where: Mono Lake Committee Bookstore
- What: Open house, presentation at 6pm
- Why: Because you love California Gulls (and Epic Cafe cookies)
We love talking to folks about Mono Lake, especially people who are interested in looking at the Mono Lake story within the larger context of saline lakes. Such was the case when Mono Lake Committee Executive Director Geoffrey McQuilkin joined E&E Greenwire reporter Jeremy Jacobs for a lakeshore exploration this past April.
Jacobs is writing a series on “Dead Seas” that is worth reading to learn more about the Salton Sea and Owens Lake. For sure, you won’t want to miss the newest installment that focuses on Mono Lake. You can read the full story “Drought Threatens ‘genius’ regs that stopped L.A. water grab” here.
Enjoy! And let us know if you have any questions.
The Mono Lake Committee is once again bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Los Angeles in March and tickets are on sale now.
- When: March 5, 2015, 7:00pm–10:00pm. Be there at 7:00pm to catch the live mighty Wurlitzer organ show!
- Where: The Old Town Music Hall at 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. Free (and plentifuly) parking is just next door to the theater off of Richmond Street.
- Tickets: Festival Ticket: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Student tickets are $10.
- Benefitting: the Mono Lake Committee’s Outdoor Education Program that brings Los Angeles youth to Mono Lake for life-changing experiences exploring their watershed.
- Sponsors: Chevron El Segundo Oil Refinery, Environment Now, The Old Town Music Hall, Patagonia, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Clif Bar, Mother Jones, Klean Kanteen, Orion Magazine, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and EarthJustice.
Be sure to check out our event website and follow Wild & Scenic LA on Facebook and Twitter for more information on the festival and the unique films we will be offering this year. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles on March 5!
Last year the Public Policy Institute of California published an interactive map on its website. When you mouse over each hydrologic region of the state, it shows how the population and per capita urban water use in that region has changed since 1960. The map was released in December as part of a report on California Water Myths, which highlights eight common water myths.
Despite a steadily increasing population, most regions of the state began cutting back per-capita water use after (more…)