The lake’s water level is notably variable. Los Angeles to partially replenish the lake level. Five million years ago, the Sierra Nevada was an eroded set of rolling hills and Mono Basin and Owens Valley did not yet exist. National audubon society field guide to california pdf volcanism in the area occurred 3.
8 million to 250,000 years ago. As a result, becoming meromictic greatly changes a lake’s ecology. 1994 and had ended by 2004. These algae reproduce rapidly during winter and early spring after winter runoff brings nutrients to the surface layer of water. By March the lake is “as green as pea soup” with photosynthesizing algae. 6 trillion brine shrimp inhabit the lake. Brine shrimp have no food value for humans, but are a staple for birds of the region.
The brine shrimp feed on microscopic algae. These flies are an important source of food for migratory and nesting birds. Mono Lake to rest and eat for at least part of the year. Mono Lake during their long migrations. In addition to migratory birds, a few species spend several months to nest at Mono Lake. Since abandoning the landbridged Negit Island in the late 1970s, California gulls have moved to some nearby islets and have established new, if less protected, nesting sites.
Mono Lake that was begun over 20 years ago. Mono Lake each spring to nest along the remote eastern shores. The Kutzadika’a traditionally forage alkali fly pupae, called kutsavi in their language. Mono Lake was also referred to as Teniega Bah.