Yellow Warbler of Rush Creek success

Mono Lake -Yellow Warbler success story

yellow warbler

Wildlife has returned to Rush Creek years after L.A. was ordered to reduce water diversions. Thanks to the tireless and dedicated efforts of, a nonprofit group of environmentalists and concerned citizens organized in 1978 to save and protect a bowl-shaped high country ecosystem roughly half the size of Rhode Island.

Long ago there were many forms of wildlife at the Rush Creek then the water disappeared and the grazing increased. Now one can see yellow warblers again plunging through a gap in a stream-side cottonwood forest and flying back to the nest where her chicks were hiding.

“Rush Creek, a major tributary to Mono Lake in the panorama of the eastern Sierra, and the focus of an agonizingly complex and decades-long effort to heal a vast wilderness devastated by Los Angeles’ insatiable thirst.

Now, 14 years after the city was ordered to reduce the quantity of tributary water it had been diverting into the Los Angeles aqueduct since 1941, Rush Creek has among the highest concentrations of yellow warblers in California – roughly three pairs per 2 1/2 acres

This year, as the committee celebrates its 30th anniversary, Mono Lake, while still far from its historic natural conditions, is on the mend.

The water level has risen, and there are more springs and flowers and insects. But the water in Mono Lake remains 34 feet below its pre-diversion level, and it still has 8 vertical feet to rise before it reaches the target of 6,391 feet above sea level. That was set by the Water Control Resources Board, and if the mark isn’t hit by 2014, the panel will hold a hearing on the matter.”

Louis Sahagun Los Angeles Times July 24, 2008

Thank you for helping. – Mother Nature


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