OSPREY NESTING-PAIR ON TUFA TOWER
On top of of the tufa tower ( near the center - its base has a hole in it) is a pair of nesting osprey.
One might consider Mono's highly alkaline, fishing waters to be incompatible with a fish-eating bird like an osprey. However, osprey have nested on top of the lake's tufa towers since the mid-1980s.
As the lake level dropped, tufa towers were exposed. Osprey began nesting on these strong towers, since they offer safety from ground predators. While most osprey nest within a mile of fishable waters, Mono Lake osprey are willing to travel extra miles for such a secure nesting site.