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Exploring the Mono Basin on skis

February 9th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager, and Robbie, Project Specialist, lead the way through the snow. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

The Mono Basin is a favorite destination for visitors year-round. In the spring, the canyons are known for gorgeous wildflower displays—columbine, penstemon, and paintbrush abound—and stunning waterfalls. Summer provides limitless hiking opportunities, and an intrepid hiker can make the trek all the way to the crest of the Sierra once the snow has cleared. In the fall, aspen trees turn a dazzling gold and a cool wind reminds you of the snowy season to come.

This time of year, many roads are closed and completely snow covered, allowing for ample skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

This time of year, many roads are closed and completely snow covered, allowing for ample skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

This winter, Lily, Robbie, and I have been experiencing the winter magic of the Mono Basin … more »

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles: Tickets on sale!

February 4th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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This year marks the Committee’s fifth year hosting a Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Tickets to the Mono Lake Committee’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles are now available! Simply visit the Mono Lake Committee online store to purchase yours today. We are thrilled to be continuing our event at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00pm, which will kick off with a Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ performance (not to be missed). We are also expanding the festival to the Sierra Madre City Hall Council Chambers on Saturday, March 12, for a special children’s program at 2:00pm and our full lineup at 7:00pm.

This year’s festival features 14 short films on everything from skiing to cycling, bighorn sheep to dogs, and slacklining to skateboarding, all through beautiful, poignant, and fun … more »

Save the date: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles, March 10 & 12, 2016

January 27th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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We are excited to announce the Mono Lake Committee’s fifth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles this spring. The festival features inspiring films on outdoor adventure, environmental activism, natural wonders, and more. This year we are expanding the festival to a second date and venue!

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All proceeds from the event go toward the Committee’s Outdoor Education Center programs, which bring youth from Los Angeles to the Mono Basin to learn about where their water comes from and allows them to experience this magical place.

We hope you plan to join us this year to see these inspiring films and support outdoor education programs at Mono Lake! We look forward to reconnecting with Committee members and friends of the Los Angeles area who help make our work here possible and we’ll continue to post festival updates here on the Mono-logue. Stay tuned for information about tickets, which will be on sale soon!

Record Amazon earnings for Mono Lake in 2015

January 25th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Last year friends and members of the Mono Lake Committee raised over $4,100 for Mono Lake just by clicking a link!

This link allows the Mono Lake Committee to benefit from purchases made on Amazon. Every time the link is used to access Amazon for online shopping the Mono Lake Committee receives 5% of those sales as an Amazon Affiliate. (That’s right—5%!)

Since we became a part of this effective program, we have been steadily increasing the funds raised each year, and 2015 was our most successful year yet—marking a 52% increase from 2014!

Take a look at this graph, and it becomes apparent that our wonderful members and friends have been spreading the word about this great way to raise money for the Mono Lake Committee. So, remember to keep us in mind when you do your online shopping, and continue sharing this link with your friends and family—let’s make 2016 another chart-topping year!

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Sign up for 2016 Field Seminars on February 1st

January 23rd, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Learn about the region’s glacial, volcanic, and tectonic history in Geology of the Mono Basin. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The complete list of all the Mono Lake Committee’s 2016 Field Seminars is now available online here. Registration opens at 9:00am on Monday, February 1st.

This year’s slate of 21 field seminars spans many topics: basketry, watercolors, woodpeckers, moonlight photography, geology, mining history, Basque sheepherders, kayaking, and more. … more »

Information Center and Bookstore closed January 27th

January 20th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on Wednesday, January 27 for our annual inventory count. We will resume winter hours on Thursday the 28th—open 9:00am to 5:00pm every day. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to see you all after our inventory day is complete!

Everything will be counted ... especially the tie-dye! Photo by Rose Catron.

Everything will be counted … especially the tie-dye! Photo by Rose Catron.

Mono Basin winter photo album

January 15th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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A foot of snow blankets the Sierra just west of Mono Lake (January 8). Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Over the summer, when I gave tours at South Tufa, visitors often asked me, “What does it look like here in the winter?” Since I had only spent summers in the Sierra, I honestly wasn’t sure. I knew the Sierra crest would probably be snow-covered, and possibly the Mono Craters, but I couldn’t say anything for certain. Now I have been fortunate enough to spend my first winter in the Mono Basin, and what an amazing season it has been so far—from frozen streams to snow-covered tufa to all the animal tracks which are suddenly visible after a snow shower.

I still rejoice every time it snows, even when it is just a few flurries, and not only because I grew up outside Atlanta where we were lucky to get a single dusting of snow each year, but because I know each snow flake is another drop of water for Mono Lake which is exactly what we need, especially during this record drought. Enjoy these snowy photos from this winter and let’s hope for much more to come in the weeks ahead!

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The Dana Plateau rises high above a quiet Tioga Road, which is currently closed for the winter (January 8). Photo by Andrew Youssef.

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Magic: The Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center programs

January 8th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This essay, written by Ron Ozuna, appears in the 2016 Mono Lake Calendar.

Theodore Roosevelt High School had more than 5,000 students on a year-round schedule when we first started going to the Mono Lake Committee’s Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center in 2001. I was part of the Humanitas Program, teaching Environmental Science, and my partner (and wife) Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna, taught Environmental Literature. Together, we developed classes that included an unusual component: a five-day field trip to the Sierra Nevada for students to live, work, and learn about nature, animals, geology, water, and life.

Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

A group of students from Roosevelt High School start their visit to the Mono Basin with a South Tufa tour. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

We began planning the first trip by talking to Herley Jim Bowling, the Mono Lake Committee’s Los Angeles Education Coordinator. There were major obstacles—the trip would require the school to … more »

Mono Basin Clearinghouse updates: Gull research and real-time data

January 4th, 2016 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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clearinghouse-updates-2015-CAGU-report_Page_01Recent updates on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse include the following items:

Point Blue has finished its 2015 report on the nesting success of California Gulls at Mono Lake. According to project coordinator Kristie Nelson, it was an above-average year—a welcome finding after a downward trend of below-average populations over the last ten years.

We have updated the Mono Basin real-time data frames page to use pop-up windows instead of frames. This may not sound like an upgrade, but … more »

Happy New Year from Mono Lake!

January 1st, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Welcome, 2016, and happy New Year to all who love Mono Lake!

We're looking at a bright new year at Mono Lake---happy New Year to you! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

We’re looking at a bright new year at Mono Lake—happy New Year to you! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

This new year looks bright and beautiful from shore of Mono Lake—we hope it brings an end to the drought, a new water license for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, rushing meltwater surging down the streams in spring, and many new advocates for this important place.

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