Calling all runners and walkers! It’s not too late to register for the 34th annual Tioga Pass Run, taking place on Sunday, September 7.
Runners make their way up the hill during the 2013 Tioga Pass Run. Photo courtesy of Dick Erb.
Come join our outdoor-loving community of runners and walkers by participating in this year’s run. The Tioga Pass Run is the longest continuously-occurring race in the Eastern Sierra—every year since 1980—and is hosted by the Mono Lake Committee. Participants will gain 3,200 feet of elevation over a 12.4-mile-long … more »
Mark your calendar, clear the date, and get excited! This coming Saturday, August 30, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, is the artist’s reception for Moira Donohoe at the Mono Lake Committee gallery. Please join us for a casual reception where you can meet Moira and view her amazing paintings while enjoying light refreshments. We hope to see you there!
Also, on another Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore-related topic, on Tuesday, September 2, our hours will be changing. We’ll be open reduced hours from the summer schedule of 8:00am to 9:00pm to a post-Labor Day schedule of being open 8:00am to 7:00pm. Please stop by and see us!
With the fall collegiate semester fast approaching, the time is coming for me to bid an all-too-soon farewell to the astounding Mono Basin and State of California and head back to the rolling plains of Iowa.
"Go east, young man!" Adam, right, along with Melissa, Sandra, Erica, Barb, and Robbie, gets oriented to the Mono Basin on an aqueduct tour with Greg (pointing). Photo by Erv Nichols.
After completing my first Mono-logue post, which narrated the unlikely path I took to the Eastern Sierra, I intended to write a follow-up, which would tell of my adventures in California. However, I have been using the time I have had in the Golden State to the fullest … more »
August 21st, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration SpecialistcloseAuthor: Greg, Information & Restoration SpecialistName: Greg Reis Title: Information & Restoration Specialist About: Since his Committee internship in 1995, Greg has been involved with Mono Basin stream restoration and with maintaining the Committee's computers, Websites, and Research Library, and researching and compiling information for our programs. His B.S. degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in Environmental Management and a Senior Project in Hydrology reflect his interests in natural resources management, watershed management, and habitat restoration. He is a member of the California Society for Ecological Restoration and he also works for the Rivers and Delta Program of The Bay Institute.See All Posts by Greg (156) Contact Greg
We were expecting the worst for streamflows this summer. Runoff at 48% of average this year—as forecasted in April, and even lower than the last two dry years—would make 2014 the driest year of the last three, adding up to the three driest consecutive years on record for runoff in the Mono Basin.
Late July and early August thunderstorms have brought important water to Mono Lake during this drought. Photo by Sandra Noll.
But then the summer thunderstorms came, dropping an inch and a half of rain. The late July and early August rains extended the late July streamflows into mid-August, buying about 3–4 weeks of extra time at or above the late July flows. For most creeks, this means that the late July and early August flows this year ended up actually higher than last year. Click on the graphs below to enlarge. … more »
What’s your idea of a great retirement? For Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll, Mono Lake Committee Birding Interns, retirement consists of traveling the country, volunteering their time, and sharing their passion for nature. Doesn’t sound too shabby….
Erv Nichols, one of the Committee's volunteer Birding Interns this summer. Photo by Sandra Noll.
Come join us in the Mono Lake Committee theater and gallery this Wednesday August 20 at 4:00pm for this week’s free Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologist lecture titled, “Volunteering for Nature.” Whether from a viewing deck or lecture hall, leading bird walks, night hikes, or canoe excursions, Erv and Sandra’s passion connects people with the nation’s special landscapes and wildlife.
Sandra Noll, left, the other volunteer Birding Intern this summer at the Committee. Photo by Erv Nichols.
Their program will shed light on their personal journey while addressing questions and providing tips on volunteering. Expect dialogue laced with humor and illustrated with lots of photographs. We look forward to seeing you there!
Looking for a hands-on way to help protect and restore Mono Lake? Come join us tomorrow, August 20 starting at 9:00am in front of the Mono Lake Committee for a restoration day with Mono Lake Committee Education Director, Bartshe Miller.
Invasive white sweet clover can be identified by its three leaves and white flowers. Photo by Emma Oschrin.
We will be working at Mill Creek removing white sweet clover, a legume originally from Europe and a noxious invasive in the Eastern Sierra. Sweet clover can grow up to seven or eight feet tall near the shoreline in areas with maximum sunlight. The biennial plant can produce up to 350,000 seeds per plant and with those seeds potentially viable up to 81 years, we want to be sure to target the large plants before they go to seed in the next few weeks.
If you have questions or want to RSVP, you can email me, but you can also just feel free to show up. Lunch will be provided at Mono Lake County Park after about two hours of invasive removal. It will be a great way to meet some new people and get a free lunch all while giving Mono Lake a helping hand. I hope to see you there!
August 18th, 2014 by Emma, Project SpecialistcloseAuthor: Emma, Project SpecialistName: Emma Oschrin Title: Project Specialist About: Emma graduated from Whitman College in Washington in May 2013, where she majored in Environmental Studies–Biology and minored in History. She is originally from Bishop, California and has been coming to Mono Lake since she was a kid. In her free time, Emma likes to play volleyball, go on walks, read, and play cards.See All Posts by Emma (25) Contact Emma
When I began working for the Mono Lake Committee in June 2013, I was only intending to stay for the summer season. As a recent college graduate with no other concrete plans, I had hoped that I could turn my internship into a longer-term gig—but I had no idea if that would be possible.
Mono Lake Committee staff enjoy a break during the annual staff retreat. The staff retreat is a time for us to make plans for the upcoming year. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.
Then, in August, I was offered the position of Project Specialist and I made plans to stay on for the winter. The winter in Lee Vining held many new and different experiences from summer life. The town quiets down significantly but the Committee is still buzzing with long-term planning, fundraising, and hundreds of mail orders for the holiday season. Then slowly, as the days began growing longer again and the staff began gearing up for the upcoming flurry of activity, all I could think about was summer. … more »
August 15th, 2014 by Elin, Communications CoordinatorcloseAuthor: Elin, Communications CoordinatorName: Elin Ljung Title: Communications Coordinator About: Elin's job consists of some of her favorite things: finding typos, experimenting with layouts, and figuring out how best to communicate the Committee's work to the world. She also oversees the Field Seminar program. Elin is an EMT on the Lee Vining Fire Department, loves sitting at Latte Da Coffee Cafe immersed in a good book, and watches English Premier League football (soccer) at any opportunity.See All Posts by Elin (186) Contact Elin
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are one of the mountain range’s most fascinating animals, and one of the most endangered mammals of North America. The Committee’s field seminar, Living on the Edge: Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep in the Mono Basin, is an introduction to the biology and conservation issues of these rare and elusive mammals that so enthralled John Muir.
Living on the Edge: Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep in the Mono Basin • September 6–7 • $180 per person/$165 for members • sign up here
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are rare and elusive---join in on this fascinating field seminar to see them in the wild. Photo by Bartshe Miller.
Instructor John Wehausen has studied bighorn sheep intensively for 40 years, gaining insights into their behavior and the complicated issues surrounding their protection and … more »
August 14th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration SpecialistcloseAuthor: Greg, Information & Restoration SpecialistName: Greg Reis Title: Information & Restoration Specialist About: Since his Committee internship in 1995, Greg has been involved with Mono Basin stream restoration and with maintaining the Committee's computers, Websites, and Research Library, and researching and compiling information for our programs. His B.S. degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in Environmental Management and a Senior Project in Hydrology reflect his interests in natural resources management, watershed management, and habitat restoration. He is a member of the California Society for Ecological Restoration and he also works for the Rivers and Delta Program of The Bay Institute.See All Posts by Greg (156) Contact Greg
If you are planning a fishing trip to the Lee Vining Creek diversion pond this fall, there will be some construction activity impacting your experience.
This fall there will be construction at the Lee Vining Creek diversion pond, a popular fishing site. Photo by Arya Degnhardt.
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) is going to be working on the Lee Vining Creek facility in September because it discovered it can’t lower the spill gate all the way because sediment has accumulated underneath it. DWP has to put in a … more »
As Birding Interns, my partner Sandra and I are the leaders of all things birding here at the Mono Lake Committee, at least for the summer. And while it is true most people imagine bird watchers, (or birders, as we prefer to be called) as rather strange looking older folks with floppy hats and expensive binoculars around their necks staring into the tree tops, this is not always the case.
A male Lazuli Bunting in a photo that Tazlinda took through the spotting scope with her smartphone!