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Library of Congress’ Chronicling America gives a glimpse of Mono Lake over 150 years ago

January 25th, 2015 by Barbara, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Photo courtesy of Chronicling America.

Photo courtesy of Chronicling America.

Want to leap into your time machine and take a trip back to Mono Lake 100 years ago? If you go to this Library of Congress web page, you can do this without the probable jet lag or the awkward need for period-specific clothing that an actual time machine might provide.

A few years ago, the Library of Congress started Chronicling America, a massive project to scan and upload full-text newspapers from 1836-1922 to the Internet so that they are freely readable and searchable by all. Chronicling America is an astounding resource. I love going there and researching places I’ve been, famous people I’ve heard of—to see how they were regarded in … more »

Preliminary Eared Grebe count results from 2014

January 23rd, 2015 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Some preliminary results from the 2014 Eared Grebe surveys are in: 2014 will be the fourth year in a row with peak numbers of at least a million birds. Although the late-September grebe photographs are still being counted by Environment Canada’s Sean Boyd, the four other counts between mid-September and mid-November have been compiled. The peak abundance of Eared Grebes on Mono lake—about 1.2 million birds—occurred during the first of five 2014 counts, in mid-September.

Each fall, volunteer pilots and photographers capture  images of the entire surface of Mono Lake in order for researchers to count the Eared Grebes present. Photo by Arya Degenhardt with Aerial support by Lighthawk.

Each fall, volunteer pilots and photographers capture images of the entire surface of Mono Lake in order for researchers to count the Eared Grebes present. Photo by Arya Degenhardt with aerial support by Lighthawk.

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Amazon for Mono Lake exceeds last year’s goal

January 21st, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Last year, Mono Lake Committee members and friends raised $2,700 for Mono Lake just by clicking on a link. You used that link to access Amazon to do your shopping, and 5% of those sales came back to the Committee. The amount raised last year was the most since we started the Amazon program, and exceeded our goal of $2,500 by 10%!

The Amazon program has been earning us steadily increasing amounts—$2,700 in 2014, $1,380 in 2013, $890 in 2012, $450 in 2011—and we’re hoping to raise even more this year. How much do you think we can raise for Mono Lake in 2015?

We’re grateful for every penny from this effective program, and we’re putting the proceeds to hard work for Mono Lake. Please bookmark the link and spread the word to your friends and family—with 5% of the purchases of just a fraction of our 16,000 Mono Lake Committee members, imagine what we could do.

Sign up for 2015 Field Seminars on February 1st

January 19th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The complete list of all the Mono Lake Committee’s 2015 Field Seminars is now available online here. Registration opens at 9:00am on Sunday, February 1st.

Float serenely over submerged tufa towers and clouds of brine shrimp in the South Shore Kayak field seminar. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Float serenely over submerged tufa towers and clouds of brine shrimp in the South Shore Kayak field seminar. Photo by Elin Ljung.

We’re very happy to announce the return of the wildly popular Miwok-Paiute Basketry field seminar, and Woodpeckers of the Mono Basin returns as well, by popular demand. … more »

Come work at Mono Lake this summer; there is still time to apply!

January 15th, 2015 by Robbie, Project Specialist
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There have been some great applicants for the Mono Lake Committee’s 2015 summer seasonal positions, but we still have open positions!

This could be you! If you want to work at Mono Lake this summer, apply now. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

This could be you! If you want to work at Mono Lake this summer, apply now. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

Candidates are still being considered for Mono Lake Intern positions as well as Information Center & Bookstore Assistant positions. Visit the job openings web page for full descriptions about the positions and the application process.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, contact Office Manager Jessica Horn at (760) 647-6595 x120.

Save the date! Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles March 5, 2015

January 14th, 2015 by Lily, Project Specialist
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Each winter the Mono Lake Committee hosts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles, and this year is no exception. The festival features new short films on natural wonders, conservation, inspirational stories, and outdoor adventure. Not only are the films fun and motivating, but the proceeds from the event go to the Committee’s Outdoor Education Center programs that bring youth from Los Angeles to visit Mono Lake and be inspired themselves.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles - March 5, 2015

Please plan to join us on Thursday, March 5 at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo from 7:00–10:00pm to support the Mono Lake Committee and enjoy an evening of beautiful and uplifting films. This fun community event is made possible by the support and attendance of our members, and contributions from festival sponsors (Patagonia, Klean Kanteen, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Orion Magazine, Clif Bar, EarthJustice), and our local sponsors (Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Chevron).

Ticket sales begin on February 5, and we’ll be posting festival updates on FacebookTwitter, and here on the Mono-logue.

Mono Lake bookstore sale: Gems from the past

January 10th, 2015 by Barbara, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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ML Explorations & Reflections2Here at the Mono Lake Committee, if we have something wonderful, we tend to hold onto it. We guard our beautiful lake against excessive water diversions, against pollution, against anything that could threaten its unique ecosystem. And sometimes if we have anything at all that is precious, we tend to keep it close.

However, hanging on to what we love can occasionally be detrimental for our bookstore storage and also for you who love the lake, who love the Mono Basin and California outdoors, but may not know what we have tucked away. In an effort at spring cleaning, we are going through our storage and pulling out a … more »

Farewell Benett Kessler, Eastern Sierra journalist

January 5th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Benett Kessler, 1949-2015. Photo courtesy of Sierra Wave Media.

Benett Kessler, 1949-2015. Photo courtesy of Sierra Wave Media.

Benett Kessler, founder and owner of Sierra Wave Media and a trusted and respected Eastern Sierra journalist, passed away on January 2 after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 65.

Benett began reporting in the Owens Valley in 1976, a drought year, and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) became one of her primary reporting subjects throughout her career. Never one to shy away from tough stories or intimidating subjects, she consistently delivered daily news reports and opinion pieces on some of the most controversial issues in the Eastern Sierra.

Benett’s coverage of DWP news and issues included the effort to save Mono Lake. When we were making The Mono Lake Story film several years ago, Benett provided us with historic footage of … more »

Waiting for a hole in the dam

January 1st, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This essay, written by Gary Nelson, appears in the 2015 Mono Lake Calendar.

Wilson's Phalaropes flock at South Tufa. Photo courtesy of Marie Read.

I have always looked forward to strolling along the lake at Navy Beach before the start of canoe tour season. The greening of this arid shore, the return of our iconic avian migrants, and the anticipation of sharing this wondrous place with visitors from around the world give me a feeling of joy.

My most recent inspection of the launch site has left me with an entirely different feeling: I get a pain in my lower back just looking at it! You see, before our visitors can float above bubbling springs with attendant plumes of brine shrimp, and canoe guides can poetically interpret their surroundings, we have to get the people into the boat and get it afloat.

We used to load the canoes from a sandy beach where passengers would board with dry feet, and guides could shove off and shortly be afloat. Unfortunately after three years of—dare I say it— … more »

Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee

December 25th, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday season….

….and a happy New Year from the Mono Lake Committee.

Photos courtesy of Richard Knepp, Shawn Biessel, Joe Decker, and Matt Ludin.

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