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It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season … it’s open again

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Highway 120, Tioga Pass, is the only road that enters Yosemite National Park from the east. It closes each winter due to snow. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Highway 120, Tioga Pass, is the only road that enters Yosemite National Park from the east. It closes each winter due to snow. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has reopened after it was closed last week due to snow and ice. Use caution and be sure to check current road conditions and weather before your trip. Overnight parking is currently not permitted anywhere between Tioga Pass and Crane Flat in Yosemite. Last year, Tioga Pass closed for the season on November 1 and the road can close at any time. A reminder that all campgrounds along the Tioga Road are currently closed as are all commercial and visitor services in Tuolumne Meadows.

If you’re coming over Tioga Pass, be sure to stop by the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining to say hello and learn more about what’s happening at Mono Lake and start your holiday shopping—we have a great selection of gifts for everyone on your list. We hope to see you soon!

It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season … now it’s closed

Saturday, October 29th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has closed due to inclement weather. There is currently no estimated opening date.

Another storm is also moving through the area on Sunday and a winter weather advisory has been issued for Mono County from 11am to 11pm Sunday. Light rain and snow are expected Sunday morning, followed by more intense rain and snow in the afternoon and evening. Chain controls are possible above 7,000 feet in the Eastern Sierra, including on Highway 395 and SR 203 (in Mammoth Lakes).  Use caution when driving and be sure to allow for plenty of extra time and check current road conditions and weather before your trip.

In this photo from May 2016, it’s easy to see why the Tioga Road closes each winter. In 2015, Tioga Road closed on November 1. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season … now it’s open

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has reopened after it was closed last week due to snow and rockfall. Use caution and be sure to check current road conditions and weather before your trip. Last year, Tioga Pass closed for the season on November 1.

Also be vigilant for migrating deer on the road this time of year. A reminder that all campgrounds along the Tioga Road are currently closed (except for Lower Lee Vining Campground) as are all commercial and visitor services in Tuolumne Meadows.

Check out this video, courtesy of Caltrans, showing how explosives were used to help clear the road last week.

Send in your 2016 Free Drawing tickets today!

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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If you haven’t yet sent in your tickets for the Mono Lake Committee’s 2016 Free Drawing fundraiser, there is still time. Enter today for the chance to win round-trip airfare for two on Southwest Airlines, a Cali4nia ski pass, a Mono Basin adventure vacation, and many more great prizes. Be sure to take a look at the complete prize list to see everything we are offering this year.

Photo by Elin Ljung.

Tickets must be received by December 10 to be eligible for the 2016 Free Drawing. Photo by Elin Ljung.

If you are already a member of the Mono Lake Committee, you should have already received your tickets. You will also receive ten tickets in the center of your fall Newsletter, arriving in (more…)

Mono Lake Mobile expansion—check it out

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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If you can’t make it to South Tufa for one of the weekend 1:00pm guided tours, don’t despair; there is Mono Lake Mobile! Visit the Mono Lake Mobile site on your cell phone and learn about everything from the legal battle to save Mono Lake to the lives of the brine shrimp and alkali flies that inhabit the lake.

Whether you are visiting the shore of the lake during a quiet December afternoon or you just want to escape to Mono Lake from home, monolakemobile.org is the place to go. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Whether you are visiting the shore of the lake during a quiet December afternoon or you just want to escape to Mono Lake from home, monolakemobile.org is the place to go. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

You can even take a complete self-guided tour of the South Tufa area, narrated by yours truly, and supplemented by dozens of photos and animations. If you’re listening to (more…)

Fall walking tours at South Tufa

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Summer is certainly winding down at Mono Lake—our seasonal staff is beginning to migrate away, the temperatures are getting cooler, and there are already some hints of fall color in the mountains.

Free walking tours at South Tufa happen at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Free walking tours at South Tufa happen at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The guided tour schedule at South Tufa also changes in the fall. Free walking tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm through October. If you will be in town during the weekend come learn about the fascinating natural and political history of the lake during this quieter time of the year.

Successful Lee Vining Creek cleanup

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Each year, all across the Sierra Nevada, environmental groups organize river cleanups as part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup. The goal is to remove as much trash as possible from the watersheds we love. This past week, Mono Lake Committee staff and volunteers picked up trash near Lee Vining Creek.

Mono Lake Committee staff and volunteers picked up over 60 pounds of trash around Lee Vining Creek! Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Mono Lake Committee staff and volunteers picked up over 60 pounds of trash around Lee Vining Creek! Photo by Andrew Youssef.

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Enter the 2016 Free Drawing today!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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It’s not often you get the chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines or a Yosemite getaway while supporting Mono Lake at the same time, but during the Mono Lake Committee’s Free Drawing fundraiser, you can!

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Andrew and Lily selecting tickets for the 2015 Free Drawing. Photo by Elin Ljung.

This year, we are offering more than two dozen amazing prizes including fun-filled vacations and relaxing retreats in the Mono Basin, San Francisco, Mammoth Lakes, Benton Hot Springs, and more. Since 2016 marks the National Park Service’s centennial, we are also offering an adventure in the Channel Islands and stays in Yosemite, Death Valley, and Kings Canyon National Parks. You will also have the chance to win ski passes, rafting trips, outdoor gear, and much more. Be sure to check out the full prize list to see (more…)

Lower gate on Highway 120 opens; Tioga Pass remains closed

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Near Tioga Pass, the snow is over six feet deep from the plowing operations. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Near Tioga Pass, the snow is over six feet deep along the road. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

This morning, Caltrans opened the lower gate on Highway 120 up to Tioga Pass. Highway 120 is still closed, however, beyond Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park.

I excitedly made the trip up the road during my lunch break today for the first time since November and found considerable snow still on the ground above 9,000 feet (more…)

Chautauqua registration begins tomorrow

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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April 15 is upon us, which means it’s time for … Chautauqua registration! This year, even tax day was postponed to avoid conflicting with registration day for the Fifteenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, coming June 17–19, 2016.

The Northern Flicker is one of the hundreds of birds you might see at this year's Chautauqua. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The Northern Flicker is one of the hundreds of birds you might see at this year’s Chautauqua. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Registration opens Friday, April 15th at 6:30am. At that time, a link will appear here on the registration page. This year we are offering many new programs and field trips as well as our most popular events from previous Chautauquas. You can see all of the exciting events we have lined up on the Chautauqua program online. Be sure to choose your first, second, and third choices ahead of time, since some programs do fill quickly. As you gear up for registration, please read our tips for a smooth registration process. This is a complicated event so remember to breathe, be patient, and even if you don’t get your first choice programs, know that you will still have a wonderful time.

We hope you’ll be here to celebrate and support the rich diversity of bird life, the legacy of avian research, and the ongoing conservation efforts in the Eastern Sierra—all while having a darn good time. See you in June!

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