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Winter & Spring 2019 Mono Lake Newsletter now online

Thursday, March 14th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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When my husband and I were planning our courthouse wedding five years ago, we asked Judge Stan Eller to officiate. Judge Eller retired last year from a long, storied career that included preventing DWP from shutting off Rush Creek after a big flood returned water to it in the mid-1980s for the first time in decades (see page 11). I wanted to feel connected to Mono Lake on that very important day for us, and as Judge Eller pronounced us married, I did.

So many people feel connected to Mono Lake, and never more than during exciting periods of weather. This February has brought more days with snow than without, and we hear from (more…)

Mono Lake Field Seminars open to non-members starting tomorrow

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Registration for the 2019 Field Seminars opens tomorrow at 9:00am to non-members. Of the 38 seminars we’re offering this year, seven have sold out already, so take a look at the list and sign up today to be sure you grab a spot!

Sign up for the En Plein Air oil painting seminar to get started painting outdoors in the Mono Basin’s inspiring landscape. Photo courtesy of Penny Otwell.

If you’re after birds this year, you can join Dave Shuford (waterfowl, shorebirds), Nora Livingston (all birds), Steve Shunk (woodpeckers), and David Wimpfheimer (all birds) in the field in search of species to add to your life list.

If you’re interested in enhancing your photography (more…)

Government shutdown update for Mono Lake

Sunday, January 20th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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With the government shutdown now in its fifth week, the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and Bureau of Land Management lands continue to be affected.

Open visitor sites

South Tufa: The South Tufa area at Mono Lake is operated by the US Forest Service and remains open during the shutdown. The bathrooms are open but are only cleaned and stocked sporadically. South Tufa tours continue at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays with Mono Lake Committee staff.

South Tufa is open during the government shutdown. Photo by Elin Ljung.

California State Park sites are all open: Old Marina is open (more…)

Make your plans now for 2019 Mono Lake Field Seminars

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The complete list of all the Mono Lake Committee’s 2019 Field Seminars is now available online hereRegistration opens at 9:00am on Friday, February 1.

The Mono Lake Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide Nora Livingston will be leading 16 seminars this year, with topics ranging from birding to botany, history to geology. Photo courtesy of Bob Yates.

This year there are 38 Field Seminars to choose from, including one-day, half-day, and multi-day options. As always, the list spans many natural history, cultural history, art, and photography topics.

New seminars this year include Watercolors in the Wild in (more…)

Ringing in 2019: Long live Mono Lake!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This essay, written by Frances Spivy-Weber, appears in the 2019 Mono Lake Calendar.

“Tufa and grasses, Mono Lake.” Photo by David J. Gubernick.

When I became Executive Director of the Mono Lake Committee in January 1997, its Board of Directors had decided to reinvent the Committee and to renew the original mission to protect the lake at the same time—not an easy transition for its members or the staff. The Committee was founded to save Mono Lake, which, at first, meant fighting the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) creatively but tenaciously in order to secure more water for Mono Lake and its tributary streams.

Without breaking stride, the Committee needed to learn to (more…)

Mono Lake winter photography seminars still have space

Thursday, December 27th, 2018 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Start your year off right with a photography workshop at Mono Lake in January or February!

Poconip ice fog shrouds Mono Lake, with just a sliver of sun illuminating the base of Black Point. Photo courtesy of Joe Decker.

There’s still space in Mono Lake by Moonlight (January 18–20, 2019) and Winter Starry Skies Over Mono Lake (February 1–3, 2019). Accomplished photographer Joe Decker leads both seminars, bringing his extensive Mono Lake and Arctic experience to bear to ensure excellent photographic opportunities for participants.

In addition, both seminars include (more…)

Learn more about the Bodie Hills, just north of Mono Lake

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The Bodie Hills form the northern boundary of the Mono Lake watershed—they’re full of wildlife like pronghorn and Greater Sage-Grouse, old mining sites including the ghost town of Bodie, and wide open spaces. The Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership is working to get this incredible place protected—take five minutes to enjoy aerial views and learn more in this video:

Mono Lake winter field seminar registration now open for non-members

Saturday, December 1st, 2018 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Registration is now open to non-members for the three winter field seminars taking place in January and February. With a beautiful new layer of snow in the Mono Basin, this is shaping up to be a good winter so far.

A winter sunrise at South Tufa, captured last January during the winter photography seminar. Photo courtesy of Cindy Lee Hoover.

Space is still available in all three seminars, but reserve your spot soon if you’d like to join us. A field seminar also makes a wonderful gift—if the holidays sneak up on you and you need a last-minute gift, consider a seminar—no shipping required!

The winter seminars include (more…)

Giving Tuesday at Mono Lake

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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We are astounded.

Just as every drop of water helps Mono Lake rise, donations of any size help keep the Mono Lake Committee’s work going strong.

In an incredible outpouring of support, you helped us reach our Giving Tuesday fundraising goal. Together with our challenge-match we’ve already raised $13,000 for Mono Lake.

If you haven’t had a chance to give today, it’s not too late to add your drop!

Sunrise at Mono Lake this morning. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Thank you—for stepping up, pitching in, joining us for sunrise, sharing your love of Mono Lake, and for supporting protection, restoration, education, and science at Mono Lake with your donation too.

Feeling thankful at Mono Lake

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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On Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for your faithful support in shown in so many ways: visits to our Lee Vining headquarters, emails asking about our work, purchases in the bookstore, views of our website, phone calls from far away, Facebook and Twitter comments, Instagram photos, generous donations, and most of all—your love for Mono Lake.

The Mono Lake Committee staff looks out at our favorite lake. Photo by Arya Harp.

The Mono Lake Committee staff looks out at our favorite lake. Photo by Arya Harp.

As we celebrate 40 years of protecting and restoring Mono Lake, we look toward the next 40 with your support! Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.

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