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Atmospheric river brings approximately six inches of water to Mono Lake so far

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake Committee hydrologists estimate that the series of atmospheric river storms we’ve been experiencing over the last week has brought enough water to the Mono Basin to raise Mono Lake by six inches.

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Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin at the shore of a rising Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times, this lake level rise is very good news for the Mono Lake ecosystem, and it also means that some water will flow south to Los Angeles in 2017. Before these storms, the lake was low enough that it was looking likely that no water exports would be allowed.

As Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin says in today’s LA Times video, “This event is going to keep the lake protected and it’s going to keep that water flowing to the city.” Thanks, atmospheric river—that’s a win-win!

Highway 395 closed due to blizzard conditions

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The atmospheric river keeps on giving! For nearly a week now, Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra have been receiving heavy snow and rain, which is great news for these drought-parched areas. But it does bring complications for people living and traveling here.

The Mono Lake Committee is open today, despite Highway 395 being closed. Photo by Lily Pastel.

The Mono Lake Committee is open today, despite Highway 395 being closed. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Highway 395 is closed today from Mammoth Lakes to Bridgeport due to blizzard conditions, which are predicted to last until (more…)

2017 Mono Lake Calendar essay: Leopold’s capacity for self-renewal

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This essay, written by Bill Trush, appears in the 2017 Mono Lake Calendar.

Lee Vining Creek delta. Photo by Rick Kattelmann.

Lee Vining Creek delta. Photo by Rick Kattelmann.

Each field season traveling south to “the lake” I stop at the Highway 395 overlook located just before the highway twists its way down to the Mono Basin floor. If I am lucky, no one else is there. I get out of the car, stretch (after the ten-hour drive from Humboldt County), then find just the right boulder to sit on, or two boulders to nestle between, depending on the wind. This is my time to get reacquainted. I have been privileged to study an incredible ecosystem that has schooled me patiently and made me a better scientist. I particularly like arriving near nightfall.

Hello Mono Lake. Nice to be here again. Remember me? I inhale deeply to taste and smell the thin air. I strain to see Rush and Lee Vining creeks on the far side of the lake. Just as I thought, both creeks are still there. I note the lake (more…)

A Mono Basin winter solstice

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Happy winter solstice from the Mono Basin!

Photo by Elin Ljung.

The last light of day peeks in on Mt. Gibbs and Mt. Dana, the top of the Mono Basin watershed. Photo by Elin Ljung.

As the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt back toward the sun, we welcome more light, longer days, and new season. It gets brighter from here!

January full moon photography workshop at Mono Lake

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Start the year with a full moon photography seminar at the shore of Mono Lake!

The Forgotten Season • January 13–15, 2017 •

Early morning light sifts through bands of poconip ice fog at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of Joe Decker.

Early morning light sifts through bands of poconip ice fog at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of Joe Decker.

The towering snow-covered Sierra, frosted tufa towers, eerie poconip fog, and bright moonlight will make for unique photographic opportunities.

Experienced workshop instructor Joe Decker will be teaching the seminar, which will feature a special gourmet dinner from chef Linda Dore at her new restaurant, Epic Cafe. The combination of stunning winter scenery, expert instruction, and tasty food is not one to be missed.

To sign up, register online or call (760) 647-6595.

Mono Lake’s California Gulls in Audubon Magazine

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake’s California Gulls and coyotes appear in the winter issue of Audubon Magazine, in an article by Jane Braxton Little: Amidst California Drought, Coyotes Creep Closer to Mono Lake’s Gull Colonies.

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Little spoke with Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin and local Point Blue Conservation Science researcher Kristie Nelson about plans to install a temporary electric fence across the emerging landbridge, intended to deter coyotes from reaching the gulls’ nesting islets. You can support the fence project here.

Little hit the nail on the head, writing, “Even if the fence thwarts the coyotes, the basic predicament at Mono Lake isn’t predators eating prey: It’s the loss of water.” So while we prepare to build the fence we’ll also be watching the weather closely for any sign of a break in this record-setting California drought.

We’re thankful for those who love Mono Lake

Thursday, November 24th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Long live Mono Lake! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Long live Mono Lake! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

This Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for your generous donations, faithful support, visits to our Lee Vining headquarters, emails asking about our work, views of our website, comments on our Mono-logue posts, Instagram photos, Facebook and Twitter comments, phone calls from far away, and above all, for your love for this place. Together we are standing strong for Mono Lake. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.

Visit Mono Lake’s State Park for free on #GreenFriday

Sunday, November 20th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Turn this year’s Black Friday into #GreenFriday with free admission to more than 100 State Parks around California, including the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve!

Come visit Mono Lake's State Park on Friday, November 25, #GreenFriday! Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Come visit Mono Lake’s State Park on Friday, November 25, #GreenFriday! Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Here’s how: Go to the #GreenFriday website and select a park you want to visit. Enter your email address and then print out a pass (based on availability) to display on your dashboard. The offer is limited to one pass per email, and it’s good for Friday, November 25, 2016 only.

Of course, we think you should visit Mono Lake’s State Park, but there are 280 State Park units located all over this beautiful state—this Find a Park feature can help you find the closest one to you.

This offer is thanks to a partnership between Save the Redwoods League, the California State Parks Foundation, and California State Parks. Snag your free pass now—last year they went fast. Happy Thanksgiving, and happy #GreenFriday!

It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season: It’s closed again

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has closed for a second time this fall due to inclement weather. There is currently no estimated opening date.

The Tioga Pass road (Highway 120 east) on November 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of @lookatthatwesty on Instagram.

The Tioga Pass road (Highway 120 east) on November 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of @lookatthatwesty on Instagram.

Always check current road conditions and weather before making a trip to the Eastern Sierra, and give us a call for the most current Tioga Pass information: (760) 647-6595.

Agencies respond quickly to illegal work along Mono Lake’s shore

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Two weeks ago, we reported on illegal work happening near Mono Lake’s west shore across from the Tioga Lodge, and the agency response has moved quickly since then.

Equipment operators illegally clearing willows in the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, the boundary of which is delineated by the stakes in the foreground. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Equipment operators illegally clearing willows in the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, the boundary of which is delineated by the stakes in the foreground. Mono Lake Committee photo.

The illegal work being done included heavy equipment clearing three acres of willows and near-shore habitat on highly protected State Park land, even after State Park staff repeatedly advised the equipment operators of the park boundary, which was well marked. Quick action by Mono Lake Committee staff and multiple agencies halted the activity before more willows and wetland were disturbed, but the damage is alarming. Last week State Parks staff from the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Sacramento began a detailed assessment of the resource damage and will be pursuing appropriate penalties. (more…)

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