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2018 Andrea Lawrence Award presented to Phil Pister

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Community members, friends, and family of Andrea Mead Lawrence gathered at Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax Restaurant last Friday to present longtime golden trout and desert fish conservationist Phil Pister with the Andrea Lawrence Award.

Geoff McQuilkin and Quentin Lawrence with Phil Pister, recipient of the 2018 Andrea Lawrence Award. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Phil spent his career with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (at the time called Fish & Game) protecting the biodiversity of fish populations in the Eastern Sierra and beyond. Phil is perhaps best known for saving the Owens pupfish from near extinction by scooping the last-surviving, inch-long fish from their shrinking pond and carrying them to safety in two buckets. On this topic, in the magazine Natural History, Phil wrote, “I literally held within my hands the existence of an entire vertebrate species. If I had tripped over a piece of barbed wire or stepped into a rodent burrow, the Owens pupfish would now be extinct! But good fortune smiled upon us, and the recovery continues today.”

While saving a species from extinction is worthy of an award in and of itself, Phil has (more…)

Save the date: Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner is May 4, 2018

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Save the date! Plan to join the Mono Lake Committee in commemorating Andrea Lawrence and her continuing legacy in the Eastern Sierra with the presentation of the Andrea Lawrence Award celebrating passionate engagement in community and the land.

Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner
5:30pm on Friday, May 4, 2018
Parallax Restaurant, McCoy Station
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Take a beautiful gondola ride up to McCoy Station for an evening of delicious food, inspiring company, and exceptional views as well as a celebration of the Andrea Lawrence Award recipient.

New gallery show starts in February: “Sierra Twain” by painter Moira Donohoe

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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We are thrilled to announce that paintings by Yosemite-based artist Moira Donohoe will be featured in the Mono Lake Committee’s gallery from February 3 through July 2018 in a show entitled “Sierra Twain.”

“A Thousand Island Lake Morning,” courtesy of Moira Donohoe.

Moira grew up and continues to be rooted in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, where she specializes in painting her natural surroundings, and draws inspiration from the beautiful mountain environment. Her style emphasizes color—this vibrant show featuring landscapes of the Sierra is not to be missed!

The Mono Lake Committee gallery is currently open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily, and we hope you’ll stop in and delight in Moira’s work.

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore closed January 31

Friday, January 26th, 2018 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on Wednesday, January 31 for our annual inventory count.

Lisa and Terry tally squeaky plush birds at last year’s inventory. Photo by Elin Ljung.

We will resume winter hours—9:00am to 5:00pm—on Thursday, February 1. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to see you all after our inventory day is complete!

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore holiday hours

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The holidays are here, and we hope you’ll stop in to explore our shop and ask us all of your Mono Lake questions as you travel along Highway 395. Please keep in mind that the Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day: Monday, December 25 and New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1 so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families and friends.

Photo from a few winters ago—we’re hoping for a snowy winter here at the Mono Lake Committee! Stop by and see us on your travels. Photo by Elin Ljung.

We hope to see you during your winter journeys to the Mono Basin. Happy holidays!

Today only: Free 2018 Mono Lake Calendar with $50 purchase

Friday, December 8th, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Today only when you shop our online store for unique holiday gifts, get a free 2018 Mono Lake calendar with any purchase over $50—no promo code is necessary.

Your free calendar won’t appear on your online receipt, but don’t worry, it will be added to your order here at the office. As always, 100% of the proceeds from your order will benefit the Mono Lake Committee, and go towards protection, restoration, and education programs at Mono Lake.

Not finding what you’re looking for in our store? Your Amazon purchases can still benefit the Mono Lake Committee. Make sure to follow this link to direct 5% of your purchase towards protecting and restoring the Mono Basin.

Help us reach our fundraising goals when you shop on Amazon

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The holidays are nearly here, and many of us are trying to choose the perfect gifts for our friends and family. While the Mono Lake Committee online store and fall catalog (located in the fall Newsletter) offer many great gift options that support Mono Lake, we may not have something for everyone on your list. But you can still help Mono Lake while shopping on Amazon! It’s super easy to make sure your online shopping gives back to the Mono Lake Committee—all you have to do is follow this link when you shop.

For every purchase made on Amazon using this link, 5% is donated to the Mono Lake Committee through the Amazon Associates program, and that 5% really adds up. (Yes, it’s really 5%—not 0.5% like most non-profits get!) Last year you donated a record-breaking $4,174 through Amazon using this link, and we’re hoping to make 2017 another chart-topping year.

So far we’ve raised $3,389 dollars through Amazon, and we have a goal of reaching $5,000 before 2017 concludes—so we’re going to need your help. Next time you take to the web to do some shopping over the holidays, or any time of year, be sure to follow this link so that your purchases will benefit Mono Lake.

Thanks for all of your support of Mono Lake. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

Mono Lake Committee online store: Sign up for 10% off and special offers

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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As the holidays draw nearer, shopping in the Mono Lake Committee’s online store is a great way to support our work while also checking some items off your gift list. If you’re not already on our bookstore email list, sign up now to get a code for 10% off, plus special offers throughout the holiday season!

Get 10% off when you sign up to receive special Mono Lake Committee bookstore offers by email! Photo by Elin Ljung.

100% of the proceeds from our online store go toward protection, restoration, and education efforts here at Mono Lake; and we offer a selection of Mono Lake Committee-exclusive products that you can’t find anywhere else. You can also support Mono Lake while shopping on Amazon. Follow this link to make sure that 5% of your Amazon purchases benefits the Mono Lake Committee (that’s right—5%!).

Thank you for your continued support, and happy holidays!

Mono Lake Committee will be closed Thanksgiving Day

Monday, November 20th, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed Thanksgiving Day. On Friday we’ll resume our regular hours—open 9:00am to 5:00pm every day.


On Thanksgiving Day, we will be grateful for your generous donations, faithful support, visits to our Lee Vining headquarters, phone calls from far away, and most of all your love for Mono Lake. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving!

Shop for Mono Lake and save 15% through November

Friday, November 17th, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Now through November 30, 2017 enter code MONOCHEER15 at the Mono Lake Committee’s online store to get 15% off!

2018 Mono Lake Calendar, The Invention of Nature, handmade ceramic Mono Lake mug, Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book, vintage Mono Lake hoodie, Being a Beast, bighorn sheep ornament, black bears notecard set, chickadees notecard set.

The online store has a fantastic selection of books, handmade goods, Committee logo items, apparel, games, and ornaments this holiday season. Many items are exclusive to the Mono Lake Committee—you can’t find them anywhere else!

As always, 100% of the proceeds from your purchases supports protection, restoration, and education efforts at Mono Lake. We thank you for your support.

Can’t find what you’re looking for in our store, but still want to support Mono Lake? Use this link when you shop at Amazon. Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee!

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