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2015 Mono Lake California Gull report

Saturday, March 26th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This Winter & Spring 2016 Mono Lake Newsletter article was written by Kristie Nelson, Point Blue Conservation Science.

Monitoring of the Mono Lake California Gull colony by Point Blue Conservation Science researchers and volunteers to help understand how wildlife populations respond to ecological change over time continued in 2015.

A banded California Gull (Larus californicus) with its chick at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of West Vane.

A banded California Gull (Larus californicus) with its chick at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of West Vane.

It was a very successful year for the gulls: both population size and chick production were above-average. Chicks were numerous and heavy, which indicates that they were (more…)

L. Wren Walraven’s art on display in the Mono Lake Committee gallery

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2015 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

One of the best parts of my job happens biannually when the Mono Lake Committee gallery changes over from one artist to the next. We are so lucky to have a wealth of talented artists willing to exhibit and sell their work here.

"Pika Pika," two pikas with a Steller's Jay in acrylic on wood by L. Wren Walraven.

“Pika Pika,” two pikas with a Steller’s Jay in acrylic on wood by L. Wren Walraven.

Moira Donohoe’s paintings received high praise from both visitors and staff alike these past six months, and now we are thrilled to have L. Wren Walraven’s art on display through mid-August. (more…)

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

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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Photo courtesy of Chronicling America.

Photo courtesy of Chronicling America.

This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2015 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

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…)

Mono Lake bookstore sale: Gems from the past

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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ML Explorations & Reflections2This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2015 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

Here 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…)

Happy birthday to the sun!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

Happy winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and a day that’s been celebrated for millennia with fire, candles, and other traditions.

The word solstice comes from two Latin words: sol, meaning sun, and sistere, to stand still. This is a day when the sun stands still in the sky. In ancient Rome, winter solstice was called Dies Natalis Invicti Solis: Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. Happy birthday, Sun! From yesterday, its lowest point and shortest day, the light is again reborn. (Thank goodness….)

The winter solstice sunrise at Old Marina. Photo by Barbara Ball.

In Celebrate the Solstice: Honoring the Earth’s Seasonal Rhythms through Festival and Ceremony, Richard Heinberg (more…)

New Year’s resolution: read more poetry

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

Mary Oliver has done it again with her latest book of poems, Blue Horses. Poems as beautiful, haunting and accessible as a view of Eastern Sierra mountains after new snow. Poems that light up your soul like a spectacular sunset at Mono Lake.

From What I Can Do, describing the bewilderment of technology, to The Wasp, which details a surprise encounter with one in her bed, Oliver’s poems are moving, accessible, thought-provoking, and at times hilarious. As I read, I would smile and find myself sometimes nodding with new understanding.

If you aren’t already a Mary Oliver fan, you can read one of her poems, August, on the Poetry Foundation’s (more…)

Last call for purchasing Mono Lake Committee holiday gifts!

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

In 1860–61, the Pony Express was the fastest way to get mail to and from Lee Vining, California. It only took ten days for mail to travel from coast to coast at a gallop!

Over 150 years later, mail travels much faster, but mail leaving Lee Vining still isn’t as speedy as mail from, say, Los Angeles or the Bay Area. Therefore, we are now sending out our last call…. Place your orders by Monday, December 15 to ensure that they reach you by Christmas using standard shipping. Place your orders by Thursday, December 18 and select expedited shipping if you’re placing a last-minute order (added charges will apply). And once again, thank you so much for your support.

Holiday shopping: Books make the best gifts….

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

You can’t go wrong buying books for folks on your holiday list. You can feel good about promoting authors, independent publishers, and the love of reading. But even better than giving books as gifts is giving books purchased from the Mono Lake Committee. Then you’re supporting not only authors and independent publishers, but also the Mono Lake Committee!

Our holiday catalog is full of books that could be perfect for folks on your list. For instance, older children will love learning about (more…)

Holiday shopping: Highlight Mono Lake with your gifts

Monday, December 1st, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

The Mono Lake Committee is a non-profit citizens group with over 16,000 members. Wow! We couldn’t do what we do without you. But crucial to our mission is also getting the word out about Mono Lake to people who aren’t yet informed. These people learn about Mono Lake and the work of the Committee in large part from from friends and family who support us.

Now that the holiday season is here, you have a wonderful opportunity to both buy gifts for friends and loved ones, as well as to get the word out about the Mono Lake Committee. A gift with the Mono Lake Committee logo on it, or one that highlights Mono Lake, will handily accomplish both of these goals. (more…)

Shop Mono Lake this holiday season

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

With Thanksgiving next week comes the kick-off to the holiday shopping season. The 2014 Fall Mono Lake Newsletter (and with it our holiday catalog) went out to 17,000 people earlier this month. We’ve stocked up—way up!—on shipping supplies. The Committee shopping elves are poised to answer the phone for your orders!

As you think about holiday giving, think about the ability to give twice. If you purchase a gift from the Mono Lake Committee, you’re not only giving that gift to your friend or relative. You’re also giving it back to Mono Lake by helping to support our work. (more…)

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