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Comment-writing workshop on Wednesday for the Inyo National Forest draft forest management plan

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Since 2013 the Inyo National Forest has been working on a draft forest plan, as part of a process to update the 28-year-old forest plan that has been in effect since 1988. The updated, draft Forest Management Plan was released in late May, initiating a public comment period, which closes August 25, 2016.

Make your voice heard for Mono Lake and the Inyo National Forest. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Make your voice heard for Mono Lake and the Inyo National Forest. Photo by Nora Livingston.

We invite you to join us for a comment-letter-writing evening, this coming Wednesday, July 27 at 6:00pm, location TBD (in the Lee Vining/Mono City area). We will provide you with all the information and tools you need to write a comment letter to the Forest Service that will help improve the future of the Inyo National Forest. We’ll also provide food and refreshments!

Throughout this process the Mono Lake Committee has been (more…)

Upcoming guided trips July 21–31

Monday, July 18th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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It’s amazing how many different plants, animals, and insects you can see when you are paying attention to your surroundings. Just focusing your gaze beyond one aspect of nature can bring you almost endless new things to see.

2016-07-16 Rattlesnake gulch lizards, chipmunks, butterflies, birds NL (56)

Juvenile Green-tailed Towhee snagging a meal. Photo by Nora Livingston.

For instance, you see a bird perched on a branch and identify it as a Green-tailed Towhee. A lot of times, it is easy to stop there, saying “I identified the bird! Yay me!” But what if you asked, “what kind of tree is it perched on?” (more…)

Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists at the Mono Lake Committee

Friday, July 8th, 2016 by Grace, Mono Lake Intern
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Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists is a summer lecture series with local scientists presenting their current work in the region.

Join local researchers on Wednesday afternoons for short talks about their scientific work. Plus, refreshments! Photo by Elin Ljung.

Join local researchers on Wednesday afternoons for short talks about their scientific work. Plus, refreshments! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Presentations will be hosted in the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore gallery, and last about one hour. Light refreshments will be served. All presentations begin at 4:00pm. This summer’s schedule is:

● July 13: Amphibians in Yosemite with biologist Ninette Daniele
● July 20: Bighorn sheep migration with Lacey Greene of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife**
● July 27: Peregrine Falcons in Yosemite National Park with raptor monitor Crystal Barnes
● August 3: Climate change with Benjamin Hatchett, Department of Geography, University of Nevada Reno
● August 10: Land management with Kay Ogden of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust
● August 17: Mono Basin geology with Yosemite National Park geologist Greg Stock
● August 31: Bird and bat population dynamics with biologist Breeanne Jackson
● September 7: The California spotted owl with biologist Stephanie Eyes
● September 14: El Niño winters in the Sierra with avalanche forecaster Sue Burak

**This presentation starts at 5:00pm, NOT 4:00pm.

Check back for weekly posts with more details about each lecture. We hope to see you here on Wednesday afternoons for these talks!

Summer visitor programs at Mono Lake

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 by Adam, Mono Lake Intern
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Summer is officially here! With the passing of the summer solstice, many of the Mono Basin’s unique interpretive programs have begun. Whether you are a birder, astronomer, geologist, or traveling with a family, there is a Mono Basin interpretive program for you.

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for canoe tours on Mono Lake. Photo by Sandra Noll.

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for canoe tours on Mono Lake. Photo by Sandra Noll.

South Tufa tours: 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 6:00pm every day
Discover the mystery of Mono Lake’s strange water, unique wildlife, and dynamic geology. Tours begin from the South Tufa kiosk and last 1 to 1.5 hours. Free!

Bird walks: 8:00am on Fridays and Sundays
Join a naturalist on an easy stroll through Mono Lake County Park to discover the birds of the Mono Basin. If possible, please bring binoculars for this 1.5–2 hour walk. Free! (more…)

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