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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.

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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…)

Upcoming guided trips: July 7–17

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Yesterday, my guided trip clients and I watched a pair of Williamson’s Sapsuckers bringing food to their nest cavity in a burned fir snag for twenty minutes. The parents dutifully foraged for a few minutes and returned with a beakful of insects to feed their hungry chicks. The male and female took turns feeding every few minutes—they must have had quite the brood! It was amazing to be able to observe and photograph these beautiful birds as they went about their daily lives, almost oblivious of us. It was almost meditative.

A Williamson's Sapsucker brings food back to the nest cavity. Photo courtesy of Chris McCreedy.

A Williamson’s Sapsucker brings food back to the nest cavity. Photo courtesy of Chris McCreedy.

As the Lead Naturalist Guide for our new Mono Lake Guided Trips program, I love bringing our visitors and supporters into the woods and sharing these incredible nature experiences with them. We know the spots—let us take you there! Here are our upcoming trips for the next two weeks:

High Country Birding on Thursday, July 7, takes you to the (more…)

Summer visitor programs at Mono Lake

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Adam Dalton, 2014 & 2016 Mono Lake Intern.

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…)

Field Seminar registration opens March 1 for non-members

Saturday, February 20th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The complete list of all the Mono Lake Committee’s 2016 Field Seminars is online here, and registration opens for those who are not Mono Lake Committee members at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 1st.

Wander through stunning Mono Basin aspen groves in search of arborglyphs etched on tree trunks. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

This year’s slate of 21 field seminars spans many topics: basketry, watercolors, woodpeckers, moonlight photography, geology, mining history, Basque sheepherders, kayaking, and more. (more…)

Sign up for 2016 Field Seminars on February 1st

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Learn about the region’s glacial, volcanic, and tectonic history in Geology of the Mono Basin. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The complete list of all the Mono Lake Committee’s 2016 Field Seminars is now available online here. Registration opens at 9:00am on Monday, February 1st.

This year’s slate of 21 field seminars spans many topics: basketry, watercolors, woodpeckers, moonlight photography, geology, mining history, Basque sheepherders, kayaking, and more. (more…)

2017 Mono Lake Calendar: Last call for submissions

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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If you’re planning to submit images to the 2017 Mono Lake Calendar, now is the time! The deadline of Sunday, November 1, 2015 is coming up fast. Find the submission guidelines and forms here.

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We encourage you to submit high-quality photographs that you feel best capture the spirit of the Mono Basin’s geological and ecological wonders. To be selected for inclusion in the 2017 Mono Lake Calendar, images must depict subjects within the watershed boundary of Mono Lake. Possible subjects include (more…)

Presentation & book signing with Scott Stine, October 17 at the Mono Inn

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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a way acrossThe Mono Lake Committee is delighted to host Dr. Scott Stine discussing his newly released book: A Way Across the Mountain: Joseph Walker’s 1833 Trans-Sierran Passage and the Myth of Yosemite’s Discovery.

• Saturday, October 17, 4:30–6:30pm
• At the Mono Inn, 5 miles north of the town of Lee Vining on Highway 395
• Presentation begins at 4:30pm

If you are a Yosemite-phile like me, you have doubtless heard the legend of the first non-native person to see Yosemite Valley. We’ve all heard the legend of Joseph R. Walker who led a brigade of 58 fur trappers from the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming to the Pacific coast of central California in 1833. Toward the end of their journey the Walker brigade crossed the Sierra Nevada. (more…)

Call for submissions for the 2017 Mono Lake Calendar

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Mono Lake Committee invites you to submit photographs for the 2017 Mono Lake Calendar—we are seeking photographs of the highest caliber that capture the spirit and reflect the unique qualities of Mono Lake and the Mono Basin.

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Find the submission guidelines and forms here. Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2015.

We are looking for: images of scenes within the watershed boundary of Mono Lake, and possible subjects include, but are not limited to: plants, geologic features, streams, mountains, (more…)

Mono Lake: The essence of this unique place

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sandra Noll, Birding Intern in 2014, 2015, & 2016.

The tranquil Mono Lake shoreline at sunrise. Photo by Sandra Noll.

The tranquil Mono Lake shoreline at sunrise. Photo by Sandra Noll.

With less than a month remaining in my summer internship with the Mono Lake Committee, I am drawn to revisit the essence of this unique place.

Mono Lake is a vast, hyper-saline, hyper-alkaline terminal lake. It indulges intense mood swings while comfortably nestled within the mostly-arid Mono Basin now resplendent with aromatic Great Basin sagebrush and yellow-flowered rabbitbrush. Striking mountains and rolling hills surround the basin. Riparian corridors of freshwater streams feeding the lake are green and lush thanks to restoration efforts and the unexpected bounty of spring and summer rains. One’s eye is refreshed at every turn. (more…)

I love Mono Lake

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Erv Nichols, Birding Intern in 2014, 2015, & 2016.

I love Mono Lake…. That being said, let me tell some reasons why.

Early morning at Old Marina. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Early morning at Old Marina. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Mono Lake is beautiful. It has the beauty of wisdom only learned through age and hardship with the scars and wrinkles that serve as medals to that. And this is never more evident than on a stormy, cloud-filled, grey morning. On these mornings, dreary to most, I can be found in the early hours wandering the shores from Castle Tufa to Old Marina with just thousands of birds for company. Or maybe along an old shoreline high above the present lake where Native Americans long ago left their mark in the form of rock petroglyphs.

Since coming here two years ago with my partner and working for the Mono Lake Committee, I have made it my duty and passion to record these moments as best I can. Usually with my camera at hand, but sometimes just in my mind’s eye hoping Mono will reveal some of her ancient wisdom to me. Maybe before I leave here I will learn more of her secrets.

I hope so.

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