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Sixteenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Get your binoculars ready for the sixteenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, coming June 16–18, 2017!

Audubon’s Warbler. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

We hope you’ll be here to celebrate and support the rich diversity of bird life, the legacy of avian research, and the ongoing conservation efforts in the Eastern Sierra—all while having a darn good time. This year we are offering many new programs and field trips as well as our most popular events from previous Chautauquas. (more…)

Want to volunteer for Mono Lake? This year is your chance.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jessica, Office Director
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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve Park Ranger Dave Marquart teaches volunteers at South Tufa. Photo courtesy of Karen Gardner.

The Mono Lake Volunteers play an increasingly essential role in educating people about Mono Lake. The group, which has grown to more than 60 people of all ages, contributes to visitors’ experiences at South Tufa and the State Reserve boardwalk at County Park. Each summer, volunteers spend thousands of hours in the Eastern Sierra giving Mono Lake tours to summer visitors from all over the world, helping with Mono Lake Committee membership mailings, pulling invasive plant species to help restore Mono Lake’s tributaries, and more.

This year, in an effort to make it easier for new volunteers to join, we have a new training schedule. (more…)

Work at Mono Lake this summer!

Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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What does almost every permanent staff member at the Mono Lake Committee have in common? Most started their Committee careers as seasonal staff; either as Mono Lake Interns, Information Center & Bookstore Assistants, Canoe Coordinators, or Outdoor Education Instructors. We have all enjoyed leading canoe tours, interpretive programs, and worked shifts in the bookstore.

Mono Lake Interns lead canoe tours as one of their many jobs every summer.

Mono Lake Interns lead canoe tours as one of their many jobs every summer. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Job descriptions for the Mono Lake Committee’s summer 2017 seasonal jobs are now posted, so if you would like to join us in one of the most unique places in the American West, check them out!

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2017 and positions are open until filled. If you are interested, make sure to apply early. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please read the job description for the appropriate person’s contact information.

Fall color along Mono Lake’s tributary streams

Sunday, October 9th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake’s tributary streams are wondrous in every season. Right now their bright foliage runs like ribbons of fire from the folds of the Sierra all the way to the shores of Mono Lake.

Aspens are lighting up along Mono Lake's tributary streams. Photo from October 7, 2016 by Nora Livingston.

Aspens are lighting up along Mono Lake’s tributary streams. Photo from October 7, 2016 by Nora Livingston.

Dry for decades due to excessive water diversions by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Mono Basin streams were rewatered and brought back to life thanks to (more…)

Guided fall color trips at Mono Lake

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Our Guided Trip program offers a Fall Color Foray trip—a half-day guided trip that emphasizes ecology and conservation of aspen during visits to beautiful groves in the peak of their color dance.

The Sierra Nevada in the background with a dusting of snow!

Fall color glows east of the Sierra Nevada. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Click on the dates to sign up: October 13, 3:00–7:00pm  October 15, 8:00am–12:00noon  October 18, 8:00am–12:00noon  October 19, 3:00–7:00pm

Each trip is $75 per person or $65 for members. The price of your ticket benefits Mono Lake! (more…)

Mono Lake Mobile expansion—check it out

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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If you can’t make it to South Tufa for one of the weekend 1:00pm guided tours, don’t despair; there is Mono Lake Mobile! Visit the Mono Lake Mobile site on your cell phone and learn about everything from the legal battle to save Mono Lake to the lives of the brine shrimp and alkali flies that inhabit the lake.

Whether you are visiting the shore of the lake during a quiet December afternoon or you just want to escape to Mono Lake from home, monolakemobile.org is the place to go. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Whether you are visiting the shore of the lake during a quiet December afternoon or you just want to escape to Mono Lake from home, monolakemobile.org is the place to go. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

You can even take a complete self-guided tour of the South Tufa area, narrated by yours truly, and supplemented by dozens of photos and animations. If you’re listening to (more…)

Fall walking tours at South Tufa

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Summer is certainly winding down at Mono Lake—our seasonal staff is beginning to migrate away, the temperatures are getting cooler, and there are already some hints of fall color in the mountains.

Free walking tours at South Tufa happen at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Free walking tours at South Tufa happen at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The guided tour schedule at South Tufa also changes in the fall. Free walking tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm through October. If you will be in town during the weekend come learn about the fascinating natural and political history of the lake during this quieter time of the year.

The 2016 Mono Lake guided bird walk season

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Sandra, Birding Intern
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Hard to fathom that season of guided bird walks has come to an end. Erv and I led our last County Park bird walk yesterday and State Park ranger Dave Marquart led his last on Sunday. It seems we just arrived to serve our third summer as Mono Lake Committee Birding Interns!

An adult Osprey perches watchfully atop a tufa tower near its nest . Photo by Sandra Noll.

An adult Osprey perches atop a tufa tower near its nest . Photo by Sandra Noll.

It has been a great season of birds from “locals” and early spring migrants through the nesting season to, most recently, early fall migrants. These include large numbers of Eared Grebes and phalaropes beginning to stage on Mono Lake where they molt and gain weight for the final legs of their migrations to wintering areas further south. Mono Lake’s status as an internationally important bird area is especially apparent this time of year.

It has been a delight and privilege to introduce visitors from the US and around the world to this beautiful, bountiful place and the work of the Mono Lake Committee to protect, restore, and educate. And it is my pleasure to leave you with a few highlights!

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Guiding you to the past at Mono Lake

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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The season is winding down, birds are heading south to their wintering grounds, and fall is just around the corner. Our next two months of guided trips will focus on catching up with those birds before they disappear and also turning our attention to the ghosts that never leave: the historic places and buildings that tell almost invisible tales of the Mono Basin that existed many years ago. Come explore the shores of Mono Lake with us and refocus your eyes towards the past to imagine what life here was like long before we were born.

The Bodie Jail, photo by Nora Livingston.

The Bodie jail. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Here’s a look at our guided trips in September: (more…)

Celebrate bird migration with a Mono Lake guided trip

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Have you ever seen a flock of shorebirds dancing in air over a glassy reflective lake? It’s a must-see, even if you aren’t a birder. The birds swirl around each other with seemingly no leader but they’re always in sync, making tight turns and flashing their white bellies in unison. Their whir of wings is calming, a near-silent chorus of feathers.

Wilson's Phalaropes flock over Mono Lake in large numbers. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Wilson’s Phalaropes flock over Mono Lake in large numbers. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Late August is the best time to be in the Mono Basin to see large numbers of shorebirds like sandpipers, curlews, and plovers. We’ve designed a few guided trips to get out and scour the shores (more…)

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