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It’s Christmas Bird Count week!

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Whether you are a seasoned birder or new to the delightful joy of watching birds, you can help gather data for the Christmas Bird Count, one of the largest citizen science data sets in the world! Every December and January, thousands of bird enthusiasts across the world count individual birds in specific areas to get a general idea of the population shifts throughout the years.

An Audubon’s Warbler in winter plumage. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The three local counts are coming up this weekend and next week:

Bishop CBC: Saturday, December 16
Contact Chris Howard by email.

Mammoth Lakes CBC: Sunday, December 17
Contact Santiago Escruceria by email.

Mono Lake CBC: Tuesday, December 19
Contact Kristie Nelson by email.

Do you want to volunteer where you live? The National Audubon Society has a stellar map to show you where all the count circles are and who to contact. If you’re not great at bird identification, you can help by taking notes and keeping track of numbers. You will be assigned to an experienced birder so you can learn a lot along the way.

The weather is looking cold and dry, so the counts will be accessible by hiking rather than snowshoes or cross country skis like in years past. Happy birding!

The Season Seldom Seen: Winter Ecology of the Mono Basin

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Have you ever wondered where all the tiny chipmunks that skitter up the lodgepole pines all summer go when the landscape is covered with several feet of snow? Or how they could possibly survive the cold temperatures and lack of food for months on end? What about how plants bounce back after being buried in snow? This winter we are excited to offer a new Field Seminar focusing on these questions and more!

A view of Mono Lake and the White Mountains from Lundy Canyon in January 2017. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The Season Seldom Seen: Winter Ecology of the Mono Basin will investigate the connections plants and animals have with their winter environments in addition to what factors cause winter in the first place. Winter ecology reveals a new side of animal and plant life that is invisible until (more…)

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!

#GivingTuesday at Mono Lake: #GivefortheGrebes

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Today for #GivingTuesday, we are fundraising for Eared Grebe surveys at Mono Lake! We had a blast broadcasting live and talking about the Eared Grebe research down at the lake this afternoon. In case you missed it live (skip to 9:00 for the start of the interviews):

All donations made online today will go toward keeping the Eared Grebe research going, so, it’s not too late!

Thank you for supporting Mono Lake this Giving Tuesday! #GivefortheGrebes

The Mono Lake Committee 2017 Annual Report

Saturday, November 25th, 2017 by Arya, Communications Director
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Each year printed copies of the Mono Lake Committee Annual Report are sent out to Defense Trust level members and Guardians of the Lake monthly-giving club members, but it is has information that is important to members at all giving levels, friends, anyone who is curious, and the general public. So without further ado, click here to see the Mono Lake Committee 2017 Annual Report.

Did you get a yearbook in high school? The Annual Report feels a little bit like the grown-up version of getting the yearbook … (more…)

We’re thankful for all of you who love Mono Lake

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for your generous donations, faithful support, visits to our Lee Vining headquarters, emails asking about our work, views of our website, comments on our Mono-logue posts, phone calls from far away, Facebook and Twitter comments, Instagram photos, and above all, for your love for this place. Together we are standing strong for Mono Lake. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.

Your love for Mono Lake helps keep us standing strong on its behalf, for 39 years and counting—thank you. Photo courtesy of Andrew Aldrich.

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!

#GivefortheGrebes this #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Arya, Communications Director
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This year for #GivingTuesday (November 28) we are fundraising for Eared Grebe surveys at Mono Lake!

First: There is a donation match! All donations made on Giving Tuesday through Facebook will be matched, thanks to Facebook’s charitable giving program. (And they’re not charging fees either.) Click here on Tuesday to #GivefortheGrebes via Facebook!

Then: Mark your calendar to catch our Facebook Live event at 12:30pm On Tuesday, November 28 down at the lake with Geoff, Robbie, and Maureen talking about Eared Grebe research and answering your questions. Tune in (more…)

New Mono Lake alkali fly research

Monday, November 20th, 2017 by Arya, Communications Director
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Last summer Floris van Breugel, who studies alkali flies at Mono Lake, stayed at the Mono Basin Field Station and gave a fascinating talk about his research at the Mono Lake Committee.

This mesmerizing video, posted by National Geographic upon the paper’s release, is a must-see:

Using a combination of high speed videography, force measurements, scanning electron microscopy, and manipulations of water chemistry he is working toward understanding what makes these flies so unique—research which, on top of being really neat, has implications in the world of multi-factorial data sets and their application to machine learning. And today, the research paper, “Superhydrophobic diving flies (Ephydra hians) and the hypersaline water of Mono Lake,” by Floris van Breugel and Michael H. Dickinson came out! You can find the paper abstract here. (more…)

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