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Refreshing ‘Ologists: History, water, and the surprising persistence of the Devils Hole pupfish

Saturday, July 13th, 2019 by Ellie, Mono Lake Intern

Join us on Wednesday, July 17 at 4:00pm in the Mono Lake Committee gallery for Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists. Kevin Brown, environmental historian and Mono Lake Committee staff, will discuss the Devils Hole pupfish and water law. Please register here if you can attend this free event!

Devils Hole pupfish. Photo courtesy of Olin Feuerbacher, US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Kevin Brown at Devils Hole, a disjunct segment of Death Valley National Park. Photo courtesy of Kevin Brown.

The Devils Hole pupfish is one of the rarest species in the world, confined to just a single natural habitat in southern Nevada’s Amargosa Desert. Amidst a biodiversity crisis that some are calling the “sixth extinction,” it is worth exploring how is it that the pupfish survived the twentieth century when some of its close neighbors have not. This talk explores the ways that water law has both threatened and protected the pupfish from the 1910s to the present.

Kevin C. Brown is a historian of the environment and the US West. He is completing a book manuscript tentatively titled, Persistence: The Devils Hole Pupfish and Surviving Modern America. He wrote an environmental history of the Devils Hole pupfish for the National Park Service and later worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his doctorate in history at Carnegie Mellon University.

Devils Hole, as seen through the fencing at the viewing platform. Devils Hole is the smallest vertebrate habitat in the world. Photo by Kevin Brown.

Refreshing ‘Ologists: A new detection of the threatened Sierra Nevada red fox

Sunday, July 7th, 2019 by Ellie, Mono Lake Intern

Join us on Wednesday, July 10 at 4:00pm in the Mono Lake Committee gallery for this summer’s first Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists presentation. Brian Hatfield, California Department of Fish & Wildlife researcher, will be here to discuss recent detection of the Sierra Nevada red fox in California. Please register here if you can attend this free event!

A Sierra Nevada red fox detected by remote camera in Mono Creek. Photo courtesy of Brian Hatfield.

The Sierra Nevada red fox (SNRF) is a subspecies of red fox native to the high-elevation regions of California and Oregon. Until recently (more…)

Capturing the Spirit of Birds: A presentation and book signing with photographer Marie Read

Monday, June 24th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

What does it take to create photographs that reveal the essential spirit of birds? For wildlife photographer Marie Read it means capturing their behavior—in this presentation she’ll show you how it’s done.

Join us for a presentation and book signing with Marie:

Friday, June 28
3:00–4:30pm
Mono Lake Committee gallery
in Lee Vining

Reserve your seat here

Marie will share the back stories to her compelling images, many of which appear in her latest book, Mastering Bird Photography: the Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior. Whether you’re a bird watcher or an experienced photographer, Marie’s tips will help you improve your own images.

Signed copies of Mastering Bird Photography and Marie’s previous book, Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin, will be available for purchase after the talk. For questions and more information contact me by email or at 760-647-6595.

Summer hours start Thursday at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Starting on Thursday, June 13, the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open from 8:00am to 9:00pm every day.

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore summer hours begin on Thursday: open 8:00am to 9:00pm daily. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Stop by to pick up a Mono Lake T-shirt, buy maps for your next hike, find gifts for friends and family, watch The Mono Lake Story half-hour film, select some postcards to help remember your trip, or get information about canoeing, hiking, camping, lodging, restaurants, and more. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Summer 2019 Mono Lake Committee staff migrations

Friday, May 31st, 2019 by Jessica, Office Director

The 2018 Mono Lake Committee staff; 2019 staff arrive today! Photo by Elin Ljung.

Incoming seasonal staff are like spring flows in the creeks, bringing excitement, growth, and renewal to the whole Mono Basin. Without them, our extensive education programs at the lake and in the Information Center & Bookstore would be nearly impossible, and their zest for all things Mono Lake reminds us why we are all here.

We have two staff returning this year. Ava Stavros is back for her third year as an Outdoor Education Instructor after a winter working at The Lift café, a new woman-owned business in June Lake. Alison Kaplan will once again be leading weekend tours as the Canoe Coordinator after working for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County over the winter.

Information Center & Bookstore Assistant Kevin Brown has a wealth of retail experience in addition to experience as (more…)

“Ever Rising: Etchings of Sierra Birds” by Stephanie Martin at the Mono Lake Committee gallery

Friday, March 29th, 2019 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

The Mono Lake Committee Bookstore & Information Center is in good shape these days—not only are the floors freshly refinished, but we also have a gallery filled with new artwork from the talented Stephanie Martin.

“Northern Flicker” by Stephanie Martin.

Stephanie is a painter and printmaker who lives along the California coast. Her artwork pays homage to the diversity and fascinating design of plants and birds. It is especially fitting to display Stephanie’s artwork here in the Committee gallery (more…)

Mono Lake Committee is hiring Information Center & Bookstore Assistants

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Are you someone who loves talking with people and providing excellent customer service? Do you want to make the world a better place? As an Information Center & Bookstore Assistant at the Mono Lake Committee, you will be the face of this successful non-profit to visitors coming through the doors.

Apply to work at the busy and dynamic Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore. Photo by Erv Nichols.

This is not your average retail experience: Along with selling books, T-shirts, and gift items, you will be (more…)

Bookstore floor refinishing is well underway

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

While the Information Center & Bookstore is closed, we thought you might enjoy an update on how the floor refinishing is going.

The purpose of refinishing our floor is both aesthetic and functional. Deep grooves and worn areas were appearing and worsening, which created an eyesore that would have eventually become irreparable, permanently damaging the historic floor if not addressed.

Worn areas of floor were especially visible around the information desk and cash registers. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Naturally, the first step towards restoring our floor was (more…)

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed while the floor is refinished

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

If you’ve visited the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining, then you’ve walked on our unique and lovely historic floor.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed from February 26 through March 13 so the floor, which is original to the 1930s-era building, can be refinished.

The wooden floor is original to the building, which was built in the 1930s and used as a dance hall where miners, ranchers, and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power employees used to party after long days of work extending the (more…)

Information Center & Bookstore closed on Thursday, January 31st

Monday, January 28th, 2019 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed this Thursday, January 31st for our annual inventory count.

We will resume normal winter hours on Friday, February 1st—open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you all after the inventory count is complete!

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