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Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore hours will change on Saturday, September 16

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 by Ava, Mono Lake Intern
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Fall is slowly making its way into the Mono Basin, evident in the dropping temperatures, a few scattered aspen branches turning gold, and the sudden quiet in the town of Lee Vining. Following the birds, our seasonal interns begin their migrations to new locations after a few productive months at the Mono Lake Committee. With the passing of summer, most of our guest visitations have also slowed down considerably.

Scattered clouds over the Information Center & Bookstore yesterday (and check out those new solar panels we installed in June!). Photo by Ava Stavros.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore hours will change on Saturday, September 16—we will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Be sure to stop by to get the latest information on all things Mono Lake, check for updates on the changing autumn foliage as it arrives, and browse the bookstore for holiday gifts before the rush. We have had a beautiful summer here, and we are so happy to have gotten to share it with all of you!

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore fall hours

Friday, September 1st, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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It’s already September and as fall sneaks up, things begin to change around Lee Vining. For the Mono Lake Committee the end of summer means that the seasonal staff begin to depart and there are new hours in our Information Center & Bookstore.

Starting on Tuesday, September 5 the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open 9:00am–7:00pm every day.

We hope you’ll stop in during these last days of summer for information about Mono Lake, and to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping. This summer has been a whirlwind of activities and we are thrilled so many of you were able to experience Mono Lake with us!

Refreshing ‘Ologists: Songbirds of Yosemite with Michelle Desrosiers

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Molly, Mono Lake Intern
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If you have ever wondered about how songbirds are studied and why, you should come to the Mono Lake Committee this Wednesday, August 16 at 4:00pm to hear from this week’s Refreshing ‘Ologist, Michelle Desrosiers.

This week’s Refreshing ‘Ologist Michelle Desrosiers studies songbirds in Yosemite. Photo courtesy of Chris McCreedy.

Scientists in the park have been monitoring the status of songbirds as well as collecting information about their natural history to better inform conservation and management decisions. Songbirds serve as indicators of functioning ecosystem processes due to their position in the food chain, their diverse habitat requirements as a taxonomic group, and their accessibility to study.

In Yosemite scientists use songbirds to (more…)

Refreshing ‘Ologists: Restoring carbon in Tuolumne Meadows with Lydia Baldwin

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 by Molly, Mono Lake Intern
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Ever wonder about the carbon storing potential of Tuolumne Meadows? If you have, you’re not so different from our researcher for this week’s Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists. Come listen to Lydia Baldwin present her research in Tuolumne Meadows on Wednesday August 9 at 4:00pm to learn more!

Tuolumne Meadows in spring 2015. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Wet meadows throughout the Sierra Nevada that were historically disturbed are currently losing both soil-water holding capacity and the ability to store carbon. These wetlands formerly functioned as sinks of carbon dioxide, but now they could act as significant contributors of CO2 into the atmosphere. Furthermore, the maintenance and addition of carbon to soil can also enhance its capacity to hold water. This refreshing ‘ologist is testing whether the reestablishment of a sedge-dominated community at Tuolumne Meadows, a high-elevation wet meadow in Yosemite National Park, will restore the meadow to a carbon-accumulating ecosystem.

Join us to hear Lydia explain how she monitors gross primary production and plant respiration to create a model of growing season carbon dynamics to determine if these treatments increase the meadow’s carbon storage. Be ready to learn and ready to eat because admission and snacks are both free!

New Mono Lake Committee gallery show: TERRASCOPE by Patricia Hewett

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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We are excited to announce that abstract landscapes by San Francisco artist Patricia Hewett will be featured in the Mono Lake Committee’s gallery from July 29 through January.

“Tufa Spires” art courtesy of Patricia Hewett.

In addition to being an artist, Patricia is also a SCUBA diver and avid explorer both above and below the water. Her new show, TERRASCOPE, will feature her most recent gouache and ink paintings of the Mono Basin and Eastern Sierra. Her hypnotizing work demonstrates her ability to create striking representations of her surroundings, and it beautifully captures the Mono Basin’s unique essence.

Join us for an evening artist’s reception to open the new show on Saturday, July 29, 5:00–7:00pm. Come enjoy wine and cheese, meet Patricia, and delight in her one-of-a-kind work in the Mono Lake Committee gallery.

Mono Lake Committee goes net-zero with solar

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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In 2010 the Mono Lake Committee started the process of converting to solar power with nine solar panels installed on the roof of the “ice house” office building, and then added an additional 33 panels to the roof of the bookstore building in 2012. We also took a number of conservation measures, such as switching to LED bulbs in the bookstore, and have been monitoring our usage carefully. By 2016 we had completed our big conservation steps and reduced our annual grid power demand by over 80%.

Despite these reductions, we had a goal to generate all the power needed for the bookstore and offices right here on the property. In late June 2017, Sierra Solar installed 16 more panels, and now that the grid-intertie has been completed, we are expecting to achieve net zero power demand on the grid on an annual basis!

Four panels fit on the canopy over the main bookstore doors, generating power and providing visitors with a visual example of our commitment to sustainable energy. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Most of the Committee’s solar panels are largely invisible to members and visitors since they’re atop the bookstore and ice house office roofs. We asked Jim at Sierra Solar to check (more…)

Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists presentations return with avalanche forecaster Sue Burak

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 by Molly, Mono Lake Intern
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Join us for this summer’s first Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists presentation, next Wednesday, July 26 at 4:00pm in the Mono Lake Committee gallery!

While clearing the snow that fell on Tioga Pass Road this past winter (pictured), Caltrans was lucky to have hydrologist Sue Burak provide her expertise to help with avalanche training and assessments. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Come hear hydrologist Sue Burak give an inside look at the work of an avalanche forecaster, the science behind the forecasts, and the headaches of an avalanche forecaster during a winter when nature put the hammer down in a presentation entitled “Atmospheric Rivers Bring It On: Big Storms & Big Avalanches in a Record-Breaking Winter.” Admission is free and there will be free snacks! (more…)

Free patio activities at the Mono Lake Committee

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by Julissa, Canoe Coordinator
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We are excited to announce that we are offering free educational interpretive programs and activities on the front patio of the Mono Lake Committee, Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00am. We will explore topics such as how the Mono Basin formed, bird adaptation, Mono Lake’s changing habitats, following animal tracks, and we’ll also make recycled crafts.

Join Mono Lake Intern Charlotte on the patio to learn about volcanoes and more local geology! Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Our forming the Mono Basin program will focus on the different types of rock in the Mono Basin. It will introduce visitors to the varied landscape of the Mono Basin and what makes it so unique. Join us for a chance to make your very own tufa! (more…)

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore summer hours

Sunday, June 11th, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Starting Thursday, June 15 the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open from 8:00am–9:00pm daily.

Starting Thursday, June 15 the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open 8:00am–9:00pm daily. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Stop by to get information about what to do in the area, find out where to stay or camp, learn about Mono Lake’s fascinating history, or pick up a field guide, novel, or souvenir. Watch the 30-minute Mono Lake Story film, peruse our gallery of artwork by Eastern Sierra printmaker Katherine Case, and enjoy the view of Mono Lake from the front patio.

We look forward to welcoming you to Mono Lake and Lee Vining!

Memorial Day weekend hours at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Spring and California Gulls are in the air, and the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open longer for Memorial Day weekend.

Stop by during Memorial Day weekend! Photo by Jessica Horn.

From Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29 we will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm to accommodate holiday travelers. We will return to our normal hours (9:00am–5:00pm) on Tuesday, May 30. We hope to see you here soon!

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