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Mono Lake Committee Adopt-a-Highway cleanup day

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Lily, Project Specialist

Calling all volunteers and good citizens in the Lee Vining area! Monday, September 22 is the date of the Mono Lake Committee’s Adopt-a-Highway cleanup event. Participants will meet at the Mono Lake Committee at 9:00am and work together to clean up a one-mile stretch of Highway 395 until noon.

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers are needed on Monday, September 22 for this year's cleanup! Photo by Rose Catron.

Fashionable neon vests, snacks, and water will be provided for volunteers; but the biggest reward is preventing trash and recycling from cluttering the road and polluting our waterways. Long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy shoes are a must; and a hat, sunscreen, and water bottle are highly recommended. If you want to help clean up a portion of Highway 395, or if you would like more information feel free to contact Lily at the Mono Lake Committee at (760)647-6595.

Summer 2014 Mono Lake Newsletter available online

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Arya, Communications Director

Well, the forecasts, measurements, and calculations are in, and it looks like Mono Lake is going to drop somewhere in the ballpark of a foot and a half this summer. Ouch.

Here at the Mono Lake Committee we are collectors of lake level stories. They help us paint a picture of this place informed by more than just our own experiences. They’re benchmarks, data points of a different variety. Of course, we can crunch numbers and come up with an accurate answer to the question of what a drop of a foot and a half will look like, but in some ways, an exact measurement is not exactly what we’re looking for. (more…)

Seminar spotlight: Capturing the Mono Basin in Pastel

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

We’re lucky to have artist Ane Carla Rovetta’s brilliant pastel artwork on display in the Mono Lake Committee gallery, and this seminar, Capturing the Mono Basin in Pastel, will complement the show perfectly. There are a few spaces left in this seminar, so now is your chance to sign up!

Capturing the Mono Basin in Pastel • June 27–29 • $175 per person/$160 for members plus $40 materials fee • sign up here

Ane Carla guides pastel seminar participants in capturing the Mono Basin landscape. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Ane Carla is known for her realistic depiction of the golden western lands of the US, and her evocative pastel paintings capture the Mono Basin in all its moods and seasons. She designs the field (more…)

Seminar spotlight: South Shore Kayak

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

The South Shore Kayak field seminar combines smooth paddling with spectacular scenery for a perfect day on the water. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The South Shore Kayak field seminar is a perennial favorite, and no wonder—there’s nothing quite like paddling smoothly along, buoyed by Mono’s salty water and surrounded by mountains and sky. Everyone should experience Mono Lake from the water, and with a few spaces left in this seminar, now is your chance.

South Shore Kayak • June 14 • $105 per person/$95 for members • sign up here (more…)

Major Stream Restoration Agreement flowing forward

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Geoff, Executive Director

The Mono Lake Committee recently completed an innovative Stream Restoration Agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) that promises a healthy future for 19 miles of Rush, Lee Vining, Parker, and Walker creeks and certainty about the restoration of their fisheries, streamside forests, birds, and wildlife.

The Agreement, negotiated jointly with California Trout and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, implements a comprehensive plan for streamflow delivery, monitoring, and adaptive management built on extensive scientific studies over the past 15 years. In short, the Agreement will make the most of the water allocated to the creeks and lake under Los Angeles’ Mono Basin water licenses. (more…)

Mono Lake Committee field seminars kick off in June … sign up now!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Starting in June the Mono Lake Committee’s 2014 field seminar season kicks off, ushering in a summer of 20 exciting classes that offer the chance for participants to delve beyond a basic understanding of the Mono Basin’s natural and cultural history in a hands-on way.

South Shore Kayak field seminar participants get an up-close view of brine shrimp, underwater tufa towers, freshwater springs, and flocks of birds. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Our three June seminars include a class on the Mono Basin’s mining history, a guided Mono Lake kayaking tour, and a weekend of artistic exploration using brilliant pastel chalks. There’s still room in all three classes, so sign up before you miss your chance! (more…)

The Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner: Celebrating collaborative environmental work

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

Quentin Lawrence, Steve Parmenter, Nancee Murray, and Geoff McQuilkin with the Andrea Lawrence Award after the dinner. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

As the Mono Lake Committee says goodbye to winter and truly begins to gear up for the summer season, the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner serves as a marker for the turning of a new leaf. Before the dinner, our staff focuses on fundraisers such as the Wild & Scenic Film Festival–Los Angeles, and creates a beautiful Mono Lake calendar for the following year. After the dinner, the office is buzzing with news of the soon-to-be-arriving seasonal staff and plans for the Bird Chautauqua. The Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner is a bookend to winter and spring and when the event is finished, we get into full-on summer mode. (more…)

Birding the Mono Basin spring

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 by Santiago, Outdoor Experiences Manager

With the onset of spring in the Mono Basin, bird life is exploding all around the lake and its environs.

Black-headed Grosbeak. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Every day I see a new species, whether it is a Red-breasted Sapsucker, a Black-headed Grosbeak, an Osprey, or a Yellow-headed Blackbird with its weird call. As an avid birder, I love noticing each spring as the bird calls and bird sightings increase in frequency.

Bald Eagle. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.


The importance of April 1st at Mono Lake

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

April 1st is an important day in the Mono Basin—it marks the start of the runoff year.* As Greg explained in his post a few weeks ago, “A runoff year runs from April 1 to March 31, and enables tracking of stream runoff from the time of peak snowpack from one year to the next.”

Mono Lake Committee and DWP staff met to discuss Mono Lake's level on April 1, 2014. Photo by Elin Ljung.

April 1st is particularly important because Mono Lake’s level, as measured on that day, dictates how much water the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) can export for the runoff year. The California State Water Resources Control Board’s Decision 1631 set the rules for DWP’s export amounts in a way that protects Mono Lake from drought conditions such as those we’re experiencing in the West right now.

Stormy, windy weather made it impossible to read the lake level gauge accurately on April 1st, but DWP employees read it on March 31st and Committee employees read it on April 2nd, combining the data for a lake level of (more…)

Last chance: Reserve your seat at the 2014 Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner today

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Emma, Project Specialist

Join us for a delicious dinner in a spectacular setting in honor of Andrea Lawrence, Olympic double gold medalist and champion of the Eastern Sierra’s landscape and economy. We have just a few spots left for the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner so contact us right away! The dinner will be held this Saturday, April 26 at Mammoth Mountain’s Parallax Restaurant at 5:30pm. Contact me by email or at (760) 647-6595 to reserve your seat with a $65 donation.

This will be your view at the dinner: Mt. Andrea Lawrence! (The mountain in the center of the photo.) Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

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