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…)
‘Member News’ Category
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 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…)
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.
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
With the onset of spring in the Mono Basin, bird life is exploding all around the lake and its environs.
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.
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.”
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…)
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.
If you’ve been a longtime supporter of the Mono Lake Committee, you are probably quite familiar with our annual Free Drawing. The Free Drawing is our largest and most successful annual fundraiser and we love giving out prizes to our lucky winners each December.
This fundraiser would not be possible without the continued support of the organizations, businesses, and people who generously donate prizes to us. And the formula is simple: The more enticing prizes we offer, the more people donate to enter themselves in the drawing, and the more funds we raise to help protect and restore Mono Lake!
This past year, the Mono Lake Committee was able to offer over 30 prizes, including vacation weekends in Mammoth Lakes and San Francisco, as well as a GoPro camera, a snowboard, and a shopping spree at our Information Center & Bookstore. This year, we want to continue offering great prizes that you will love—in order to do that, we’ll need your help! (more…)