Looking for the perfect holiday gift to share a little of Mono Lake with someone special this holiday season? Look no further than the Mono Lake Committee fall catalog! This year we have many exclusive products that feature the Committee logo, tufa towers, and everyone’s favorite brine shrimp.
‘Member News’ Category
The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to start making your lists—and checking them twice. There are many great gifts to choose from in the Mono Lake Committee’s online bookstore, and as with all purchases made from the Committee, 100% of profits go towards protection, restoration, and education programs here at Mono Lake!
We invite you to peruse our online store and 2015 Fall Catalog to help you start checking gifts off your list. Purchases can be made directly online, or if you would like to call with your order you can phone (760) 647-6595 Monday through Friday 9:00am–5:00pm to be assisted by one of our staff “elves.” (more…)
After four years of drought, this year Mono Lake dropped below 6380 feet of elevation for the first time since July 1996, two years after the landmark State Water Board Decision in 1994. Because Mono Lake passed this critical threshold, water diversions to Los Angeles were reduced by nearly 70%, from 16,000 acre-feet to 4,500 acre-feet. Many visitors this summer have wisely asked how Los Angeles is able to compensate for such a reduction in water from the Mono Basin.
As an environmental non-profit, part of our mission is to promote cooperative water solutions without transferring the problem to other regions. The Mono Lake Committee has worked extensively with the city of Los Angeles over the years to ensure that (more…)
For the second summer in a row, Mono Lake remained impenetrably green through the summer season. The lake typically transforms into a blue, Lake Tahoe-like clarity as abundant Artemia monica (brine shrimp) graze microscopic algae from the upper water column. Satellite images from this summer continued to show a shrinking, and unyieldingly-green Mono Lake.
Artemia were present, but their numbers seemed to decline as the summer progressed. During the summer of 2014, the mean Artemia abundance was the fourth-lowest ever recorded since 1979, and the greatest decline in abundance (79%) took place from July to August—much earlier than typically seen in Mono Lake. It’s likely that a similar trend occurred in 2015; however (more…)
California’s four-year drought has lowered Mono Lake more than five feet. The decline has been disappointing to watch yet ecologically survivable thanks to the protections won by the Mono Lake Committee and Mono Lake advocates two decades ago. 2016, however, could change this story for the worse.
The winter of 2015–16 lies ahead, and a wet winter with ample Mono Basin precipitation is the hope of all Mono Lake friends. But as we have learned over the years at the Committee, our work is most effective when we hope for the best and prepare for the worst. In this case, another dry winter that pushes the state into a fifth drought year would push new and potentially contentious Mono Lake management issues to the forefront.
The landbridge to the gulls
The fall in lake level to date has caused the landbridge near the lake’s north shore to re-emerge and grow ever bigger, threatening to provide a pathway for coyotes to (more…)
This fall, more than others, it feels as if the Mono Basin is full-speed hurling itself toward home base, and the promise of winter. On the surface, it looks a lot like another spectacular fall—trees ablaze in vibrant color along waterways, deliciously crisp morning air, and countless Eared Grebes dotting the glassy surface of Mono Lake. But we’ve been keeping a close eye on the lake, streams, and reservoirs—they’re shrinking, and there just isn’t a whole lot of buffer left.
It’s really tempting to think that El Niño is going to kick in with a doozy of a winter and everything will be fine. (more…)
The Mono Lake Committee is delighted to host Dr. Scott Stine discussing his newly released book: A Way Across the Mountain: Joseph Walker’s 1833 Trans-Sierran Passage and the Myth of Yosemite’s Discovery.
• Saturday, October 17, 4:30–6:30pm
• At the Mono Inn, 5 miles north of the town of Lee Vining on Highway 395
• Presentation begins at 4:30pm
If you are a Yosemite-phile like me, you have doubtless heard the legend of the first non-native person to see Yosemite Valley. We’ve all heard the legend of Joseph R. Walker who led a brigade of 58 fur trappers from the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming to the Pacific coast of central California in 1833. Toward the end of their journey the Walker brigade crossed the Sierra Nevada. (more…)
Winter at Mono Lake is a very special season, complete with snowy Sierra peaks, poconip fog that coats tufa towers in rime ice, ice sculptures along creek banks, and bright bluebird days. Add a full moon to the equation and you have an unforgettable winter weekend at Mono Lake.
The Forgotten Season: Winter Photography in the Mono Basin
January 22–24, 2016
$275 per person / $250 for Mono Lake Committee members
This year the annual field seminar will coincide with January’s full moon, increasing the photographic opportunities at (more…)
Good news: There are a few spaces still open in the Creating the Illuminated Field Journal field seminar! This three-day seminar is an introductory course to personalizing one’s time in nature and outdoors through sketches, words, and color in the pages of a field journal.