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Mono Basin, Mammoth, & Bishop Christmas Bird Counts

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Canyon Wren. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

It’s time once again for the annual Christmas Bird Count! All skill levels are invited to participate in this important citizen-science effort sponsored by Eastern Sierra Audubon. Results from these counts show long-term population trends and shifting demographics; plus it’s great fun to get out and see the birds!

  • Monday, December 14 — Mono Basin
  • Saturday, December 19 — Bishop
    RSVP to Chris Howard:
    (Let him know if you prefer a specific area or teammate or if you’d prefer to be a feeder-watcher)
  • Sunday, December 20 — Mammoth Lakes

Hope to see you out there!

2015 Mono Lake Committee Annual Report

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Mono Lake Committee’s 2015 Annual Report is now available online.

The 2015 Mono Lake Committee Annual Report is now available online. Cover photo courtesy of Phil Lindsay.

The 2015 Mono Lake Committee Annual Report is now available online. Cover photo courtesy of Phil Lindsay.

It is chock-full of photos of the Mono Lake Committee in action in our focus areas of protection, restoration, education, and (more…)

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers keep Highway 395 looking beautiful

Sunday, October 25th, 2015 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Project Specialist Robbie and Mono Lake volunteers Rich and Cathy helped make this year's Adopt-A-Highway cleanup a huge success. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Project Specialist Robbie and Mono Lake Volunteers Rich and Cathy helped make this year’s Adopt-A-Highway cleanup a success. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Last week two Mono Lake Volunteers and two Mono Lake Committee staff members teamed up to pick up litter on the Committee’s adopted one-mile stretch of Highway 395 south of Lee Vining. It was a gorgeous morning to be working, with cool temperatures and snow-capped peaks rising above us. Wearing the requisite safety gear, including neon green safety vests and Adopt-A-Highway hard hats, the crew worked for about three hours and removed several bags of trash and recycling. Some unusual finds during the day included tire chains, playing cards, and a bag of kitty litter. Removing all of this debris helps protect wildlife that may mistake trash for food and ensures that this waste does not end up in Mono Lake’s tributary streams. Having a clean highway also enhances the visitor experience, allowing people to see the wild beauty of the Mono Basin unimpaired by trash.

Project Specialists Robbie and Andrew eager to start the highway cleanup. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Project Specialists Robbie and Andrew eager to start the highway cleanup. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Thank you so much to the wonderful volunteers who helped make this cleanup possible. If you are interested in volunteering at Mono Lake or participating in a future Adopt-A-Highway cleanup event, please contact Office Director Jessica Horn at (760) 647-6595.

Robbie picking up litter along Highway 395. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Robbie picking up litter along Highway 395. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Special thanks to the California State Parks Foundation for their support of the Mono Lake Volunteer program this year.

Results are in for the 35th annual Tioga Pass Run

Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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The 35th annual Tioga Pass Run took off in front of the Mono Lake Committee last Sunday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The 35th annual Tioga Pass Run took off in front of the Mono Lake Committee last Sunday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Last Sunday, September 13, 102 runners and walkers made their way up 12.4 miles of the grueling and scenic Tioga Pass, during the 35th annual Tioga Pass Run. They started in front of the Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining and finished at the entrance to Yosemite National Park, gaining 3,165 feet in elevation along the way.

Patrick Parsel of South Lake Tahoe won overall with the time of 1:29:43, close to ten minutes faster than the fastest time last year. Jessica Francois, Lee Vining local and former Mono Lake Committee staff member, was the first female finisher, beating (more…)

Great Sierra River Cleanup 2015: Lee Vining Creek

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sarah Angulo, 2015 Mono Lake Intern.

On a sunny, hazy Saturday morning in the Mono Basin, myself and four other volunteers gathered in front of the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore. We all had the same goal in mind: to clean up Lee Vining Creek.

Mono Lake Committee staff and volunteers with the 70 pounds of trash and recycling collected from Lee Vining Creek. Photo by Sarah Angulo.

Mono Lake Committee staff and volunteers with the 70 pounds of trash and recycling collected from Lee Vining Creek. Photo by Sarah Angulo.

A week prior, I had scouted the Lee Vining Creek Trail, particularly at the bottom of the hill closest to the highway. I found that this summer had not been kind to it—July’s floods had brought a mixture of natural debris and trash from town down the hill. In addition, some visitors had left remnants of a good time in the rocks near the trail and highway wall. I knew when I saw the trash there, at (more…)

A toast to Randy Arnold and 25 Barefoot years at Mono Lake

Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Randy Arnold. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Randy Arnold, Barefoot Wine ambassador and Mono Lake champion. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

In spring 2003, the Mono Lake Committee got an intern application that stood out—Randy Arnold, 13-year ambassador for Barefoot Winery and 20-year Mono Lake Committee volunteer and member, wanted to be the Birding Intern. We were probably as surprised as his employers—Barefoot Wine founders Bonnie Harvey and Michael Houlihan, who had just given their #1 employee a sabbatical to follow his dream of working for Mono Lake.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Randy is celebrating his 25th anniversary with Barefoot. He continues to make good on the promise he made at age 14 (when he first visited Mono Lake on his way to 4-H summer camp) to return to the Eastern Sierra as often as possible. (more…)

Love Mono Lake? Volunteer this summer!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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The Mono Lake Committee, US Forest Service, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, California State Parks, and the Bodie Foundation are teaming up to sponsor the twelfth season of our Mono Lake Volunteer Program this summer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and share their knowledge of the Eastern Sierra. It’s a great way to learn about Mono Lake while getting to know fellow volunteers and giving back to the area.

The Mono Lake Volunteer program partners celebrate last year's new volunteer graduates. Photo by Rose Catron.

The Mono Lake Volunteer program partners celebrate last year’s new volunteer graduates. Photo by Rose Catron.

Mono Lake volunteers are an essential part of the interpretation and overall guest experience at Mono Lake. Every year, volunteers connect with (more…)

The 2014 Mono Lake Eared Grebe census is underway

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Each fall Mono Lake abounds with Eared Grebes; aquatic birds that utilize the lake as a staging area during their southward migration. While staging on the lake the Eared Grebes undergo a molt of their flight feathers and double their weight by feasting on brine shrimp.

One of many Eared Grebes on Mono Lake during the census. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

For over a decade Canadian biologist Sean Boyd from the Pacific Wildlife Research Center has been conducting research on the Eared Grebe population of Mono Lake during the bird’s autumn staging period. The Eared Grebe lends itself to this type of research because at the end of their summer breeding season (more…)

Mono Lake Committee Adopt-a-Highway cleanup day

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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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.

34th annual Tioga Pass Run: The results are in!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Last Sunday, September 7, 113 runners and walkers made their way up 12.4 miles of the grueling and scenic Tioga Pass, during the 34th annual Tioga Pass Run. They started in front of the Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining and finished at the entrance to Yosemite National Park, gaining 3,165 feet in elevation along the way.

The Tioga Pass Run begins in front of the Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining and climbs 3,165 feet over 12.4 miles, ending at the east entrance to Yosemite National Park. Photo by Rose Catron.

Reaching the finish line first was Dan Yarborough with the time of 1:39:34. Not far behind was the first-place woman, Jessica Francois (former Mono Lake Committee staff member!), with a time of 1:55:01. There were also ten participants who (more…)

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