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Mono Lake winter photography field seminars

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This coming winter we are pleased to offer two winter photography field seminars for the first time! Winter at Mono Lake is a very special season, and both these seminars will combine the snowy, foggy, icy photographic conditions with the full and nearly-full moon lighting up the nighttime landscape.

Early morning light sifts through bands of poconip ice fog at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of Joe Decker.

Early morning light sifts through bands of poconip ice fog at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of Joe Decker.

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The Forgotten Season • January 13–15, 2017 •
Full Moon in February • February 10–12, 2017 •
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Registration will open on Saturday, October 1 for Mono Lake Committee members only, and on November 1 for non-members. To sign up, call (760) 647-6595 or register online. (more…)

Fall walking tours at South Tufa

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Andrew, Canoe Coordinator
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Summer is certainly winding down at Mono Lake—our seasonal staff is beginning to migrate away, the temperatures are getting cooler, and there are already some hints of fall color in the mountains.

Free walking tours at South Tufa happen at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Free walking tours at South Tufa happen at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The guided tour schedule at South Tufa also changes in the fall. Free walking tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm through October. If you will be in town during the weekend come learn about the fascinating natural and political history of the lake during this quieter time of the year.

Results are in for the 36th annual Tioga Pass Run

Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Grace, Mono Lake Intern
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Last Sunday, September 11, 105 runners and 32 walkers made their way up the steep Tioga Pass, making this the largest Tioga Pass Run in the event’s 36-year history. The athletes started in front of the Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining and finished at the entrance to Yosemite National Park, 12.4 miles and 3,165 feet of elevation later.

Athletes head up Tioga Pass last Sunday. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Athletes head up Tioga Pass last Sunday. Photo by Erv Nichols.

The first to cross the finish line for the second year in a row was Patrick Parsel of South Lake Tahoe with the time 1:27:18, two minutes faster than his time last year. For the third year in a row Jessica Francois, Lee Vining local and former Mono Lake Committee staff member, was the first female finisher with the time 1:44:19 (more…)

Mono Lake Committee autumn and winter hours begin Sunday, September 18th

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

The Mono Lake Committee will be shifting to our fall/winter hours of 9:00am–5:00pm daily starting Sunday, September 18. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Starting Sunday, September 18, the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be reducing its hours for the fall and winter season. Our new hours will be 9:00am–5:00pm daily. We hope you’ll stop in for tips on fall color viewing and to do a little holiday shopping. See you in Lee Vining!

The 2016 Mono Lake guided bird walk season

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Sandra, Birding Intern
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Hard to fathom that season of guided bird walks has come to an end. Erv and I led our last County Park bird walk yesterday and State Park ranger Dave Marquart led his last on Sunday. It seems we just arrived to serve our third summer as Mono Lake Committee Birding Interns!

An adult Osprey perches watchfully atop a tufa tower near its nest . Photo by Sandra Noll.

An adult Osprey perches atop a tufa tower near its nest . Photo by Sandra Noll.

It has been a great season of birds from “locals” and early spring migrants through the nesting season to, most recently, early fall migrants. These include large numbers of Eared Grebes and phalaropes beginning to stage on Mono Lake where they molt and gain weight for the final legs of their migrations to wintering areas further south. Mono Lake’s status as an internationally important bird area is especially apparent this time of year.

It has been a delight and privilege to introduce visitors from the US and around the world to this beautiful, bountiful place and the work of the Mono Lake Committee to protect, restore, and educate. And it is my pleasure to leave you with a few highlights!

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Autumn hours at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

Monday, September 5th, 2016 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.

Caption............. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Starting on Tuesday, September 6 the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open 8:00am–6:00pm every day. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Starting on Tuesday, September 6 the Information Center & Bookstore will be open 8:00am–6:00pm every day. We hope you’ll stop in during these last days of summer for information about Mono Lake, and 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!

Sign up for the 36th annual Tioga Pass Run

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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While its claim to fame is “only one hill,” the Tioga Pass Run is one hefty task.

Fall colors along the road during the Tioga Pass Run. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Fall colors along the road during the Tioga Pass Run. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Over 12.4 miles, runners and walkers ascend 3,164 feet from Lee Vining to the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park. Along the way, Mt. Dana stands proudly over Lee Vining Canyon, holding what’s left of last winter’s snowpack in its couloirs. The meadows of Lee Vining Canyon are turning (more…)

Fall colors at Mono Lake: It’s not too early to plan your trip

Sunday, August 21st, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Yes, I know, it’s only August, and the canyons are still glittering green with quaking aspen trees. But if you are thinking about visiting in the fall, now is the time to start planning your trip!

The wide open views and hillsides covered in aspen make the Conway Summit area a great place to enjoy autumn. Photo taken on October 21, 2010 by Bartshe Miller.

The wide open views and hillsides covered in aspen make the Conway Summit area a great place to enjoy autumn. Photo taken on October 21, 2010 by Bartshe Miller.

The colors usually start to change in mid-September and peak around mid-October. By November, the leaves are usually on the ground and snow has arrived. Different areas peak at different times, so let us do the scouting! The Mono Lake Guided Trip program has five trips scheduled in October to take visitors to the hottest spots for fall colors during the peak. (more…)

Canoe Mono Lake before the season ends

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Matt, Mono Lake Intern
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Enjoy a peaceful morning float on Mono Lake with a guided canoe tour. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Enjoy a peaceful morning float on Mono Lake with a guided canoe tour. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Mono Lake from the water? Why not join one of our famous canoe tours? Canoe tours have been an exciting part of the Mono Lake Committee since the beginning. One of our founders, David Gaines, used to take visitors out in his canoe in order to show off the wonders of Mono Lake up close and it is a tradition that is still very popular to this day.

Join our seasoned guides as we wind our way through (more…)

Destruction and renewal

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Sandra, Birding Intern
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The presence of wildfires has made me think about the seemingly contradictory aspects of destruction and rebirth a lot this summer.

smoldering Marina fire

The Marina Fire’s smoldering aftermath on the west side of Highway 395 evidences stark contrast to the unaffected trees, grasses and shrubs east of the highway. All photos by Sandra Noll.

June’s Marina Fire came uncomfortably close to Mono Lake Committee headquarters in Lee Vining. It was the nearest I have personally been to wildfire and, while awed and inspired by the response of firefighters from multiple agencies and the impressive accuracy of helicopter and aircraft pilots dropping water and fire retardant in turbulent winds and updrafts, I was also fearful with a dramatic new awareness of fire’s destructive capacity. This fire’s aftermath, still quite visible from (more…)

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