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Mono Basin winter photo album

Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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A foot of snow blankets the Sierra just west of Mono Lake (January 8). Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Over the summer, when I gave tours at South Tufa, visitors often asked me, “What does it look like here in the winter?” Since I had only spent summers in the Sierra, I honestly wasn’t sure. I knew the Sierra crest would probably be snow-covered, and possibly the Mono Craters, but I couldn’t say anything for certain. Now I have been fortunate enough to spend my first winter in the Mono Basin, and what an amazing season it has been so far—from frozen streams to snow-covered tufa to all the animal tracks which are suddenly visible after a snow shower.

I still rejoice every time it snows, even when it is just a few flurries, and not only because I grew up outside Atlanta where we were lucky to get a single dusting of snow each year, but because I know each snow flake is another drop of water for Mono Lake which is exactly what we need, especially during this record drought. Enjoy these snowy photos from this winter and let’s hope for much more to come in the weeks ahead!

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The Dana Plateau rises high above a quiet Tioga Road, which is currently closed for the winter (January 8). Photo by Andrew Youssef.

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Happy New Year from Mono Lake!

Friday, January 1st, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Welcome, 2016, and happy New Year to all who love Mono Lake!

We're looking at a bright new year at Mono Lake---happy New Year to you! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

We’re looking at a bright new year at Mono Lake—happy New Year to you! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

This new year looks bright and beautiful from shore of Mono Lake—we hope it brings an end to the drought, a new water license for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, rushing meltwater surging down the streams in spring, and many new advocates for this important place.

Mono Lake Committee closed New Year’s Day

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed all day on January 1 to welcome in the new year. You can bet that our staff will be out enjoying the beautiful Eastern Sierra, and we hope you have the opportunity to do the same. Happy New Year!

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Every drop counts—make a 2015 donation now!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Photo courtesy of Malcolm Mosher, Jr.

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Mosher, Jr.

Together, we survived the fourth consecutive year of drought. The Mono Lake Committee works year-round to protect and restore Mono Lake, its tributary streams, and your favorite places in the Mono Basin, and we couldn’t do it without your support. We hope you’ll consider making a year-end donation to help these ongoing efforts.

Making a donation is quick and easy—click the button below or give us a call at (760) 647-6595. Thank you, and happy New Year!

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Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee

Friday, December 25th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday season …

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…. and a happy New Year from the Mono Lake Committee.

Photos courtesy of Arya Degenhardt, Malcolm Mosher Jr, Santiago Escruceria, and John Dittli.

Mono Lake Committee holiday hours

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Are you planning a visit to Mono Lake this December? If so, don’t forget to stop in at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore! We will be open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm with the following exceptions:

❖  December 24: Open 9:00am–1:00pm  ❖  December 25th: Closed all day  ❖

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We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy winter solstice from Mono Lake

Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Happy winter solstice from Mono Lake!

South Tufa in the pre-dawn light. Photo courtesy of Chris Decker.

South Tufa in the pre-dawn light. Photo courtesy of Chris Decker.

As the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt back toward the sun, we welcome more light, longer days, and new season.

Last chance for Mono Lake Committee holiday gifts—order before it’s too late

Saturday, December 12th, 2015 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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If you’ve ever visited the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in person, then you know our location is quite remote. As a result, mail shipped from the Mono Lake Committee isn’t as speedy as mail from, say, Los Angeles or the Bay Area. Add in the possibility of winter storms and delayed travel, and you’ll understand how the term “snail mail” came to be.

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We want to make sure you get your Mono Lake Committee gifts by Christmas—therefore, we are now sending out our last call for shipping. Place your orders by Wednesday, December 16 to ensure that they reach you by Christmas using standard shipping. Place your orders by Friday, December 18 and select expedited shipping if you’re placing a last-minute order (added charges will apply). And once again, thank you so much for your support!

Mono Basin, Mammoth, & Bishop Christmas Bird Counts

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Robbie, Project Specialist
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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!

South Tufa tours continuing through winter

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Thinking about a weekend getaway to Mono Lake? Now is a beautiful time to visit with cooler temperatures, snow-covered peaks, and ultimate solitude. This year, we are offering free guided South Tufa tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm through the winter in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve.

On a calm day, Mono Lake beautifully reflects tufa towers, like Pirate Ship Tufa, pictured here. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

On a calm day, Mono Lake beautifully reflects tufa towers, like Pirate Ship Tufa, pictured here. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Come explore the enchanting South Tufa area with an expert naturalist to learn more about the natural and political history of Mono Lake. We will talk about (more…)

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