This year’s slate of 28 Field Seminars spans many topics: basketry, oil painting, woodpeckers, moonlight photography, geology, mining history, fire ecology, butterflies, and more. (more…)
One day last fall, all together, the Mono Lake Committee staff trudged out to the exposed landbridge area between Black Point and Negit Island. It really was a trudge. Not only is it a deceptively-long distance through undulating gravel berms from previously-higher lakeshores to even get out to the exposed lakebed, but once you get that far it turns into an obstacle course of thick, slick mud. It was a chilly and windy day, so we were all bundled up from head to toe, which made it difficult to walk and talk. So, we waddled, swished, and crunched our way out there somewhat meditatively.
It’s an unfamiliar thing—going out to see something you’re not excited to see in the Mono Basin. But we knew we needed to see it—plus, there were wildlife cameras to check and (more…)
It’s always fun to browse the book selection here at the Mono Lake Committee’s Information Center & Bookstore whether you’re looking for a new field guide or a book of poetry, our diverse selection has something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite reads published in 2016 that are featured in the 2016 Fall Catalog.
Celebrate the National Park Service centennial with two great books about our National Parks. First, Committee member and wilderness advocate Terry Tempest Williams takes you through America’s greatest treasures in The Hour of Land. She beautifully reflects on her time at 12 different (more…)
Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has closed for a second time this fall due to inclement weather. There is currently no estimated opening date.
At Cain Ranch, a precipitation station five miles south of Lee Vining that is representative of precipitation patterns on Mono Lake, October 2016 precipitation was 2.1 inches. This was the fifth-wettest October since 1931 and about 325% of average. Two of those other wet Octobers occurred in 2009 and 2010.
October 2016 was also the sixth-wettest month at Cain Ranch in the last decade, and curiously three of those months were the Octobers mentioned above. The other three months that were wetter than October 2016 were December 2010 and 2012 and May 2015. Aside from the wet Decembers, this pattern is unusual, since December and January and February are usually the wettest months of the year.
The rain in the last week raised all the creek flows and also raised Mono Lake from 6377.12 to 6377.19 feet above sea level, putting it back on track with the lake level forecast DWP made in the spring.
Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has closed due to inclement weather. There is currently no estimated opening date.
Another storm is also moving through the area on Sunday and a winter weather advisory has been issued for Mono County from 11am to 11pm Sunday. Light rain and snow are expected Sunday morning, followed by more intense rain and snow in the afternoon and evening. Chain controls are possible above 7,000 feet in the Eastern Sierra, including on Highway 395 and SR 203 (in Mammoth Lakes). Use caution when driving and be sure to allow for plenty of extra time and check current road conditions and weather before your trip.
Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has reopened after it was closed last week due to snow and rockfall. Use caution and be sure to check current road conditions and weather before your trip. Last year, Tioga Pass closed for the season on November 1.
Also be vigilant for migrating deer on the road this time of year. A reminder that all campgrounds along the Tioga Road are currently closed (except for Lower Lee Vining Campground) as are all commercial and visitor services in Tuolumne Meadows.
Check out this video, courtesy of Caltrans, showing how explosives were used to help clear the road last week.
Mono Lake’s tributary streams are wondrous in every season. Right now their bright foliage runs like ribbons of fire from the folds of the Sierra all the way to the shores of Mono Lake.
Dry for decades due to excessive water diversions by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Mono Basin streams were rewatered and brought back to life thanks to (more…)
Mono Lake and the surrounding basin is a magnet for nature photographers. Professionals and amateurs alike are drawn to the unique, otherworldly landscapes, striking canyons, and the dynamic light often present. The abundant opportunities provide the perfect outdoor classroom to learn the fine art of landscape photography.
Each trip is $75 per person or $65 for members. The price of your ticket benefits Mono Lake! (more…)