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…)
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…)
The presence of wildfires has made me think about the seemingly contradictory aspects of destruction and rebirth a lot this summer.
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…)
New gallery show & opening: Following Water — A painting journey through the Sierra by Erika PerloffTuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
Painter and California native Erika Perloff will be showing her art in the Mono Lake Committee gallery starting August 13.
Erika grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was inspired to paint by the beautiful landscapes and the bustling art scene of the city. Throughout her life, she has developed a knowledge and love of nature through her work as park ranger, naturalist, and outdoor educator. Erika’s artwork demonstrates her understanding of the landscapes she paints while showing (more…)
Well, it’s definitely fire season in the Eastern Sierra.
The Clark Fire is burning near Bald Mountain, east of Highway 395 and north of Owens River Road. The fire was caused by lightning and was detected yesterday afternoon—it is currently estimated to be about 1,600 acres and is 10% contained. The smoke plume from the fire is visible from Mono Lake and Lee Vining.
The Wilson Fire north of Mono Lake, south of Highway 167, and three miles east of Highway 395 is mostly contained, with fire crews mopping-up and watching for flare-ups as winds pick up. It is suspected that this was a human-caused fire, though this is still being investigated. (more…)
A small wildfire is burning north of Mono Lake after igniting last night. From the Inyo National Forest press release:
“Fire crews are responding to the Wilson Fire. The fire is north of Mono Lake, along the south of Highway 167 and three miles east of Highway 395.
“The fire is 16 acres and 5% contained at this time and burning in sagebrush and grass. Fire crews have constructed an initial fire line around the Wilson Fire and (more…)
When I signed the Mono Lake intern employment contract early this summer, I noticed the document stated I was obliged to, “complete other tasks as necessary.” Never did I imagine that a “necessary task” would comprise of hiking through beautiful high-elevation meadows, conifer-flanked streams, and the Californian high desert in search of wildflowers!
Although sometimes overlooked in favor of birds, fish, trees, or other aspects of the natural environment, the Eastern Sierra’s small-yet-wonderful wildflowers (more…)
Previous fire restrictions for Inyo National Forest have been expanded to include all wilderness areas. These new fire restrictions took effect this past Friday July 29, and will stay in effect until the end of the season. Here’s what you need to know:
- No campfires, briquette barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside of developed recreation sites and specifically posted campsites or areas.
- With a valid California Campfire Permit you are allowed to use portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.
- No fireworks.
- No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Never leave fires unattended and always make sure to completely extinguish your campfire. A single spark can cause major damage, even in designated campgrounds or recreation areas. To learn more about fire safety or obtain a California Campfire Permit visit your local Forest Service visitor center or go online to Prevent Wildfire CA.
It’s getting to be that time of summer when thunderstorms roll through in the afternoon and the clouds make for some lovely sunsets. It’s a great time to visit the Mono Basin! Spend your morning doing something fun (like a guided trip!) and spend your afternoons watching the storms sweep through from the window of a coffee shop or the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore, then watch the tumultuous sky turn peach and gold and charcoal.
We have some fun guided trips for you to join in on, coming up in the next three weeks: (more…)
Summer is officially here! With the passing of the summer solstice, many of the Mono Basin’s unique interpretive programs have begun. Whether you are a birder, astronomer, geologist, or traveling with a family, there is a Mono Basin interpretive program for you.
South Tufa tours: 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 6:00pm every day
Discover the mystery of Mono Lake’s strange water, unique wildlife, and dynamic geology. Tours begin from the South Tufa kiosk and last 1 to 1.5 hours. Free!
Bird walks: 8:00am on Fridays and Sundays
Join a naturalist on an easy stroll through Mono Lake County Park to discover the birds of the Mono Basin. If possible, please bring binoculars for this 1.5–2 hour walk. Free! (more…)