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Atmospheric river brings approximately six inches of water to Mono Lake so far

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake Committee hydrologists estimate that the series of atmospheric river storms we’ve been experiencing over the last week has brought enough water to the Mono Basin to raise Mono Lake by six inches.

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Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin at the shore of a rising Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times, this lake level rise is very good news for the Mono Lake ecosystem, and it also means that some water will flow south to Los Angeles in 2017. Before these storms, the lake was low enough that it was looking likely that no water exports would be allowed.

As Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin says in today’s LA Times video, “This event is going to keep the lake protected and it’s going to keep that water flowing to the city.” Thanks, atmospheric river—that’s a win-win!

Highway 395 closed due to blizzard conditions

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The atmospheric river keeps on giving! For nearly a week now, Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra have been receiving heavy snow and rain, which is great news for these drought-parched areas. But it does bring complications for people living and traveling here.

The Mono Lake Committee is open today, despite Highway 395 being closed. Photo by Lily Pastel.

The Mono Lake Committee is open today, despite Highway 395 being closed. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Highway 395 is closed today from Mammoth Lakes to Bridgeport due to blizzard conditions, which are predicted to last until (more…)

Every drop counts—make a 2016 donation now!

Friday, December 30th, 2016 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Photo courtesy of John Dittli.

Photo courtesy of John Dittli.

Together, we survived yet another 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!

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Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee

Sunday, December 25th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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Best wishes for a joyous, peaceful, and snowy holiday season …

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….and a snowy, happy New Year from the Mono Lake Committee. (Fingers crossed for snow, snow, snow!)

Mono Lake Committee holiday hours

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The holiday season is here, and we hope you’ll stop in to explore our shop and ask us all of your Mono Lake questions as you travel along Highway 395.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Please keep in mind that the Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25 and New Year’s Day: Sunday, January 1 so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families and friends.

We hope to see you during your winter journeys to the Mono Basin. Happy holidays!

A Mono Basin winter solstice

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Happy winter solstice from the Mono Basin!

Photo by Elin Ljung.

The last light of day peeks in on Mt. Gibbs and Mt. Dana, the top of the Mono Basin watershed. Photo by Elin Ljung.

As the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt back toward the sun, we welcome more light, longer days, and new season. It gets brighter from here!

January full moon photography workshop at Mono Lake

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Start the year with a full moon photography seminar at the shore of Mono Lake!

The Forgotten Season • January 13–15, 2017 •

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.

The towering snow-covered Sierra, frosted tufa towers, eerie poconip fog, and bright moonlight will make for unique photographic opportunities.

Experienced workshop instructor Joe Decker will be teaching the seminar, which will feature a special gourmet dinner from chef Linda Dore at her new restaurant, Epic Cafe. The combination of stunning winter scenery, expert instruction, and tasty food is not one to be missed.

To sign up, register online or call (760) 647-6595.

Final holiday offer: Free Mono Lake Calendar today only

Friday, December 16th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Today is the last day to place your orders and get them in time for Christmas, and because you’ve been a great customer at the Mono Lake Committee Bookstore, we have a special deal for you. Today only, spend $50 at the Committee’s online store and we’ll throw in a free 2017 Mono Lake calendar … or spend $75 and get a calendar plus a blown-glass ornament!

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Your free gift(s) will be added to your order automatically here at the office. They will not show up on your online receipt, but don’t worry—the Mono Lake Committee elves will make sure you get them. Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee!

Mono Lake, Mammoth, and Bishop Christmas Bird Counts coming up

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Every winter, from December 14 to January 5, birders all over the Americas get together to contribute to one of the largest citizen science data sets in the world. It’s called the Christmas Bird Count, or CBC.

A rare Varied Thrush in Lee Vining in December 2009. Photo courtesy of Justin Hite.

A rare Varied Thrush in Lee Vining in December 2009. Photo courtesy of Justin Hite.

Interestingly enough, the CBC it started as a Christmas hunting competition, but as conservation issues rose, an ornithologist named Frank Chapman sparked the idea of a count instead of a hunt. One hundred and sixteen years ago (in 1900), the first Christmas Bird Count occurred: 27 birders counted birds all day in 25 different locations. The count evolved and grew (more…)

Support Mono Lake while shopping on Amazon – we’ve almost met our goal!

Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Thank you to everyone who has supported the Mono Lake Committee while shopping on Amazon this year—our annual goal is in sight!

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We’re less than $700 away from reaching our target of $4,500 raised through the Amazon Associate program. This program donates 5% of purchases made using this link back to the Mono Lake Committee—so to meet our goal we’ll have to collectively spend $14,000 by the end of 2016. That might sound like a lot, but if each of our 16,000 amazing members spends just $1 on their remaining holiday shopping through Amazon we will exceed our goal!

Bookmark this link to use when you shop on Amazon, and you can support our work to protect, restore, and educate about Mono Lake at no additional cost to you. Happy holidays!

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