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Seasonal Update | The Mono-logue - Part 2

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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!

Holiday shopping: Locally-made gifts

Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee! If you are looking  to support small local businesses and Mono Lake this holiday season, we have you covered; our 2016 Fall Catalog features a great selection of gifts from local artists and authors.

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holiday-beard-balmOrganic whipped body butter: Living at high altitude we’ve become connoisseurs of good lotions and hand creams to get us through the cold dry winters, and nothing beats this organic whipped body butter from our friends at Joyous Organics in Mammoth Lakes. Choose between citrus vanilla and jasmine fragrances—each crafted from therapeutic-grade essential oils, and packaged in a glass jar.

Mountain man beard balm: Finally, the perfect gift for the mountain man in your life! This organic balm is made locally (more…)

Fall 2016 Mono Lake Newsletter now online

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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newsletter-fa-coverOne 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…)

Holiday shopping: New and exciting books

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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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.

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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…)

Overnight snow blankets the Mono Basin

Sunday, November 27th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Seven inches of snow fell overnight Saturday, blanketing everything in the Mono Basin with snow, including the islands. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Seven inches of snow fell overnight Saturday, blanketing everything in the Mono Basin with snow, including the islands. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

For days we have all been constantly checking the weather forecast, refreshing radar maps, and hoping that the predictions of an inch or two of snow would deliver. This morning, I pulled open my blinds and my jaw dropped. There was about half a foot of snow on the ground and I was thrilled. Having grown up in Georgia, any amount of snow is exciting for me, but this amount of snow—especially during this five-year drought—made me giddy. In my excitement, I actually took out my cross-country skis and skied along the road to the office before it was plowed! Along the Highway 395 corridor, between seven and 12 inches of snow fell overnight. (more…)

Visit Mono Lake’s State Park for free on #GreenFriday

Sunday, November 20th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Turn this year’s Black Friday into #GreenFriday with free admission to more than 100 State Parks around California, including the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve!

Come visit Mono Lake's State Park on Friday, November 25, #GreenFriday! Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Come visit Mono Lake’s State Park on Friday, November 25, #GreenFriday! Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Here’s how: Go to the #GreenFriday website and select a park you want to visit. Enter your email address and then print out a pass (based on availability) to display on your dashboard. The offer is limited to one pass per email, and it’s good for Friday, November 25, 2016 only.

Of course, we think you should visit Mono Lake’s State Park, but there are 280 State Park units located all over this beautiful state—this Find a Park feature can help you find the closest one to you.

This offer is thanks to a partnership between Save the Redwoods League, the California State Parks Foundation, and California State Parks. Snag your free pass now—last year they went fast. Happy Thanksgiving, and happy #GreenFriday!

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