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Mono Lake’s noted extremophile

December 29th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Mono Lake’s Spirochaeta americana is on Cosmos Magazine’s list of eight “impressive examples of life lived at the extreme.” Have a look and enjoy exploring the rest of the roster!

Eight animals that live on the edge

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Your support&nbsp;keeps Mono Lake&nbsp;rising
and all the Committee’s <br />
protection, restoration, and education programs vibrant. <br>
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As 2009 comes to an end <br>
we’d greatly appreciate your tax-deductible year-end donation.<br>
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In exchange, we’ll put your gift toward our work
to achieve the maximum benefit <br>
for Mono Lake, its tributaries, and surrounding lands
in 2010. <br>
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Plus year-end donations earn matching funds for the Committee and can qualify you for a Mono Lake Calendar, notecards, or unique artwork.<br>
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Long Live Mono Lake!
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or stop by and visit us  at Mono Lake; we’re here all year.
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Mono Lake Committee, Hwy 395 at 3rd Street, PO Box 29<br>

Lee Vining, California, 93541&nbsp;&nbsp;(760) 647-6595</span></p>
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Hydrology Update: Ice dam break!

December 14th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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When the temperature drops close to zero, some interesting things happen to the flowing water in Mono Lake’s tributaries. I shot this video on December 8th at Rush Creek right after measuring the flow in a side channel. Ominous cracking noises in the silent below freezing air preceded this dramatic burst … more »

Lee Vining Creek under a blanket of snow

December 8th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2009 Project Specialist.

After the noisy and somewhat unsettling winds on Sunday, it was lovely to wake up to the calm of a powdery snowstorm on Monday. By this morning, the Lee Vining Creek canyon was covered in a hushed blanket of snow. In the summer, throngs of tourists visit the creek trail, but today the only creatures disturbing the snow were deer and rabbits. The Mono Basin is beautiful in all seasons, but the snowflakes etching the tree branches and pillowing the rocks show that winter, while quiet, definitely has a majesty all its own.

Lee Vining Creek Under Fresh Snow. Photo by Rosanne Wilson.

Lee Vining Creek under fresh snow. Photo by Rosanne Wilson.

Varied Thrush is still here

December 7th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 12/7/2009

The Varied Thrush is hunkered down in the Jeffrey Pine behind the Committee office today – all fluffed up and very handsome in the snow!

What does a 95 mile per hour wind gust look like?

December 6th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
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It’s Sunday afternoon at the Mono Lake Committee office here in Lee Vining and I just got back from a mission to photograph what looks like it could be another airborne particulate matter (dust storm) record-breaker of a day. While out photo-documenting at various promontories around the basin it occurred to me that monophiles might actually be curious about what the strong wind gusts we experience in the Mono Basin are like.

The Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District measures dust storms at Mono Lake, and their monitoring stations have the most accurate data. But here’s more of a personal account of what it’s like.

When Geoff calls to say that you can’t see Paoha Island from the stretch of Hwy 395 along the lake, I grab the camera … more »

Varied Thrush in LV

December 5th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: December 5

E. King spotted a Varied Thrush in Lee Vining, behind MLC/alley.  I caught a glimpse of it before P.McFarland sped down the alley in his VW and scattered the birds.

Canyon Wren

December 5th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: December 3

Along the Tioga Pass Road at about 7500 feet near the weather station, about a 10 minute walk past the gate.

Fall Update: Tioga Pass closes for the season

December 4th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The quiet winter season has settled on the Mono Basin, with the Scenic Area Visitor Center closed, Nicely’s Restaurant closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Tioga Pass closed for the season. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Bookstore remains open 9-5 daily (except certain holidays). With no snow around Mono Lake, the access to visitor sites is good and hiking is still great, although … more »

Bald Eagle in Mono Lake

December 3rd, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 11/24/09

Along the west shore just north of Tioga Lodge a Bald Eagle was splashing around in the hypersaline and alkaline fishless water. It took off holding a fish! Was it just clumsy (dropping and retrieving the fish) or was it adding salt to its meal?

2009 Free Drawing winners drawn!

December 2nd, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Ellery and Caelen McQuilkin pull two lucky winners in the 2009 Free Drawing. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Ellery and Caelen McQuilkin pull two lucky winners in the 2009 Free Drawing. Photo by Elin Ljung.

On Monday, November 30, the long-anticipated results of the 2009 Free Drawing were revealed … Caelen and Ellery, daughters of Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin, pulled out 25 tickets from the thousands submitted. Twenty-five lucky people won prizes ranging from a Committee shopping spree to a wine tasting tour, original artwork to ski vacations, Patagonia clothing to sports equipment….

We’ll announce the winners in … more »

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