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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 »

Visit the Committee’s online store!

November 24th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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Visit the Committee's online store for your holiday shopping!

Visit the Committee's online store for your holiday shopping!

To celebrate the two-month anniversary of the Mono Lake Committee’s online store, we invite you to see our merchandise and Mono Lake Committee logo products!

We have Mono Lake Committee 2010 Calendars, filter water bottles, Life at Mono Lake T-shirts, holiday notecards, Cadillac Desert, Huell Howser at Mono Lake DVDs, and we’ve even got brine shrimp earrings as well as other apparel, jewelry, books, gifts, local crafts, and games.

The items in our Fall Newsletter catalog and many additional products are available for ordering 24 hours a day at our online store; however, we are also pleased to receive your order by telephone (9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day).

All sales benefit the Committee’s work on behalf of Mono Lake, so take a look and find something special today!

Climate change at Mono Lake

November 23rd, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Researcher Scott Stine has studied aspects of Mono Lake's climatic history since the mid-1970s. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Researcher Scott Stine has studied aspects of Mono Lake's climate history since the mid-1970s. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Paleoclimatologist Scott Stine has been involved with Mono Lake since the effort to protect it began, primarily through his rigorous scientific investigations in the Mono Basin. You can hear a little bit about his work on climate change in this three-minute slideshow at the American Public Media Marketplace. Scott’s research is one of many studies going on at Mono Lake, all of which help to build a body of information that guides land managers in protecting this beautiful place long into the future!

November storm localized around Lee Vining

November 13th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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On November 12th, 2009, at approximately 5:30 pm, the roar of hail on metal roofs resounded throughout the town of Lee Vining. It hailed really hard for about an hour, followed by a transition from 1/4 inch hail to smaller and smaller hail until it turned to snow by 8:00 pm. The snow continued until around 9pm. The next morning we measured about … more »

Fall Mono Lake Newsletter now online for everyone

November 10th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director
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2009 Fall Newsletter coverThe Fall 2009 edition of the Mono Lake Newsletter is now available online and in color. Can you find yourself in the crowd on the cover? Want to know the status of Willow Flycatchers on Rush Creek? … see the interview with … more »

Fall Update: Unseasonably warm weather ends

November 8th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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WEATHER
Typical early October weather is to have highs near 70 and lows near freezing, however this unseasonably warm weather prevailed during the first week in November. The average November high is in the low 50s and the average low is in the upper 20s, and starting this weekend the weather is back to normal. Clear, sunny days are expected to continue … more »

Sacramento’s Viewpoint Gallery celebrates wild places

November 5th, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Photo by Robert Glenn Ketchum.

Photo by Robert Glenn Ketchum.

For those of you in the Sacramento area, a treat is coming your way on Friday, November 13 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. That evening, the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center will be opening a new photographic exhibit by artist Robert Glenn Ketchum. The new show, titled “Southwest Alaska and Bristol Bay: A World of Parks and Wildlife Refuges at the Crossroads,” will be on display until … more »

Local bird experts featured

November 4th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director
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The Los Angeles Times is running a great profile of Eastern Sierra bird experts extraordinaire Tom and Jo Heindel! Read it here:

They’re really and truly for the birds

Mono Basin Field Station gets covered

November 2nd, 2009 by Bartshé, Education Director
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What the roof used to look like on all the units.

One of the units with a new roof on the left. An example of the old roof on the right.

This past month roofers finished installing a new roof on the Mono Basin Field Station. The old roof was well past its prime, decaying and losing shingles with each puff of wind. The new roof is metal and will withstand all the wind and snow the Mono Basin can deliver.

The new roof is the latest physical improvement to this local research station that has been continually hosting research projects since 2004. In 2009 … more »

Terminus Lakes Symposium Part 4: Mono Lake’s far flung friends and lake-effect snow and mergansers

October 29th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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At lunch on Tuesday I sat with Lynn de Frietas, Executive Director of the Friends of Great Salt Lake, Wayne Martinson, Utah’s Important Bird Area Coordinator for Audubon, Bob Jellison, and Kim Rose. We talked about a proposed potash extraction project threatening Great Salt Lake that would remove 365,000 acre-feet of water, which … more »

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