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Summer visitors: Gary Snyder

November 16th, 2008 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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As the flow of visitors through the Committee’s store dwindles to a trickle with Tioga Pass closed, it’s fun to remember back to the busy summer and all the friends who came to see us. Last August we had a real treat: poet Gary Snyder stopped in to say hello!

Gary Snyder at the Committee bookstore!

Gary Snyder at the Committee bookstore! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

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Mono Basin hydrology update for 11/15/08

November 16th, 2008 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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I just got back from reading the lake level gauge at Old Marina, and Mono Lake has started rising! It reached its low point for the year around November 1st, at 6382.10 feet above sea level. Since then it has risen 0.04 feet to 6382.14 feet above sea level.

Lee Vining received slightly above median (but below average) precipitation in October. So far for November, … more »

Mono Lake is California’s Gold!

November 15th, 2008 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Huell Howser and Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin canoeing at South Tufa

Huell Howser and I canoed at South Tufa for the show. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Mono Lake is California’s Gold on PBS!

In this new episode of this popular series of California explorations, enthusiastic and popular California’s Gold host Huell Howser revisits Mono Lake for the first time in 15 years. He explores the remarkable progress made due to restoration efforts. Watch for your favorite lake as well as familiar rangers and Mono Lake Committee staff! Read on for air dates. Read on for the broadcast schedule >>

Fall update: Perfect weather for fall hiking

November 14th, 2008 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Just a quick update this week as we prepare to reveal the new Website to the world. The weather is perfect, roads and trails are open below the snow line, and the crowds are gone! … more »

Article: Climate, Ecosystems and Resources in the Eastern Sierra conference

November 13th, 2008 by Arya, Communications Director
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From September 5-9th nine Mono Lake Committee staff attended sessions of this great conference focused on regional research in the area. Put on by the folks at the White Mountain Research Station, the conference did a nice job of gathering many of the researchers studying different aspects of climate change in the Eastern Sierra. … more »

New webcam: Mill Creek is now online!

November 13th, 2008 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Check out our exciting new webcam view across Mill Creek to Mono Lake and the Mono Craters!

Mill Creek Live view

Mill Creek view from the new Mill Creek Cam

Mill Creek view from the new Mill Creek cam.

The Mill Creek cam joins the popular Lee Vining cam and the Mono Lake cam in the Committee’s fleet–enjoy!

NPR radio piece: Climate change and the Yosemite area

November 9th, 2008 by Geoff, Executive Director
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This National Public Radio piece from early October investigates the way climate change is forcing local animal species in the Yosemite area–including around Mono Lake–to move to higher territories.

We learned about in-depth studies on this at the recent climate conference in Bishop and there are alot of reasons to be concerned. The elevation distribution of pikas in particular has been studied extensively.

Hear it: NPR – In Yosemite, Scientists Find Species Movin’ On Up

Why do you value Mono Lake?

November 5th, 2008 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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Articulating one’s core values isn’t simple. Committee staff have been discussing values by filling in the simple phrase “I believe ______” For example: “I believe that the algae, brine shrimp, alkali flies, and birds are important. ” I believe that both the planet and the people on it need places like Mono Lake.” “I believe in saving places like Mono Lake for my children’s children.”

A simple truth emerged quickly from this exercise: we all love Mono Lake. Because we’re always thinking in terms of watersheds and ecosystems, loving Mono Lake means from the headwaters to the lake-bottom, including the tributary streams. … more »

Article: Mono Lake Committee 30th in Mammoth Times

September 5th, 2008 by Arya, Communications Director
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The local paper, The Mammoth Times, ran this full cover story on the Mono Lake Committee’s 30th anniversary in September.

Geoff fielded the commonly asked anniversary question nicely:

“We do get this question, of why the committee is still around,” said executive director Geoffrey McQuilkin in a recent telephone interview. “The answer I give is that the committee was founded by people who love the lake and this place. It was not founded to fight Los Angeles. That was the most important thing to do to protect the lake right away, but that’s not the point of the organization.”

Read the full article: Mammoth Times – Mono Lake Committee celebrates three decades as steward of America’s most ancient lake

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