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Canoe Mono Lake before the season ends

August 11th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Matt Rice, 2015 & 2016 Mono Lake Intern.

Enjoy a peaceful morning float on Mono Lake with a guided canoe tour. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Enjoy a peaceful morning float on Mono Lake with a guided canoe tour. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Mono Lake from the water? Why not join one of our famous canoe tours? Canoe tours have been an exciting part of the Mono Lake Committee since the beginning. One of our founders, David Gaines, used to take visitors out in his canoe in order to show off the wonders of Mono Lake up close and it is a tradition that is still very popular to this day.

Join our seasoned guides as we wind our way through … more »

Enter the 2016 Free Drawing today!

August 10th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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It’s not often you get the chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines or a Yosemite getaway while supporting Mono Lake at the same time, but during the Mono Lake Committee’s Free Drawing fundraiser, you can!

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Andrew and Lily selecting tickets for the 2015 Free Drawing. Photo by Elin Ljung.

This year, we are offering more than two dozen amazing prizes including fun-filled vacations and relaxing retreats in the Mono Basin, San Francisco, Mammoth Lakes, Benton Hot Springs, and more. Since 2016 marks the National Park Service’s centennial, we are also offering an adventure in the Channel Islands and stays in Yosemite, Death Valley, and Kings Canyon National Parks. You will also have the chance to win ski passes, rafting trips, outdoor gear, and much more. Be sure to check out the full prize list to see … more »

Destruction and renewal

August 10th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sandra Noll, Birding Intern in 2014, 2015, & 2016.

The presence of wildfires has made me think about the seemingly contradictory aspects of destruction and rebirth a lot this summer.

smoldering Marina fire

The Marina Fire’s smoldering aftermath on the west side of Highway 395 evidences stark contrast to the unaffected trees, grasses and shrubs east of the highway. All photos by Sandra Noll.

June’s Marina Fire came uncomfortably close to Mono Lake Committee headquarters in Lee Vining. It was the nearest I have personally been to wildfire and, while awed and inspired by the response of firefighters from multiple agencies and the impressive accuracy of helicopter and aircraft pilots dropping water and fire retardant in turbulent winds and updrafts, I was also fearful with a dramatic new awareness of fire’s destructive capacity. This fire’s aftermath, still quite visible from … more »

New gallery show & opening: Following Water — A painting journey through the Sierra by Erika Perloff

August 9th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Painter and California native Erika Perloff will be showing her art in the Mono Lake Committee gallery starting August 13.

Moonrise, Mono Lake

Moonrise, Mono Lake by Erika Perloff will be on display at the Mono Lake Committee Gallery starting August 13.

Erika grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was inspired to paint by the beautiful landscapes and the bustling art scene of the city. Throughout her life, she has developed a knowledge and love of nature through her work as park ranger, naturalist, and outdoor educator. Erika’s artwork demonstrates her understanding of the landscapes she paints while showing … more »

New Mono Lake Committee monitoring programs for best management

August 8th, 2016 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Over the last two years working for the Mono Lake Committee, I have been collecting a variety of hydrologic data in the Mono Basin and it’s been really inspiring to see how this data leads to real and positive changes for Mono Lake. By measuring streamflows, water table depths, and most recently water temperatures, the Committee is able to use scientific evidence to suggest management actions.

Mono Lake Intern Gabby measuring streamflow on Mill Creek. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

Last summer was the first year of our Grant Lake Reservoir monitoring program, which measured temperature and dissolved oxygen throughout the water column at key … more »

Refreshing ‘Ologists: What the heck is a land trust?

August 7th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Grace Aleman, 2015 Information Center & Bookstore Assistant and 2016 Mono Lake Intern.

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “what the heck is a land trust?”‘ we’ve got the answer in this week’s Refreshing ‘Ologist lecture. Come to the Mono Lake Committee gallery this Wednesday, August 3 at 4:00pm to have all your questions answered!

The Mono Basin has several parcels of land that have easements with the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Photo by Erv Nichols.

The Mono Basin has several parcels of land that have easements with the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Photo by Erv Nichols.

The Eastern Sierra is a beautiful region with fascinating natural and cultural history. This area has drawn people in for generations for countless reasons—wildlife, ranching, and agriculture, to name a few. The Eastern Sierra Land Trust‘s Executive Director, Kay Odgen, will explain land trusts and how they can help protect critical habitats as well as help owners maintain their land.

Wilson Fire, Clark Fire updates

August 5th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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Well, it’s definitely fire season in the Eastern Sierra.

The Clark Fire is burning near Bald Mountain, east of Highway 395 and north of Owens River Road. The fire was caused by lightning and was detected yesterday afternoon—it is currently estimated to be about 1,600 acres and is 10% contained. The smoke plume from the fire is visible from Mono Lake and Lee Vining.

Clark Fire from South Tufa

The Clark Fire seen from the shore of Mono Lake on Thursday, August 4 around 6:30pm during a South Tufa tour. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The Wilson Fire north of Mono Lake, south of Highway 167, and three miles east of Highway 395 is mostly contained, with fire crews mopping-up and watching for flare-ups as winds pick up. It is suspected that this was a human-caused fire, though this is still being investigated. … more »

Wilson Fire burning north of Mono Lake

August 3rd, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Firefighters work on getting the small Wilson Fire out. Photo courtesy of John Ljung.

The small Wilson Fire is burning north of Mono Lake just off of Highway 167. Photo courtesy of John Ljung.

A small wildfire is burning north of Mono Lake after igniting last night. From the Inyo National Forest press release:

“Fire crews are responding to the Wilson Fire. The fire is north of Mono Lake, along the south of Highway 167 and three miles east of Highway 395.

“The fire is 16 acres and 5% contained at this time and burning in sagebrush and grass. Fire crews have constructed an initial fire line around the Wilson Fire and … more »

In the flowers: The Mono Basin in full bloom

August 2nd, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Adam Dalton, 2014 & 2016 Mono Lake Intern.

When I signed the Mono Lake intern employment contract early this summer, I noticed the document stated I was obliged to, “complete other tasks as necessary.” Never did I imagine that a “necessary task” would comprise of hiking through beautiful high-elevation meadows, conifer-flanked streams, and the Californian high desert in search of wildflowers!

The high elevations of the Mono Basin are in bloom right now. Come for a visit and check them out! Photo by Adam Dalton.

The high elevations of the Mono Basin are in bloom right now. Come for a visit and check them out! Photo by Adam Dalton.

Although sometimes overlooked in favor of birds, fish, trees, or other aspects of the natural environment, the Eastern Sierra’s small-yet-wonderful wildflowers … more »

Refreshing ‘Ologists: Sierra Nevada rain shadow

July 31st, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Grace Aleman, 2015 Information Center & Bookstore Assistant and 2016 Mono Lake Intern.

Curious about what makes the east side of the Sierra Nevada so much drier than the west side? Join us this Wednesday, August 3 at 4:00pm in the Mono Lake Committee gallery to learn more, in the latest Refreshing ‘Ologist lecture….

Photo by Andrew Youssef.

The Mono Basin lies on the drier, eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Benjamin Hatchett, a research scientist at the Desert Research Institute, will discuss what creates a stronger or weaker rain shadow effect during storms. He will also talk about how changes in the rain shadow affect streamflow on the dry side of mountains. Similarly, terminal lakes such as Mono Lake can act as rain gauges that rise and fall due to precipitation that falls within the rain shadow. Hope to see you there!

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