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2018 Mono Lake Calendar call for submissions

October 18th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Mono Lake Committee invites you to submit photographs for the 2018 Mono Lake Calendar—we are seeking photographs of the highest caliber that capture the spirit and reflect the unique qualities of Mono Lake and the Mono Basin.

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Find the submission guidelines and forms here. Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

We are looking for: images of scenes within the watershed boundary of Mono Lake, and possible subjects include, but are not limited to: plants, geologic features, streams, mountains, … more »

“The story of Mono Lake gives me hope”

October 12th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Lisa Godenick, 2016 Outdoor Education Instructor.

The latest group that traveled to the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center from Los Angeles was Communities for a Better Environment (CBE). Aimed at empowering communities of color and low-income communities, CBE works on a myriad of environmental issues in neighborhoods to improve public health, air quality, and drinking water.

Members of CBE pause for a group photo after learning about the brine shrimp and the alkali fly. Photo by Antonia Chihuahua.

Members of CBE pause for a group photo after learning about the brine shrimp and the alkali fly. Photo by Antonia Chihuahua.

There were 15 participants, including staff, who came for a week of experiential education in the Mono Basin. Communities for a Better Environment was founded in the same year as the Mono Lake Committee, 1978. … more »

Fall color along Mono Lake’s tributary streams

October 9th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake’s tributary streams are wondrous in every season. Right now their bright foliage runs like ribbons of fire from the folds of the Sierra all the way to the shores of Mono Lake.

Aspens are lighting up along Mono Lake's tributary streams. Photo from October 7, 2016 by Nora Livingston.

Aspens are lighting up along Mono Lake’s tributary streams. Photo from October 7, 2016 by Nora Livingston.

Dry for decades due to excessive water diversions by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Mono Basin streams were rewatered and brought back to life thanks to … more »

Seminar spotlight: Mono Basin Fall Photography

October 5th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake and the surrounding basin is a magnet for nature photographers. Professionals and amateurs alike are drawn to the unique, otherworldly landscapes, striking canyons, and the dynamic light often present. The abundant opportunities provide the perfect outdoor classroom to learn the fine art of landscape photography.

Mono Basin Fall Photography • October 11–13 • $275 per person/$250 for members • sign up here

Lundy Canyon in autumn. Photo courtesy of Robb Hirsch.

Lundy Canyon in autumn. Photo courtesy of Robb Hirsch.

Join professional photographer Robb Hirsch as he teaches participants the process of creating the strongest possible images. Everybody has an individual perspective … more »

Guided fall color trips at Mono Lake

October 4th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Our Guided Trip program offers a Fall Color Foray trip—a half-day guided trip that emphasizes ecology and conservation of aspen during visits to beautiful groves in the peak of their color dance.

The Sierra Nevada in the background with a dusting of snow!

Fall color glows east of the Sierra Nevada. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Click on the dates to sign up: October 13, 3:00–7:00pm  October 15, 8:00am–12:00noon  October 18, 8:00am–12:00noon  October 19, 3:00–7:00pm

Each trip is $75 per person or $65 for members. The price of your ticket benefits Mono Lake! … more »

Fall colors are glorious at Mono Lake right now

September 29th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Fall is officially here! Crisp air, blue skies, and multicolored aspen groves bring visitors from all over to enjoy the Mono Basin and soak up the beauty of the area as the aspen trees turn from glittering green to gold, clementine, and crimson.

Green and golden aspens at Parker Lake, September 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mary Ljung.

Green and golden aspens at Parker Lake, September 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mary Ljung.

Why do leaves change color in fall? The short story is that after spending all summer photosynthesizing and storing sugars for new growth next spring, leaves eventually get blocked from transporting nutrients in and out towards the branches and buds, and the chlorophyll (the green pigment that is essential … more »

Deer migration season in the Eastern Sierra

September 25th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Dear travelers and locals alike,

If you’ve ever spent time driving Highway 395, especially during fall or spring, you’ve most likely had the chance to see one of the Eastern Sierra’s many mule deer.

Family of mule deer enjoy a beautiful day at County Park. Photo by Sandra Noll.

Family of mule deer at County Park. Photo by Sandra Noll.

These beautiful animals are part of the Round Valley mule deer herd. Every spring they migrate to higher elevations to give birth and feed on the foliage of alpine meadows, returning each … more »

Mono Lake winter photography field seminars

September 21st, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This coming winter we are pleased to offer two winter photography field seminars for the first time! Winter at Mono Lake is a very special season, and both these seminars will combine the snowy, foggy, icy photographic conditions with the full and nearly-full moon lighting up the nighttime landscape.

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.

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The Forgotten Season • January 13–15, 2017 •
Full Moon in February • February 10–12, 2017 •
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Registration will open on Saturday, October 1 for Mono Lake Committee members only, and on November 1 for non-members. To sign up, call (760) 647-6595 or register online. … more »

Mono Lake Mobile expansion—check it out

September 20th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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If you can’t make it to South Tufa for one of the weekend 1:00pm guided tours, don’t despair; there is Mono Lake Mobile! Visit the Mono Lake Mobile site on your cell phone and learn about everything from the legal battle to save Mono Lake to the lives of the brine shrimp and alkali flies that inhabit the lake.

Whether you are visiting the shore of the lake during a quiet December afternoon or you just want to escape to Mono Lake from home, monolakemobile.org is the place to go. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Whether you are visiting the shore of the lake during a quiet December afternoon or you just want to escape to Mono Lake from home, monolakemobile.org is the place to go. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

You can even take a complete self-guided tour of the South Tufa area, narrated by yours truly, and supplemented by dozens of photos and animations. If you’re listening to … more »

Fall walking tours at South Tufa

September 20th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Summer is certainly winding down at Mono Lake—our seasonal staff is beginning to migrate away, the temperatures are getting cooler, and there are already some hints of fall color in the mountains.

Free walking tours at South Tufa happen at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Free walking tours at South Tufa happen at 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The guided tour schedule at South Tufa also changes in the fall. Free walking tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm through October. If you will be in town during the weekend come learn about the fascinating natural and political history of the lake during this quieter time of the year.

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