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Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee

December 25th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday season …

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…. and a happy New Year from the Mono Lake Committee.

Photos courtesy of Arya Degenhardt, Malcolm Mosher Jr, Santiago Escruceria, and John Dittli.

Mono Lake Committee holiday hours

December 23rd, 2015 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Are you planning a visit to Mono Lake this December? If so, don’t forget to stop in at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore! We will be open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm with the following exceptions:

❖  December 24: Open 9:00am–1:00pm  ❖  December 25th: Closed all day  ❖

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We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy winter solstice from Mono Lake

December 21st, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Happy winter solstice from Mono Lake!

South Tufa in the pre-dawn light. Photo courtesy of Chris Decker.

South Tufa in the pre-dawn light. Photo courtesy of Chris Decker.

As the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt back toward the sun, we welcome more light, longer days, and new season.

Interns then and now: Randy Arnold

December 18th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Sara Matthews, 2015 & 2016 Mono Lake Intern.

I was first introduced to former Mono Lake Committee intern, Randy Arnold, amid the excitement of the runway at the Trail Chic fundraiser back in the summer days of June. The Mono Lake Committee was taking the opportunity to honor Randy Arnold for his continued support of the Mono Lake Committee and his ongoing support of non-profits through his work at Barefoot Wine. I didn’t quite know who the man radiating good nature and smiles was at the time, but luckily, in writing this piece I had the opportunity to find out.

This past summer, Randy (right) was presented with a Mono Lake Committee Board of Directors Resolution in recognition of his steadfast, fun, and creative dedication to Mono Lake. Education Director Bartshe Miller and Board member Martha Davis presented Randy with the resolution. Photo by Erv Nichols.

This past summer, Education Director Bartshe Miller and Board member Martha Davis presented Randy with a Mono Lake Committee Board of Directors Resolution in recognition of his steadfast, fun, and creative dedication to Mono Lake. Photo by Erv Nichols.

For 25 years, Randy has worked for Barefoot Wine and for most of that time he has also been a member of the Mono Lake Committee—a commitment spawned from his experiences as a youth. At 14 years old, he first laid eyes on Mono Lake … more »

We’re hiring: Come work at Mono Lake!

December 16th, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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What’s better than spending a summer working at Mono Lake? Arguably, nothing!

The 2015 Mono Lake Committee staff. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

The 2015 Mono Lake Committee staff. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Applications for the Mono Lake Committee’s summer 2016 seasonal jobs are now posted, so if you want to canoe, lead interpretive programs, go bird watching, work in our beautiful Information Center & Bookstore, and learn all there is to know about Mono Lake, check them out.

Hiring begins now and positions are open until filled. If you are interested, make sure to apply early. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please read the job description for the appropriate person’s contact information.

Last chance for Mono Lake Committee holiday gifts—order before it’s too late

December 12th, 2015 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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If you’ve ever visited the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in person, then you know our location is quite remote. As a result, mail shipped from the Mono Lake Committee isn’t as speedy as mail from, say, Los Angeles or the Bay Area. Add in the possibility of winter storms and delayed travel, and you’ll understand how the term “snail mail” came to be.

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We want to make sure you get your Mono Lake Committee gifts by Christmas—therefore, we are now sending out our last call for shipping. Place your orders by Wednesday, December 16 to ensure that they reach you by Christmas using standard shipping. Place your orders by Friday, December 18 and select expedited shipping if you’re placing a last-minute order (added charges will apply). And once again, thank you so much for your support!

Quick report: Mono Lake at Cop21

December 11th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Communications Director Arya Degenhardt sent this photo and quick report while on vacation at Cop21 in Paris:

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“While exact outcomes remain to be seen, the atmosphere at Cop21 remains positive and optimistic. It has been quite an experience to be here, especially for the water-supply related discussions. Stories of long-term, forward-thinking, citizen-based perseverance like the ongoing Mono Lake story have provided hope and inspiration here in Paris. As this photo was taken, UN delegates were entering negotiations—some clearly knew Mono Lake, and gave us a lively cheer!”

Mono Basin, Mammoth, & Bishop Christmas Bird Counts

December 10th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Canyon Wren. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

It’s time once again for the annual Christmas Bird Count! All skill levels are invited to participate in this important citizen-science effort sponsored by Eastern Sierra Audubon. Results from these counts show long-term population trends and shifting demographics; plus it’s great fun to get out and see the birds!

  • Monday, December 14 — Mono Basin
  • Saturday, December 19 — Bishop
    RSVP to Chris Howard:
    (Let him know if you prefer a specific area or teammate or if you’d prefer to be a feeder-watcher)
  • Sunday, December 20 — Mammoth Lakes

Hope to see you out there!

Holiday shopping: For the birds & for Mono Lake

December 9th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician
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Not everybody’s heard about the birds, but bird’s the word. With cards, socks, and candles available from the Mono Lake Committee, you’re sure to find the perfect something for that special birder in your life:

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Holiday card sets: Whether you choose the Red-Breasted Nuthatches with red ornaments, Great Horned Owls perched on a starry night, or the Hairy Woodpeckers pecking away in the snow, you’ll be sure to spread some holiday cheer with … more »

South Tufa tours continuing through winter

December 5th, 2015 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Thinking about a weekend getaway to Mono Lake? Now is a beautiful time to visit with cooler temperatures, snow-covered peaks, and ultimate solitude. This year, we are offering free guided South Tufa tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm through the winter in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve.

On a calm day, Mono Lake beautifully reflects tufa towers, like Pirate Ship Tufa, pictured here. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

On a calm day, Mono Lake beautifully reflects tufa towers, like Pirate Ship Tufa, pictured here. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Come explore the enchanting South Tufa area with an expert naturalist to learn more about the natural and political history of Mono Lake. We will talk about … more »

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