The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on Wednesday, January 27 for our annual inventory count. We will resume winter hours on Thursday the 28th—open 9:00am to 5:00pm every day. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to see you all after our inventory day is complete!
Over the summer, when I gave tours at South Tufa, visitors often asked me, “What does it look like here in the winter?” Since I had only spent summers in the Sierra, I honestly wasn’t sure. I knew the Sierra crest would probably be snow-covered, and possibly the Mono Craters, but I couldn’t say anything for certain. Now I have been fortunate enough to spend my first winter in the Mono Basin, and what an amazing season it has been so far—from frozen streams to snow-covered tufa to all the animal tracks which are suddenly visible after a snow shower.
I still rejoice every time it snows, even when it is just a few flurries, and not only because I grew up outside Atlanta where we were lucky to get a single dusting of snow each year, but because I know each snow flake is another drop of water for Mono Lake which is exactly what we need, especially during this record drought. Enjoy these snowy photos from this winter and let’s hope for much more to come in the weeks ahead!
This essay, written by Ron Ozuna, appears in the 2016 Mono Lake Calendar.
Theodore Roosevelt High School had more than 5,000 students on a year-round schedule when we first started going to the Mono Lake Committee’s Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center in 2001. I was part of the Humanitas Program, teaching Environmental Science, and my partner (and wife) Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna, taught Environmental Literature. Together, we developed classes that included an unusual component: a five-day field trip to the Sierra Nevada for students to live, work, and learn about nature, animals, geology, water, and life.
We began planning the first trip by talking to Herley Jim Bowling, the Mono Lake Committee’s Los Angeles Education Coordinator. There were major obstacles—the trip would require the school to … more »
Recent updates on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse include the following items:
Point Blue has finished its 2015 report on the nesting success of California Gulls at Mono Lake. According to project coordinator Kristie Nelson, it was an above-average year—a welcome finding after a downward trend of below-average populations over the last ten years.
Welcome, 2016, and happy New Year to all who love Mono Lake!
This new year looks bright and beautiful from shore of Mono Lake—we hope it brings an end to the drought, a new water license for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, rushing meltwater surging down the streams in spring, and many new advocates for this important place.
Together, we survived the fourth consecutive year of drought. The Mono Lake Committee works year-round to protect and restore Mono Lake, its tributary streams, and your favorite places in the Mono Basin, and we couldn’t do it without your support. We hope you’ll consider making a year-end donation to help these ongoing efforts.
Making a donation is quick and easy—click the button below or give us a call at (760) 647-6595. Thank you, and happy New Year!
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 ❖
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!