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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 »

Mono Lake in High Country News

December 4th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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High-Country-News-with-Mono-IMG_4143You may have noticed that our favorite lake made an appearance in the latest issue of High Country News! Subscribers, check out the article online or in your print edition; non-subscribers can read the full article online in late December.

Reporter Madeleine Nash paid Mono Lake a visit at the beginning of last summer and explored the basin with scientist Scott Stine and many others. She walked the lakeshore and talked with Geoff, Lisa, Greg, and other Mono Lake Committee staff about big-picture philosophical water questions, including the regional impacts of climate change on Mono Lake. Her perceptive and well-written piece homes in on the issues that are shaping the challenges that lie ahead for the Committee and Mono Lake:

“Long after this dry spell ends, the worries it has awakened will shadow the future. How will Mono Lake fare in a world in which the carbon-loaded climate threatens to become unhinged, raising the specter of droughts more profound than any we’ve ever experienced? Will it stand as a shining example of how people can use natural resources without destroying them? Or will it be regarded as a lesson in limits, so that the best we can hope for is to keep this strange inland sea in a liminal state, neither optimally full nor desperately empty?”

Holiday shopping: Eco-friendly gifts

December 3rd, 2015 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the eco-conscious? This holiday season, consider giving one of our eco-friendly products or one of our selected non-fiction books on environmental issues. In our 2015 Fall Catalog, we have two beautiful products which feature reclaimed and recycled materials and some fascinating books on environmental science, water use, and climate change. As always, all proceeds from our bookstore go right back to protection, restoration, and education at Mono Lake.

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California woodworker Win Tatro’s cutting boards are the perfect addition to the kitchen of any eco-conscious cook. These beautiful, handmade cutting boards are made from reclaimed wood including red oak, walnut, and … more »

Lake-effect snow piles up south of Mono Lake

December 2nd, 2015 by Bartshé, Education Director
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Mono Craters under 10 inches of new lake-effect snow, November 27, 2015. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Mono Craters under 10 inches of new lake-effect snow, November 27, 2015. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday a cold, dry, low pressure system dropped into the Great Basin and turned on the snow-making machine south of Mono Lake. Cold air moving south over Mono Lake warmed slightly and absorbed evaporative water from the lake. As the air rose over the Mono Craters and points south the water vapor cooled and fell as snow. From November 26–27, champagne powder piled up over localized areas like the Mono Craters. Although Lee Vining and Eastern Sierra precipitation remains about average for October and November, the most recent storm provided an unusual lake-effect snow phenomenon. … more »

This year, for Giving Tuesday at Mono Lake …

December 1st, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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… we wanted to send out a happy snapshot and a quote from the writings of Mono Lake Committee Co-founder David Gaines.

Mono Lake can teach us to listen, to watch, to live quietly, to see the world anew. -- David Gaines

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Totally honestly, we’re a bit on the fence about Giving Tuesday ourselves. Is it just hype? Another bit of chaos to add to the holiday season? Does it do any good? What we’re not on the fence about is sharing our love for this place and the Mono Lake Committee members who make the work to protect and restore it possible, every day. So, we’ll go with that, and the simple reminder that we’re out here feeling thankful for your support, in all the beautiful ways you choose to show it. And, as always, we’re sending you best wishes from Mono Lake. #givingtuesday

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