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Every drop counts—make a 2016 donation now!

December 30th, 2016 by Geoff, Executive Director
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Photo courtesy of John Dittli.

Photo courtesy of John Dittli.

Together, we survived yet another 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!

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Earthquakes jolt Mono Lake region

December 28th, 2016 by Bartshé, Education Director
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A swarm of moderate earthquakes struck overnight with two magnitude 5.7 and one magnitude 5.5 centered approximately 30 miles north-northeast of Lee Vining, just inside the Nevada border. No damage was reported, but most residents were awakened by a moderate rocking motion lasting less than 30 seconds. The temblors were felt from Hawthorne, Nevada and across the Central Sierra and Central Valley. Minor earthquake activity continues in the region, including a small earthquake along the southeast shore of Mono Lake. The Mono Basin and Eastern Sierra are geologically active, and there is always concern and speculation with future volcanic activity. Earthquake swarms like this have occurred in the past near Long Valley and Mammoth Lakes, and thus far all have faded into geologic history.

Recent earthquake activity near Mono Lake.

A swarm of earthquakes hit the Mono Lake region overnight and early morning on December 28, 2016. Screen capture courtesy of earthquate.usgs.gov.

Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee

December 25th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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Best wishes for a joyous, peaceful, and snowy holiday season …

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….and a snowy, happy New Year from the Mono Lake Committee. (Fingers crossed for snow, snow, snow!)

Mono Lake Committee holiday hours

December 22nd, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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The holiday season is here, and we hope you’ll stop in to explore our shop and ask us all of your Mono Lake questions as you travel along Highway 395.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Please keep in mind that the Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25 and New Year’s Day: Sunday, January 1 so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families and friends.

We hope to see you during your winter journeys to the Mono Basin. Happy holidays!

A Mono Basin winter solstice

December 21st, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Happy winter solstice from the Mono Basin!

Photo by Elin Ljung.

The last light of day peeks in on Mt. Gibbs and Mt. Dana, the top of the Mono Basin watershed. Photo by Elin Ljung.

As the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt back toward the sun, we welcome more light, longer days, and new season. It gets brighter from here!

Work at Mono Lake this summer!

December 19th, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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What does almost every permanent staff member at the Mono Lake Committee have in common? Most started their Committee careers as seasonal staff; either as Mono Lake Interns, Information Center & Bookstore Assistants, Canoe Coordinators, or Outdoor Education Instructors. We have all enjoyed leading canoe tours, interpretive programs, and worked shifts in the bookstore.

Mono Lake Interns lead canoe tours as one of their many jobs every summer.

Mono Lake Interns lead canoe tours as one of their many jobs every summer. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Job descriptions for the Mono Lake Committee’s summer 2017 seasonal jobs are now posted, so if you would like to join us in one of the most unique places in the American West, check them out!

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2017 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.

January full moon photography workshop at Mono Lake

December 17th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Start the year with a full moon photography seminar at the shore of Mono Lake!

The Forgotten Season • January 13–15, 2017 •

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.

The towering snow-covered Sierra, frosted tufa towers, eerie poconip fog, and bright moonlight will make for unique photographic opportunities.

Experienced workshop instructor Joe Decker will be teaching the seminar, which will feature a special gourmet dinner from chef Linda Dore at her new restaurant, Epic Cafe. The combination of stunning winter scenery, expert instruction, and tasty food is not one to be missed.

To sign up, register online or call (760) 647-6595.

Final holiday offer: Free Mono Lake Calendar today only

December 16th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Today is the last day to place your orders and get them in time for Christmas, and because you’ve been a great customer at the Mono Lake Committee Bookstore, we have a special deal for you. Today only, spend $50 at the Committee’s online store and we’ll throw in a free 2017 Mono Lake calendar … or spend $75 and get a calendar plus a blown-glass ornament!

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Your free gift(s) will be added to your order automatically here at the office. They will not show up on your online receipt, but don’t worry—the Mono Lake Committee elves will make sure you get them. Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee!

Mono Lake, Mammoth, and Bishop Christmas Bird Counts coming up

December 15th, 2016 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide
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Every winter, from December 14 to January 5, birders all over the Americas get together to contribute to one of the largest citizen science data sets in the world. It’s called the Christmas Bird Count, or CBC.

A rare Varied Thrush in Lee Vining in December 2009. Photo courtesy of Justin Hite.

A rare Varied Thrush in Lee Vining in December 2009. Photo courtesy of Justin Hite.

Interestingly enough, the CBC it started as a Christmas hunting competition, but as conservation issues rose, an ornithologist named Frank Chapman sparked the idea of a count instead of a hunt. One hundred and sixteen years ago (in 1900), the first Christmas Bird Count occurred: 27 birders counted birds all day in 25 different locations. The count evolved and grew … more »

Last call for holiday shipping: December 16 and 20

December 13th, 2016 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. For orders being shipped throughout the United States place your orders by Friday, December 16 to ensure that they reach you by Christmas. If your order will be shipped within California, place your orders by Tuesday, December 20. Use expedited shipping if you place your order after these dates; no guarantee of holiday arrival.

Happy holidays and thank you for your support!

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