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Support Mono Lake while shopping on Amazon – we’ve almost met our goal!

December 12th, 2016 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
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Thank you to everyone who has supported the Mono Lake Committee while shopping on Amazon this year—our annual goal is in sight!

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We’re less than $700 away from reaching our target of $4,500 raised through the Amazon Associate program. This program donates 5% of purchases made using this link back to the Mono Lake Committee—so to meet our goal we’ll have to collectively spend $14,000 by the end of 2016. That might sound like a lot, but if each of our 16,000 amazing members spends just $1 on their remaining holiday shopping through Amazon we will exceed our goal!

Bookmark this link to use when you shop on Amazon, and you can support our work to protect, restore, and educate about Mono Lake at no additional cost to you. Happy holidays!

Holiday shopping: Your favorite Mono Lake creatures

December 9th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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The holidays are quickly approaching and what better way to celebrate than with some familiar Mono Basin faces. Our 2016 Fall Catalog has a variety of holiday decorations and cards to choose from.

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Holiday cards: This year, have your seasons greetings delivered by your favorite Mono Basin critters illustrated by Wendy Morgan. Each card in the set of 10 says “May you have a Happy Holiday and a Joyous New Year!” printed in red inside. Available animals include black bears, Great Horned Owls, White-crowned Sparrows, and a pika. … more »

Mono Lake’s California Gulls in Audubon Magazine

December 8th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Mono Lake’s California Gulls and coyotes appear in the winter issue of Audubon Magazine, in an article by Jane Braxton Little: Amidst California Drought, Coyotes Creep Closer to Mono Lake’s Gull Colonies.

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Little spoke with Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin and local Point Blue Conservation Science researcher Kristie Nelson about plans to install a temporary electric fence across the emerging landbridge, intended to deter coyotes from reaching the gulls’ nesting islets. You can support the fence project here.

Little hit the nail on the head, writing, “Even if the fence thwarts the coyotes, the basic predicament at Mono Lake isn’t predators eating prey: It’s the loss of water.” So while we prepare to build the fence we’ll also be watching the weather closely for any sign of a break in this record-setting California drought.

Holiday shopping: Locally-made gifts

December 5th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Happy holidays from the Mono Lake Committee! If you are looking  to support small local businesses and Mono Lake this holiday season, we have you covered; our 2016 Fall Catalog features a great selection of gifts from local artists and authors.

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holiday-beard-balmOrganic whipped body butter: Living at high altitude we’ve become connoisseurs of good lotions and hand creams to get us through the cold dry winters, and nothing beats this organic whipped body butter from our friends at Joyous Organics in Mammoth Lakes. Choose between citrus vanilla and jasmine fragrances—each crafted from therapeutic-grade essential oils, and packaged in a glass jar.

Mountain man beard balm: Finally, the perfect gift for the mountain man in your life! This organic balm is made locally … more »

Fall 2016 Mono Lake Newsletter now online

December 2nd, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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newsletter-fa-coverOne day last fall, all together, the Mono Lake Committee staff trudged out to the exposed landbridge area between Black Point and Negit Island. It really was a trudge. Not only is it a deceptively-long distance through undulating gravel berms from previously-higher lakeshores to even get out to the exposed lakebed, but once you get that far it turns into an obstacle course of thick, slick mud. It was a chilly and windy day, so we were all bundled up from head to toe, which made it difficult to walk and talk. So, we waddled, swished, and crunched our way out there somewhat meditatively.

It’s an unfamiliar thing—going out to see something you’re not excited to see in the Mono Basin. But we knew we needed to see it—plus, there were wildlife cameras to check and … more »

Holiday shopping: New and exciting books

November 29th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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It’s always fun to browse the book selection here at the Mono Lake Committee’s Information Center & Bookstore whether you’re looking for a new field guide or a book of poetry, our diverse selection has something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite reads published in 2016 that are featured in the 2016 Fall Catalog.

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Celebrate the National Park Service centennial with two great books about our National Parks. First, Committee member and wilderness advocate Terry Tempest Williams takes you through America’s greatest treasures in The Hour of Land. She beautifully reflects on her time at 12 different … more »

It’s #GivingTuesday at Mono Lake too

November 29th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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Deadline: November 30 for 2018 Mono Lake Calendar submissions

November 28th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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If you’re planning to submit images to the 2018 Mono Lake Calendar, (and we hope you are) now is the time! The deadline of this Wednesday, November 30, 2016 is coming up fast. You can find the submission guidelines and forms here.

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November 30, 2016 is the deadline for the 2018 Mono Lake Calendar photo jury selection. Upload your submissions today!

We encourage you to submit high-quality photographs that you feel best capture the spirit of the Mono Basin’s geological and ecological wonders. To be selected for inclusion in the 2018 Mono Lake Calendar, images must depict subjects within the watershed boundary of Mono Lake. Possible subjects include … more »

Overnight snow blankets the Mono Basin

November 27th, 2016 by Andrew, Project Specialist
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Seven inches of snow fell overnight Saturday, blanketing everything in the Mono Basin with snow, including the islands. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Seven inches of snow fell overnight Saturday, blanketing everything in the Mono Basin with snow, including the islands. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

For days we have all been constantly checking the weather forecast, refreshing radar maps, and hoping that the predictions of an inch or two of snow would deliver. This morning, I pulled open my blinds and my jaw dropped. There was about half a foot of snow on the ground and I was thrilled. Having grown up in Georgia, any amount of snow is exciting for me, but this amount of snow—especially during this five-year drought—made me giddy. In my excitement, I actually took out my cross-country skis and skied along the road to the office before it was plowed! Along the Highway 395 corridor, between seven and 12 inches of snow fell overnight. … more »

Holiday shopping: Gifts for every Mono Lake enthusiast

November 25th, 2016 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the Mono Lake Committee! The holidays are quickly approaching and our Fall Catalog features tons of great gifts for anyone who loves Mono Lake. This year we’ve added even more great options, so you’re sure to find something for everyone.

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Mono Lake brine shrimp T-shirt: Show off your love for Mono Lake’s endemic brine shrimp with these Artemia monica shirts. Available in light turquoise with a women’s cut and moss green with a unisex cut. … more »

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