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Olympic dry

May 19th, 2014 by Bartshé, Education Director
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After three consecutive drought years and the warmest winter on record, the level of Mono Lake is telling.

Photo by Rose Catron.

From South Tufa and the west shore of the lake, where most visitors travel, new expanses of alkali flat and tufa have emerged. The walk to the shoreline is now a bit longer. The infamous Mono Lake mud, which strips footwear off of unsuspecting feet, grows in extent as the water recedes. Shallow stretches below Navy Beach test the patience of paddlers as they struggle to carry, drag, and scrape their craft over sand and shoals to reach navigable water. The tufa- and alkali-studded bathtub ring above the water’s edge grows and becomes a more frequent topic of conversation among visitors in the Information Center & Bookstore—“wow, the lake has sure dropped since I last saw it.” … more »

Mono Lake Committee field seminars kick off in June … sign up now!

May 15th, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Starting in June the Mono Lake Committee’s 2014 field seminar season kicks off, ushering in a summer of 20 exciting classes that offer the chance for participants to delve beyond a basic understanding of the Mono Basin’s natural and cultural history in a hands-on way.

South Shore Kayak field seminar participants get an up-close view of brine shrimp, underwater tufa towers, freshwater springs, and flocks of birds. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Our three June seminars include a class on the Mono Basin’s mining history, a guided Mono Lake kayaking tour, and a weekend of artistic exploration using brilliant pastel chalks. There’s still room in all three classes, so sign up before you miss your chance! … more »

The Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner: Celebrating collaborative environmental work

May 7th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Emma Oschrin, 2014 Project Specialist.

Quentin Lawrence, Steve Parmenter, Nancee Murray, and Geoff McQuilkin with the Andrea Lawrence Award after the dinner. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

As the Mono Lake Committee says goodbye to winter and truly begins to gear up for the summer season, the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner serves as a marker for the turning of a new leaf. Before the dinner, our staff focuses on fundraisers such as the Wild & Scenic Film Festival–Los Angeles, and creates a beautiful Mono Lake calendar for the following year. After the dinner, the office is buzzing with news of the soon-to-be-arriving seasonal staff and plans for the Bird Chautauqua. The Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner is a bookend to winter and spring and when the event is finished, we get into full-on summer mode. … more »

Tioga Pass is open again!

May 7th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Emma Oschrin, 2014 Project Specialist.

Good news: Tioga Pass (Highway 120 west) has just reopened!

Springtime in the Mono Basin: brightly blooming bitterbrush and occasional storms. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Start planning your trips over the pass to see Mono Lake. Just be sure to keep an eye on road conditions as storms can cause sudden changes in the Eastern Sierra.

Tioga Pass closed temporarily

May 6th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Emma Oschrin, 2014 Project Specialist.

Due to the recent storm, Tioga Pass (Highway 120 west) is temporarily closed. While we only had a sprinkling of rain in the town of Lee Vining, Tioga Pass is at a much higher elevation and received enough snow to warrant a road closure. Yosemite National Park has not released an official time frame for reopening the road but we will update the Mono-logue as soon as we have more information.

One more Mono Lake Intern position open

May 6th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2014 Office Director.

There is less than a month to go before summer officially begins, and there is still one Mono Lake Intern position open.

If you or someone you know is interested, please check out more information here or contact Office Director Rosanne Catron at (760) 647-6595 x120.

A couple of photos from my recent post.

May 2nd, 2014 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 05/01/14

A Lesser Goldfinch and a White-throated Sparrow.

Lee Vining Birds

May 2nd, 2014 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 02/05/14

Taking a short walk around my neighborhood I saw the following birds:
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Bullock’s Oriole -my first for the year!
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Brewer’s Blackbird
Cassin’s Finch
Red-tailed Hawk
American Robin
White-breasted Nuthatch
Hairy Woodpecker
and a very rare vagrant White-throated Sparrow! Got good photos of this bird.
What a sweet stroll it was… Enjoy!

Tioga Pass is open!

May 2nd, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Happy Tioga Pass opening day! Tioga opened this morning at 10:00am all the way through Yosemite National Park. Will you be making a trip over to visit Mono Lake any time soon?

Due to the drought and an extremely low snowpack, this is the third-earliest Tioga Pass opening date after 1977 (April 8 ) and 1976 (April 10).

There are no visitor services open between the town of Lee Vining east of Yosemite and Crane Flat, on the western side of the park. All campgrounds, the gas station, the store, and the village grill are closed, with no anticipated opening dates yet. Due to the high elevation of Tioga Pass (nearly 10,000 feet above sea level) it’s still very early spring up there, with snowy and icy conditions along hiking trails. Also, Tioga Pass may close temporarily if there’s any weather in the forecast, so always check road conditions before you drive.

Tioga Pass will open tomorrow, Friday, May 2 at noon

May 1st, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for: Tioga Pass will open tomorrow, Friday, May 2 at noon! … more »

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