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Field Seminar registration opens March 1 for non-members

February 21st, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Registration for the Mono Lake Committee’s 2014 Field Seminars opens on March 1st for non-members—take a look online here to see which seminars you might be interested in attending this summer. Also, since members get to register early and receive discounts, you might consider joining the Mono Lake Committee while you’re at it!

Birding at the County Park boardwalk with instructor David Wimpfheimer. Photo by Elin Ljung.

This year, field seminar topics include photography, botany, watercolors, geology, … more »

2013 Mono Lake California Gull report now online

February 21st, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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2013 was an average year for the California Gull population at Mono Lake. Kristie Nelson, the Mono Lake California Gull Project Leader for Point Blue Conservation Science, finished the annual report in December. She reports that population size was average, and fledgling rate was below average but not especially low.

Read the 2013 California Gull report here

A volunteer collects a California Gull chick for banding. Photo courtesy of Jessica Malish.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival program preview

February 17th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Julia Frankenbach, 2014 Project Specialist.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival–Los Angeles, to be held this year in El Segundo, is fast approaching! On Thursday, March 6th, we will celebrate our theme of “Watering the Future” with ten inspiring films exploring water-related issues and journeys. These previews will give you a taste of what to expect during the first segment of the festival.


Our night of film will open with I Am Red, a short film that celebrates the beauty and power of the Colorado River and laments the challenges faced by a river that no longer flows to the sea. This narrative film takes on the water’s perspective … more »

Mono Basin preliminary runoff forecast: 33% of average

February 14th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Each year, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) issues a preliminary runoff forecast in February, March, and April, based on snow surveys on the first of the month. This month’s snow surveys were 25% of average in the Mono Basin, and so it is not too surprising that the April–September runoff forecast is also 25%. The April to July forecast of 23% is looking somewhat worse than runoff during that period for the rest of the state.

Lee Vining Creek and Mono Lake on February 12, 2014: no snow on the ground. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The forecast for the 2014 runoff year (April 1, 2014–March 31, 2015) is 33% of average. That is the number we watch on April 1st and after the final May 1st runoff forecast, because it determines the flow requirements in the streams for the remainder of the runoff year … more »

February 1 snow surveys find just 25% of average snow water content in the Mono Basin

February 5th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The February 1st snow surveys are in, and they are very dry. The Mono Basin snow water content is 16% of the April 1st average, and 25% of the February 1st average.

Name Date Water Content* Previous Lower Records
Gem Pass 28-Jan 2.0″ (6%) 1.7″ in 1991
Tioga Pass 31-Jan 6.0″ (22%) 1976, 1977, 1987, 1991
Saddlebag Lake 31-Jan 6.5″ (21%) 1976, 1977, 1987, 1991
Ellery Lake 31-Jan 6.0″ (21%) 76, 77, 87, 91 (1994 tied)
Gem Lake 28-Jan 2.5″ (8%) tied in 1977
*% of April 1 average

It is important to note that the surveys in the Rush Creek drainage—Gem Pass and Gem Lake—were conducted before the January 30th storm, and found only 6% and 8% of the April 1st average water content, respectively. The surveys in … more »

Mono Lake rose in January thanks to end-of-month storm

February 4th, 2014 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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January was an extremely dry month in the Mono Basin—almost. Mono Lake was at the bulls-eye of a January 30 snowstorm that dropped 3/4-inch of precipitation at Cain Ranch, and 9 inches of snow containing 1.35 inches of water in Lee Vining (about 50% of our January average).

The snowy scene at Old Marina, late on January 30. Photo by Elin Ljung.

This was our biggest storm—and our biggest monthly precipitation total—since December 2012, over a year ago! Prior to that month, it was January 2012—two years ago—that you have to go back to if you want to find a bigger monthly total. To illustrate how remarkable that is, usually there are four months each year that are wetter than January 2014 was, but we have only been getting … more »

Mono Lake is for lovers: Valentine’s Day shopping at the Mono Lake Committee

February 1st, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Julia Frankenbach, 2014 Project Specialist.

As we welcome the first days of February, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Whether you want to do something nice for a significant other, a family member, or a friend, the Committee’s bookstore is an excellent place to find Valentine’s Day gifts for the people who enrich your life. Check out our special selections after the jump, below.

Come visit us in person, browse our online catalog, or call (760) 647-6595 to order your gifts. Please keep in mind: we can guarantee delivery of your package by Valentine’s Day only if you place your order on or before February 7. After this day, we cannot guarantee that your package will arrive by Valentine’s Day. … more »

It’s finally a snow day at Mono Lake!

January 30th, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Guess what it’s doing here today? SNOWING!!

Julia and Terry joyfully measure the night's snow accumulation: 4 inches measured at 9:00am. Photo by Elin Ljung.

With all the talk about drought in California and the West, and with the recent conclusion of the driest calendar year in the Sierra Nevada, these puffy white flakes falling from the sky couldn’t be more welcome. I took the following photos at 9:00 this morning, but since then the snow just keeps … more »

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Los Angeles: Tickets now available

January 25th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Julia Frankenbach, 2014 Project Specialist.

The Mono Lake Committee is once again bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Los Angeles, and tickets are on sale now.


The theme this year is “watering the future”—a timely subject considering California’s drought conditions. This year’s event will feature engaging environmental and adventure films with a focus on water issues. Seating is limited, so be sure to buy your tickets soon.

  • When: March 6, 2014, 7:00pm–10:00pm. Come early to catch the organ player! First 20 people in the door will receive a free stainless Mono Lake Committee cup.
  • Where: The Old Town Music Hall at 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. Free parking just next door to the theater off of Richmond Street.
  • Tickets: Festival Ticket: $10. Member deal ticket: $25 for new or renewed membership plus $1 ticket.

Be sure to check out our event website and follow the Wild & Scenic LA event on Facebook and Twitter for more information on the festival and the unique films. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles on March 6!

Amazon for Mono Lake raised over $1,000 last year

January 23rd, 2014 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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By now, hopefully most of you know that shopping on Amazon using the link www.shopformonolake.org sends 5% of those sales back to the Mono Lake Committee, where we put those proceeds to hard work for Mono Lake. Last year, people using that link raised $1,380.08 for Mono Lake!


The Amazon program has been earning us steadily increasing amounts since we started it: $888.87 in 2012 and $450.58 in 2011. The bottom line? It works, and we’re grateful for every penny.

In 2014, how much could we raise for Mono Lake through the Amazon program? $2,000? More? Please bookmark the link and spread the word to your friends and family—with 5% of the purchases of just a fraction of our 16,000 Mono Lake Committee members, imagine what we could do.

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