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Fall foliage at Mono Lake

Fall color season is starting up and down the Eastern Sierra, including here in the Mono Basin! When will the fall colors be at their peak? That’s the key question, and Mono County Tourism is the best place to find…

Thank you, Yvon, for Patagonia’s next big step

As an unassuming email landed in our inboxes from clothing company Patagonia about the company’s next step to “save our home planet,” phones buzzed with the news alert, office-mates shared the link, and the outlook for planet Earth made a…

Results of the 41st annual Tioga Pass Run

On Sunday, September 11th, athletes from near and far lined up on Highway 395 in front of the Mono Lake Committee, ready to make the trek up Tioga Pass. The objective of this race is simple—athletes accept the challenge to…

Mono Lake returns to NPR’s Blue Dot podcast

You might remember hearing the Mono Lake story on NPR’s Blue Dot Podcast in May of 2021. Host Dave Schlom chatted with Nora Livingston, our Lead Naturalist Guide, about the geology, ecosystems, and organisms of Mono Lake, and later with…

Mono Lake from an outside to an inside perspective

Time and time again you hear people talking about Mono Lake and the surrounding basin as a weird and otherworldly environment, but how is it seen from a true outside perspective? My name is Amelia, I am a seasonal intern…

California Gulls nest safely this year

As California weathers another drought and Mono Lake’s level continues to drop, the landbridge from the mainland to one of the world’s largest California Gull nesting colonies continues to re-emerge—and with it—concern for the gull population put at risk of…

Shorebird survey of Mono Lake’s entire shoreline

Mono Lake is known for its shorebirds—flocks of dainty phalaropes awe us as they fly amongst the tufa, striking black-and-white avocets congregate at the County Park boardwalk, and sandpipers forage on recently exposed mudflats. Even at its unnaturally low level,…

Call for submissions for the 2024 Mono Lake Calendar

The Mono Lake Committee invites you to submit photographs for the 2024 Mono Lake Calendar—we are seeking photographs of the highest caliber that capture the spirit and reflect the unique qualities of Mono Lake, its tributary streams, the high country, and…

Natural history from Mono Lake to Tioga Pass

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of assisting the Mono Lake Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide Nora Livingston in the inaugural run of our field seminar called “Natural History at the Edge of the Sierra.” From the shore of…