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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…

Adopt-a-Highway clean up day

This morning a group of volunteers and myself got together to help clean up the Mono Lake Committee’s adopted mile-long section of Highway 395. After a few weeks of much-needed rain, it was a lovely cool morning with sunshine and…

Highway 270 to Bodie closed this week

The unpaved road connecting Highway 270 to Bodie State Historic Park will be closed to the public from 6:00am to 6:00pm from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 8 as State Parks staff conduct much needed road repairs. The park…

Trail Chic 2022 was a huge success

After a three-year hiatus Trail Chic sprang back into life last week thanks to the generosity of Randy Arnold of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and the creativity of the local community. About 75 people from Mono City to Mammoth Lakes…