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It’s flower season at Mono Lake

Despite an abnormally dry winter, flowers are once again blooming in the Mono Basin. Some are blooming later than in a typical year, but we are still seeing a full array of beautiful colors by Mono Lake and its tributary…

San Francisco Chronicle covers Mono Lake’s low level

Readers in the San Francisco Bay Area opened the San Francisco Chronicle this morning to see a feature article about Mono Lake and the challenges the present-day, persistent low lake level presents for humans, birds, and the environment alike, challenges…

Mono Lake is a story

It’s a straight shot south on Highway 395 from Carson City to Mono Lake, and it’s a drive I remember well from the back seat. Driving it myself feels like that moment when you can’t remember if something happened in…

The Trail Chic fashion show fundraiser is back!

If you know, you know. If you don’t, you should join us for Trail Chic 2022! When: Friday, July 22 at 7:30pmWhere: Lee Vining Community CenterWhat: An astroturf runway, the latest in trail fashion, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly (for a donation), trail…

Phalarope surveys return to Mono Lake

One of my most influential early birding memories involved phalaropes. It was a family trip to Monterey Bay, California around Labor Day, and my sister and I had been interested in birds for a few years, but we weren’t what…

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory working at Mono Lake

NASA has been coming to Mono Lake for many years, and they are back on our shores once again. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) team arrived last Sunday and set up a mobile laboratory in the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor…

Free summer activities at Mono Lake

Summertime in the Mono Basin may just be the most magical time in this strikingly special place. Bright days in the sun, still calm clear water, warm starry nights. It’s a perfect time to make the most of these long…