Take a look at the seminars now so you know what to sign up for in two weeks when registration opens on Friday, February 1 at 9:00am for Mono Lake Committee members only. If you are not a Committee member, but you wish to register in February, you may join the Committee and sign up for the class of your choice at the same time. If you have any questions, you can check the list of frequently asked questions, email the Field Seminar team, or call (760) 647-6595.
This essay, written by Caelen McQuilkin, appears in the 2020 Mono Lake Calendar.
Born and raised in Lee Vining, I have lived and breathed Mono Lake, and the Eastern Sierra, from before I learned to walk. I remember family backpacking trips to Cascade Lake, where I would sit on the cooling granite and watch the sun sink below the Sierra crest, staining the swooping granite pinnacles with rosy pink. I remember floating in Mono Lake on warm summer days, gazing up at the soft blue sky and letting the sun soak into me.
As the years slipped by and I began adding more peaks to my summit list and learning the names of wildflowers, I became more and more curious about the world around me. I believed, and still believe, that the basin of knowledge available in my backyard is infinite and ever-changing, that there is always more to discover, always another section of the map to explore, always another lake to swim in. This constant sense of wonder has crafted the lens through which I see the world.
At seventeen, I still (more…)
Reserve your spot in the Winter Photography at Mono Lake field seminar, coming up January 10–12, 2020!
So far this winter we have experienced all kinds of picturesque weather—snowstorms, bright sunny days, poconip ice fog, skims of ice on Mono Lake, and colorful sunrises and sunsets. It’s shaping up to be a great season for winter photography.
Professional photographer and longtime Monophile (more…)
This weekend when you shop our online store for unique holiday gifts, get a free 2020 Mono Lake calendar with any purchase of $50 or more!
No promo code is necessary for your free calendar—just place your order for at least $50 worth of merchandise before midnight on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Your free calendar won’t appear on your online receipt, but don’t worry, it will be added to your order here at the office. (more…)
Together with our Giving Tuesday challenge-match, we raised more than $15,000 for Mono Lake!
Thank you … for stepping up, pitching in, joining us for sunrise, sharing your love of Mono Lake, and for supporting protection, restoration, education, and science at Mono Lake with your donation.
If you didn’t have a chance to donate on Giving Tuesday, your donation can still be matched by Patagonia. Donate to us today on Patagonia Action Works and they will match it up to $10,000 per donation and $10 million total through the end of the year.
Just as every drop of water helps Mono Lake rise, donations of any size help keep the Mono Lake Committee’s work going strong.
On Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for your faithful support shown in so many ways: visits to our Lee Vining headquarters, emails asking about our work, purchases in the bookstore, views of our website, phone calls from far away, Facebook and Twitter comments, Instagram photos, generous donations, and most of all—your love for Mono Lake. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.
Due to snow in the forecast, Tioga Pass will be closing temporarily tomorrow afternoon at 3:00pm.
According to Yosemite National Park, the closure could last for several days or longer. For the most current road conditions, call Yosemite at (209) 372-0200 (then 1, 1). Be safe when traveling through the mountains in inclement weather!
But during the recent windstorm-induced power outage (see page 17), I got to thinking about Mono Lake’s output. It powers the phalaropes (see page 6) on their long migration to South America after they have stopped here to gorge on brine shrimp and molt. On their non-stop flight to Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Paraguay, each new feather, each tiny digestive system is powered by Mono Lake. (more…)
Travel to the Mono Basin in winter to experience the “forgotten” season on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Winter here is quiet, majestic, and worth discovering with a guide on one of our winter field seminars.
• Winter Photography at Mono Lake •
January 10–2, 2020 • Joe Decker
• Mono Basin Winter Wanders (half-day) •
February 1 & 15, March 7 & 21, 2020 • Nora Livingston
We asked for help protecting the Mono Basin’s world-class scenic views and dark night skies, and you responded in a big way. Thank you to the more than 700 of you who sent a comment letter about the proposed Tioga Inn project!
It was such a pleasure to read your letters as they rolled in—they are detailed, heartfelt, and demonstrate your strong connections to Mono Lake, the Mono Basin, and the Eastern Sierra. Keep an eye on the Mono Lake action center—we plan to post excerpts from them there.
Though the legal deadline was yesterday at 5:00pm, you can still send a letter. The Mono County Community Development Department has encouraged additional comments, writing:
“The public is invited to comment until a final decision is made regardless of the closure date of the DSEIR comment period. Comments can be submitted after the close of the DSEIR comment period and County staff commits to providing a response, even though not required, through public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Therefore, the public continues to have the opportunity to comment on and potentially affect the outcome of the project until the final decision.”
Thank you for your letters to Mono County, for your continuing interest in this project, and most of all, for your love for the Mono Basin. More to come—stay tuned.