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Sponsors and raffle donations needed for the 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in LA

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

The Mono Lake Committee’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles is a fundraiser for the Committee’s Outdoor Education Center program, which connects students living in Los Angeles to the source of their water.

Participants in the Committee’s Outdoor Education Center from Port of Los Angeles High School help Joslyn and Andrew pick the names of the winners in the raffle. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

Sponsorship and raffle donations help us make this life-changing program possible for these students. (more…)

Mono Lake Committee is hiring Information Center & Bookstore Assistants

Saturday, January 18th, 2020 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Are you someone who loves talking with people and providing excellent customer service? Do you want to make the world a better place? As an Information Center & Bookstore Assistant at the Mono Lake Committee, you will be the face of this successful non-profit to visitors coming through the doors.

This is not your average retail experience—along with selling books, T-shirts, and gift items, you will be providing information to visitors about the important environmental success story of Mono Lake. You will sign up new Mono Lake Committee members and help visitors understand and appreciate Mono Lake’s unique ecosystem and the importance it plays for multitudes of birds and other wildlife.

You’ll be giving visitors (more…)

Tickets on sale now for Wild & Scenic Film Festival in LA

Friday, January 10th, 2020 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

Tickets for the Mono Lake Committee’s ninth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles are now on sale!

We hope you’ll be able to join us in March in either Sierra Madre, Santa Monica, or at our newest venue in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $20 for general admission ($25 at the door) and half-price for students. You can save 20% on tickets through February using promo code WILD20. You can also purchase a benefactor ticket, which allows you to sponsor one student’s five-day visit to the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center (along with (more…)

2019 in review: The 5-Mile Radius challenge at Mono Lake

Monday, January 6th, 2020 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide

A coyote trots along the wintry shore of Mono Lake on January 1, 2019. Photo by Nora Livingston.

In 2019, I set out to dig deeper into the natural history of the Mono Basin so I can better share it with visitors and locals alike. I took on a quest called the 5-Mile Radius (5MR) challenge that focuses on getting to know the flora and fauna within five miles of my home. It is more than keeping lists of birds seen and plants found—it is a way to pay careful attention to my community. It is a way to fall in love every time I set foot outside my door. In my particular case, it is also (more…)

Mono Lake CBC results

Friday, January 3rd, 2020 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide

The Mono Lake Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a one-day citizen science effort to tally all wild birds in the Mono Lake area. The 40th annual Mono Lake CBC was held on December 17, 2019.

Pinyon Jays in a Jeffrey pine. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Twenty-two birders, mostly local residents, counted every bird in the 15-mile diameter CBC circle centered on the northwestern edge of the lake. The circle includes all of Lee Vining south to the intersection of Highway 158 north and Highway 395 at Cain Ranch, west into the Sierra including Bohler, Lee Vining, Lundy, and Virginia canyons, north to Conway Summit, and east just past the islands in Mono Lake, which includes the areas of County and DeChambeau ponds, and the Black Point shoals.

The weather this year was (more…)

Ringing in 2020: The capacity to care

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

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.

“Mono Lake After Sunset.” Photo by David J. Gubernick.

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…)

Connie Millar honored with American Geophysical Union’s Ambassador Award

Saturday, December 28th, 2019 by Lisa, Associate Policy Director

Earlier this month at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference, Dr. Connie Millar was recognized as one of five recipients for the prestigious Ambassador Award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to one or more of the following areas: societal impact, service to the Earth and space community, scientific leadership, and promotion of talent/career pool. The Ambassador Award honors individuals whose achievements extend beyond those recognized by traditional scientific awards.

Connie Millar backpacking in the mountains of Nevada. Photo courtesy of Connie Millar.

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We’re hiring! Mono Lake Committee’s summer seasonal job openings are posted

Friday, December 20th, 2019 by Rose, Education Director

Have you always wanted to spend a summer living and working at Mono Lake? This may be your chance!

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 seasonal staff positions on January 1, 2020. Photo by Miranda Norlin.

The Mono Lake Committee is looking for passionate individuals to join our team for the busy 2020 summer season. This is your opportunity to share your love for Mono Lake and gain great experience working with a successful environmental non-profit.

Take a look at the (more…)

Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles: March 11–13, 2020

Friday, December 20th, 2019 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

The Mono Lake Committee is excited to announce our ninth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles! We will be featuring a series of short, inspiring, and engaging films that showcase amazing people, beautiful places, and unique perspectives.

This year, for the first time, we’ll be hosting the festival on three consecutive nights in the Los Angeles area:

Sierra Madre at the Sierra Madre Playhouse
March 11, 2020
7:00–9:30pm

Santa Monica at the Laemmle Monica Film Center
March 12, 2020
7:00–9:30pm

Downtown Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent
March 13, 2020
7:00–9:30pm

Tickets will be available starting January 8 here. All proceeds benefit the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center, where urban youth connect to the source of their water through outdoor activities and environmental stewardship. Spread the word and we’ll see you in March!

Mono Lake Committee bookstore holiday hours

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

The holiday season is here, and we hope you’ll stop in to explore the Information Center & Bookstore and ask us all of your Mono Lake questions as you travel along Highway 395.

Please keep in mind that the bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25) and New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1) so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families and friends.

We hope to see you during your winter journeys to the Mono Basin. Happy holidays!

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