Hoar frost clings to pine needles on a branch that holds a now open cone.

Natural history

The snow covered boardwalk snakes through bare brambles towards Mono Lake.

Mono Lake Moment: Down the boardwalk

This Mono Lake Moment takes you down the snowy boardwalk at the Mono Lake County Park and there’s an unexpected wildlife sighting, a Wilson’s Snipe. Can you pick it out in the straw-colored grass where it is perfectly camouflaged? Wishing…
A birds eye view of Lee Vining buildings from a hill shows Mono Lake in the distance.

Mono Lake Moment: Following bear tracks

This candid Mono Lake Moment follows Black Bear (Ursus americanus) tracks in the snow up a steep hill above Lee Vining and reflects on life in this small unique community filled with character, perched on the edge of the Great…
Tall evergreen trees line the yellow coast of a blue lake, and patches of ice surround the surface under bright sunlight.

Mono Lake Moment: Singing ice

Today’s Mono Lake Moment sits you down on the side of a frozen freshwater lake in the Mono Basin to listen to it sing and crack in the warming sun. The sounds shoot through the ice and rumble below the…
A brown hilly landscape dotted with evergreen trees slopes up into the dark and snow striped Sierra Nevada mountains against a blue sky.

Genny Smith memorial Mono Lake Moment

On Friday, November 27th at 11:00am PST, there will be a special Mono Lake Moment in memory of Genny Smith, the Naturalist Queen of the Eastern Sierra, who passed away in 2018. Genny played a key role in the protection…
A close up of a gray bird sitting on a rock near green water.

Mono Lake Moment: American Dipper

I was lucky to capture this rare moment with an American Dipper, Cinclus mexicanus, along Lee Vining Creek. Dippers are the only songbird that swims, almost flying underwater to capture their aquatic prey. Find all the other Moments we have…