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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 by Anna, Philanthropy Director

As the calendar speeds quickly towards Thanksgiving, there are so many things for which we are grateful! This time of the year connects us with so many members through year-end contributions.

As you consider a year-end gift to support the protection, restoration, education, and science research work of the Mono Lake Committee, I wanted to share some different ways people use to support the work of the Committee that might be helpful for you to consider.

Donor Advised Fund
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that lets you combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support the Mono Lake Committee. (more…)

Amazon will donate 5.5% of your purchase to the Mono Lake Committee

Sunday, November 17th, 2019 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

The Mono Lake Committee online store has a wide selection of books and Mono Lake merchandise, but there are some items we don’t carry that you can probably find on Amazon.

You may be familiar with the Amazon Smile program, which allows you to designate a charitable organization of your choice to receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases, but did you know you can have ten times the impact by simply following this link before shopping on Amazon? (more…)

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore closed on Thanksgiving Day

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28. On Friday we’ll resume our regular hours–open 9:00am to 5:00pm every day.

On Thanksgiving Day, we will be grateful for your generous donations, faithful support, visits to our Lee Vining headquarters, phone calls from far away, and most of all your love for Mono Lake. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving!

Shop for Mono Lake this holiday season

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

The holiday season is upon us! It’s time to start making your lists—and checking them twice. There are many great gifts to choose from in the Mono Lake Committee’s online store, and as with all purchases made from the Committee, 100% of the profits go towards protection, restoration, and education programs here at Mono Lake!

Do your holiday shopping at Mono Lake Committee’s online store to support our work on behalf of Mono Lake. Photo by Elin Ljung.

We invite you to peruse our online store and 2019 Fall Catalog to help you start checking gifts off your list. Purchases can be made directly online, or if you would like to call with your order you can phone (760) 647-6595, Monday through Friday, 9:00am–5:00pm to be assisted by one of our staff “elves.” (more…)

Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center turns 25

Thursday, November 7th, 2019 by Rose, Education Director

Since 1994 the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center has been connecting students from Los Angeles to the source of their water. Photo by Miranda Norlin.

“Where does your water come from?” This question has been asked to thousands of students visiting the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center (OEC) from Los Angeles over the past 25 years. At the beginning of their week-long stay in the Mono Basin, some students are unsure.

By the end of the week, there is no question. They have played in high Sierra snow, traveled to the northern extent of the Los Angeles Aqueduct at Lee Vining Creek, pulled invasive plants along Mono Lake’s tributary streams, and pondered the total ecological destruction narrowly escaped at Mono Lake. Through these experiences, they learn where their water comes from, about themselves as (more…)

Phalarope researchers and their muses flock to Mono Lake

Monday, November 4th, 2019 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide

If you’ve been to Mono Lake in late July, you may have been lucky enough to have seen the elegant aerial ballet of a flock of Wilson’s Phalaropes.

Phalarope surveyors counted birds through binoculars in a clockwise transect around Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of Ryan Carle.

This summer there were thousands of phalaropes along Mono Lake’s south shore, so visitors were fortunate to have the chance to witness these small shorebirds in magnificent flocks dancing above the reflective lake surface, turning on a dime, flashing their white bellies all at once before seeming to disappear in the dark mountain background when they turn their brown and gray backs in unison. This flocking behavior is a truly breathtaking sight to behold. It was a notable phalarope summer at Mono Lake in several other ways as well. (more…)

Monitoring willow growth along Rush Creek

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 by AnnaLisa, Mono Lake Intern

After tumbling out of the car following a jaunt down Forest Service roads to Rush Creek, fellow intern Meghan and I started the steep, sandy descent to a location known as Vestal Springs, weaving our way between fragrant sagebrush and rose shrubs.

AnnaLisa measuring a willow stem as Robbie looks on. Photo by Meghan Cihasky.

The springs are named for California Fish & Game Biologist Elden Vestal (1914–1998), an expert on Mono Lake’s tributary streams and a critical witness during the courtroom and State Water Board proceedings leading up to the 1994 Mono Lake decision.

Vestal Springs support a lush, grassy oasis separate from the nearby riparian habitat of Rush Creek. In addition to grasses and wildflowers, the area is scattered with large willow trees. It is these trees that Meghan and I came here for. (more…)

New Inyo National Forest Land Management Plan released: Mono Lake tributary streams receive Wild and Scenic River System eligibility

Thursday, October 24th, 2019 by Bartshé, Eastern Sierra Policy Director

After more than five years of planning and public process, Inyo National Forest Supervisor Tammy Randall-Parker signed and released the Final Record of Decision for the Inyo National Forest Land Management Plan on October 23, 2019.

The new Inyo National Forest Land Management Plan includes Wild and Scenic River System eligibility for 15 segments of Mono Lake’s tributary streams, including Lee Vining Creek. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

The new Forest Plan replaces the 1988 version, and will provide much-needed and updated management direction for the Inyo’s two million acres. Included in the final plan are area-specific desired conditions for the Mono Basin. In addition to management direction for the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area (incorporating existing Scenic Area Management plan guidelines), the new plan includes additional Wild and Scenic River System eligibility for 15 segments of Mono Basin streams—something the Mono Lake Committee advocated for extensively. (more…)

Calling Mono Lake photographers!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 by Arya, Communications Director

Submitting images for consideration for the Mono Lake Calendar has never been easier, so if you have a beautiful shot, we’d love to see it! Now is the time—the deadline is next Thursday, October 31, 2019, and you can find submission information here.

2020 Mono Lake Calendar

We are looking for images of scenes within the watershed boundary of Mono Lake, and possible subjects include, but are not limited to: plants, geologic features, streams, (more…)

“Naming Mt. Thoreau” reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz on November 6

Monday, October 21st, 2019 by Arya, Communications Director

Friends and fans of the book Naming Mt. Thoreau—edited by Laurie Glover and published by the Mono Lake Committee’s Artemisia Press—won’t want to miss this special opportunity for a reading by the book’s contributors in Santa Cruz.

  • Where: Bookshop Santa Cruz at 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Day: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Time: 7:00pm (Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins.)
  • Cost: Free
  • The book: Naming Mt. Thoreau, edited by Laurie Glover with art, photos, and essays from Michael Blumlein, Dick Bryan, Darryl DeVinney, Hilary Gordon, Tom Killion, Paul Park, Kim Stanley Robinson, Carter Scholz, Gary Snyder, Christopher Woodcock, and David Robertson.

In the fall of 2014 this notable group of friends gathered to (more…)

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