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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…)

Tioga Pass will close temporarily at 3:00pm on November 19

Monday, November 18th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Due to snow in the forecast, Tioga Pass will be closing temporarily tomorrow afternoon at 3:00pm.

Tioga Pass will close temporarily at 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 19 due to winter weather. Photo courtesy of Yosemite National Park.

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!

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!

Fall 2019 Mono Lake Committee staff migrations

Friday, October 18th, 2019 by Jessica, Office Director

The 2019 Mono Lake Committee staff. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

In a blink, summer 2019 came to a close and another excellent group of seasonal staff headed out into the world, in one way or another changed by their time spent in the Mono Basin.

When not answering questions on the front counter, Information Center & Bookstore Assistant Kevin Brown also presented his talk, “Save the Pupfish! History, Water, and the Surprising Persistence of the Devils Hole Pupfish,” at our Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists lecture series.

Merryn Venugopal is sticking around the Eastern Sierra for the winter after a great summer as Information Center & Bookstore Assistant. We were fortunate to have her professionalism and experience with retail systems at the front counter all season. (more…)

Fall 2019 Mono Lake Newsletter now online

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

At the Mono Lake Committee we spend a lot of time thinking about inputs of water into Mono Lake. How much? For how long? In what patterns? From what sources? When will it arrive? Is it enough?

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…)

Join us for a winter field seminar at Mono Lake

Friday, October 11th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

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.

Join us for a winter field seminar to experience the “forgotten” season in the Mono Basin. Photo by Arya Harp.

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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

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Registration will open on Tuesday, October 15 at noon. To sign up, call (760) 647-6595 or register online. (more…)

Fall colors are just starting in the Mono Basin

Thursday, September 26th, 2019 by Krista, Birding Intern

Autumn in the Eastern Sierra is a captivating time of year. After a busy summer of growth and renewal, vibrant pockets of yellow, gold, and red spills down steep canyon walls and across hilltops. Most of the birds have flown south for the winter, and the autumn leaves quiver and shine throughout a silent landscape. Though the fall colors have just started to pop up in isolated pockets throughout the Eastern Sierra, the crisp clean air announces more fall splendor to come soon!

Lundy Canyon fall color on 9/26/19. Photo by Krista Fanucchi.

Some small groups of aspen are just starting to change color along the June Lake Loop (7,654′), in Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′), and (more…)

Join us for a Mono Lake field seminar this fall

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 by Alison, Canoe Coordinator

Sign up for a field seminar to take the best advantage of fall color season in the Mono Basin. Photo from 2018 by Andrew Youssef.

Shorter days and cooler temperatures mark the changing season here in the Mono Basin. Things are starting to slow down in Lee Vining, but insiders know that fall is the perfect time to visit, and we are excited to offer six field seminars this coming fall! (more…)

Fall hours at the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 by Chloe, Mono Lake Intern

It’s that time of year again! Fall is nearly upon us and that means some changes are happening here at Mono Lake. Not only are fall colors beginning to appear in the Eastern Sierra and temperatures are dropping to near freezing at night, but the Mono Lake Committee will soon be transitioning to fall hours.

As of Sunday, September 15, the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be open 9:00am–7:00pm. Starting on Sunday, September 29, we’ll be open 9:00am–5:00pm. As always, we’re open seven days a week.

A few seasonal staff will remain for the next couple of weeks and all of the usual friendly faces will stay here year-round. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, play the Mono Lake Story film in the gallery, or help you pick out a new book to read. Whether you are visiting Lee Vining for a few days or just driving through, feel free to stop by and say hello!

“An effort of this magnitude will never be perfect”

Friday, September 6th, 2019 by Kevin, Information Center & Bookstore Assistant

Twenty thousand years ago, a glacier churned down Lee Vining Canyon. Hundreds of feet thick at the top of the canyon, the glacier reached its maximum extent at the site of what is now the US Forest Service ranger station, just west of Lee Vining.

It is now easier to picture this arm of what scientists call the Tioga glaciation thanks to a new US Geological Survey map showing its extent throughout the Yosemite region. Greg Stock, geologist for Yosemite National Park and one of the map’s authors, spoke at the Mono Lake Committee last month. To a packed room, he described the jumble of moraines, boulders, and rock striations that he and his colleagues deciphered to build the map.

The USGS’s new map, released this summer, shows the extent of the Tioga glaciation in the vicinity of Yosemite National Park. This corner of the map shows a glacier flowing down Lee Vining Canyon toward ancestral Mono Lake (Lake Russell). Image courtesy of the USGS.

But this latest map is based on more than work by Stock and his colleagues. It also draws on the efforts of an earlier generation of scientists. In other words, just as the Tioga glaciation isn’t the only glacial period in the Sierra Nevada’s past, the 2019 map is not the first map of the Tioga glaciation in the park. (more…)

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