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New seasonal hours for the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore

September 26th, 2018 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

On Friday, September 28, the Information Center & Bookstore will close at 5:00pm for a special event. We will resume our 9:00am–7:00pm hours for the weekend.

Starting on Monday, October 1, we be open 9:00am–5:00pm for the fall, winter, and spring. We will still be open seven days a week, so please stop in to say hello, get information on Mono Lake, find out where to see the best fall colors, and accomplish some early holiday shopping—we’d love to see you!

Fall colors appearing in the Mono Basin

September 25th, 2018 by Max, Mono Lake Intern

As we say goodbye to summer and hello to another autumn, so too do we welcome back the beautiful fall colors!

The beginning of fall colors season, as seen from Conway Summit on September 22, 2018. Photo by Max Price.

Most of the aspen leaves are still bright green, doing their best to absorb the sun’s energy for as long into the growing season as possible, however sightings of yellow patches have been reported. The intense patchwork of lime-green and lemon-yellow has left the aspen groves looking like the citrus bin in your local produce aisle.

The fall colors are still in the early stages of their season, but … more »

Refreshing ‘Ologists: Mono Basin fisheries project with Ross Taylor

September 23rd, 2018 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

Join us on Wednesday, September 26 at 4:00pm in the Mono Lake Committee gallery for this week’s Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists presentation.

Scientists electrofishing in the Mono Gate One Return Ditch. Photo courtesy of Ross Taylor.

Ross Taylor, State Water Board-appointed Lead Fisheries Scientist, will be here to discuss fisheries monitoring and development of flow recommendations for Mono Basin streams. If you can join us, register here for this free program! … more »

Mono Lake webcam restored to life

September 20th, 2018 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician

High atop the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center resides the Mono Lake Committee’s webcam overlooking Mono Lake.

The author ascending into the upper story of the Scenic Area Visitor Center to retrieve the camera. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

This camera offers a small glimpse into the magic that is the Mono Basin with stunning sunsets and sunrises, as well as seasonal fall colors that emerge along restored Lee Vining Creek. Sometime in February 2018, as the sun was setting and a beautiful glow surrounded the lake, the Mono Lake webcam stopped communicating with us.

Why had our beloved webcam abandoned us? We called out to it every way we knew how, using command prompt. … more »

Book reading & signing for “Naming Mt. Thoreau” on September 30 in Lee Vining

September 19th, 2018 by Arya, Communications Director

Join us for a reading and book signing with Naming Mt. Thoreau editor Laurie Glover and contributors Gary Snyder, Tom Killion, Kim Stanley Robinson, and more!

• 2:00pm on Sunday, September 30, 2018
• at the Lee Vining Community Center
• free and open to the public
• books by the authors will be for sale, and all proceeds from the event support the Mono Lake Committee’s work

The new book, Naming Mt. Thoreau, is edited by Laurie with contributions 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. … more »

2020 Mono Lake Calendar call for submissions

September 18th, 2018 by Arya, Communications Director

The Mono Lake Committee invites you to submit photographs for the 2020 Mono Lake Calendar—we are seeking photographs of the highest caliber that capture the spirit and reflect the unique qualities of Mono Lake, its tributary streams, the high country, and wildlife of the Mono Basin.

Find the submission guidelines and forms here. The deadline for submissions, as always, is October 31.

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, mountains, weather, fall colors, and wildlife. Images of sand tufa (which are different from regular tufa towers) will not be considered due to the degradation affecting these features. Where possible, images identifiable within the context of Mono Lake’s and/or the Mono Basin’s unique scenic beauty will receive preference. In striving to represent the natural beauty of Mono Lake, images that are obviously or heavily filtered or manipulated will not be considered. … more »

Results are in for the 38th Annual Tioga Pass Run

September 15th, 2018 by Nigel, Birding Intern

Last Sunday, September 9, athletes from near and far joined us in the Eastern Sierra for the 38th Annual Tioga Pass Run.

Runners make their way up the Tioga Road just past the midpoint of the race. Photo by Dick Erb.

Starting outside the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining, the grueling but beautiful 12.4-mile course follows the Tioga Road up Lee Vining Canyon to the eastern gate of Yosemite National Park, topping out at 9,943 feet above sea level. A total of 148 runners and walkers completed the race this year, a new record!

This year’s overall winner, finishing in a time of 1:40:16, was … more »

Fall colors season begins soon

September 13th, 2018 by Max, Mono Lake Intern

It’s that time of year again! Yes, we are already halfway through September and the first official day of fall is just around the corner. As we welcome the cooler mornings, migrating Eared Grebes, and the occasional high-elevation snow flurry, we can also look forward to the much-anticipated fall colors. If fires or a busy schedule kept you from visiting Mono Basin this summer, don’t fret! You still have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what helps make the basin so spectacular—the changing hues of vibrant aspen trees.

So far there were only a few spots of fall color high up in Lundy Canyon on Monday, September 10. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Fall colors haven’t quite started to display in the Mono Basin quite yet, but within the next week we can expect to see some hints of yellow or orange streaks, especially at the higher elevations. Mid-September to mid-October is generally … more »

There’s still time to send in your 2018 Free Drawing tickets!

September 12th, 2018 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

If you haven’t yet entered the Mono Lake Committee’s 2018 Free Drawing fundraiser, there is still time. Send in your tickets by September 30 to be eligible for the early-bird prize—an iPad mini 4.

If you’re planning a trip to the Mono Basin this fall, be sure to stop by the Information Center & Bookstore and fill out a few tickets for the Free Drawing!

You’ll also be entered to win one of 26 other fabulous prizes including fun-filled vacations and relaxing retreats in the Mono Basin, San Francisco, Mammoth Lakes, Hope Valley, Benton Hot Springs, Yosemite, and more! Be sure to take a look at the complete prize list to see everything we are offering this year.

If you are already a member of the Mono Lake Committee, you … more »

Refreshing ‘Ologists: Effects of climate change on mountain ecosystems with Connie Millar

September 9th, 2018 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

Join us on Wednesday, September 12 at 4:00pm in the Mono Lake Committee gallery for this week’s Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists presentation. Connie Millar, US Forest Service Senior Research Ecologist, will be here to discuss the effects of climate change on mountain ecosystems. If you can join us, register here for this free program!

A pika near Virginia Lakes. Connie will be discussing her research on pikas, which are particularly vulnerable to rising temperatures. Photo courtesy of Ken Hickman.

Connie will provide an overview of her research into the responses of mountain ecosystems—in particular, pines and pikas—to changing climates. With information on how species responded to … more »

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