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Monitoring Mono Lake’s level by ski

March 8th, 2019 by Maureen, Membership Assistant

In a winter full of snow, getting down to the lake has been a bit more challenging and a lot more fun.

A calm lake surface in not only incredibly scenic but ideal for lake level readings. With the onslaught of storms we’ve experienced this winter, a glassy lake has been a rare sight. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

The Mono Lake Committee monitors Mono Lake’s level throughout the year, at least once a month and usually more frequently. You can find monthly lake levels going back to 1971 here. The most important lake level reading of the year happens on … more »

Mono Lake Committee is hiring Information Center & Bookstore Assistants

March 7th, 2019 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.

Apply to work at the busy and dynamic Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore. Photo by Erv Nichols.

This is not your average retail experience: Along with selling books, T-shirts, and gift items, you will be … more »

Bookstore floor refinishing is well underway

March 7th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

While the Information Center & Bookstore is closed, we thought you might enjoy an update on how the floor refinishing is going.

The purpose of refinishing our floor is both aesthetic and functional. Deep grooves and worn areas were appearing and worsening, which created an eyesore that would have eventually become irreparable, permanently damaging the historic floor if not addressed.

Worn areas of floor were especially visible around the information desk and cash registers. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Naturally, the first step towards restoring our floor was … more »

February 2019 was Lee Vining’s snowiest February on record

March 5th, 2019 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Wow! With 53.3″ of snowfall, February 2019 was Lee Vining’s snowiest February on record. The Lee Vining record begins in 1989, with the previous record 49.0″ of total snowfall in February 1998.

February 2019 was Lee Vining’s snowiest February on record, and included days when it was possible to ski along the shore of Mono Lake. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.

Total snowfall for January and February 2019 was the third-largest on record with 78.5″, lagging behind the same time-frame in 2008 with 91.4″ of snow and 1993 with 81.2″ of snow. Snowfall this past February was 313% of average, and the January–February total was 209% of average. The … more »

Mono Lake Field Seminars open to non-members starting tomorrow

February 28th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Registration for the 2019 Field Seminars opens tomorrow at 9:00am to non-members. Of the 38 seminars we’re offering this year, seven have sold out already, so take a look at the list and sign up today to be sure you grab a spot!

Sign up for the En Plein Air oil painting seminar to get started painting outdoors in the Mono Basin’s inspiring landscape. Photo courtesy of Penny Otwell.

If you’re after birds this year, you can join Dave Shuford (waterfowl, shorebirds), Nora Livingston (all birds), Steve Shunk (woodpeckers), and David Wimpfheimer (all birds) in the field in search of species to add to your life list.

If you’re interested in enhancing your photography … more »

Last chance to secure your tickets for Wild & Scenic Film Fest in LA

February 26th, 2019 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

The countdown for the Mono Lake Committee’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Pasadena and Santa Monica is underway! If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there is still a chance to save 20% on tickets using the promo code MONOLAKE through tomorrow, February 28th.

Vala teaching her daughter Mathilda the art of casting as they fly fish together in Reykjavík, in My Mom Vala. Photo courtesy of South Yuba River Citizens League.

In just a few days Committee staff will be braving the LA freeways to make it to our members, prospective members, and movie-goers in Santa Monica and Pasadena. If you’ve already bought your tickets—great! Get ready to take in the 13 inspiring and … more »

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed while the floor is refinished

February 21st, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

If you’ve visited the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining, then you’ve walked on our unique and lovely historic floor.

The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore will be closed from February 26 through March 13 so the floor, which is original to the 1930s-era building, can be refinished.

The wooden floor is original to the building, which was built in the 1930s and used as a dance hall where miners, ranchers, and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power employees used to party after long days of work extending the … more »

Join the Mono Lake Volunteer team this summer

February 19th, 2019 by Jessica, Office Director

The Mono Basin teems with visitors during summer months, and their experiences here are greatly enhanced when they meet one of the 70-plus Mono Lake Volunteers also out and about during the summer.

Volunteers learn about Mono Lake’s simple but productive food chain at South Tufa. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Volunteers introduce Mono Lake’s natural history to visitors by roving the high-use areas around the lake, leading patio talks at the Scenic Area Visitor Center, and helping with invasive species removal events. Volunteers also help with office tasks—such as putting together mailings—here at the Mono Lake Committee offices.

Not sure if you’re ready to teach visitors about Mono Lake? That’s okay! We have a great training for … more »

Save the date for the 2019 Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner

February 16th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Save the date! Plan to join the Mono Lake Committee in commemorating Andrea Lawrence and her continuing legacy in the Eastern Sierra with the presentation of the Andrea Lawrence Award celebrating passionate engagement in community and the land.


Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner
5:30pm on Friday, May 3, 2019
Parallax Restaurant, McCoy Station
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Take a beautiful gondola ride up to McCoy Station for an evening of delicious food, inspiring company, and exceptional views as well as a celebration of the Andrea Lawrence Award recipient.

A storm to remember

February 10th, 2019 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide

Last Friday, February 1st, a few snowflakes began to fall as we were leaving work for the day. Anticipating the forecasted storm, Mono Lake Committee staff hurried home to make sure woodpiles were covered and houses were ready for “the big storm.” And what a storm it was!

Day one at the Information Center & Bookstore. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

It started out slow, with only 4 inches of wet heavy snow falling overnight, but by Sunday, the temperatures had dropped and 9 more inches of dry fluffy snow had … more »

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