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Lee Vining students give tributary streams new trees for Earth Day

April 22nd, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director

This morning at 10:00 am students from Lee Vining Elementary school walked from their classroom down to Lee Vining Creek to plant trees for Earth Day. A tradition since 2005, this local Earth Day celebration is a great way to get outside and help out Mono Lake too.

In preparation, students from third, fourth, and fifth grade classes learned how to plant trees yesterday during a hands-on demonstration at school.

Today they carefully … more »

Winter Wren

April 21st, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: April 20, 2009

A little Winter Wren sang its fast-paced little song outside the Ice House office of the Committee before skittering into the vegetation to hide behind the garden canoe.

Memorial service held for Andrea Mead Lawrence

April 21st, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

This past Sunday, over 500 people gathered at Mammoth Mountain to pay tribute to Andrea Mead Lawrence on what would have been her 77th birthday.

The Andrea Lawrence Memorial, April 19

The Andrea Lawrence Memorial, April 19.

The event featured a roster of speakers, a video about her achievements from Olympic historian Bud Greenspan, a display of photographs from her many accomplishments, and a chance for … more »

Spring Update: Roads and businesses open; birds & flowers

April 17th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Today the Mono Cone and Monitor Pass both opened! Osprey are seen daily in Lee Vining and the very first flowers are blooming along the Lee Vining Creek Trail!

A snowstorm every few days has kept the air cool and the ground wet, and typically brings strong winds along with it. The weather is finally expected to warm up early next week with highs in the … more »

Vote for the Mono Lake Committee!

April 17th, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
The web revision team celebrates after launching the new website, November 2008!

Arya, Elin, Greg, and Geoff celebrate after launching the new website in November 2008!

We entered our fabulous website into the Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact design contest a few days ago. The contest organizers wish to award groups that demonstrate outstanding or innovative use of Adobe products to increase impact and further the missions of their organizations, and we felt that fit the bill perfectly. Winners are chosen on the basis of community votes, so please take a moment to vote … more »

Chautauqua spotlight: Aeolian Buttes & Flutes with Margaret Eissler

April 16th, 2009 by Arya, Communications Director

Here is a simple recipe for a beautiful morning: start with one volcano, preferably rhyolitic, with breathtaking views of Mono Lake, the Sierra Crest, and the Aeolian Buttes. Add one symphony-trained flute player and Tuolumne Meadows Interpretive Ranger as your guide. Add coffee to taste, or just roll out of bed and serve immediately. … more »

Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

April 15th, 2009 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

The 8th Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is June 19-21, 2009. Registration opened early Wednesday April 15th and over 100 people registered during the first three hours. Twenty of the sixty events were full by midday.

There is still a lot of room left in many of the still-open events, especially since this year, Friday June 19th is a full day of events. In previous years most of Friday’s events started in the evening.

To view the programs, schedule, and to register, visit

Say’s Phoebe, Yellow-rumped warblers…

April 10th, 2009 by tdomf_e48ef

Date of sighting: April 6, 2009

A Say’s Phoebe has been hanging around in Lee Vining, between Second and Third Streets.

Yellow-rumped Warblers are flitting in the trees at Gus Hess Park.

I watched an American Pipit wander around nervously on the lakeshore, and accidentally scared up a Wilson’s Snipe at the Lee Vining Creek Delta.

Hydrology update: 88% runoff forecast

April 9th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

The Mono Lake Committee found out this past week that the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) is forecasting 88% of average runoff for the 2009 Runoff Year (April 1, 2009–March 31, 2010) for the Mono Basin. Currently, the Mono Basin snowpack ranges from 89–102% of average.

Last year, DWP forecasted 86% of average runoff, but actual runoff turned out to be much less—about 64% of average based on preliminary numbers. This huge discrepancy was due to … more »

Memorial service April 19 for Andrea Lawrence

April 9th, 2009 by Geoff, Executive Director

A memorial service for Andrea Mead Lawrence is being planned for Sunday, April 19 in Mammoth Lakes. The service will be held at Mammoth Mountain. April 19 would have been Andrea’s birthday.

April 10 update: special rates are available in Mammoth Lakes for folks attending the memorial. Shilo Inn at (760) 934-4500 ($110, ask for the commerical rate and mention the Andrea Lawrence Memorial) and Juniper Springs at (760)924-1102 ($110, reference the Andrea Lawrence Memorial)

Updated April 9, 2:00 pm

Memorial gathering
in tribute to
Andrea Mead Lawrence

Sunday, April 19, 2009

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mountainside Conference Center
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Main Lodge
Mammoth Lakes, California

5:30 Doors open
6:00 Program begins promptly
Designated speakers
Film profile of Andrea by Olympic historian Bud Greenspan
8:00 Appetizers, beverages, Andrea’s favorite carrot cake, good company, and a chance to share stories among friends

Please allow ample time to arrive at the Conference Center as the program will begin promptly at 6:00 pm

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