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We’re hiring! Mono Lake Committee’s summer seasonal job openings are posted

December 20th, 2019 by Rose, Education Director

Have you always wanted to spend a summer living and working at Mono Lake? This may be your chance!

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 seasonal staff positions on January 1, 2020. Photo by Miranda Norlin.

The Mono Lake Committee is looking for passionate individuals to join our team for the busy 2020 summer season. This is your opportunity to share your love for Mono Lake and gain great experience working with a successful environmental non-profit.

Take a look at the … more »

Time lapse video: Watch Mono Lake rise a foot before your eyes

December 20th, 2019 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

In 2019, Mono Lake an entire vertical foot. Watch below for a quick time lapse video showing the this past summer’s lake rise and see the shoreline change by the day.

It has been an exciting year for Mono Lake and its tributary streams with the lake rising a foot and the best possible streamflows secured on Rush, Lee Vining, Parker, and Walker creeks.

We hope you’ll consider sending a year-end gift today to help the Committee prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead in 2020. The protection and restoration of Mono Lake is ongoing; we’re grateful that your support is, too. Thank you.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles: March 11–13, 2020

December 20th, 2019 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

The Mono Lake Committee is excited to announce our ninth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles! We will be featuring a series of short, inspiring, and engaging films that showcase amazing people, beautiful places, and unique perspectives.

This year, for the first time, we’ll be hosting the festival on three consecutive nights in the Los Angeles area:

Sierra Madre at the Sierra Madre Playhouse
March 11, 2020
7:00–9:30pm

Santa Monica at the Laemmle Monica Film Center
March 12, 2020
7:00–9:30pm

Downtown Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent
March 13, 2020
7:00–9:30pm

Tickets will be available starting January 8 here. All proceeds benefit the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center, where urban youth connect to the source of their water through outdoor activities and environmental stewardship. Spread the word and we’ll see you in March!

Winter Photography at Mono Lake field seminar still has space

December 19th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Reserve your spot in the Winter Photography at Mono Lake field seminar, coming up January 10–12, 2020!

Early morning light sifts through bands of poconip ice fog at Mono Lake. Photo courtesy of Joe Decker.

So far this winter we have experienced all kinds of picturesque weather—snowstorms, bright sunny days, poconip ice fog, skims of ice on Mono Lake, and colorful sunrises and sunsets. It’s shaping up to be a great season for winter photography.

Professional photographer and longtime Monophile … more »

Mono Lake Committee bookstore holiday hours

December 18th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

The holiday season is here, and we hope you’ll stop in to explore the Information Center & Bookstore and ask us all of your Mono Lake questions as you travel along Highway 395.

Please keep in mind that the bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25) and New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1) so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families and friends.

We hope to see you during your winter journeys to the Mono Basin. Happy holidays!

Mono Lake’s California Gulls make headlines once again

December 17th, 2019 by Arya, Communications Director

In an article released today, “Non-native weeds are engulfing the ancient breeding grounds of Mono Lake’s California gulls,” the Los Angeles Times revisits the colorful history and challenging current situation on the gulls’ nesting islands.

It’s another chapter in the fascinating, colorful, and ongoing story of Mono Lake’s California Gulls.

In 1978 the National Guard made the first of two attempts to blast a moat across the landbridge to Negit Island. Archive photo from Storm Over Mono by John Hart.

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Invasive weed threatens nesting habitat of Mono Lake’s California Gulls

December 13th, 2019 by Bartshé, Eastern Sierra Policy Director

Editor’s note: This fall and winter the Mono Lake Committee has been working again with the Inyo National Forest to organize a prescribed burn to rid Mono Lake’s islets of the invasive weed Bassia hyssopifolia, which is threatening the viability of the nesting California Gull colony. We re-post this article here to provide background information about Bassia and the gulls.

Last century’s water diversions from the Mono Basin greatly changed the ecosystem of Mono Lake, and that legacy continues to test successive generations of California Gulls. A falling lake level, the first emergence of the landbridge in 1979, coyotes crossing to Negit Island, and gulls abandoning their once-secure breeding colony—these were tragic events. California Gulls (Larus californicus) became one of the rallying points for saving Mono Lake, and while the colony suffered, the birds adapted and shifted nesting to the newly-emerged islets adjacent to Negit that provided refuge from coyotes because they were still surrounded by water.

By 2018, Bassia hyssopifolia had spread rapidly on the Negit Islets, significantly reducing California Gull nesting habitat. Photo courtesy of Kristie Nelson.

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Spend $50 this weekend and get a free 2020 Mono Lake calendar

December 13th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

This weekend when you shop our online store for unique holiday gifts, get a free 2020 Mono Lake calendar with any purchase of $50 or more!

No promo code is necessary for your free calendar—just place your order for at least $50 worth of merchandise before midnight on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Your free calendar won’t appear on your online receipt, but don’t worry, it will be added to your order here at the office. … more »

Christmas Bird Counts around the corner

December 11th, 2019 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide

Each winter, tens of thousands of people get together all over the Western Hemisphere and count birds in what is possibly the largest community-science project in the world. The Christmas Bird Count, or CBC, has been going on for 119 years—the 2019–2020 season is the 120th CBC!

A Clark’s Nutcracker with food in its crop (a special pouch in its throat), on last year’s Mammoth Lakes CBC. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Last year, about 80,000 people tallied over 48.6 million individual birds during the count window. The previous year’s count was over 56 million. These counts help show trends in bird populations, because the areas where people are counting are standardized into individual 15-mile-diameter count circles and the counts are repeated the same way every year.

Want to participate in a count near you? … more »

2019 Mono Lake Committee Annual Report

December 7th, 2019 by Arya, Communications Director

The Mono Lake Committee’s 2019 Annual Report is now available online and in print!

The 2019 Mono Lake Committee Annual Report is now available online. Photo courtesy of Thomas Piekunka.

The report is full of photos of the Mono Lake Committee in action in our focus areas of protection, restoration, education, and scientific research. It also has the Committee’s … more »

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