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What happens at Mono Lake if the government shuts down?

December 21st, 2018 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

Update 12/22: A government shutdown is in effect.

Funding for about 25% of the federal government will expire tonight at midnight EST. If a stop-gap spending bill is not passed today, a partial government shutdown will begin and affect a large amount of public land in our area including the Inyo National Forest, Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, Yosemite National Park, and Bureau of Land Management lands. We have compiled the best current information we can gather. … more »

Calling all Mono Lake lovers: Apply to work here in the summer!

December 21st, 2018 by Jessica, Office Director

As the Office Director for the Mono Lake Committee, I spend my summer days scheduling canoe and South Tufa tours, Information Center & Bookstore shifts, special school group visits, Outdoor Education Center programs, invasive species removal events, stream and lake monitoring, and bird walks at County Park.

Apply now to join our dedicated staff working in one of the most beautiful places in the West. Photo by Arya Harp.

However, none of these things can actually happen without the dedicated seasonal staff that arrives in … more »

Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles: March 6 & 7, 2019

December 20th, 2018 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician

The Mono Lake Committee is excited to announce our eighth 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.

There will be two opportunities to catch our films: … more »

Mono Lake bookstore holiday hours

December 19th, 2018 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 Eve (Monday, December 24), Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25), and New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 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!

QCD? IRA? RMD? Charitable IRA rollover donations

December 16th, 2018 by Anna, Philanthropy Director

If these acronyms don’t look like a jumble of alphabet soup, then this post is for you! We have recently had several members call with questions about making donations directly from an IRA to support the Mono Lake Committee. Here is a little more information if this is something that interests you.

The charitable IRA rollover, or qualified charitable distribution (QCD), is a special provision allowing particular donors of age 70½ or older to exclude from taxable income—and count toward their required minimum distribution (RMD)—certain transfers of Individual Retirement Account (IRA) assets that are made directly to public charities, including the Mono Lake Committee.

Since it was first made available in the tax year 2006, many donors have used this option to support charities of their choice with tax-wise gifts ranging from $100 to $100,000.

If you would like more information about making a gift to the Mono Lake Committee from your IRA, please email me or give me a call at (760) 647-6595 x112.

The Mono Lake Committee’s 2018 Annual Report

December 12th, 2018 by Arya, Communications Director

The Mono Lake Committee’s 2018 Annual Report is now available!

2018 Mono Lake Committee Annual Report cover

The 2018 Mono Lake Committee Annual Report is now available! Cover photo courtesy of Richard Erb.

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 »

Today only, get a free Mono Lake calendar with a $50 purchase

December 11th, 2018 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Today only when you shop our online store for unique holiday gifts, get a free 2019 Mono Lake calendar with any purchase over $50—no promo code is necessary.

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. As always, 100% of the proceeds from your order will benefit the Mono Lake Committee, and go towards protection, restoration, and education programs at Mono Lake.

Not finding what you’re looking for in our store? Your Amazon purchases can still benefit the Mono Lake Committee. Make sure to follow this link to direct 5% of your purchase towards protecting and restoring the Mono Basin (that’s right—5%!).

Christmas Bird Counts are on the horizon!

December 9th, 2018 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 118 years—the 2018–2019 season is the 119th CBC!

Rough-legged Hawks are typically only in Mono County during the winter months, and they blend right in with the patchy snow. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Last year, people tallied over 56 million individual birds during the count window. These counts help show trends in bird populations … more »

Mono Lake Committee staff gift guide

December 7th, 2018 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Still looking for the last few holiday gifts on your list? Our helpful staff have put together this handy guide to our favorite things available in our online store. As always, 100% of any purchase made through our website supports our work to protect and restore Mono Lake!

Maureen’s daughters Sadie and Norah love the kids’ vintage Mono Lake hoodie!

Kids’ vintage Mono Lake hoodie
My daughter Sadie loves wearing her favorite lake on this comfy sweatshirt, especially when … more »

Notes from the Mono Lake Committee’s 40th anniversary guestbook

December 5th, 2018 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

This year, to commemorate the Mono Lake Committee’s 40 years of protection, restoration, and education work in the Mono Basin, we created a guestbook for visitors to sign in the Information Center & Bookstore. Visitors from around the world signed their names and shared their favorite Mono Lake moments. In fact, visitors from 21 countries, 24 US states, and 139 different cities signed the guestbook this summer.

Be sure to sign the guestbook and share your favorite Mono Lake moment the next time you’re in Lee Vining.

Reading through each entry, it’s clear how much Mono Lake has made an impact on all who have visited. One visitor wrote about … more »

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