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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 »

Mono Lake Committee gift guide

December 5th, 2019 by Lily, Information Center & Bookstore Manager

Still looking for the last few holiday gifts on your list? I’ve put together this guide with a few of my favorite picks from our online store to help you finish up your holiday shopping. As always, 100% of any purchase made through our online store supports our work to protect and restore Mono Lake!

For the adventurer: … more »

Giving Tuesday is over, but your donation for Mono Lake can still be matched

December 4th, 2019 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Together with our Giving Tuesday challenge-match, we raised more than $15,000 for Mono Lake!

Thank you … for stepping up, pitching in, joining us for sunrise, sharing your love of Mono Lake, and for supporting protection, restoration, education, and science at Mono Lake with your donation.

If you didn’t have a chance to donate on Giving Tuesday, your donation can still be matched by Patagonia. Donate to us today on Patagonia Action Works and they will match it up to $10,000 per donation and $10 million total through the end of the year.

Just as every drop of water helps Mono Lake rise, donations of any size help keep the Mono Lake Committee’s work going strong.

Join us for a snowy sunrise at Mono Lake for Giving Tuesday

December 2nd, 2019 by Arya, Communications Director

Join us for a snowy sunrise at Mono Lake for Giving Tuesday

It is snowing once again here at Mono Lake! When the snow comes we breathe a sigh of relief since every drop helps us reach a higher lake level and a healthier lake.

We are continuing our Giving Tuesday tradition of bringing you a Mono Lake sunrise, live from the shoreline. We hope you’ll join us at 6:30am tomorrow for the show.

It has been an exciting year at Mono Lake … more »

Patagonia matching all gifts to the Mono Lake Committee through December

November 29th, 2019 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

“Black Friday is often a day when we go out and buy things we don’t really need and give them to people who don’t really want them,” writes Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario. This Black Friday, instead of going to the mall, Patagonia is challenging us to donate to environmental organizations, including the Mono Lake Committee, in the name of friends and loved ones.

Patagonia has committed to match all donations given on Action Works, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 per donation and $10 million total from November 29 to December 31. … more »

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