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The Mono Lake Committee’s 2018 Annual Report

Wednesday, 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…)

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

Wednesday, 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…)

Book reading & signing for “Naming Mt. Thoreau” on September 30 in Lee Vining

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Arya, Communications Director

Join us for a reading and book signing with Naming Mt. Thoreau editor Laurie Glover and contributors Gary Snyder, Tom Killion, Kim Stanley Robinson, and more!

• 2:00pm on Sunday, September 30, 2018
• at the Lee Vining Community Center
• free and open to the public
• books by the authors will be for sale, and all proceeds from the event support the Mono Lake Committee’s work

The new book, Naming Mt. Thoreau, is edited by Laurie with contributions from Michael Blumlein, Dick Bryan, Darryl DeVinney, Hilary Gordon, Tom Killion, Paul Park, Kim Stanley Robinson, Carter Scholz, Gary Snyder, Christopher Woodcock, and David Robertson. (more…)

2020 Mono Lake Calendar call for submissions

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Arya, Communications Director

The Mono Lake Committee invites you to submit photographs for the 2020 Mono Lake Calendar—we are seeking photographs of the highest caliber that capture the spirit and reflect the unique qualities of Mono Lake, its tributary streams, the high country, and wildlife of the Mono Basin.

Find the submission guidelines and forms here. The deadline for submissions, as always, is October 31.

We are looking for images of scenes within the watershed boundary of Mono Lake, and possible subjects include, but are not limited to: plants, geologic features, streams, mountains, weather, fall colors, and wildlife. Images of sand tufa (which are different from regular tufa towers) will not be considered due to the degradation affecting these features. Where possible, images identifiable within the context of Mono Lake’s and/or the Mono Basin’s unique scenic beauty will receive preference. In striving to represent the natural beauty of Mono Lake, images that are obviously or heavily filtered or manipulated will not be considered. (more…)

Holiday shopping: Local gifts from the Mono Lake Committee

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician


Season’s greetings from the Mono Lake Committee! This holiday season we have a variety of gifts that pertain to the local area or are made locally. Support local artists, businesses, and Mono Lake all at the same time with your purchases from the 2015 Fall catalog:


If You Were a Bear: Written by Dr. Rachel Mazur, wildlife biologist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, this book’s rhythmic writing and stylish illustrations (more…)

Holiday shopping: Gifts for kids from the Mono Lake Committee

Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician


Season’s greetings from the Mono Lake Committee! What better way to treat the young ones in your life this holiday season than with a gift from the Committee’s online store? Our 2015 Fall Catalog offers several items that are great for kids and help save Mono Lake too:



Zooties baby booties: Handmade, fair trade, and 100% wool felt, Zooties baby booties are the perfect way (more…)

Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore closed on February 4

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Robbie, Restoration Field Technician

It is that wonderful time of the year once again: bookstore inventory day! The bookstore will be closed all day today as we spend the day counting our inventory. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Geoff McQuilkin tallies earrings during last year's inventory day. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Geoff McQuilkin tallies earrings during last year’s inventory day. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Tomorrow we will resume our winter hours of being open from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day. Thank you for your understanding and hope to see you soon.

Mono Lake bookstore sale: Gems from the past

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

ML Explorations & Reflections2This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2015 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

Here at the Mono Lake Committee, if we have something wonderful, we tend to hold onto it. We guard our beautiful lake against excessive water diversions, against pollution, against anything that could threaten its unique ecosystem. And sometimes if we have anything at all that is precious, we tend to keep it close.

However, hanging on to what we love can occasionally be detrimental for our bookstore storage and also for you who love the lake, who love the Mono Basin and California outdoors, but may not know what we have tucked away. In an effort at spring cleaning, we are going through our storage and pulling out a (more…)

Book review: Relicts of a Beautiful Sea lends new understanding of the desert around us

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

The Inyo Mountain slender salamander is found in just five locations (all in the Inyo Mountains) and has been classified as endangered since 1996. The Devil’s Hole pupfish only lives in Devil’s Hole in the Amargosa Valley—a body of water smaller than your bedroom and with water averaging 93 degrees Fahrenheit. These species have adapted and descended from ancestors living in the Great Basin when it was an enormous sea.

Conservation biologist Christopher Norment’s talk and book signing at the Mono Lake Committee on October 15 brought wonder, understanding, and a new appreciation for life in its many forms. Norment’s book, Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction and Conservation in a Desert World, looks at the Great Basin and the sea it once was. A review by T. DeLene Beeland, author of (more…)

Information Center & Bookstore hours change to 8:00am to 9:00pm starting June 19

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff

This post was written by Barbara Ball, 2014 Information Center & Bookstore Manager.

We at the Mono Lake Committee are looking forward to seeing many of you here in Lee Vining this weekend for birding, workshops, music, and fun at our thirteenth annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. As well as being a great time for birders, this annual event jump-starts our summer season, when the Information Center & Bookstore is open for longer hours.

Next Thursday, June 19, the Mono Lake Committee will be open from 8:00am to 9:00pm every day through Labor Day weekend. Photo by Jessica Ashley.

Starting Thursday, June 19th and extending through Labor Day weekend, our new hours will be 8:00am to 9:00pm, seven days a week. Wow! So if you’re in Lee Vining, even early in the morning or late at night, please stop by to say hello, to get information, and/or to purchase a gift for your special someone. We hope to see you soon!

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