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Wanted: Mono Lake photos (calendar submission deadline: October 31)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 by Arya, Communications Director

Submitting images for consideration for the Mono Lake Calendar has never been easier, so if you have a beautiful shot, we’d love to see it! Now is the time—the deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, and you can find submission information here.

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, (more…)

Closing dates for Mono Basin campgrounds

Sunday, October 14th, 2018 by Joslyn, Project Specialist

Several Mono Basin campgrounds have closed or will be closing in the coming weeks as colder temperatures set in and the season winds down. Please use the information below to plan any camping trips or visits to the Mono Basin.

The campgrounds at Saddlebag Lake have closed for the season; other area campgrounds are closing this month. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Campgrounds open: Lundy Canyon, Aspen Grove (est. closing 10/13), Moraine (est. closing 10/13), Lower Lee Vining (est. closing 10/28), Aerie Crag (est. closing 10/21), Gull Lake (est. closing 10/21), June Lake (est. closing 10/21), Oh Ridge (est. closing 10/21), Silver Lake (est. closing 11/4), and Reversed Creek (est. closing 10/21). (more…)

#GivefortheGrebes this #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Arya, Communications Director

This year for #GivingTuesday (November 28) we are fundraising for Eared Grebe surveys at Mono Lake!

First: There is a donation match! All donations made on Giving Tuesday through Facebook will be matched, thanks to Facebook’s charitable giving program. (And they’re not charging fees either.) Click here on Tuesday to #GivefortheGrebes via Facebook!

Then: Mark your calendar to catch our Facebook Live event at 12:30pm On Tuesday, November 28 down at the lake with Geoff, Robbie, and Maureen talking about Eared Grebe research and answering your questions. Tune in (more…)

Learn more on a Mono Lake Committee field seminar

Monday, August 7th, 2017 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the birds that migrate through the Mono Basin, experience Mono Lake by moonlight, learn about the ecosystem impacts of recent fires, or find the best places to see the aspen leaves turn gold in the fall? Mono Lake Committee field seminars offer something for everyone—whether you’re just here for a short time and want to spend a half day with an expert instructor or if you’ll be here longer for one of our three-day seminars. There are still over 20 field seminars you can register for through October. Read more about all the seminars that still have space below.


There are still over 20 field seminars you can register for through October, including Geology of the Mono Basin with Greg Stock. Photo by Andrew Youssef.


Seasonal update: Aspens colorful at 9,000 feet

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Record heat elsewhere in California means pleasant summer-like temperatures for the Mono Basin at the end of September. Daytime highs in the 80s are followed by chilly nights in the 40s. Slow cooling of about ten degrees is expected into next week with a chance of thunderstorms over the weekend.

These warm temperatures are keeping trees green (more…)

Fall Update: Tioga Pass closes for the season

Friday, December 4th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

The quiet winter season has settled on the Mono Basin, with the Scenic Area Visitor Center closed, Nicely’s Restaurant closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Tioga Pass closed for the season. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Bookstore remains open 9-5 daily (except certain holidays). With no snow around Mono Lake, the access to visitor sites is good and hiking is still great, although (more…)

Fall update: Brilliant color

Friday, October 16th, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist

Brilliant fall days now have snowy peaks added to the mix after Tuesday’s storm.

It rained 1/4 inch per hour all afternoon and evening on Tuesday, with a snow level around 8,000 feet. The Mono Basin ended up with 2.2–2.8 inches of rain and Tioga Pass ended up with two feet of wet slushy snow that melted rapidly during the warm days that followed. Gorgeous days in the 60s will cool off a bit early next week. Click here for current conditions.


One of the best years ever for fall color along lower Lee Vining Creek. Photo by Greg Reis.

One of the best years ever for fall color along lower Lee Vining Creek. Photo by Greg Reis.

Middle and low elevations are peaking right now! This is one of the best years for fall color that I can remember along the Lee Vining Creek trail—so many red dogwoods and roses and fireweed, and yellow aspen, cottonwoods, willows, and serviceberry. There are many green trees also that will be getting colorful next week. There are a lot of tinges of orange amidst the yellow. Snowy peaks and brilliant blue (more…)

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