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How Much of Yosemite Will Burn in a Fire Fueled By Climate Change?

8/26/2013 // By Beth Pratt

Last night from my neighbor’s deck, I watched the eerie glow of flames from one of the largest wildfires in California history. At my own house the top of the giant pyrocumulus—a cloud created by the intense heat of the […] Read more >

Should Martinez be called "The City of Industry" given it's hardworking beaver residents? (Photo Worth A Dam)

Celebrating one of Nature’s Greatest Engineers: The Martinez Beaver Festival

8/6/2013 // By Beth Pratt

People line the small footbridge bridge that crosses Alhambra Creek in downtown Martinez, eagerly scouting the water for a look at the city’s star attraction. One young girl starts pointing excitedly at the water and exclaims, “I see bubbles! I […] Read more >

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A Mountain Lion in Hollywoodland: Does Los Angeles Appreciate Its Wild Animals?

7/29/2013 // By Beth Pratt

National Park Service biologist Jeff Sikich stands among a stand of chaparral and mountain mahogany on the edge of a parking lot adjacent to the famed Griffith Observatory. People casually walk or jog by, consider the decidedly science fiction like […] Read more >

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San Francisco Airport Marriott Gives a Hoot for Barn Owls

7/9/2013 // By Beth Pratt

Last year a guest at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront reported a rather unusual visitor to hotel management. People staying at the hotel expect views of the San Francisco Bay from their rooms, but they didn’t anticipate opening their […] Read more >

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Facebook Employees Rally Around Foxes—And Earn a Certified Wildlife Habitat!

6/18/2013 // By Beth Pratt

When strolling through the Menlo Park headquarters of the technological giant Facebook, one might expect to encounter packs of software engineers or herds of hackers, but a skulk of gray foxes? Perhaps sensing the “friendly” nature of Facebook’s business, a […] Read more >

The Santa Cruz mountain lion hides behind some brush as officials decide how to return him to the wild (Photo Courtesy Shmuel Thaler/ Santa Cruz Sentinel)

The Day the Mountain Lion Came to Santa Cruz

6/10/2013 // By Beth Pratt

As someone who avidly follows California wildlife issues, a tweet grabbed my attention one morning last month. SCPD preparing ATVs to try to force mountain lion out of downtown Santa Cruz aqueduct. #scsnews pic.twitter.com/ZgJdaWSdcD — Jason Hoppin (@scnewsdude) May 16, […] Read more >

Anna's hummingbird in Craig's backyard, photo by Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark’s List of Backyard Wildlife

5/27/2013 // By Beth Pratt

Like many other nonprofit and social media enthusiasts, I started following Craig Newmark on Facebook for his technological genius, witty commentary and dedication to philanthropy with craigconnects and other efforts. Yet in between his eclectic posts like a link to […] Read more >

Peter Coyote's wildlife-friendly yard welcomes foxes and other animals. (Photo by Peter Coyote)

What Lives in Peter Coyote’s Backyard?

5/15/2013 // By Beth Pratt

Yes, his namesake animal does wander into Peter Coyote’s backyard, along with a diverse array of critters including skunks, gray foxes, raccoons, and birds galore. His wild menagerie (complemented with two personable cats, Jackson and Pearl) attests to his lifelong […] Read more >

Curious Pacific chorus frog near Tioga Pass in Yosemite

My Top 10 Frog Photos for Save the Frogs Day

4/27/2013 // By Beth Pratt

Regular readers of my blog know frogs rank as one of my favorite animals (right above pika and wolves, although all animals are really my favorite). Frogs have fascinated me for my entire life–as a young girl, I built special […] Read more >

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National Wildlife Federation celebrates Earth Day with donation for San Francisco Porpoises

4/18/2013 // By Beth Pratt

When I last reported on our new Return of the Porpoise to San Francisco Bay project, I had just finished running around San Francisco and the Bay Area impersonating a cetacean for our campaign video. I have to admit, dancing […] Read more >