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California Drought Spurs Dangerous Attack on Endangered Species Act

2/4/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Right now, all anyone can talk about in California is the drought. Our snowpack is at 12 percent of normal levels, our reservoirs resemble drained bathtubs, and our rivers are slowing to a trickle in places. While few seem ready …

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It Never Rains in California: On the Front Lines of the ‘Mega-drought’

1/21/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

The statistics are alarming. 2013 proved to be California’s driest year on record, and the drought now qualifies as the worst in the state’s recorded history. Our water bank, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, stands at 17% of normal. Governor Jerry …


James Franco lends his artistic voice to Yosemite and California wildlife

1/6/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

What did the fox say? I still don’t know, but James Franco gave it his best interpretation on New Year’s Eve in Yosemite while wearing a sparkly mask and dancing at the Ahwahnee Hotel. This week the multi-talented James and …


A Quest to See the Largest Terrestrial Salamander in the World

10/3/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

A note from Beth:  California Conservation Corp crew members and their leader John Griffith have embraced NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program and certified their Ukiah campus, with plans of doing more sites across California. I recently visited with the crew …

A mountain lion enjoys her dinner on Mulholland Drive in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Cyclist Has Amazing Encounter with a Mountain Lion in Los Angeles

8/30/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Why did the cyclist cross the road? To put some distance between himself and the mountain lion eating its dinner! Known for its scenic vistas, Mulholland Drive meanders through the city of Los Angeles and is popular with residents and …

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

8/26/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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 …

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-Bergstrom

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 …

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

7/29/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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 …

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San Francisco Airport Marriott Gives a Hoot for Barn Owls

7/9/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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 …

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

6/18/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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 …