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

Craig Newmark’s List of Backyard Wildlife

5/27/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

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 >

Since January 2013, more than 1,100 California sea lion pups have beached themselves along the coast.  Photo:National Marine Mammal Foundation

California sea lion strandings alarm scientists

4/8/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

California sea lions, a regular fixture alongside many areas of the Golden State’s 1,100 mile coastline, are known for their playful dog-like antics and social manner. Tourists from all over the globe visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Point Lobos, the Channel Islands […] Read more >

Yosemite's great gray owl population was recognized as a distinctive subspecies in 2010. (photo by Joe Medley)

Give a Hoot for Yosemite’s Great Gray Owl

3/22/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

This year’s theme for National Wildlife Week, “Branching Out for Wildlife,” celebrates trees and their importance to wildlife and people. In California, we couldn’t think of a more remarkable—or more rare—tree dweller to feature than Yosemite’s great gray owls. Why […] Read more >

Sutro Sam, the first river otter in San Francisco in fifty years (photo by Mila Zinkova)

Sutro Sam: San Francisco’s Celebrity River Otter

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

“There he is!” exclaimed an onlooker as the otter’s head peered above the water. The patient crowd gathered around Sutro Baths—the ruins of a 19th century public bathing pool on the Pacific Coast—had been awaiting the appearance of “Sutro Sam,” […] Read more >

Sea otter in pup relaxing in Morro Bay (photo by Beth Pratt)

Marine Mammal Mania!

2/25/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Along California’s 840 miles of coastline, you can view a wonderful array of marine mammals. And the sightings recently have been unprecedented, from what might be the largest pod of gray whales ever spotted off the coast of Palos Verdes […] Read more >

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The Porpoises Who Left Their Hearts in San Francisco

2/11/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Tony Bennett isn’t the only one to leave his heart in San Francisco. After an absence of over 65 years, the harbor porpoise recently returned to frolic in the waters of San Francisco Bay. When walking across the Golden Gate […] Read more >

Wish They All Could Be California Squirrels…

1/21/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day! California is home to ten species of these cute and mischievous critters, including the state’s namesake animal: the California Ground Squirrel. In celebration of Squirrel Appreciation Day, here are some California squirrel stories that show why […] Read more >