Beth Pratt-Bergstrom’s Archive

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Photos of Wildlife Across America

This week, I returned from a road trip vacation across America, driving from Boston to my home outside Yosemite, California. I visited four national parks, and spent an extended period in Yellowstone, where …

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Los Angeles Mountain Lion Survives Freeways, Now Threatened by Poison Exposure

During a recent capture, Hollywood’s famous mountain lion in Griffith Park displayed symptoms of mange and tested positive to poison exposure.

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Three Mountain Lion Kittens Killed Trying to Cross the Road in Southern California

In my blog posts, I try to focus on the good news stories for wildlife as there are certainly enough examples of the bad. Yet today I felt compelled to …

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The Evolutionary Arms Race Between Rough-Skinned Newts and Garter Snakes

A note from NWF’s California Director Beth Pratt: California Conservation Corp crew members and their leader John Griffith have embraced NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program and certified their Ukiah campus, …

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bruce Sink.

California Drought Spurs Dangerous Attack on Endangered Species Act

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 …

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

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 …

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James Franco lends his artistic voice to Yosemite and California wildlife

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 …

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A Quest to See the Largest Terrestrial Salamander in the World

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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