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The intrepid Yosemite toad (photo by Beth Pratt)

The Love Song of the Yosemite Toad

6/5/2012 // By Beth Pratt

“Before the swallow, before the daffodil, and not much later than the snowdrop, the common toad salutes the coming of spring after his own fashion, which is to emerge from a hole in the ground, where he has lain buried […] Read more >

New pacific chorus frogs emerging from my frog pond (photo by Beth Pratt)

A Tour of My Backyard Frog Pond for Save the Frogs Day

4/19/2012 // By Beth Pratt

I’m not sure when my passion for frogs began—as a child of the 70s I’m sure watching Kermit the Frog on the Muppet Show had something to do with my interest. My mother tells me my curiosity about frogs began […] Read more >

Meeting Ranger Rick

What National Junior Ranger Day and Ranger Rick Mean to Me (A Lot)

4/17/2012 // By Beth Pratt

As a young girl, I continually wandered the forests and riverbanks near my home in Massachusetts searching for frogs and other wildlife.  I am a part of the last generation to remember a childhood spent largely absorbed in outdoor experience, […] Read more >

Beetle and poppy in the Merced River Canyon near Yosemite (photo by Beth Pratt)

Among the Wildflowers: California’s Spring Poppy Bloom

4/5/2012 // By Beth Pratt

“I care to live only to entice people to look at nature’s loveliness,” said John Muir, and it’s a motto I live by both personally and professionally. As such, I am delighted to take part in the new storytelling video diary […] Read more >

Desert bighorn sheep in Anza Borrego State Park

Celebrating California’s Extra-Ordinary Wildlife

3/20/2012 // By Beth Pratt

California is a land of extremes, containing both the highest and lowest points in the continental United States, with a landscape in between of 100 million acres that boast a unique geologic history. This translates into an unparalled diversity of […] Read more >

A smile (or a yawn) from Desert tortoise "Lucy" at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Center (photo by Beth Pratt)

Mission Desert Tortoise

3/15/2012 // By Beth Pratt

Going wildlife watching for an animal that spends 98% of their time in a burrow might seem like a futile endeavor, but followers of my blog will also recall I have shivered outside in 40 below weather in Yellowstone scanning […] Read more >

A tender moment during the elk rut at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone

Happy Valentine’s Day: My Best Photos and Videos of Wildlife L’Amour

2/13/2012 // By Beth Pratt

Love is in the air…and not just for people. Wildlife have their own rituals of l’amour, although they usually don’t involve boxes of chocolates or bouquets of flowers. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, here are some of my favorite photos and […] Read more >

California red-legged frog (Courtesy of Save the Frogs)

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Yellow, or Red: The Plight of California’s Frogs

2/8/2012 // By Beth Pratt

During my first thru hike on the John Muir Trail fifteen years ago, on the ascent up to Seldon Pass I encountered a young man energetically trotting down the trail without a backpack. Before even saying hello he asked excitedly, […] Read more >

Late bison calf "Zisa" in Yellowstone (photo by Beth Pratt)

From Yellowstone to Yosemite: My Top Ten Wildlife Encounters of 2011

12/28/2011 // By Beth Pratt

As a child who grew up reading Ranger Rick and watching Wild Kingdom, I cherish any wildlife I encounter. I’ve been lucky enough to live in Yellowstone, where I viewed charismatic mega-fauna on a daily basis, and now live near […] Read more >

Happy Holidays from Yosemite!

12/14/2011 // By Beth Pratt

The California office of the National Wildlife Federation wishes you a Happy Holidays from Yosemite National Park. Thank you for your support of wildlife and wild places! Read more >