Beth Pratt-Bergstrom’s Archive

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

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 …

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San Francisco Airport Marriott Gives a Hoot for Barn Owls

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

Craig Newmark’s List of Backyard Wildlife

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. …

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

What Lives in Peter Coyote’s Backyard?

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 …

Curious Pacific chorus frog near Tioga Pass in Yosemite

My Top 10 Frog Photos for Save the Frogs Day

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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