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Blonde bomber being released on Rodeo Beach. Photo by Ingrid Overgard – The Marine Mammal Center.

Top Ten California Wildlife Moments 2012

12/31/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

California is home to a remarkable array of wildlife, from the grey whales swimming in its coastal waters, to the sandhill cranes soaring over the Central Valley, to the bighorn sheep roaming its mountains and deserts. As a result, the […] Read more >

Wolf researcher Doug Smith took this recent photo of a grizzly bear on a bison carcass in Yellowstone. (Photo Doug Smith/NPS)

What a bear really does in the woods…in Yellowstone

9/12/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

During my time in Yellowstone, I witnessed some truly extraordinary wildlife encounters. Yet none compare with the experiences of Doug Smith, the leader of Yellowstone’s Wolf Project. Doug has studied wolves for almost thirty years and has been in Yellowstone […] Read more >

California coastal bottlenose dolphins off Avila Beach in California (photo by Beth Pratt

Whales, Dolphins, Seals, Oh My! Marine Mammals at California’s Central Coast

9/7/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Whales and other marine mammals have been sighted recently in abundance off the Central Coast of California-specifically Avila, Pismo and Seal Beaches. Photos and videos of humpback whales surfacing and surprising boaters and kayakers have gone viral, and visitors have […] Read more >

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Facing the Reality of Climate Change: My Day With Al Gore

8/28/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

“Nature doesn’t do bailouts.” The former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore made this simple yet powerful statement to our group after showing us startling images of the devastating drought impacting almost a quarter of the United States, the […] Read more >

Surveying the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite

One man’s quest to chronicle a vanishing glacier in Yosemite

7/26/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Last week the Petermann Glacier in Greenland made the news for calving a monstrous iceberg the size of Manhattan, with scientists attributing climate change as the catalyst for this startling occurrence. Yet Californians don’t need to venture outside their own […] Read more >

Even pika stop to smell the flowers (photo by Beth Pratt)

A Picnic with a Pika

7/12/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Last week I had planned to hike up to the Dana Plateau on the border of Yosemite, one of my most cherished places in the Sierra Nevada. The rock filled plateau resembles a Martian landscape and presents an ancient geologic […] Read more >

The intrepid Yosemite toad (photo by Beth Pratt)

The Love Song of the Yosemite Toad

6/5/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

“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-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

“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 >