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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 >

Desert bighorn sheep in Anza Borrego State Park

Celebrating California’s Extra-Ordinary Wildlife

3/20/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

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 >