Beth Pratt-Bergstrom’s Archive

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 …

Sutro Sam, the first river otter in San Francisco in fifty years (photo by Mila Zinkova)

Sutro Sam: San Francisco’s Celebrity River Otter

“There he is!” exclaimed an onlooker as the otter’s head peered above the water. The patient crowd gathered around Sutro Baths—the ruins of a 19th century public bathing pool on …

Sea otter in pup relaxing in Morro Bay (photo by Beth Pratt)

Marine Mammal Mania!

Along California’s 840 miles of coastline, you can view a wonderful array of marine mammals. And the sightings recently have been unprecedented, from what might be the largest pod of …

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The Porpoises Who Left Their Hearts in San Francisco

Tony Bennett isn’t the only one to leave his heart in San Francisco. After an absence of over 65 years, the harbor porpoise recently returned to frolic in the waters …

Wish They All Could Be California Squirrels…

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day! California is home to ten species of these cute and mischievous critters, including the state’s namesake animal: the California Ground Squirrel. In celebration of Squirrel Appreciation …

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

Top Ten California Wildlife Moments 2012

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

“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 …

Surveying the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite

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

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 …

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