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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 >

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-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

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-Bergstrom

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 >

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Happy Thanksgiving from America’s Wildlife

11/24/2011 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

We give thanks today for our family and friends and all of the blessings in our lives. I would also like to extend my thanks to all of the supporters of the National Wildlife Federation for helping to protect America’s […] Read more >

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Why I Am Thankful for Nebraskan Ranchers, Daryl Hannah, Leslie Iwerks, and the Delay of the Keystone XL Pipeline

11/22/2011 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Last week I attended the Los Angeles premiere of Pipe Dreams, a documentary by Leslie Iwerks that examines the Keystone Pipeline XL project. The National Wildlife Federation has been campaigning against this environmental travesty for almost two years, and our Senior […] Read more >

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Happy Feet Two: How a Gen-Xer Found Joy in Penguins and Elephant Seals Dancing to David Bowie

11/16/2011 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

This past Sunday, I attended the premiere of Happy Feet Two in Los Angeles. The National Wildlife Federation teamed up with the movie to encourage people of all ages to take the steps necessary to protect amazing wildlife species such […] Read more >