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Happy Thanksgiving from America’s Wildlife

11/24/2011 // By Beth Pratt

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

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

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 >

Aspen Springs from 395 (photo by Beth Pratt)

Aspens Gone Wild! Fall Color in the Eastern Sierra

10/19/2011 // By Beth Pratt

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower,” observed Albert Camus. Growing up in New England, my autumns were full of multi-colored bouquets of maples and oaks, but the fiery yellow blossoms of the aspens on the […] Read more >

495M while tranquilized for research (Photo: Yellowstone Wolf Project)

Eulogy for a Wolf: A Happy Ending for Yellowstone’s 495M

10/2/2011 // By Beth Pratt

A few years ago, a friend of mine sponsored a radio-tracking collar through the Yellowstone Park Foundation in my name for the Yellowstone wolf project. I was delighted to receive a letter and photo informing me that my collar had […] Read more >

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A Pika Running Over my Foot, Misguided Frog Mating, and Other Lurid Tales from a Hike in Yosemite

7/23/2011 // By Beth Pratt

“Bully!” as Teddy Roosevelt would have exclaimed, seems the most appropriate way to describe my perfect day hiking in Yosemite National Park last week. I wandered for an afternoon in the Gaylor Lakes basin (Tioga Country is my favorite place […] Read more >

How the residents of Chula Vista are changing the world, one Certified Wildlife Habitat at a time

7/12/2011 // By Beth Pratt

One of my first duties as the new California Director for the National Wildlife Federation was to present the official certification to the City of Chula Vista for achieving the status of Community Wildlife Habitat. I needed no better reminder […] Read more >

Musings About Trips to the Mobil Station, the Sierra Snowpack and Climate Change

6/28/2011 // By Beth Pratt

One of my favorite non-wilderness destinations in the Sierra is the Whoa Nellie Deli at the Mobil Station in Lee Vining. Aside from the allure of the scrumptious fish tacos and mango margaritas, I love talking baseball with Chef Tioga […] Read more >

Two Threatened Species: Desert Bighorn Sheep and California State Parks

5/16/2011 // By Beth Pratt

In my twenty years of exploring California and the Sierra Nevada, I have never seen bighorn sheep in the state. The closest I ever came was during a hike on the Granite Divide in Yosemite where I discovered scat and […] Read more >