Beth Pratt-Bergstrom’s Archive

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 …

A Picnic with a Pika

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 …

The Love Song of the Yosemite Toad

“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 Tour of My Backyard Frog Pond for Save the Frogs Day

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 …

What National Junior Ranger Day and Ranger Rick Mean to Me (A Lot)

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 …

Among the Wildflowers: California’s Spring Poppy Bloom

“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 …

Celebrating California’s Extra-Ordinary Wildlife

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 …

Mission Desert Tortoise

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 …

Happy Valentine’s Day: My Best Photos and Videos of Wildlife L’Amour

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 …

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Yellow, or Red: The Plight of California’s Frogs

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 …

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