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Ten Remarkable California Wildlife Moments in 2015

12/30/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

As the California Director of the National Wildlife Federation, I have the best job in the world. While overseeing the organization’s conservation work in the Golden State, I continually witness instances of “wild wonder.”  From mountain lions to sea otters, …

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What a Year for #SaveLACougars! Ten Highlights from 2015

12/28/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

What a year for the #SaveLACougars campaign: from seeing the first design concepts of the Liberty Canyon Wildlife crossing, to raising our first $1 million for the campaign, to surprise cougar kittens and bachelors making an appearance, we’ve seen great progress. It …

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Meet the Foxes of Silicon Valley

9/20/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

“What does the fox say?” asks the group Ylvis in their now famous song. Researcher Bill Leikam has some answers. His nickname, The Fox Guy, is well earned. Having spent many hours in the field observing, he is like the …

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Orphaned Fisher Kits Get a Brand New Start in Yosemite

9/17/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

As California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, I truly do have the best job in the world. This week, I had the once-in-a-lifetime privilege of attending the release of four fisher kits into Yosemite National Park, part of a …

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Rainn Wilson (and Ranger Rick) Want You to Help Build a Wildlife Crossing to Save Mountain Lions

9/3/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Los Angeles is home to some of the worst traffic in the country, but it’s not just people that suffer from the gridlock. The region’s heavily traveled freeways threaten a population of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, as …

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Celebrating the Return of the Wolf to California

8/21/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

  When the wolf OR-7 crossed the state line in 2011, he became the first wolf to visit California in over 90 years. He represented hope for a future of California being able to welcome back a native species; this …

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Speaking of Bears

7/8/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Bears delight us all—as M.E. Beatty wrote in Bears of Yosemite, “Of all the animals in our national parks, the bear undoubtedly ranks first in public interest.” There is a story behind the scenery of the picturesque view of a …

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Urban Wildlife: Ranger Rick and P22 Kayak the LA River

6/23/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

People driving over the Burbank Bridge in Los Angeles on Friday might have noticed something strange: a raccoon and a mountain lion kayaking down the Los Angeles River. When people think of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the …

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Oil Pipeline Rupture Soaks Santa Barbara Beaches (Updated with New Photos)

5/20/2015 // By Miles Grant

From oil train explosions to pipeline ruptures, not a month goes by without a reminder of the high cost of our ongoing addiction to oil, and this morning we’re waking up to a new disaster in California. As Matt Hamilton …

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Saving Salmon in California: A Native Perspective

4/6/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

A note from NWF’s California Director Beth Pratt: California Conservation Corp crew members and their leader John Griffith have embraced NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program and certified their Ukiah campus, with plans of doing more sites across California. I recently …

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