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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

9/12/2012 // By Beth Pratt

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 wolves for almost thirty years and has been in Yellowstone […] Read more >

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

9/7/2012 // By Beth Pratt

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 surprising boaters and kayakers have gone viral, and visitors have […] Read more >

Jackrabbit leaping through a field

Photo of the Day: Leaps and Bounds

8/30/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

What Did You See Today? Share your wildlife sightings with our Wildlife Watch program and see what species others are spotting in our Wildlife Watch Flickr group.   Read more >

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

8/28/2012 // By Beth Pratt

“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 drought impacting almost a quarter of the United States, the […] Read more >

Surveying the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite

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

7/26/2012 // By Beth Pratt

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 occurrence. Yet Californians don’t need to venture outside their own […] Read more >

Sea lions, Santa Cruz Island, California

Photo of the Day: Underwater Forest

7/11/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

This Photo of the Day was donated by a participant in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. See more photos or sign up for the 42nd Annual National Wildlife Photo Contest.   Read more >

Large group of sea lions hauled out on rocks. Two braying at each other in foreground.

195 People to Thank: How Hard Work and Dedication Combat Climate Change in the NPLCC Region

6/22/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

For the last nine months, I have been inspired and impressed by 195 hard-working, dedicated, thoughtful, and intelligent people. These people hail from Alaska and British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest and California. They work for our federal, state, provincial, and […] Read more >

Close-up of yellow and red tulip

Captivated by a Landscape: Four Special or Ordinary Places to Take Your Breath Away

6/21/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

Spectacular rainforests are closer to home than you might think. The entire North American coastline from southern Alaska to central California is home to some of the last intact coastal temperate rainforests in the world. It is a stunning landscape, […] Read more >

The intrepid Yosemite toad (photo by Beth Pratt)

The Love Song of the Yosemite Toad

6/5/2012 // By Beth Pratt

“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 hole in the ground, where he has lain buried […] Read more >

California quail in front of California poppies

Photo of the Day: Quail Among Poppies

5/4/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

Create a haven for critters in your own backyard and have it designated as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site. Certify in the month of May and we’ll plant a tree in your honor!   This Photo of the Day […] Read more >