Beth Pratt-Bergstrom’s Archive

From Yellowstone to Yosemite: My Top Ten Wildlife Encounters of 2011

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 …

Happy Holidays from Yosemite!

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!

Happy Thanksgiving from America’s Wildlife

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

Aspens Gone Wild! Fall Color in the Eastern Sierra

“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, …

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

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 …

Pika

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

“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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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