Monsoonal moisture builds over High Sierra crest east of Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park on July 6, 2014. Elevation 8,150 feet. This year Yosemite celebrates 150 years as the first park in the world to be nationally protected for preservation and public enjoyment.
Young mountain lion P-18 caught by a “camera trap” in a National Park Service study in the Santa Monica Mountains. Photo credit: National Park Service.
I am celebrating #EarthWeek and #NationalParkWeek with a blog post that illuminates the plight of mountain lions living on the urban edge.
El Capitan and the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. From the post: "Women who made history in Yosemite National Park."
The Great Auk by John James Audubon, 1800s. This North Atlantic bird became extinct in 1844.
Blog post: A book that will transform your thinking about the world: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Find out how a nonprofit in rural California rose up to revive a state park with 12,000 years of human history.
National, state and local nonprofits are joining forces to save an artist’s historical legacy inside an underfunded California state park. The hidden gem holds a significant place in national art history, women’s history and Jewish history – themes under-explored in the park system today.
How I discovered this story and why it is important: http://wp.me/p4OLF-2K0
It seems to me an escape from Alcatraz Island would have been possible. Granted, the currents felt very strong right next to the island when “I escaped,” but thousands of swimmers escape every year for fun. The New York Times ran this story to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a famous escape:
Many people do not realize that the storied Alcatraz Island is also part of the National Park system. A mile and one-half from the shores of San Francisco, the island features gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and 360 degree bay views.
Bobcat on a ridge above Olema Valley in the Golden Gate National Parks
Happy Earth Day!