The Yosemite Conservancy blog. An insider's look at what's happening in the park — and how our donors are making a difference.

Field Notes

The Yosemite Conservancy blog.
An insider's look at what's happening in the park — and how our donors are making a difference.

Yosemite Conservancy Field Notes

The frozen Tuolumne River in Yosemite's high country, in the winter of 2011-12. Photo by Robb Hirsch.

Read our Q&A with Yosemite-area photographer, naturalist and biologist Robb Hirsch on his artistic process, his deep love for the Sierra, and his first book, The Nature of Yosemite: A Visual Journey. 

A female Oregon Junco at White Wolf. Photo: NPS/Christine Singfield.

In her final update from her season of volunteering with the Yosemite bird-banding crew, Chris Singfield recalls notable moments from the last 10-day data-collection session of 2019.

A rufous hummingbird captured at a Yosemite bird-banding station.

We're taking a quick trip back in time to late June and July, when snow was finally melting out of high-elevation meadows and the Yosemite bird-research team completed four more sessions of data collection for the 2019 season.

A researcher holds a hermit thrush, one of the birds scientists are studying in Yosemite through a long-running songbird banding program.

Head up to Yosemite's meadows for another round of updates from 2019 songbird science volunteer Chris Singfield, who enjoyed encounters with avian and human visitors alike and helped set up a sixth study site for the season.