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.

A Yosemite field research crew skis up Rock Island Pass in the park's remote northern wilderness during a seven-day trip to support research on a rare red fox. Photo: © Ryan Kelly

Science doesn't stop when the snow starts falling. Follow our project coordinator to the northern Yosemite Wilderness to see what it's like to be part of a field research crew during a Sierra Nevada winter!

A remote camera in the northern Yosemite Wilderness captured this image of a Sierra Nevada red fox in the snow on January 26, 2015. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

How do you study a rare animal that few people will ever see? Remote cameras can provide valuable insights through motion-triggered images (like this one, captured in January 2015) - but to get a more complete picture, scientists in Yosemite have turned to collecting other on-the-ground evidence.

Autumn light streams through a tree in Yosemite Valley. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Keith Walklet

Resident Naturalist Pete Devine takes us on a tour of Yosemite in autumn, and explains why seasonal changes help illuminate the "Range of Light."

Bats in flight. Image by Petra Ohmer (fapro1) via Pixabay

Halloween horrors? Nightmarish blood-suckers? Not so much. Bust the bat myths and learn to love these flying mammals — including the 17 species found in Yosemite.