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

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

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A big brown bat in flight. Photo: Angell Williams (licensed under CC BY 2.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Curious about chiropteran creatures? Read on to meet a few of Yosemite's 17 bat species.

NASA scientist Tom Painter makes his way across the steep slopes of Mount Lyell in 2016, crossing patches of snow (white areas) and old glacier ice (gray areas). Photo: Geoff McQuilken

Donor-supported research continues a long tradition of studying glaciers in Yosemite — and helps the park prepare for the future as the ice retreats. 

An image of a person sketching butterflies in a notebook. Public domain photo from rawpixel.com on Pexels.

How do art and science overlap? Read our seven questions for science illustrator Fiorella Ikeue, one of the professional artists who volunteers to lead workshops in the Valley.

Biologists at Yosemite National Park and the San Francisco Zoo are working together to rear, tag and release threatened California red-legged frogs, in order to restore the species in Yosemite Valley. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly

Reflections from a Conservancy team member on spending a spring morning at the San Francisco Zoo, observing threatened California red-legged frogs (and the biologists who study them).