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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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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.

A spotted owl perched on a charred trunk in the footprint of the 2013 Rim Fire. Photo: © NPS/Jade Ujcic-Ashcroft
How do you study an animal that makes its home high above the ground? With patience, binoculars, and keen ears! See how research crews use a variety of clues to study California spotted owls in Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite provides protected habitat for diverse animal species, including year-round residents, such as pikas, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and Clark's nutcrackers, and seasonal ones, such as monarch butterflies.

From dark forests to sunny mountain slopes and quiet alpine lakes, Yosemite's diverse landscape supports diverse wildlife. In this post, we're quizzing you on a few of those species — and their homes in the park. See if you can pair each featured animal with its habitat!