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 tagged black bear in Yosemite National Park. Photo: Bob Roney

As spring unfurls in Yosemite, bears are emerging from their dens to forage for food ... and the bear team is educating the public about protecting the park's resident Ursus americanus, thanks to a new website: Keep Bears Wild. 

Songbird science in action: A bird takes flight from one of Yosemite's songbird research stations, with a tiny aluminum identification band affixed to its leg. Photo: Laurel Houston

Soon, the Yosemite songbird crew will start a fresh season of fieldwork at the park's long-running ornithological research stations. What goes into studying resident and migratory bird species? Read on to find out.

Bright flowers blooming in El Portal, just outside Yosemite National Park. Photo: Ann & Rob Simpson

Pink, red, orange, purple...as winter retreats, wildflowers begin to transform the Yosemite landscape with bright bursts of color. Just in time for California Poppy Day (April 6), naturalist David Lukas introduces some of the blooms you might see this season.

Clark's nutrackers are one of Yosemite's many year-round resident birds, well-adapted to surviving the Sierra winter. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Some animals head south or hibernate when winter arrives in the Sierra ... but many of Yosemite's birds stay active all year. Let our resident naturalist inspire you to bundle up and bird-watch this season!