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

Yosemite wildlife biologist Colleen Kamoroff has played a key role in efforts to restore populations of endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, including through "translocations" that use helicopters to move frogs to suitable lake habitat. Photo: Courtesy of NPS.

Next up in our "Six Questions" series: Colleen Kamoroff, a Yosemite National Park wildlife biologist working on amphibian research and restoration.

Gabriel Sovulewski, who spent more than 30 years working in Yosemite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, poses on horseback on the Four Mile Trail (circa 1930). During his decades in Yosemite, including many years as park supervisor, Sovulewski oversaw construction and improvement projects on trails throughout the park. Photo: Yosemite Historic Photo Collection.

Yosemite Valley's popular trails took shape at different times, and cover a wide range of terrain, but all offer memorable hiking experiences and breathtaking views —and all benefit from donor-supported restoration work.

Storyteller Brian Shoor has honed his tale-telling technique during decades of entertaining guests around Yosemite campfires. Photo courtesy of Brian Shoor.

For years, Brian Shoor spun tales by the glow of summer campfires in the high country. Now, he's sharing his talents at the Yosemite Theater. Meet the storyteller, adventurer, EMT and ski patrol leader bringing history to life on stage in the Valley. 

A hiker follows follows the trail near Red Peak Pass, in southern Yosemite. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Josh Helling

Beyond the Valley floor, hundreds of miles of trails branch out into remote canyons, along rivers and over passes. With support from Conservancy donors, park crews complete restoration work to improve hiking experiences and protect habitat along trails throughout the Yosemite Wilderness.