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

A young visitor works on an activity at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly

Mesmerizing water, a lush fen, trilling songbirds ... it's hard to visit Happy Isles and not feel, well, happy. As the Conservancy's art programs coordinator, Kristin Anderson spends much of her time at that idyllic eastern Yosemite Valley destination, helping people tap into their creativity at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. 

A monthly recap of what we saw, heard and did in Yosemite. Here's what happened in March...

Bighorn sheep on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Nevada. Photo: Steve Yeager

... and a big twist: We're kidding! Happy April Fool's Day. (In case you missed the first part of our foolery, read our Facebook post.)

Western pond turtle. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Yosemite's nearly three dozen reptile and amphibian species tend to slide, slither and swim under the radar of most visitors. We're shining a spotlight on some of the park's slimier and scalier inhabitants — including several that have benefited from our donors' support.