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 Conservancy naturalist Kaleb Goff takes in his surroundings in the high country. Photo: Courtesy of Kaleb Goff

"I stop for the first glimmer of wild life that draws me in, and I am happy to stay all day." In this guest post, Kaleb Goff, a naturalist and Yosemite Conservancy guide, shares thoughts and tips on observing and appreciating the park's diverse animal species. 

A male mule deer in Yosemite Valley pauses in a meadow and looks toward Half Dome on an autumn day in the Sierra. Photo: Christopher Michel

Whether rerouting trails, planting wildflowers or erasing "eco-graffiti," the steps that crews take to restore and preserve diverse habitats help animals thrive in their natural homes — and help ensure that people can experience protected ecosystems with minimal impact.

Yosemite's Horsetail Fall aglow in February 2018. Photo: Sara Jones

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

A lustrous copper butterfly in Yosemite. Photo: Courtesy of NPS.

You don't have to be an entomology expert to appreciate butterflies — but if you're curious about insect research, it helps to know some pros! We caught two scientists for a quick Q-and-A about studying these colorful winged creatures in Yosemite.