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.

Sunrise at Glacier Point. Photo: Sara Jones

What motivates you to get outside? With Thanksgiving coming up this week, REI is continuing an annual tradition of "opting outside" on Black Friday. We came up with a few reasons to maximize moments outdoors, and hope they'll inspire you to spend some quality time in Yosemite or your local park!

A Yosemite field research crew skis up Rock Island Pass in the park's remote northern wilderness during a seven-day trip to support research on a rare red fox. Photo: © Ryan Kelly

Science doesn't stop when the snow starts falling. Follow our project coordinator to the northern Yosemite Wilderness to see what it's like to be part of a field research crew during a Sierra Nevada winter!

A remote camera in the northern Yosemite Wilderness captured this image of a Sierra Nevada red fox in the snow on January 26, 2015. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

How do you study a rare animal that few people will ever see? Remote cameras can provide valuable insights through motion-triggered images (like this one, captured in January 2015) - but to get a more complete picture, scientists in Yosemite have turned to collecting other on-the-ground evidence.

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."