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.

Autumn foliage brightens the view of Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park. Photo: Carolyn Botell

October brought abundant autumn scenery, a few notable birthdays, fresh updates on donor-supported programs, winter tips from our resident naturalist, and more.

Yosemite Climber Steward Chris Gay on a climbing patrol of On the Lamb in Tuolumne Meadows (a climbing route on Lamb Dome). Photo: NPS/Kyle Queener
Yosemite's Climber Stewards are just that - climbers and stewards! To learn more about these talented volunteers who dedicate their time to the vertical environment, we checked in with Chris, a member of the 2017 steward crew.
Bats in flight. Image by Petra Ohmer (fapro1) via Pixabay

Halloween horrors? Nightmarish blood-suckers? Not so much. Bust the bat myths and learn to love these flying mammals — including the 17 species found in Yosemite.

Portraits of the 2017 California Conservation Corps crew members who spent a season living, working and learning on Yosemite's trails. Credit: © Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly
Thanks to Yosemite's California Conservation Corps trail restoration program, long supported by Conservancy donors, another group of 18- to 25-year-olds got to spend several months living and working in the park this year. The two CCC crews wrapped up their season in September, feeling accomplished, adventurous, and ready to take on new experiences.