Scientific Research

Bird-banding helps protect rare bird species in Yosemite

Scientific Research

As a protected, mostly wild landscape, Yosemite is an ideal place to study the natural world. Your gifts help scientists conduct important research throughout the park, from backcountry trails and mountain meadows to the Valley’s granite cliffs. 

Study winter roosting sites on Yosemite’s granite walls to protect diverse bat species from deadly white-nose syndrome. Photo: USGS/Paul Cryan

Study winter roosting sites on Yosemite’s granite walls to protect diverse bat species from deadly white-nose syndrome.

Survey Yosemite hikers and analyze permit processes to improve wilderness access and protect habitat along the Pacific Crest/John Muir Trail. Photo: Roy Williams Photography

Survey Yosemite hikers and analyze permit processes to improve wilderness access and protect habitat along the Pacific Crest/John Muir Trail.

Monitor hundreds of avian species to understand bird population trends in Yosemite, home to North America’s longest-running songbird-banding research program. Photo: Laurel Houston

Monitor hundreds of avian species to understand bird population trends in Yosemite, home to one of North America’s longest-running songbird-banding research programs.

Use detection dogs to study mountain lions in Yosemite, a potential refuge for the keystone felines, which face statewide habitat loss. Photo: Tobe Roberts

Use detection dogs to study mountain lions in Yosemite, a potential refuge for the keystone felines, which face statewide habitat loss.