Journal archives for December 2018

December 18, 2018

Futurity: Research News. Recovering frogs plop from backpacks into new places.

The frogs travel in a box, within a canister, surrounded by snow, tucked tightly into a backpack strapped to a determined ecologist. Twenty at a time they depart places where they’re thriving for sites from which their species has vanished. Their mission: population recovery.

Ecologist Roland Knapp of the University of California, Santa Barbara has been leading a team of field crews—in collaboration with the National Park Service, US Geological Survey, and US Fish & Wildlife Service—to save these frogs by reintroducing them to lakes from which they have disappeared due to the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd).

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December 05, 2018

Yosemite Area Audubon Society Announces Christmas Bird Count Schedule.

The Mariposa CBC will occur Saturday, December 15. Contact Len McKenzie at (209) 769-0566 or for more information and to get instructions and assignments to specific zones within the Mariposa count circle. (Please note that participants will not assemble in town for a pre-count meeting that morning, as in previous years, but rather will go directly to their assigned areas to meet their party leaders.)

The Yosemite CBC, started in 1932, is slated for the following day, Sunday, December 16. Prospective counters should contact Sarah Stock,, to register and receive zone assignments for the Yosemite count.

The Lost Lake CBC in Fresno County will be held Saturday, December 29. Visit for details.

The Merced National Wildlife Refuge CBC will occur on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Contact Larry Parmeter,, for additional information and instructions.

The Oakhurst CBC will take place Saturday, January 5, 2019. Participants should meet at the Burger King in Oakhurst at 7:00 a.m. that day for instructions and zone assignments. Call (559) 760-6327 or email Vernon Johnson at for more information.

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December 08, 2018

Yosemite Valley after the first snow: tranquil, wild.

Yosemite Valley after the first snow is a different place than during the hectic summer months: the pace slows, the air grows still.

This week, a coyote visited a meadow in search of small prey.

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December 11, 2018

Time-lapse video from above shows clouds rolling across Yosemite like an ocean.

A time-lapse video from a camera atop Virginia Peak in Yosemite National Park shows a low stratus deck of clouds. Looking like an ocean, the atmosphere is a fluid and acts very similar to water in the sea, according to the National Weather Service.

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December 20, 2018

Visitation to Yosemite National Park Declines 1% Year Over Year.

Yosemite National Park total recreation visitors for November 2018 was down 1.0% over November 2017.

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