The rugged mountains north of Los Angeles are home to one of America’s first national forests and one of its newest national monuments. Officially designated wildlands like the Angeles National Forest (created in 1892) and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (created in 2014) have long served the public and wildlife. But how can these green spaces better serve park-poor communities in the Los Angeles Basin? What hidden meanings can Southern California’s indigenous people, who have deep cultural and material connections with the land, share about these mountains? And how can animals that blur the line between wilderness and city help us rediscover the wildness of urban ecosystems close to home? Environmental historian Char Miller; urban wildlife expert Beth Pratt-Bergstrom; native-plants activist Nicholas Hummingbird; and an advocate for expanded access to green spaces for inner-city residents will discuss these questions and more in a dynamic discussion moderated by Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries and KCET’s Lost L.A.
When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors explores this evolving dynamic between humans and animals, including remarkable stories like how Californians are welcoming wolves back to the state after the incredible journey of the wolf OR-7, how park staff and millions of visitors rallied to keep Yosemite’s famed bears wild, and many more tales from across the state.
Join us! Beth will discuss these issues, sign copies of her book When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors, and answer your questions. A perfect afternoon for ALL AGES!
Join Ed Begley Jr. for the screening of The Cat That Changed America, where he'll moderate a panel with the environmental leaders in the film including Beth Pratt-Bergstrom from the National Wildlife Federation. Free, but call for reservation 310-600-5356.
A new documentary follows the story of Griffith Park mountain lion P-22, detailing his plight at being hemmed in by freeways and urban sprawl and the efforts to develop a wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Los Angeles. Following the screening, the filmmaker and featured wildlife experts will be on hand for a panel discussion with filmgoers.
The majesty of the two Getty sites—the Getty Center and the Getty Villa—depends in part on the dramatic landscapes surrounding them. In these settings, the Getty is neighbor to a thriving, but challenged, wildlife population that continually adapts to its urban setting. This panel with wildlife photographers Steve Winter and Johanna Turner, and National Park Service scientist Justin Brown examines how images can contribute to human-wildlife cohabitation. Moderated by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom.
Los Angeles may appear to be a concrete desert, but urban nature is all around us, from parks and open space to the birds and animals that inhabit the tree-lined streets. Even the city landscape shapes our relationship with nature, as we navigate by hills and ocean. The discussion will be followed by a signing of Pratt-Bergstrom's book When Mountain Lions are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California
Learn about the remarkable story of P-22, the cougar who crossed two major freeways to find a new home in the middle of Los Angeles, how his plight has rallied people around urban wildlife conservation, and what you can do here in Seattle to help wildlife like P-22. With Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, National Wildlife Federation.
Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, wildlife advocate, author and California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will share tales of wild wonder from her new book, accompanied by LA’s celebrity mountain lion, P-22 (his likeness)
Wild gray wolves recently reappeared in California for the first time in nearly a century following the remarkable odyssey of wolf OR-7 into the state a few years earlier. California state director Beth Pratt-Bergstrom of the National Wildlife Federation will present this among a number of other wildlife stories in a slide presentation, “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: Wildlife in Today’s California,” at the Oakhurst Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The program is free and the public is welcome.
Banquet Presentation: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, TWS-WS member, wildlife advocate, author and California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will share tales of wild wonder from her new book, When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: Wildlife in Today’s California.
Author Beth Pratt-Bergstrom will discuss the evolving dynamic between humans and animals in California and sign copies of her book, When Mountain Lions are Neighbors. Free and open to the public. Marine mammal biologist Bill Keener (featured in the book) will also be there and includes a bookfair with Wildcare.
This tribute to one of the Bay Area's most iconic celebrity writers will be moderated by Heyday founder Malcolm Margolin and will include authors Jonah Raskin (The Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution) and Gerald Haslam (Jack London's Golden State: Selected California Writings), science writer Mary Ellen Hannibal (Citizen Scientist), California Director of the National Wildlife Federation Beth Pratt-Bergstrom (When Mountain Lions are Neighbors), Heyday's Steve Wasserman, and special guest librarian Tarnel Abbott, great granddaughter of Jack London.
Beth will be signing books at this community-wide festival, touted as P-22 Day, which honors the city’s most famous mountain lion and will include a number of fun activities such as music and dance performances, an animal puppet show, a children’s art contest, nature hikes with park rangers, demonstration gardens, and a wildlife costume contest. Ranger Rick and P-22 will both be making appearances, along with several other celebrities and distinguished guests. More info at: http://www.urbanwildlifeweek.org/
On Saturday, October 1st, The Oakhurst Democratic Club goes wild in its monthly meeting at Denny’s on Highway 41 with breakfast at 8:30 and program beginning at 9:30. Special guest speaker will be Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California Director of the National Wildlife Federation. Ms. Pratt-Bergstrom will be discussing her amazing career dealing with the evolving dynamic between humans and animals in California and presenting highlights from her new book, “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors.” Pratt-Bergstrom has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty-five years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Before joining the National Wildlife Federation in 2011, she worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Prior to Yellowstone, for nine years Beth served as the Vice President/CFO for the non-profit Yosemite Association (now Yosemite Conservancy) in Yosemite. Beth graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with bachelor's degrees in management and biological anthropology, and a minor in marketing. She also obtained an MBA from Regis University in Denver, and earned the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED AP credential.
Nordic Noir LA, a one-of-a-kind benefit for Friends of Griffith Park, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable group, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. This world-class concert is hosted by internationally recognized film composer Jacob Groth and the Danish Film Harmonics as they offer the LA community an opportunity to experience the acclaimed soundtrack for the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Come and take part in the effort to conserve our beloved city’s environment and urban wildlife. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Special invites and VIP tickets available. As part of the concert, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom will tell the story of P-22, the famous Hollywood mountain lion.
Author Beth Pratt-Bergstrom will discuss the evolving dynamic between humans and animals in California and sign copies of her book, When Mountain Lions are Neighbors. Free and open to the public.
Beth Pratt Bergstrom, the California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will be speaking at our July meeting about Mountain Lions and how to live with them without hurting them or them hurting you. She has a new book "When Mountain Lions are Neighbors”, available on amazon.com, and is working to get a wildlife crossing built for Mountain Lions (and other wildlife) over the 101 in the San Fernando Valley. This is going to be a really interesting meeting; please come, and as always, everyone is invited, regardless of political affiliation. Time: 9:45 for meeting, 9:00 to purchase breakfast; Place: Miner's Roadhouse.
Come celebrate with Beth Pratt-Bergstrom the publication of her new book at her favorite restaurant, Savoury's. Stop by anytime during this open house and enjoy some complimentary appetizers--alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the bar. Advance copies of Beth's book will be for sale (they won't be in bookstores or on Amazon until July) and she'll be signing them as well. "P-22" will also be in attendance.
When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: Coexisting with Wildlife Talk at 11:30 pm. Copies of her book will be available for sale and for her to sign during the festival at the NWF booth.