Valentines for Mountain Lions
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Valentines for Mountain Lions

Friends of Hellhole Canyon in collaboration with Valley Center Library welcomes all on Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a free, informative presentation by Beth Pratt, author of “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors,” and California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation and a lifelong wildlife advocate.

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Science & Spirits: Beth Pratt
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Science & Spirits: Beth Pratt

Beth will speak about what it means to coexist with wildlife, and how a lonely Los Angeles cougar inspired the world. The Griffith Park mountain lion P-22 will also make an appearance – don’t miss out on the chance to take a selfie with the world’s most famous cougar!

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Gathering 4 Nature Film Screening of The Cat That Changed America
Nov
14
4:00 PM16:00

Gathering 4 Nature Film Screening of The Cat That Changed America

Urban Wildlife Panel Discussion featuring Beth Pratt Bergstrom, Miguel Ordeñana, and other local environmental leaders. Panelists will cover nature-based solutions for issues concerning urban wildlife, watersheds, and water capture as well as the effects of climate change on those issues. We will also learn from what we can do to make a difference. 

7:00-8:00 – Film Screening: The Cat That Changed America. Arrive early to get a good seat.

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Mountain Lion In The City: Yosemite Area Audubon Association (YAAS)
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Mountain Lion In The City: Yosemite Area Audubon Association (YAAS)

Beth Pratt, California’s Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will be presenting a program on how Los Angeles residents embraced living with the mountain lion known as P-22, and got behind the ongoing effort to build the largest wildlife crossing in the world over the busiest freeway in the country to help save a population of mountain lions from extinction.

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Salon Series in the Garden: Urban Ecology
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Salon Series in the Garden: Urban Ecology

On the occasion of the garden expansion within the gallery’s public courtyard, join Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles and Manuela restaurant for their second salon, which will focus on the strategic placement of natural spaces in urban environments and their impact on making a healthier city.

Mia Lehrer, noted LA-based Urbanist of Studio-MLA, and Beth Pratt, California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will share their unique knowledge, illuminating the ways in which ecological thinking can apply to civic infrastructure. This conversation will be moderated by Alissa Walker, Curbed LA Urbanism Editor.

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MOUNTAIN LIONS, WATER, & SAND: ECO-NARRATIVES TO CHANGE OUR LIVES AND ILLUMINATE OUR WORLD
May
19
4:15 PM16:15

MOUNTAIN LIONS, WATER, & SAND: ECO-NARRATIVES TO CHANGE OUR LIVES AND ILLUMINATE OUR WORLD

Narratives of our relationship with nature and the challenges of sustainability increasingly infuse our culture. But how do we make these narratives personal and effective? Three writers guided by LA County Natural History Museum Community Science Senior Manager Lila Higgins will seek to answer these questions: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, the California Director of the National Wildlife Federation on a mission to build a 101 freeway wildlife crossing, Florencia Ramirez who's challenged the nation to reduce our water intake, and Vince Beiser, who's telling the story of the hugely important but diminishing resource, sand. Featuring: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom (When Mountain Lions are Neighbors), Florencia Ramirez (Eat Less Water), Vince Beiser (The World in a Grain - out in August 2018), Lila Higgins, Los Angeles County Natural History Museum - Moderator

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Wild L.A.: USC Visions and Voices
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Wild L.A.: USC Visions and Voices

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.

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When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors - A talk with Beth Pratt-Bergstrom!
Sep
2
3:00 PM15:00

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors - A talk with Beth Pratt-Bergstrom!

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!

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Summer Cinema: The Cat That Changed America
Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

Summer Cinema: The Cat That Changed America

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.

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Picturing Urban Wildlife at the Getty Center
Jun
17
3:00 PM15:00

Picturing Urban Wildlife at the Getty Center

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.

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Urban Wild at the Autry Museum
May
6
11:00 AM11:00

Urban Wild at the Autry Museum

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

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Cougars in the City: Pacific Science Center, Seattle
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Cougars in the City: Pacific Science Center, Seattle

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.

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California Wildlife Stories, Yosemite Area Audubon Society
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

California Wildlife Stories, Yosemite Area Audubon Society

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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.

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Booksigning and Reading, Barnes and Noble Corte Madera
Nov
19
4:00 PM16:00

Booksigning and Reading, Barnes and Noble Corte Madera

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.

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Jack London: California Radical
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Jack London: California Radical

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.

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P-22 Day & Urban Wildlife Festival
Oct
22
11:00 AM11:00

P-22 Day & Urban Wildlife Festival

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/

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Living with Mountain Lions
Oct
1
8:30 AM08:30

Living with Mountain Lions

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.

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Nordic Noir LA
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

Nordic Noir LA

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.

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