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Local Christmas Bird Counts Successful

Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful–and, as always, fun! The counts were part of the National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count, an annual avian census held between Dec. 14, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. Begun on Christmas ...

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Winter Fun In Your Own Backyard – Yosemite Adventures

Yosemite is magnificent in winter, and there is a host of things to do and see during those months when we practically have the place to ourselves. Whether you’re flying down the slopes at Badger Pass on skis, traipsing through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias on snowshoes, or capturing the perfect photo of the light on Horsetail Falls, there’s ...

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Search for Missing Plane Suspended in Yosemite

YOSEMITE – The search for a small plane missing since Monday, Dec. 17 over Yosemite National Park and adjacent areas has been suspended. The single engine plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon of Dec. 17, over the North Dome area in the park. Search efforts throughout the week have failed to yield clues or evidence regarding the ...

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Support Yosemite Conservancy With Custom Plates

YOSEMITE – The Yosemite Conservancy invites everyone to show their love for Yosemite and support their projects by purchasing Yosemite license plates. When California drivers purchase Yosemite license plates from the DMV, $20 from each sale goes to support Yosemite Conservancy’s programs and projects in the National Park.

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Single Engine Plane Missing in Yosemite Area

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park continues the search for a single engine plane that may have gone missing over the park on Monday, Dec. 17. The plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon on Monday, near the North Dome area in the park. The plane, flown by pilot Nicol Wilson from the Santa Barbara area, was flying from ...

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Badger Pass Opens For Downhill

YOSEMITE – It’s time to hit the slopes! Badger Pass opens its downhill operations for the season on Friday, Dec. 21. The tubing hill and terrain parks will not open until they get more snow, which may come as early as Friday. Badger Pass Ski Area is located inside Yosemite National Park on Glacier Point Road. Click for a map.

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Badger Pass Nordic Center Open For The Season

YOSEMITE – The Badger Pass Nordic Center is open for the season as of Saturday, Dec. 15. The Glacier Point Road to Badger Pass has just opened, so now is the time to get out and do some cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Badger Pass is enjoying 5″ of fresh, cold powder that fell overnight Friday, and they groomed the road ...

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Bird Lovers Invited To Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is participating in the 113th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) to be held on Sunday, Dec. 16. This is the 81st year that Yosemite is participating in the CBC and the park has contributed over 90,000 observations to this important and fun conservation event. The park joins this event with tens of thousands of volunteers ...

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Area Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled

On Christmas Day in 1900, the National Audubon Society (NAS) held it’s first Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Now this annual international bird census numbers more than 1,500 individual counts, and everyone is invited to participate in the 113th CBC, between Dec. 14, 2012, and Jan. 5, 2013. The Yosemite Area Audubon Society encourages local residents to participate in any or ...

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Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed For Season

YOSEMITE – The significant storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the weekend resulted in an estimated five and a half feet of snow accumulation in Tuolumne Meadows. Due to this significant storm, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the ...

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