Conservation Dinner Series: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom of National Wildlife Federation joins us in the elephant room after dinner to give a talk about the Mountain Lions (P22). The conservation dinner series is complementary to all dinner guests. If you’d do not have a dinner reservation and would like to join, please book here. The conservation dinner series is sponsored by the Safari West Wildlife Foundation (SWWF).
Being Good Neighbors for Wildlife: Did you know that a family of foxes thrives on the Facebook campus in Silicon Valley? Or that a mountain lion lives in the middle of Los Angeles? Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California Director for the National Wildlife Federation and author of the book, When Mountain Lions are Neighbors: Wildlife in Today’s California, will tell some remarkable stories of how—sometimes in the most unlikely of places—people are being good neighbors for wildlife in the Golden State, and why coexistence with wild animals is vital for their survival.
She’ll also discuss what you can do to help wildlife in your own backyard, and the National Wildlife Federation’s new nationwide campaign to save the monarch butterfly, along with local efforts with partner group Save the Frogs! to “Refrog California.”
Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, the California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, 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 NWF, she worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Prior to her role in Yellowstone, for nine years, Beth served as the Vice President/CFO for the non-profit Yosemite Association in Yosemite National Park. She serves on the board of the non-profit Save the Frogs! and Outdoor Afro, and the education committee for Felidae Conservation Fund.
In 2007, she traveled to Japan as part of a month-long Rotary International Professional Exchange to study business and national park operations, and in 2012 she was selected to train with Vice President Al Gore as part of the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps. 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 MBA from Regis University in Denver and earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED AP credential.
Her work has been featured by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, BBC World Service, LA Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Sustainable Industries, Fast Company, Sierra Magazine, NPR, and KQED. Beth lives outside of Yosemite with her husband, four dogs, two cats, and the many frogs who frequent her backyard pond.