The animals are returning to California, and people are welcoming them back.
Aesop’s Fables, the coyote and raven stories told by Native people, the books we read to our children—animal tales have long sparked the imagination and deepened our understanding of the world. Today, there’s a new story to be told, one more amazing than the stories of old. It’s happening right here in California and most astonishing of all it is true.
- A mountain lion has taken up residence in Griffith Park in the heart of urban Los Angeles.
- A wolf, the first in over 90 years, has ventured into the northern-most counties of California.
- Sutro Sam, the first river otter to be seen in San Francisco in over fifty years, drew regular crowds of fans.
- Condors are once again commonly sighted in Los Padres National Forest and along the Big Sur coast.
- A herd of tule elk is thriving on Point Reyes.
- Chinook Salmon are expected on the San Joaquin River now that there is water flowing from Friant Dam.
- A gray fox family thrives on the Facebook campus in Silicon Valley
- Rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley flood their fields to provide habitat for wintering flocks of geese and ducks.
- Over ten thousand home owners throughout California have registered their back yards as wildlife habitats and are managing these yards to benefit butterflies, native bees, amphibians, songbirds, and other species of wildlife.
We need your help to raise $90,000 to make this important project a reality!
Your donation will fund an inspiring book and ebook about California’s remarkable wildlife, illustrated with original art, and color photos and with chapters devoted to California’s amazing wildlife hertiage. Authored by NWF’s California Director, Beth Pratt, it will provide inspiring information about the lives of the animals, it will celebrate their beauty, it will probe the human/animal connections, and will be a platform for a larger public education program that will eventually include online media, educational outreach and a traveling museum exhibit.
Contribute today and be a part of this special project of the National Wildlife Federation in partnership with Heyday, a nonprofit publisher in Berkeley, California.DONATE TO THE BOOK
- If you donate at any amount, you will be listed on our website in a special section listing all the supporters who made this possible.
- If you donate $250, you will receive a free copy of a special supporter’s edition of the book when it is published.
- Those who donate $500 or more will receive the above plus listing in the book as a supporter.
- Those who donate $1,000 or more will receive the above plus prominent listing as a patron.
- Those who donate $5,000 or more will receive all of the above plus prominent listing as a major benefactor.
- Underwriting $75,000 up to the full cost of the book, you will receive a dedication page. Please contact Beth Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.