Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire
The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »
Yosemite National Park is Open
Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.
Wildlife and Other Sightings: Butterflies & Moths, and Yellow-rumped Warbler
August 11, 2012
Butterflies and Moths on Pennyroyal and Groundsel
Pine White Butterfly on Goldenaster
Neophasia menapia on Aster breweri
August 5, 2012
Trail between Harden Lake and Pate Valley
Different species of the variety of butterflies and moths out today tended to be seen more often on some flowers over others. A few Pine White Butterflies were clustered around the composite flowers of this Goldenaster plant.
August 5, 2012 - around 2:30pm
Trail to Harden Lake from White Wolf
I was very excited to catch a glimpse of a colorful male Yellow-rumped Warbler along the side of the old Tioga road (now part of the trail to Harden Lake from White Wolf). Being nearsighted and a very novice birder, such a distinctively marked bird is always a treat to see. Trying to learn more about this bird after returning home, I discovered that several different species of insect-eating warblers may live together in close proximity by looking for food in different parts of the same forest. Yellow-rumped warblers focus on the outer foliage of conifers. Sure enough, this little guy was hopping from branch to branch up in one of the many Lodgepole pine trees along the edge of this trail.
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Did You Know?
The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.