TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: California distinction
"What distinction does the Amargosa pupfish have in California?"
(a) It makes a sound that can be heard underwater for miles.
(b) It is the most vegetarian - eating blue-green algae for most of the year.
(c) It is the most carnivorous - eating other fish, plus small land animals that fall into the water.
(d) It is the only California fish known to eat stinkbugs that fall into the water (stinkbugs have a disagreeable odor to protect them).
(e) It looks the most like a little dog with fins.
(See answer near the end of this week's issue of News.bytes.)
FEATURE: "The Cougar Almanac"
An exploration of the American Mountain Lion. Discusses their life and habitat.
"California cougars" (BLM California web page)
About half of California is prime mountain lion country - surprising to many residents and visitors. These large, powerful predators have always lived here, preying on wildlife, and playing an important role in the ecosystem. Also known as the cougar, panther or puma, the mountain lion is native to North America and exists only in the Western Hemisphere.
ALBUM: "Shelter Cove"
Along the northern coast of California, civilization has left its mark on all but the most rugged or remote stretches of coastline. One stretch that is largely untouched by major highways and towns is the King Range National Conservation Area. Shelter Cove - near the south end of the King Range National Conservation Area - is surrounded largely by privately-owned land, but several acres are public land managed by the BLM.
"Shelter Cove - Lost Coast Wilderness Watchable Wildlife Area"
(BLM California Web site)
Shelter Cove is among the "best sites for wildlife watching" in California -- as selected by experts with the National Watchable Wildlife Program. (The program is a unique partnership of state and federal agencies and private organizations dedicated to promoting wildlife-related recreation, education, and conservation.)
YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Jon McQuiston
Jon McQuiston is a Kern County Supervisor and serves on BLM's California Desert District Advisory Council, as an elected official representing county government. Read more in our weekly News.bytes feature:
"Anderson named as BLM's Redding manager" (BLM California
news release, 2/11/04)
LAND USE PLANNING/RECREATION ISSUES
"Major milestone for
road" (Marysville Appeal-Democrat, 02/05/2004)
"Public meetings set
for King Range Plan review" (BLM California news release, 2/10/2004)
"Shooting range proposal
draws support, opposition" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 02/05/2004)
"Inland forest called
state's most threatened" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 02/05/2004)
"Off-roading gets official
push" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 2/7/2004)
"City buys Cemex property"
(The Santa Clarita Signal, 02/07/2004)
"What lies beneath" (The Santa Clarita Signal, 2/11/2004)
"Cemex-Transit Mixed Soledad Canyon sand and gravel project, Los
Angeles County, CA" (BLM California Issue Updates)
Top 10 Points of Interest by Field Office/Resource Area (BLM California Web site)
Planning to visit public lands this year? Here are some suggestions.
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Push to reclaim mining
pit begins" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 02/05/2004)
"Group tries new tactic in landfill fight" (Palm Springs
Desert Sun, 02/05/2004)
"More tough talk about
October fires" (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 02/04/2004)
"Mojave Desert plant
considered for protection" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 2/11/2004)
"IMC now Searles Valley
Minerals, Inc." (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 2/11/2004)
"Slender false brome'
doesn't look (or sound) like much, but let it loose and see the destruction"
(San Mateo County Times, 02/07/2004)
NATIONAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ITEMS
"BLM extends time on
commercial recreation permits" (BLM national news release, 02/06/2004)
"Secretary Norton to
testify on Presidents FY 2005 budget for Interior Department"
(Department of Interior news release, 2/11/2002)
TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK - ANSWER
(b) The Amargosa pupfish is the most vegetarian pupfish in California, eating blue-green algae for most of the year. (Photo courtesy California Department of Fish and Game - Habitat Conservation Planning Branch)
Learn more about this fish in the BLM California Wildlife Database (Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.)
02/14/2004 - Cache Creek
Free Guided Hikes
02/21/2004 - Cache Creek Free Guided Hikes
02/21/2004 - Geology Talks
at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto National Monument
02/23/2004 - Nature Hike to Stone Pools at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
02/24/2004 - King Range
NCA draft management plan public meeting
02/25/2004 - Oil and Gas Lease Sale
02/25/2004 - Wildflower
02/26/2004 - King Range
NCA draft management plan public meeting
02/26/2004 - Earthquakes
and Faults of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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