|WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK - Snaking
The rubber boa eats small mammals and lizards. It kills this prey by:
(a) Biting them to inject a poison that acts on their nervous system and paralyzes them;
(b) Chasing them with its superior speed, until they drop from exhaustion;
(c) Using its strong tail to flip them against nearby objects;
(d) Coiling around them tightly enough to suffocate them;
(e) Bouncing them on the ground until they pass out:
(f) Hitting them with a rock.
(g) Popping out a tin can and frightening them to death.
(Photo: California Academy of Sciences)
--->See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.
"SEEP volunteers teach kids about wildlife" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 05/21/2004)
Note: Our "Photo Album" is currently not available, while some of the hardware that operates it is undergoing repair. We expect this News.bytes feature to return next week.
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|PROFILE: Dona Maxcy
Dona Maxcy takes a break from her job by "reliving my youth through my daughter, and traveling around the country in my convertible Mustang with her." The de-stressing technique must help in her job -- she just won the first-ever BLM "Asset Manager of the Year" award. Read more in this week's News.bytes Profile:
|MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Randy Rister
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"Editorial: Winter blizzard brings extra risk of summer fires" (Redding Record Searchlight, 05/20/2004)
|FORT ORD: LAND USE PLANNING, RECREATION
"Fort Ord: A decade of promise and delay" (Monterey County Herald, 05/23/2004)
"A decade after it closed, Fort Ord has the distinction of being one of the most difficult base conversions in the nation, a victim of maddening bureaucracy and overlapping jurisdictions.....Until the Army clears the chaparral [that hides unexploded shells from years of practice firing], much of the open space cannot be transferred to the Bureau of Land Management for its habitat conservation plan."
"Fort Ord's future will build on past success" (Monterey County Herald, 05/24/2004)
Part of a series of Monterey County Herald stories on changeover of former Fort Ord from military to civilian use.
"Alabama base cleanup quite a different scene" (Monterey County Herald, 05/24/2004)
"Two sprawling forts, 2,000 miles apart. One closed in 1994, the other five years later. But the second shuttered Army base, Fort McClellan in Anniston, Ala., seems to be light years ahead of the first, Fort Ord, in the speed of its cleanup....Lack of Superfund status, going it alone aided Fort McClellan's quick closure."
"Fort Ord public lands" (BLM California Web site)
Some of Fort Ord has already been turned over to BLM management: Here the BLM protects and manages 35 species of rare plants and animals and their native coastal habitats. While habitat preservation and enhancement are primary missions at Fort Ord, there are also more than 50 miles of trails for the public to explore on foot, on bike or on horseback.
MORE LAND USE PLANNING AND RECREATION
"Roughing it" (Bakersfield Californian, 5/27/2004)
Related: "Adopt a Cabin meeting, May 2004" (BLM California Web page)
"OHV group meets with BLM head" (Desert Trail, 5/26/2004)
"New signs make visiting areas around Bay simpler" (The Eureka Reporter, 05/20/2004)
|BOOKSTORE FEATURE: "Don't Get Sick"
"The hidden dangers of camping and hiking, how to avoid swallowing things that will make you turn green, and other back-country health tips for camper and hikers."
"Cemex open to options" (Los Angeles Daily News, 05/21/2004)
"Realtors rally against mine" (Los Angeles Daily News. 5/26/2004)
"Sides continue battle over mine" (The Signal, 5/23/2004)
"Plan for river disputed" (Los Angeles Daily News, 5/26/2004)
|HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Wild horses coming to Chico from champion-producing herds" (BLM California news release, 05/25/2004)
"Interior Secretary Norton announces $2.3 Million in grants to support 47 cooperative conservation projects in California" (BLM California news release, 05/24/2004)
"Calpine halts geothermal projects" (Mount Shasta News, 5/26/2004)
Related: "Environmentalists sue over California geothermal plans" (Associated Press in San Francisco Chronicle, 05/19/2004)
"Anderson sworn in as Redding Field Office manager" (BLM California Web page)
"Desert woman contests eviction" (San Bernardino County Sun, 05/21/2004)
Current job openings - BLM California
|NATIONAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ITEMS
"Profile: A champion of 'cooperative conservation': Interior Secretary Gale Norton" (High Country News, 05/26/2004)
Interview with the Secretary of the Interior. "Norton has been an outspoken opponent of government regulation, and instead looks for economic incentives for conservation."
"Senate puts nail in fee demo coffin" (The Aspen Times, 05/21/2004)
"Through unanimous consent on the Senate floor, a bill was passed that would reauthorize the National Recreation Fee Demonstration Program for the National Park Service but allow it to expire on Dec. 31, 2005, for the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service."
|WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
ANSWER: The rubber boa eats small mammals and lizards, killing them by: (d) coiling around them tightly enough to suffocate them. Learn more about the rubber boa in our BLM California online wildlife database (Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below):