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Issue 618-04/03/14- Visit us on Facebook -- Follow us on Twitter -- Share us with friends and colleagues!
THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Discover the Coast
- Get Outdoors
Headlines and Highlights
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Upcoming Events
- BLM and Department of the Interior Items
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Visit our Discover the Coast Website (BLM website)
Learn more about our Discover the Coast campaign, partnerships, and events.
Join the Whale of a Day Event (BLM Facebook)
On April 5th, join the
30th Annual Whale of a Day celebration at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. http://ow.ly/uNF57
What's the Most-Viewed but Least-Known National Monument?
(Outside Magazine, 03/25/14) The California Coastal National Monument extends from south of San Diego to the Oregon state line and is composed of 20,000 islands, rocks, and reefs... http://ow.ly/vmpnd
RELATED: BLM's California Coastal National Monument (BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmCre
Ma-l'el Dunes (Lost Coast Outpost, 04/02/14)
Fragile yet massive, the Ma-l'el Dunes near Arcata is one of the hidden treasures of this area. Here, sea sweeps the sand and sand laps at the forest. http://ow.ly/vmtNA
RELATED: Ma-le'l Dunes Cooperative Management Area
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmD3k
A Walk at the Fort Ord National Monument (BLM Facebook)
A walk at the Fort Ord National Monument can be a lovely experience. A morning walk after the rain can be monumental. http://ow.ly/vmo9o
Sheep Are Back to Work on Fort Ord National Monument (BLM News Release)
More than 600 ewes and their lambs are back at work, grazing on the BLM's Fort Ord National Monument in Monterey County. The grazing program is part of a cooperative strategy to improve rangeland conditions in this ecologically unique area. http://ow.ly/vmFYa
The Sea Otter Classic at Fort Ord National Monument. (BLM Facebook)
BLM will have a booth at the event and you can drop by and learn more about the Monument. Come and see why Fort Ord National Monument was voted the best place to bike/mountain bike in Monterey County, 2014. http://ow.ly/vmDby
RELATED: BLM's Fort Ord National Monument
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmDg4
Protecting the Endangered Amargosa Vole (News.Bytes Extra)
BLM's Barstow Field Office has been working with partners to study one of the rarest mammals in North America. Learn more: http://ow.ly/vlOTJ
Endangered Desert Species Cling to Existence (LA Times, 03/23/14)
Facing drought and climate change, animals such as the Amargosa vole are struggling to survive in the Mojave Desert. http://ow.ly/vmBvY
Editorial: Nudge Congress to Act on Public Lands Bills
(The Sacramento Bee, 04/02/14)
Led by Rep. Mike Thompson and Sen. Barbara Boxer, 11 members of California's congressional delegation are sponsoring legislation to get National Conservation Area status for the federal lands in the 100-mile stretch from Lake Berryessa to 7,000-foot Snow Mountain, including the Cedar Roughs, Cache Creek and Snow Mountain wilderness areas. http://ow.ly/vmAzo
Volunteer Project in the Alabama Hills (News.Bytes Extra)
Students from Lone Pine High School showed their support of Public Lands by assisting with a restoration project in the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California. http://ow.ly/vlOYZ
Meet Michelle Puckett, Our Newest Tumblr Blogger
(BLM Tumblr) http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1BEm6j2
Tsunami Warning Signs (BLM Facebook)
The very things that make some beach areas a spectacular place to enjoy can be lethal to those caught unaware along the shoreline.
Lawsuit Launched Over BLM's Failure to Report Threats to Desert Tortoise, Other Imperiled Species in California Deserts (Yuba.Net, 04/02/14)
Environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue the BLM for failing for seven years to report impacts to the desert tortoise and similarly threatened and endangered species from off-road vehicles, cattle grazing and other activities in California's deserts.
Retired National Park Leaders Oppose Soda Mountain Solar (KCET, 03/28/13)
Five retired National Park Service Superintendents are asking the BLM to move a 4,000-acre solar project they say would threaten the Mojave National Preserve's wildlife, views and groundwater. http://ow.ly/vmhXn
RELATED: BLM Soda Mountain Solar Project (BLM Website)
Project overview, schedule, and reports. http://ow.ly/v178N
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK
Which of the following are true about the Botta's Pocket Gopher?
(a) Spend 90% of their lives underground
(b) Create Mima mounds up to over 6 feet high
(c) Create burrows with multiple chambers to accommodate nesting, food storage, and defecation
(d) Dig primarily with their teeth and not their claws
(e) Can only dig in soft soils because their teeth are sensitive to hard mineral soils
(g) All of the above
See answer - and more information near the end of this News.bytes.
BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR ITEMS
Last Week at the BLM: MARCH 24-28 (BLM Tumblr)
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, Department of the Interior Secretary Jewell on March 28 released a statement on the release of the Interagency Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions... http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1Bim87A
This Week at Interior: March 28, 2014 (DOI YouTube)
Here's what happened this week at Interior: Secretary Jewell testifies on Capitol Hill in favor of the Obama Administration's FY 2015 budget proposal... http://ow.ly/vmBcJ
WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and related information
Which of the following are true about the Bottaâ€™s Pocket Gopher?
(f) a-d, are all correct
EXPLANATION: Botta's pocket gopher is highly adaptable, burrowing into diverse soil types, from loose sands to tightly packed clays, from deserts to high altitude meadows. It can tolerate a wide range of soils because it digs primarily with its teeth, which have a thicker layer of enamel. In comparison, gophers digging with their claws can only dig in softer soils because claws wear down more quickly than teeth do.
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