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Issue 624-05/15/14- Visit us on Facebook -- Follow us on Twitter -- Share us with friends and colleagues!
THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Discover the Coast
- California Desert
- Off-Road Recreation
- Wild Horse and Burro
Headlines and Highlights
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Upcoming BLM California Events
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WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK
Did you know that on Flatiron Rock, north of Trinidad Head, there could be over 30,000 Common Murre sitting on their eggs right now? Nesting on rocks has its advantages and disadvantages and Murres have adapted to this rugged nesting site.
Why are Common Murre eggs pointed and covered in spots?
(a) Keeps the egg from falling off the rock.
(b) So the parent can recognize their nest and egg from hundreds of others on the same rock.
(c) Because it nests on bare rock near cliffs.
All of the above.
See answer - and more information near the end of this News.bytes.
BLM and the City of Needles Opened a New Route 66 Rest Area
(BLM Facebook) Travelers can stop, rest, and learn more about the historic Route 66 byway, at a new rest area near Needles, CA. The Desert Advisory Council joined in the ribbon cutting as part of a scheduled field tour. http://ow.ly/wObgj
Road Trip: Route 66 (National Geographic Travel, 05/14)
They say driving Route 66, the iconic 2,400-mile road connecting Chicago with Santa Monica, sneaks us into a bygone America, an era of neon signs and mom-and-pop diners. That may be true about the route, but that's not the only reason to take it. http://ow.ly/wKzH1
RELATED: Historic Route 66 (BLM Website) http://ow.ly/wQXn1
Wilderness Acquisitions in the California Desert (BLM Facebook)
With support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and California Desert Land Conservancy, 280 acres were added within the Sheephole Valley Wilderness, and 960 acres added within the Old Woman Mountains Wilderness. http://ow.ly/wQERY
RELATED: Old Woman Mountains Wilderness
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/wQXLf
RELATED: Sheephole Valley Wilderness
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/wT6Lk
RELATED: Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness
(Wilderness50.Org Website) http://www.wilderness50th.org/
Thomas Jefferson Middle School Students Visit San Jacinto State Park and National Monument (The Desert Sun, 04/25/14) Photo album of a school field trip. BLM National Monument Volunteer George Raymond led a hike with Friends of the Desert Mountains that brought local disadvantaged youth outdoors for a learning opportunity at the San Jacinto State Park, within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument boundary. http://ow.ly/wNMkf
RELATED: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (BLM Website) http://ow.ly/wQX7T
Judge Rejects Environmental Challenges to Mojave Groundwater Project
(LA Times, 05/09/14) In a one-page ruling, an Orange County Superior Court judge last week swept aside environmental challenges to Cadiz Inc.'s plans to pump groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California suburbs. http://ow.ly/wSRF7
Court Upholds Wild Horse Roundup on California-Nevada Line
(Salt Lake Tribune, 05/17/14) A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a split decision on Monday upholding the government roundup of more than 1,600 wild horses along the Nevada-California line in 2010. http://ow.ly/wO01I
BLM Releases Decision on Grazing, Wild Horse Allocations in Massacre Lakes Area
(BLM News Release) The BLM has released a decision authorizing livestock grazing and setting an appropriate population level for wild horses on public lands in the Massacre Lakes area in northwest Nevada.
BLM Seeks Bids for New Corrals for Wild Horses
(The Washington Times, 05/11/14) The BLM is soliciting bids for new, short-term holding facilities for wild horses removed from Western rangelands under its ongoing program to thin what it calls overpopulated herds. http://ow.ly/wKrxJ
OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Redding Area Children Get Inspired About Natural Resource Careers (BLM Facebook) On May 9th, the BLM's Redding Field Office joined CollegeOptions.Org for the 8th Annual KinderCollege Day. BLM provided a fun-filled show and tell about Outdoor Recreation, Fire and Fuels Management, and Biological careers with the BLM.
Restoration Project Atwell Island Shows Success in Reclaiming Tainted Farm Land (Visalia Times-Delta, 05/14/14) The habitat type the BLM is working with partners to restore is called alkali sink scrub habitat. Plants used are highly tolerant to salts and alkali soil. http://ow.ly/wQwQe
RELATED: Atwell Island Land Retirement Demonstration Project
(BLM Website) An interagency team consisting of representatives from the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the BLM was assembled to accomplish the goals of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Land Retirement Program. http://ow.ly/wQPzi
Thompson Bill Would Transfer Lake Berryessa Management to BLM; Hearing Set For Late May (Lake County News, 05/13/14) A bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has legislation that would transfer the management of Lake Berryessa from the Bureau of Reclamation to the BLM. http://ow.ly/wO19t
Marijuana Grow Site Debris Airlifted from Northern Mendocino County
(The Times-Standard, 05/12/14) Hundreds of pounds of debris from recently-eradicated illegal marijuana cultivation sites will be airlifted out of public lands sites in northern Mendocino County. Staff members with the BLM will work with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department, volunteers from the Eel River Recovery Project and the California National Guard, which will provide a helicopter... http://ow.ly/wO3Zd
BLM, Partners to Airlift Marijuana Grow Site Debris from Public Land Sites
(BLM News Release) http://ow.ly/wOfpd
Drought Prompts Early Campfire Restrictions in Northern California
(Press Democrat, 05/14/14) The BLM last week banned campfires and other potential fire triggers outside of developed campgrounds on its properties in Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Yolo, Colusa, Glenn and Solano counties. http://ow.ly/wSPu5
Report: Officer's Truck Likely Cause of Chariot Fire
(San Diego Union-Tribune, 05/09/14) An officer with the BLM is suspected of accidentally starting last summer's Chariot fire in East County's Laguna Mountains, state fire officials say in a report released Thursday to U-T San Diego. http://ow.ly/wKAKg
Candidates Call on McKeon to Act on Cemex Mine (SCVTV, 05/07/14)
A pair of candidates for the 25th Congressional District seat held by Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and a state assemblyman are calling on McKeon to stop an aggregate mine in Canyon Country by reviving a tact he tried in 2001. http://ow.ly/wSQZg