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Issue 626-05/29/14- Visit us on Facebook -- Follow us on Twitter -- Share us with friends and colleagues!
THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Wildland Fire Management
- Discover the Coast
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
Headlines and Highlights
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Upcoming BLM California Events
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Hunters Fire Photos and Information (BLM Facebook) BLM is one of many interagency partners supporting CAL FIRE with wildfire management efforts at the Hunters Fire in Mariposa County... http://ow.ly/xmhYh
Central California Wildfire Burns Out of Control, Threatens 100 Homes (Reuters, 05/27/14) The Hunters Fire, west of Yosemite National Park, threatened more than 100 homes. Approximately 500 firefighters were working to contain the blaze, including crews from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, the BLM and dozens of local fire aids... http://ow.ly/xmktm
BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for Various Locations Around the State
(BLM Website) Visit our BLM California News Room webpage for a list of news releases announcing fire restrictions on various BLM public lands. http://ow.ly/xpoTb
PREVENT WILDFIRE.ORG (CA Wildland Fire Coordinating Group Website) Get campfire permits, debris burning guidance, equipment and vehicle safety information, wildfire forecasting and more. http://www.preventwildfireca.org/
VIDEO: Discover the Coast @ Trinidad - Lighthouse Celebration (BLM YouTube)
Join the community of Trinidad as they celebrate the transfer of the Trinidad Head Lighthouse from the Coast Guard to the BLM. http://youtu.be/_5FCxKeWS7U
Friends of the Dunes and the Redwoods Coast Montessori's Coastal Stewards (BLM Facebook) BLM, Friends of the Dunes, and Redwood Coast Montessori have been working on the Coastal Stewards project for the past year. http://ow.ly/xmiLY
Visit Our Discover The Coast Website (BLM website)
Learn more about our Discover the Coast campaign, partnerships, and events. http://ow.ly/voNJ2
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK
Spring bat monitoring has jumped into high gear in the California Desert, just ask Sterling White, Abandoned Mine Lands Specialist at the BLM's California Desert District. He's shared some fun trivia with us about one of his favorite bats...the California Leaf-nosed bat.
Which of the following statements about the California Leaf-nosed bat is false?
(a) It is the only bat in North America, north of Mexico, with large ears and a leaf-like projection on the nose.
(b) They migrate long distances following waterways and riparian corridors.
(c) Their helicopter-like flight enables them to pluck insects directly from foliage without slowing down.
(d) They can detect and locate their insect prey by listening for the faintest of sounds, like that of a cricket walking.
(e) Their night vision ability has been compared to that of military goggles, enabling them to spot tiny sleeping insects illuminated by nothing more than star light.
(f) They don't crawl on thumbs and toes like most bats. While perched on a cave/mine ceiling, they dangle by one leg and swing their feet in a backward stride, bending the head at right angles toward the rear, so that it's looking ahead while walking.
See answer - and more information near the end of this News.bytes.
OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Steele Peak Reserve Cleanup Day (BLM Facebook)
What do the BLM, Calguns.net, Riverside County Waste Management, the American Conservation Experience, and an endangered kangaroo rat have in common? http://ow.ly/xpifv
BLM Says Iron Canyon Trail is Safe (KRCR ABC, 05/23/14) The death of 69-year-old Francis Patrick Gregory has many asking questions. Gregory was hiking the Iron Canyon Trail with his friend when they both were shot. The BLM's Field Manager Jennifer Mata said their trails are safe. http://ow.ly/xmmnA
RELATED: Video (KRCR News Website)
BLM says Iron Canyon Trail is safe. http://ow.ly/xmmTc
BLM Announces $2 Million in Funding to Hire Youth to Work on Public Lands in California (Sierra Sun Times, 05/23/14) As part of BLM's commitment to connecting youth and the outdoors, three projects in California received funding to support conservation employment and mentoring opportunities throughout the state. These projects will also support approximately 70 volunteers working on public lands... http://ow.ly/xmlnB
U.S. Embassy Workshop Environmental Information Analysis and Compliance in Oil and Gas Exploration and Development
Gabe Garcia, Field Manager for BLM's Bakersfield Field Office, was one of the experts presenting at a workshop with over thirty officials from the United States and Papua New Guinea.
Star Trails at the Slinkard Wilderness Study Area (BLM Facebook)
The star trails image encompasses about 40 minutes of exposure time and captures the movement of the milky way. http://ow.ly/xmdza