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Issue 637-08/14/14- Visit us on Facebook -- Follow us on Twitter -- Share us with friends and colleagues!
THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Discover the Coast
- Headlines and Highlights
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- BLM and Department of Interior Highlights
- Upcoming BLM California Events
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Secretary Jewell Visits California Wildland Fire Operations Center (DOI News Release) Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Redding, California,where she toured on-the-ground fuels management projects in the surrounding area. http://ow.ly/AiIa1
Interior Secretary Jewell Visits Redding
(Record Searchlight,08/12/14) U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited Redding and met with firefighters battling the thousands of acres burning across the North State and toured facilities at the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Redding. http://ow.ly/AkbBI
Folsom Lake Veterans Fire Crew (BLM Facebook)
Casey Cole, United States Marine Corps veteran, talks about his experience with the BLM Folsom Lake Fire Crew and how other military veterans can work for this program. http://ow.ly/AisM3
VIDEO: Casey Cole Talks about the BLM Veterans Fire Crew
(BLM YouTube) http://ow.ly/AfVd4
VIDEO: Smokey Bear's 70th Birthday (SmokeyBear.com Website)
Smokey Bear's birthday may be over but his work is never done. Only you... http://youtu.be/bfaf0XseVB0
Timelapse Images of Post-Fire Area of BLM's Tule Mountain Wilderness Study Area
(BLM Tumblr) Twenty-five miles south of Alturas, California, in Northeastern Lassen County, the Tule Mountain Wilderness Study Area was the scene of wildfire in September 2012. Some of Bob Wick's amazing time lapse photography of the area in the aftermath can be found... http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1NqKiki
Piedras Blancas Light Station Celebration (News.Bytes Extra)
It was a festive atmosphere at Piedras Blancas Light Station with a joint celebration of National Lighthouse Day and Discover the Coast. More than 120 lighthouse enthusiasts attended living history tours conducted by volunteers dressed in period clothing from the late 1800s-early 1900s. http://ow.ly/Ais2o
VIDEO: Voices of the Coast @ Piedras Blancas (BLM YouTube)
Local communities share their thoughts about the coast and invite you to Discover the Coast @ Piedras Blancas. http://youtu.be/s0d2IH6jP-w
Rising Moon Setting Sun Hike with southern Humboldt County's Youth Alive!
(BLM Facebook) Justin Robbins, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, led the young adventurers three miles from the King Range National Conservation Area's Lightning Trailhead up to a 1,700 foot elevation at the King Peak summit. http://ow.ly/Akuz4
Wiyot Tribe Children Join BLM Interpretive Tour (BLM Facebook)
Arcata Field Office Interpretive Specialist Leisyka Parrott, and Friends of the Dunes Education Coordinator Suzie Fortner, led Wiyot tribe children yesterday on a fun filled day of bay and dunes education. http://ow.ly/AkCsv
Visit Our Discover The Coast Website (BLM website)
Learn more about the Discover the Coast initiative, our partnerships, and events. http://ow.ly/voNJ2
WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION of the WEEK
What unique feature of hummingbird flight is also an important feature in aerial wildland firefighting? Here are some interesting facts about hummingbird flight.
(a.) A hummingbird's maximum forward flight speed is 30 miles per hour, though the birds can reach up to 60 miles per hour in a dive.
(b.) Hummingbirds have evolved minimal sized feet to reduce aerodynamic drag in flight and drop even more weight; they cannot actually walk on their feet, and are only able to perch or slightly scoot sideways.
(c.) Longer, stronger bones in the "finger" portion of the wing to keep the wing stable with each stroke and to allow greater fine movements to control flight direction.
(d.) Hummingbirds beat their wings on average up to 200 times per second.
(e.) From 25-30 percent of a hummingbird's weight is in its pectoral muscles, the muscles principally responsible for flight.
------> See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.
OTHER CALIFORNIA HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Blythe Mesa Solar Project Wins Environmental Supporters
(The Desert Sun, 08/10/14) Environmental groups have come out in support of the Blythe Mesa project in eastern Riverside County. This project, they say, would offset between 400,000 and one million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. http://ow.ly/AcEmA
RELATED: Blythe Solar Project (BLM Website) http://ow.ly/Aia7x
Volunteers and Mustang Ambassadors at the Nevada County Fair
(BLM Facebook) Thanks to the BLM volunteers and their mustang ambassadors that participated with us at the Nevada County Fair this past week in Grass Valley, California. http://ow.ly/AiH2Q
The 8th Annual Keeler Archaeological Conference (BLM Facebook)
Leave it to archaeologists to find a traditional yet technical way to share and discuss information. Group camping in Mono County's Rock Creek Canyon, elk, venison and lamb on the grill and experts gathered under a tent. http://ow.ly/AigWT
Cosumnes River Preserve's Habitat Restoration Team Create Waterfowl Viewing Areas (BLM Facebook) It's always impressive to see the commitment and hard work of the Cosumnes River Preserve's Habitat Restoration Team. They recently cleared vegetation along the Boardwalk and created waterfowl viewing areas. http://ow.ly/AicMx
Mendocino Pot Eradication Creates a Mystery (The Press Democrat, 08/09/14)
Some of the gardens were being grown on federal property overseen by the BLM, which is illegal. One of the gardens had been eradicated multiple times before. http://ow.ly/AcuZy