|WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
This animal is commonly identified by its voice, which sounds like a stuttering "r-r-r-r-r-r-rowr." It also has a dark face and white jaw stripe. They prefer areas that have dense populations of willows and some cattails. Blackberry bushes also provide good hiding habitat. What is this animal?
(a) San Joaquin kit fox
(b) Mountain lion
(c) California legless lizard
(d) Chisel-toothed kangaroo rat
(e) California red-legged frog
(f) Flying rattlesnake
--->See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.
HINT: this animal is mentioned in another item in this issue of News.bytes.
PHOTO ALBUM: EAGLE LAKE
|Related: "Watchable Wildlife site: Eagle Lake" (BLM California Web site)
Eagle Lake hosts a great variety of wildlife, trophy trout, and a unique water quality balance amid attractive scenery - but visitors' help is needed to help keep it that way. The lake supports a trophy fishery for Eagle Lake trout, a species unique to this one lake. These and other fish are an abundant food source that attracts many birds to the area. Mule deer, pronghorn antelope and various small mammals also find homes in the area.
WILDFIRE SEASON AND PLANNING
"Fire season declared early" (Kern Valley Sun, 05/07/2004)
"I-80 blaze burned 'like an August fire'" (Reno Gazette-Journal, 05/07/2004)
"BLM schedules public meetings to review proposed new fire plan" (BLM California news release, 04/30/2004)
"California Fire Alliance" (BLM California Issue Update)
"National Interagency Fire Center"
"Current job openings - BLM California" (USAJOBS Website)
WILDFIRES - AIR TANKERS GROUNDED, SPENDING HIT
"USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior agencies cancel large airtanker contract" (National Interagency Fire Center news release) The U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior announced today that they are terminating the contract for 33 large airtankers due to concerns over the airworthiness of the aircraft and public safety. The large fixed-wing airtankers were used in wildland firefighting primarily for initial attack and structure protection support. (BLM is within the Department of the Interior.)
"Grounded air tankers, impending fire season have officials worried" (Reno Journal-Gazette, 05/10/2004)
"Firefighting spending ripped by Senate panel" (Sacramento Bee, 05/12/2004)
"Loud call for more money to prevent fires" (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/12/2004)
"California burning" (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/13/2004)
MINERALS: CEMEX SAND AND GRAVEL
"Council steps up its fight against mine" (Santa Clarita Signal, 05/12/2004)
"City will challenge Cemex on four fronts" (Los Angeles Daily News, 05/12/2004)
"Mine claim dwarfs Cemex" (Los Angeles Daily News, 05/10/2004)
MINERALS ON PUBLIC LANDS: FOREIGN COMPANIES BUY RIGHTS
"Foreign companies buy up U.S. mining rights" (Associated Press in Sacramento Bee, 05/10/2004)
"S.B. mining claims come under scrutiny; Officials seek changes to 1872 Mining Law" (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 05/10/2004)
"Once public land goes private; Foreign firms own acres of mineral-rich land" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 05/11/2004)
|MEET YOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Ron Schiller
Desert District Advisory Council member Ron Schiller works at the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake and represents the public-at-large. He is founding chairman of the High Desert Multiple Use Coalition, organized to promote responsible use of public lands and support for multiple use and sustained yield.
Learn more in this weekly News.bytes feature:
PROFILE: Roxie Trost
Related: "Roxie Trost selected as BLM Barstow Field Office Manager" (BLM California news release, 05/10/2004)
|OUR READERS WRITE
"Love the BLM. You provide and protect the last truly affordable vacation destinations in the United States. Thank you." -S.H., Huntington Beach
RECREATION ON PUBLIC LANDS
"Dunes fees won't go up" (Yuma Sun, 05/11/2004)
"BLM keeping recreation fees at dunes stable" (Imperial Valley Press, 05/08/2004)
Related: "Houses hit; BLM bans target practice (news brief)" (Los Angeles Times, 05/11/2004)
Related: "Safety issues force closure of public shooting areas" (BLM California news release, 05/04/2004)
"Lowdown, dirty danglers" (Los Angeles Times, 05/11/2004)
"River plan calls for land swap" (San Bernardino County Sun, 05/09/2004)
"On foot: A visit to an ancient place in the Mojave" (Chico Enterprise-Record, 05/11/2004)
Related: "Calico Early Man site"
MEETINGS, ADVISORY COUNCIL INFO
"Secretary of the Interior Appoints New District Advisory Council Members" (BLM California news release, 5/5/2004)
Related: "Newberry man appointed to BLM board" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 05/11/2004)
Related: "BLM seeks Desert District Advisory Council nominations" (BLM California news release, 5/7/2004)
"Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee meets May 27-28 in Cedarville" (BLM California news release, 5/11/04)
See more upcoming meetings under "Selected Upcoming Events" below.
|BOOKSTORE FEATURE - "Mountain Lion Alert"
"Safety tips in Lion Country: Mountain lion attacks on humans, pets, and livestock are on the increase. This handy pack-sized book contains essential tips on how to avoid confrontations with mountain lions - and how to behave if you actually encounter this predator. Written for beginners and experts."
"2nd tadpole pond to be built" (Mountain Democrat, 05/07/2004)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"Adopt a winning horse" (Grass Valley Union, 05/11/2004)
"BLM Ridgecrest Field Office to close temporarily" (BLM California news release, 05/07/2004)
"New report assesses plants' impacts" (Imperial Valley Press, 05/11/2004)
"Road ownership test case hits a bump" (Salt Lake Tribune, 05/10/2004)
|WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Answer: (e) California red-legged frog. California red-legged frogs are also California's largest native frogs. Adults have been found that are over five inches in length. Learn more about the California red-legged frog 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):
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
(Note: the Upcoming Events database is on a secure Web server, and your browser may state "You are about to view pages over a secure connection" and ask you to "Trust a Security Certificate" from the Department of Interior that hosts this site. To view the pages, you must select "Yes" or "OK" for both questions.)
05/15-16/2004 - Wild horse and burro adoption
05/17/2004 - Bishop Fire Plan public meeting
05/18/2004 - Bishop Fire Plan public meeting
05/19/2004 - Santa Ana River Wash public meeting
05/22/2004 - Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee meeting
Carrizo Plain National Monument
05/28/2004 - Geology & Mining History Field Trip
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