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Photo of legless lizard. Photo by Dr.Ted Papenfuss New Species of Legless Lizards Discovered!!
(BLM Extra)
A new species of legless lizard, the Southern Sierra Legless Lizard, has been discovered living on southern California public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management?s Ridgecrest Field Office.

Photo of legless lizard.Four New Legless Lizard Species Discovered in California
(LA Times, 09/22/13)
Scientists have discovered four new species of legless lizards in California, including one species that lives beneath the sand dunes near Los Angeles International Airport.


legless lizard

How can you tell a legless lizard from a snake?
(a) legless lizards have small buds that used to be legs
(b) legless lizards do not move like a snake
(c) lizards can tolerate below-freezing temperatures and remain active
(d) lizards have eyelids
(e) Wait until its back is turned, and call, 'Hey, legless lizard!" after it.

See answer - and more wildlife stories - near the end of this News.bytes.


Two youth interns pose on a rockInterns Receive ?Rock Star? Recognition for Bird Monitoring, Outreach
(BLM Extra)
Interns from the Environment for the Americas Shorebird Monitoring Project have been honored by the BLM-California for outstanding efforts monitoring nesting success for black oytstercatchers on part of the California Coastal National Monument.

girl with a fish on hookBend School Pupils Participate in Fishing Day
(BLM Extra)
The thrill of hooking and landing a fish brought smiles of excitement to children, when the BLM Redding Field Office and the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife hosted the first-ever ?Fish Day for Bend School? in the Sacramento River Bend area north of Red Bluff.


Photo of a clapper railFeds To Investigate Water Bird Deaths at Solar Plants
(KCET, 09/19/13)
The Bureau of Land Management is forming a task force to investigate a spate of unexpected deaths of water birds at remote desert solar facilities, according to a BLM spokesperson. Though the membership and mission of the group are not yet nailed down, Frank McMenimen of the BLM's Palm Springs office says he expects the group will be meeting by next week.


BLM California Facebook Post: Join us in a Social Media Meetup this Saturday, Sept. 28th. Share your experiences volunteering on National Public Lands Day using #NPLD20. We will retweet, reblog, like, and share the best pictures and posts throughout the day. To join BLM California in a National Public Lands Day event, see our list of events around the state:

Students help clearn trash from the beachBLM California Twitter Post: Thanks to our partners and volunteers for helping with International Coastal Cleanup Day! #DiscoverTheCoast #blmca. Follow us on Twitter!

BLM National Facebook Post:
WE?RE ON YONDER! What is Yonder? Think of it as a cross between Instagram, Foursquare, and Pinterest for outdoor enthusiasts. Yonder makes it easy to find great outdoor destinations, track your adventure with geo-tagged video and images, follow other users, and share experiences with the Yonder community and other social networks.


Saturday, Sept. 28th: The 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the largest volunteer event for America's public lands. NPLD is held on a Saturday in late September when thousands of Americans volunteer to improve and enhance our nation's public lands. National Public Lands Day 2013 will officially take place on Saturday September 28, 2013. In BLM California, NPLD events will also take place on other days during the fall.


Nancy Brown standing at the blackboardCalifornia Desert District Hosts Section 106 Workshop for Tribal Nations
(BLM Extra)
The BLM California Desert District hosted a Section 106 workshop on the National Historic Preservation Act. Nancy Brown of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation conducted the workshop, which included 30 representatives from 13 tribal nations throughout Southern California.

BLM Geologist Jamie Livingood (left) and Rusty Gate (Recreation Supervisor) stand next to a new cupola installed over a dangerous mine shaft in the Silver Mountains.  (photo: S. White)Oro Grande Mine Remediation
(BLM Extra)
A primary goal of the Bureau of Land Management and the California Department of Conservations Abandoned Mine Land Unit is to provide the public safe experiences when visiting public lands in the Mojave Desert. The BLM and DOC have another primary goal...

Youth interns pull a sofa out of the river drainage694 Pounds of Debris Gathered During the Great Sierra River Cleanup.
(BLM Extra)
Thirty-seven volunteers collected 694 pounds of debris from the Merced River during the Great Sierra River Cleanup Sept. 21. A crew also scrubbed graffiti from the bedrock shores on Bear Creek.

Alice Waters, Other Chefs Launch Petition for Fracking Moratorium
(KTVU, 09/25/13)
Berkeley chef Alice Waters was joined by dozens of other chefs and food experts Wednesday in the launch of a petition asking Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a moratorium on fracking in California. In the federal realm, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced this summer that it will conduct a full environmental impact study of the effects of oil and gas development, including fracking, on federal land in Central California that could be leased to energy companies.

David Briery poses after a bicycle journey'63 Topeka High Grad Biked To Reunion From California
(13 News, 09/25/13)
A 1963 graduate of Topeka High School is cycling to his 50th reunion, all the way from California. The day before he left on his trip, Briery retired from his job at the Bureau of Land Management. He says this has given him time to think about the rest of his life.

Early Storm Brings Much-Needed Rain: Moisture Increases Wildfire Containment
(Eureka Times-Standard, 09/22/13)
As the stormy weather on the North Coast helped crews contain the Butler Fire, weather officials said the precipitation hasn't made a significant impact on the drought. Fire officials announced Saturday that all fire restrictions in the Klamath National Forest are lifted due to recent rainfall and anticipated cooler, wetter weather...

RELATED: BLM California Fire Restrictions and Other Announcements
(BLM News Releases) can be found on our Newsroom page.

Coast Guard Rescues Three Women on Lost Coast Trail
(Eureka Times-Standard, 09/21/13)
BLM assisted the Coast Guard in the rescue of three women on the Lost Coast trail about eight miles south of Punta Gorda this afternoon after they got stuck near Cooskie Creek.

wild horses Wild Horses Wait on New Pastures
(KQED, 09/20/13)
Some activists say the Bureau of Land Management needs to better control this population, which is booming, instead of the usual round-up and adoption plan.

Two people walking on a King Range Wilderness trailFeds Seek Local Opinion on King Range Limitations; Supes Meet with Representatives to Discuss Overnight Fee
(Eureka Times-Standard, 09/18/13)
While the Bureau of Land Management aims to limit overnight use in the King Range Wilderness for the first time, representatives at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting said no Humboldt County residents have commented.


Photo clip of video with forested background

VIDEO: This Week at Interior September 20, 2013
(DOI YouTube)
Here's what happened this week at Interior...


How can you tell a legless lizard from a snake?

(d) lizards have eyelids.

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