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Issue 599- 11/8/13   -  
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Two kids jumping with sunset behind them.Herd of wild horses running. Photo BLMStudents stand around a burro at the Youth Summit. Photo BLMSage grouse in mating strut. BLM photoA historical photo of a platoon of soldiers posing in front of Fort Ord. Photo donated to BLM

- Heritage, History, and Archaeology

- Sage Grouse
- Wild Horse and Burro Program

- Upcoming Events
- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- America's Great Outdoors

- BLM Social Media Pages
- Headlines and Highlights: Assorted topics from your public lands in California
- National and Department of the Interior items

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A historic photo of a platoon posing in front of Fort Ord. Photo donated to BLMVeteran's Day a Special Time at Fort Ord National Monument
(News.bytes Extra)
When the president designated the Fort Ord National Monument, memories were rekindled in those who spent time at the military base that once occupied this site. People started calling the National Monument office with stories of their time on the military installation...

New Piedras Blancas water and communication tower. BLM photoThe Piedras Blancas Replica Water and Communication Tower
(News.bytes Extra)
The recently constructed replica water tower, located at Piedras Blancas Light Station, will carry on the tradition of Point Piedras Blancas as a place of safety communications.

Historic photo of Maggie the Falk Camp cook.Halloween at the Headwaters Education Center- Ghosts from the Historic Town of Falk
(News.bytes Extra)
Halloween was celebrated at the Headwaters Education Center with resident ghosts from the once thriving logging town of Falk. In the spirit of Halloween, Headwaters Forest Reserve Park Ranger, Julie Clark, portrayed the ghost of Maggie, the Falk camp cook.

Archaeologist and volunteers scour the ground for fossils. Teenage Paleontologists Present Barstow Rock Formation Research at the AEG National Science Fair
(News.bytes Extra)
Hannah and Zachary Larsen, 11th graders from Riverside, California, were invited to participate in the first annual American Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists science fair. The twins presented habitat and climatic data from Miocene-era flora and fauna from the Barstow Formation, earning them second prize and a $100 gift certificate.

New Dinosuar fossilNew Tyrannosaur Discovered in Southern Utah
(MSN News, 11/07/13)
The fossils were found by a seasonal paleontologist technician for the BLM who climbed up two cliffs and stopped at the base of a third in the national monument.

RELATED: Spotlight on Partners: Society for California Archaeology
(Archived News.bytes Extra)
For more than a decade, the BLM in California has maintained a partnership with the Society for California Archaeology...


Sage grouse strut in lek. BLM PhotoBLM Interns Study Sage Grouse Behavior and Habitat Preferences
(News.bytes Extra)
As part of their Conservation and Land Management internship, two recent college graduates with the BLM Bishop Field Office have been following the elusive sage-grouse. They hope to learn where the birds breed, nest and rear their broods.

BLM Issues Proposed Plans to Protect Sage Grouse
(Sacramento Bee, 11/01/13)
BLM released draft management proposals Friday for protecting sage grouse in Nevada and a sliver of northeast California...

Feds Release New Proposals for Sage Grouse
(San Francisco Chronicle, 11/01/13)
The proposals cover about 9.3 million acres of BLM land and 1.9 million acres of U.S. Forest Service land. The public has 90 days to...


Sacramento County Inmates Will Help Break In Wild Horses
(CBS Sacramento, 11/6/13)
Inmates at Sacramento's Rio Cosumnes Corrections Center will be learning how to break in wild horses in a first of its kind program.

Woman and her mustang horse. "American Mustang" shows ex-Coloradan's passion for wild horses
(Denver Post, 11/05/13)
"American Mustang" isn't the first vehicle to shine a light on a battle that has raged for decades: that involving the BLM, cattle ranchers and wild horse activists who are at odds in regarding land-use rights.

RELATED: BLM California Wild Horse and Burro Program
(BLM Website)
BLM California manages wild horses and burros in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971...


AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar Announces Fee Free Days at National Parks, Other Public Lands for 2013
(DOI Webpage)
Federal lands will offer free admittance on various special occasions. Active duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a free annual pass that provides entrance to lands managed.

RELATED: For Veteran's Day Weekend, BLM California Desert District is waiving recreation fees to Veterans with proper I.D. at the BLM's Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Dumont Dunes Recreation Area and El Mirage Dry Lake Recreation Area. Fees remain in effect at some BLM sites. For more information contact:

Barstow Field Office at (760) 252-6000 for Dumont Dunes and El Mirage

El Centro Field Office at (760) 337-4400 for Imperial Sand Dunes.

This Fall: More Prescribed Burns Planned in Northern California
(BLM News Releases) The BLM Redding and Eagle Lake Field Offices have a number of prescribed burns planned for this fall...

Nov 23: Ridgecrest Corrals Fall Colors Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
(BLM Facebook)
Up to 40 wild horses and burrows wil be available for adoption.


Which bird can be found at the Cosumnes River Preserve, is a spectacular dancer, preens their feathers with mud, and lives to be 20 to 30 years-old?
(a) Green heron
(b) Greater-white fronted goose
(c) Sandhill Crane
(d) Double-crested cormorant
(e) American flamingo

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


Cattle grazing in green field in Point Arena area.Interior Secretary to Tour Stornetta Public Lands
(The Press Demoncrat, 11/06/13)
Jewell will be joined by acting Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze in what advocates hope will prove a tipping point in their bid to expand the California Coastal National Monument so it includes the Stornetta Public Lands near Point Arena.

RELATED: BLM Stornetta Public Lands
(BLM Website)
The 1,132 acre Stornetta Public Lands are located along the Mendocino County coastline just north of the town of Point Arena. They include over 2 miles of coastline, the estuary of the Garcia River and border the historic Point Arena Lighthouse.

Secretary Jewell Applauds President's Intent to Nominate Neil Kornze as Director of the Bureau of Land Management
(DOI Press Release.)
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today praised President Obama's intent to nominate Neil G. Kornze as Director of the BLM...

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Lays Out Conservation Strategy
(Washington Post, 10/31/13)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell called Thursday for a long-term conservation strategy that balances economic development with on-the-ground mitigation and protection of natural resources...

RELATED: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks at National Press Club (YouTube, 10/31/13)

Highschool students stand around a burro at the Outdoor Youth Summit. BLM Photo2013 Outdoor Youth Summit Multicultural Experiences in America's Great Outdoors
(News.bytes Extra)
On October 30th, the BLM and US Forest Service hosted the 2nd Annual Outdoor Summit for Youth.

On BLM Social Media Pages....

Female Veteran in military uniformBLM California Honors Their Veterans in a Facebook Photo Album

Two kids jump into the air with a sunset behind them. BLM PhotoBLM National Facebook:
Things to do at state parks near the Old Spanish Trail; camp, boat, fish, hike, and start each morning with a little air yoga. #ostadventure

BLM My Public Lands Tumblr:
The 2013 California Outdoor Youth Summit on Tumblr, includes links and hashtags to the photos, videos and posts from BLM Instagram and Twitter.


Lizard perched in the sand. Solar Project Will Cause Unavoidable Damage to Wildlife
(KCET, 11/05/13)
The proposed Palen Solar Electric Generating System will cause damage to wild bird populations that cannot be mitigated, and poses significant risk to fringe-toed lizards and desert kit foxes as well. That's the gist of testimony provided by state and federal staff, scientists, and environmental activists at a state agency hearing.


DOI video image clipThis Week at Interior November 1, 2013
(DOI YouTube)
This week: Secretary Jewell makes a major address at the National Press Club, and calls it our moral obligation as a people that we act now to conserve and protect our national treasures for future generations.

WILDLIFE TRIVIA Answer and Related Websites

Which bird can be found at the Cosumnes River Preserve, is a spectacular dancer, preens their feathers with mud, and lives to be 20 to 30 years-old?

Sandhill cranes in mating dance in a shallow wetland. BLM Photo
(c) Sandhill Crane

RELATED: Web links to information about the Sandhill Crane and birds at the Cosumnes River Preserve

BLM California Wildlife Database:

Cosumnes River Preserve bird list:

Cornell Lab or Ornithology: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill_crane/lifehistory

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