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Botta's Pocket Gopher Youth group at Alabama Hills project site. Amargosa vole. Seal on a rock. Merced River with wildflowers.


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- Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
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Discover the Coast text logo image.Visit our Discover the Coast Website (BLM website)
Learn more about our Discover the Coast campaign, partnerships, and events. http://ow.ly/voNJ2

Point Vicente Lighthouse and ocean bluffs. BLM photoJoin the W
hale of a Day Event (BLM Facebook)
On April 5th, join the 30th Annual Whale of a Day celebration at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. http://ow.ly/uNF57

Seal on a rock. BLM photo What's the Most-Viewed but Least-Known National Monument?
(Outside Magazine, 03/25/14) The California Coastal National Monument extends from south of San Diego to the Oregon state line and is composed of 20,000 islands, rocks, and reefs... http://ow.ly/vmpnd

RELATED: BLM's California Coastal National Monument (BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmCre

Sany dunes of Ma-l'el Dunes area. Ma-l'el Dunes (Lost Coast Outpost, 04/02/14)
Fragile yet massive, the Ma-l'el Dunes near Arcata is one of the hidden treasures of this area. Here, sea sweeps the sand and sand laps at the forest. http://ow.ly/vmtNA

RELATED: Ma-le'l Dunes Cooperative Management Area
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmD3k

Purple Douglas iris blooms at Fort Ord. BLM photo A Walk at the Fort Ord National Monument
(BLM Facebook)
A walk at the Fort Ord National Monument can be a lovely experience. A morning walk after the rain can be monumental. http://ow.ly/vmo9o

Sheep Are Back to Work on Fort Ord National Monument
(BLM News Release)
More than 600 ewes and their lambs are back at work, grazing on the BLM's Fort Ord National Monument in Monterey County. The grazing program is part of a cooperative strategy to improve rangeland conditions in this ecologically unique area. http://ow.ly/vmFYa

The Sea Otter Classic at Fort Ord National Monument.
(BLM Facebook)
BLM will have a booth at the event and you can drop by and learn more about the Monument. Come and see why Fort Ord National Monument was voted the best place to bike/mountain bike in Monterey County, 2014. http://ow.ly/vmDby

RELATED: BLM's Fort Ord National Monument
(BLM Website) http://ow.ly/vmDg4


Clear Creek with rocks and adjacent forest. BLM photoClear Creek Outings (BLM Facebook)
We are offering everyone a chance to learn more about our natural world in a series of free outings near Clear Creek south of Redding. Topics on these free guided hikes include fire ecology and more.

Catus flossoms. BLM photoIt's Trail Tuesday and We Have a Desert Trail Recommendation.
(BLM Facebook)
To find spring wildflowers, try the Rademacher Hills Trail near Ridgecrest, Calif. http://ow.ly/vmomv

Merced river viewed from a trail in the canyone. BLM photoLooking For a Great Place to Hike and Camp This Spring?
(BLM Facebook)
Try the Merced River Recreation Area. http://ow.ly/vmo0d

Trinity River with rapids and rocks. BLM photo Seeking Trinity River Camp Hosts
(BLM Facebook)
How would you like to spend summer evenings being lulled to sleep by the rippling sounds of the beautiful Trinity River in Northern California? http://ow.ly/vmoSQ or http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/redding/news.html


Amargosa vole in a gloved hand of a biologist. Protecting the Endangered Amargosa Vole (News.Bytes Extra)
BLM's Barstow Field Office has been working with partners to study one of the rarest mammals in North America. Learn more: http://ow.ly/vlOTJ

Endangered Desert Species Cling to Existence
(LA Times, 03/23/14)
Facing drought and climate change, animals such as the Amargosa vole are struggling to survive in the Mojave Desert. http://ow.ly/vmBvY

Editorial: Nudge Congress to Act on Public Lands Bills
(The Sacramento Bee, 04/02/14)
Led by Rep. Mike Thompson and Sen. Barbara Boxer, 11 members of California's congressional delegation are sponsoring legislation to get National Conservation Area status for the federal lands in the 100-mile stretch from Lake Berryessa to 7,000-foot Snow Mountain, including the Cedar Roughs, Cache Creek and Snow Mountain wilderness areas. http://ow.ly/vmAzo

Youth group poses for a photo at the Alabama Hills project site. BLM photoVolunteer Project in the Alabama Hills (News.Bytes Extra)
Students from Lone Pine High School showed their support of Public Lands by assisting with a restoration project in the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California. http://ow.ly/vlOYZ

BLM Interpretive Specialist Michelle Puckett stand in the desert dunes. BLM photo.Meet Michelle Puckett, Our Newest Tumblr Blogger
(BLM Tumblr) http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1BEm6j2

Tsunami sign posted at BLM beach. BLM photo Tsunami Warning Signs
(BLM Facebook)
The very things that make some beach areas a spectacular place to enjoy can be lethal to those caught unaware along the shoreline.

Lawsuit Launched Over BLM's Failure to Report Threats to Desert Tortoise, Other Imperiled Species in California Deserts
(Yuba.Net, 04/02/14)
Environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue the BLM for failing for seven years to report impacts to the desert tortoise and similarly threatened and endangered species from off-road vehicles, cattle grazing and other activities in California's deserts.

Soda Mountain and lake.Retired National Park Leaders Oppose Soda Mountain Solar
(KCET, 03/28/13)
Five retired National Park Service Superintendents are asking the BLM to move a 4,000-acre solar project they say would threaten the Mojave National Preserve's wildlife, views and groundwater. http://ow.ly/vmhXn

RELATED: BLM Soda Mountain Solar Project (BLM Website)
Project overview, schedule, and reports. http://ow.ly/v178N



Botta's Pocket Gopher. BLM photo

Which of the following are true about the Botta's Pocket Gopher?

(a) Spend 90% of their lives underground
(b) Create Mima mounds up to over 6 feet high
(c) Create burrows with multiple chambers to accommodate nesting, food storage, and defecation
(d) Dig primarily with their teeth and not their claws
(e) Can only dig in soft soils because their teeth are sensitive to hard mineral soils
(f) a-d
(g) All of the above

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


Soda Lake. BLM photoMar-May 24 (Saturdays): Soda Lake and Painted Rock Guided Tours at Carrizo Plain National Monument (BLM Facebook)
Come join us for our Soda Lake/Painted Rock Guided Tour. Reservations are required and can be made at http://www.recreation.gov/ and http://ow.ly/twOiX

El Saucito Ranch house. BLM photoApr. 6: El Saucito Ranch Tour - Pioneer Life on the Carrizo Plain National Monument
(BLM Facebook)
Are you curious what pioneer life might have been like? If so, we have the tour for you, The El Saucito Ranch tour on the Carrizo Plain National Monument. http://ow.ly/uIxX9

Apr. 5-6: Roads, Trails in Dry Valley Area will be Used for Motorcycle Races

(BLM News Release)
Weekend back country explorers planning to visit the Dry Valley area east of Susanville the weekend of April 5 and 6 will encounter more people than usual, as a two-day motorcycle race is scheduled on public land. Competitors will begin arriving Friday, April 4.

Apr. 10-11: Creek Freaks Community and Volunteer Educators Workshop
(Creek Freaks Eventbrite Page)
BLM offices in California have been collaborating with the Izaak Walton League to host Creek Freaks workshops where community educators and volunteers can learn how to present hands-on, riparian-focused outdoor classes to young people. http://ow.ly/uZNp7

Apr. 14-15: BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
(BLM News Release) The Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for two days in April in Sacramento, California, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. http://ow.ly/vmFyC

Demonstration tribal site. BLM photoApr. 16: Project Archaeology- Teacher Workshop at the San Joaquin River Gorge
(BLM Facebook)
The workshop includes everything you will need to teach archaeology in grades 3-5. http://ow.ly/uhmtQ

Volunteer line up along the beach with ocean waves behind them. BLM photo May 4-10: The King Range Needs a Few Volunteers!
(BLM Facebook)
The King Range National Conservation Area will host a volunteer vacation with American Hiking Society. http://ow.ly/uZMbK


Last Week at the BLM: MARCH 24-28 (BLM Tumblr)
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, Department of the Interior Secretary Jewell on March 28 released a statement on the release of the Interagency Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions... http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1Bim87A

This Week at Interior: March 28, 2014
(DOI YouTube)
Here's what happened this week at Interior: Secretary Jewell testifies on Capitol Hill in favor of the Obama Administration's FY 2015 budget proposal...

WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and related information

Botta's Pocket Gopher. BLM photoWhich of the following are true about the Botta’s Pocket Gopher?

(f) a-d, are all correct

EXPLANATION: Botta's pocket gopher is highly adaptable, burrowing into diverse soil types, from loose sands to tightly packed clays, from deserts to high altitude meadows. It can tolerate a wide range of soils because it digs primarily with its teeth, which have a thicker layer of enamel. In comparison, gophers digging with their claws can only dig in softer soils because claws wear down more quickly than teeth do.

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