BLM California News.Bytes Issue 957

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Soda Lake with night sky and stars over layered and Eroded hills. Text: July 4th, Celebrate the Stars and Stripes on Public Lands

Night sky over Soda Lake and eroded hills, Carrizo Plain National Monument

ISSUE 957- July 2, 2021

Stars on Your Public Lands

Three ladies standing by a BLM sig in the desert.

Mapping the Mojave desert night sky

Research by WISDOM interns has reminded us how beautifully dark the night sky is out in the western part of Mojave Trails National Monument. In the continuation of the Dark Night Sky Measurement Project, three new interns have picked up where the last group left off — well, in a way. (Mojave Desert Land Trust)

Team Green 6 program graduates stand together, photo courtesy AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps, Public Service Super Stars

BLM California wishes to extend our thanks to these amazing corps members for their commitment to service while improving public lands. Your dedication and hard work for the past 10 months of your lives, working on over a dozen projects in ten Field Offices across the state, is inspiring. BLM California congratulates you on a successful graduation and continued success in your future. (BLM CA Facebook)

Young Eagle getting ready to fly from the nest.

Eagles take flight

Watch these little eagles grow into their wings and begin their journey. It's incredible to see them leave the nest. (Secretary Haaland Instagram)

Bald and golden eagles are protected under multiple federal laws and regulations. Eagles, their feathers, as well as nest and roost sites are all protected. (USFWS Web)

A man holding a vole.

BLM California wildlife biologists help conserve endangered Amargosa Vole

The Amargosa Vole Recovery Implementation Team, which includes BLM California Wildlife Biologists Amy Fesnock and Chris Otahal, recently received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Recovery Champion Award” for their efforts to conserve the endangered Amargosa Vole. (BLM Medium)

Be Prepared & have fun this 4th of July

Beat the Heat graphic. Cal OES

Be Prepared for Hot Weather in California and Beat the Heat

Summer heat is here! Always make sure to check the weather, pack extra water, and wear appropriate clothing. Explore more heat safety tips at
CA OES's site. (BLM CA Twitter)


Child proudly holding their fishing line with a fish on it.

Saturday, July 3, California Free Fishing Day!

Embrace the day and enjoy the calm of casting, the excitement of watching the bobber go under, and the thrill of the reel! BLM California manages access to many unique lakes, streams, and rivers throughout the state. However, CDFW manages fish and wildlife in these areas, so make sure to get your license or go on a Free Fishing Day. (Fishing Brochure) (BLM CA Facebook)

Aqua Smart graphic with otter wearing life jacket.

Aqua Smart - Lessons for Water Safety!

Celebrating with children near water this 4th of July? Check out California State Parks' Boating and Waterways Aqua Smart Activity Book - Includes fun student activity lessons that teach how to be safe and wise when playing in and around water! (Aqua Smart Booklet)

Stunning lupine flowers in the foreground of Cache Creek Wilderness Area. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

Exploring Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

This year, Agents of Discovery is featuring three sites to explore at Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Earn virtual badges and prizes by completing special missions at each location. (BLM CA Facebook

Be Wildfire Aware this 4th of July

Wildland fire in Eagle Lake Field Office. View of distant mountain with smoky evening sky.

Don’t spark a fire this Fourth of July!

4th of July is almost here! Don’t let a night of celebrating lead to a preventable disaster. Do your part to keep you, your family, and your community safe! Learn more by watching the video and visiting (CAL Fire Twitter)

Merced River Recreation Management Area view of picnic table framed by large oaks with the Merced River in the background.

BLM increases fire restrictions in the Sierra Nevada foothills

Due to dry conditions and high wildland fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is increasing seasonal fire restrictions beginning on Thursday, July 1 and will remain in effect until further notice. The increased restrictions include no campfires, barbeques, or open fires, regardless of whether in a developed campground. (BLM CA News Release)

The north shore of Eagle Lake with Rocky Point in the distance.

BLM announces fire restrictions for NE California, NW Nevada public lands

The Bureau of Land Management will implement restrictions on outdoor use of fire on public lands managed by the Eagle Lake and Applegate field offices in Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, Shasta and Siskiyou counties in California, and in Washoe County, Nevada. The restrictions go into effect Thursday, July 1, and will remain in place until further notice. (BLM CA News Release)

A spectacular meeting of land and sea at King Range National Conservation Area in CA. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

BLM California Fire Restrictions

BLM California fire restrictions or temporary public land closures reduce the risk of wildfires and protect the public. Often times, these preventative measures focus on human-related activities, such as campfires, off-road driving, equipment use and recreational target shooting, since human-related activities are the number one cause of a wildfires. Many BLM California offices have issued seasonal fire restrictions. (BLM CA Web)

Granite Mountain Hotshots

The #WeekofRemembrance begins June 30th

A week of turning lessons into learning and ensuring our fallen firefighters are #NeverForgotten. There is no question that the loss of a firefighter deeply affects us all. The NWCG 6 Minutes For Safety Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance is set aside to honor our fallen firefighters.
June 30 is dedicated to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who were lost in 2013 while fighting the #YarnellHillFire. (BLM Fire Facebook)

Question of the Week - Wildlife

Coyote standing in grass at the Carrizo Plain National Monument

True or False: The coyote's scientific name means singing dog.

A. True

B. False

Keep scrolling to find out!

DOI & BLM National News

Oak tree with broad landscape view of mountains, blue skies and clouds. DOI

It's time, America - Time to get back to the Great Outdoors

America has millions of acres of public lands, including dozens of national recreation areas, more than 400 national parks, and more than 500 national wildlife refuges. There are thousands of places where you can camp, hike, bike, swim, fish, and more. This Great Outdoors Month, we invite you to find your own adventure on America's public lands. Get your vaccination, make your plan, and get outdoors! (DOI Video)

Tommy Beaudreau and Secretary Haaland ceremony.

Tommy Beaudreau Sworn In as Interior Department Deputy Secretary

Tommy Beaudreau was sworn in as Deputy Secretary for the Department of the Interior by Secretary Deb Haaland this afternoon. (DOI News Release)  

Trees on gentle slope, silhouetted by fire in the background.

This Week at Interior July 2, 2021

Secretary Haaland takes part in a White House event focused on fighting and preventing wildfires; Interior announces the transfer of all lands comprising the National Bison Range from the Fish and Wildlife Service to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and more! (DOI Video)

Question of the Week Answer

B. False.

The coyote is a member of the dog family, resembling its domestic cousins except that its nose is more pointed and its tail is bushier. Its scientific name, Canis latrans, literally means "barking dog." Did you know that coyotes are very smart and easily outrun those "cuckoo" roadrunners. The coyote is a very vocal mammal, communicating through barks and howls. In addition to being a predator, the coyote is an omnivore (plant and animal eater) and a scavenger. This varied diet allows the coyote to exist under harsh conditions and is one reason why the coyote is now the most widespread mammal in the United States. Fun fact: Roadrunners belong to the cuckoo family. Please check out the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Keep Me Wild Coyote Brochure:

Source: BLM and CDFW