BLM California News.Bytes Issue 992

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Purple wildflowers in a field with oak trees.

Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area, Redding Field Office

ISSUE 992 - March 25, 2022

Spring is in Bloom

An orange poppy.

On the hunt for wildflowers in Northern California

It's about that time of year when the wildflowers are in full bloom around California! Grab your camera, a picnic, and hit the trails to see some of the most beautiful colors nature makes. Follow the etiquette of explorers: don't pick the flowers, stay on existing trails and don't trample the flower fields! (Record Net)

Palm trees on a hill.

BLM and Smokey the Bear shared the best trails to view wildflowers

The Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival kicked off wildflower season in the desert in early March. The Bureau of Land Management hosted an information booth for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, where the family-friendly event attracted 2,000 visitors! (BLM CA Facebook)

A seal pup on the beach.

Spring training season for new seal pups

As the Winter birthing and breeding season draws to a close, weanlings (weaned pups) are everywhere at Piedras Blancas Rookery! They are especially active during the early morning and early evening hours. Watch them in the water, in “swim school”, as they begin to move into their ocean home. Check them out on the live seal cam!

A bird standing on a garden sign.

Backyard Birds: Make your home a safe, healthy home for birds

Birds captivate all of us! Their beautiful songs, vibrant flashes of color, and the many important roles they play in our ecosystem make our world a better place. There are many easy ways you can help our feathered friends by making your home a safe and healthy home for them. Our partners at USFWS share some great tips on how to do that.

Public Lands Spring Cleaning

A person in a BLM uniform picking up trash.

A little help from our friends

The Barstow Field Office and the Friends of Dumont Dunes combined forces to pick up trash and debris throughout the sand dunes and camping areas at Dumont Dunes OHV Recreation Area. The event was a huge success with trash filling a one-ton dumpster and everyone enjoying a beautiful day on the sand! (BLM CA Facebook)

A person bending over to pick up trash.

Trigger trash - pack it out!

Today is the last day of a two-week clean-up by the Bureau of Land Management to clean trigger trash from Berdoo Canyon Shooting Area near Palm Springs. Help keep your public lands clean and safe by picking up your trigger trash. Please conduct target shooting responsibly so it can be enjoyed by everyone. (BLM CA Facebook)

A woman holding a full trash bag.

Learn how you can get involved in the Great American Cleanup's 24th year

Through collective impact, we can ensure that everyone in America lives in a beautiful community. Learn more about the nation’s largest community improvement program. (Keep America Beautiful)

Headlines & Highlights

 A rushing river expanse surrounded by large trees, a steep slope covered in conifers in the backdrop.

BLM has openings for volunteer campground host along Trinity River

The Bureau of Land Management has a volunteer opportunity for someone to live and work along the clear, cold Trinity River in northern California, as a camp host, to welcome campers, provide information and perform light maintenance to help keep the campgrounds attractive. (BLM CA News Release)

Up-close view of Route 66 with brown dirt and hills in the background, including Amboy Crater.

Get your kicks on Route 66 with the BLM and partners

Inspiration, adventure, and a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes can be found along Route 66 Needles-to-Barstow Scenic Byway and the surrounding BLM-managed Mojave Trails National Monument in California. (BLM Blog)

A child riding a motorcycle across a finish line.

Young riders scramble across the finish line

Recently, the Huntington Beach Motorcycle Clubs Dual European Scramble and Youth race was held at Stoddard Valley OHV Area, managed by the Barstow Field Office. The adult and youth races were a great time for all! (BLM CA Facebook)

A man walking on a trail.

One man's quest to document California's most vulnerable public lands

Jackson has spent much of his free time over the past two years visiting the BLM lands of California. He’s traveled more than 10,000 miles, crisscrossing the state from the King Range National Conservation Area on the north coast all the way down to the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness in the southeast. (SF Gate)

Question of the Week

For the common side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana), which color throat is the most dominant in the common side-blotched lizard?

A close up of a brown and tan lizard in the sand.


A. Red

B. Orange

C. Blue

D. Yellow



Photo: Russell Namitz, BLM

Careers on Your Public Lands

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Now Hiring for BLM California

Bureau of Land Management California is looking to fill multiple positions across the state. Check out USAJOBS for opportunities to explore an exciting career with the BLM!

OHV Park Ranger (Temporary)

BLM California is recruiting for an OHV Park Ranger for the Ukiah Field Office. This is a temporary position, not to exceed 6 months. Apply today!

DOI & BLM National News

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BLM's Artist in Residence Program to feature Native American jazz fusion to celebrate America's public lands

For the first time in Bureau history, the BLM’s Artist in Residence program will feature a multi-city tour, as Native American jazz trumpeter Delbert Anderson and his ensemble D’DAT visit six National Conservation Areas and National Monuments in June and July. (BLM News Release)

Photo of the B.F. Sisk Dam

Interior Department invests $100 million in first dam safety project through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation is providing project-specific funding of $100 million for the modification of B.F. Sisk Dam in California. (DOI News Release


This Week at Interior, March 25, 2022

This week at Interior - March 25, 2022

Secretary Haaland's Appalachian tour takes her to West Virginia; Interior announces $100 million for added safety measures for the B.F. Sisk Dam in California; it's the first-ever map of the network of underground geological pathways feeding Yellowstone National Park's hot springs and geysers; endangered species protection might be on the way for a threatened bat. (DOI YouTube)

A brown and tan lizard.

Question of the Week Answer

If you guessed B: Orange, you'd be correct! 

Males with orange throats are very aggressive and defend large territories. Males with dark blue throats are less aggressive and defend smaller territories. Males with prominent yellow stripes on their throats are 'sneakers' and do not defend territories (receptive females also have yellow-striped throats). Aggression in orange males is linked to higher levels of testosterone, as is the case for other vertebrates.

Photo: Dan Maus, prior BLM intern