January 13, 1993 |
Listen. There is nothing but the sound of birds--all kinds of birds. "As soon as there's water, the birds move right in," said Tom Paulek, manager of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area for the California Department of Fish and Game. "Look at this. It's terrific." Runoff from the raging San Jacinto River has filled adjacent Mystic Lake, which is normally dry farmland. Tony Metcalf, a biologist at UC Riverside, described it as "something to behold . . . awe-inspiring."
December 18, 1991 |
Boyd Gibbons has worked for National Geographic magazine for the last 15 years, hasn't lived in California for 41 years and had never heard of the Little Hoover Commission or its critical report on the California Department of Fish and Game, which he now commands. So is he the man to save California's living natural resources? "I'll be honest with you," Gibbons said after Gov. Pete Wilson appointed him to replace Pete Bontadelli as director of the DFG last week, "I'm in great ignorance here."
September 20, 1989 |
"You're down and armed," co-pilot Kevin McBride tells pilot Ron VanBenthuysen, who banks the plane over a ridge and dives into his run. The bomb-bay doors open, VanBenthuysen levels off, thumbs a button on his wheel and-- whoosh-- the plane drops its load. Fish away! Trout planting doesn't get any more sophisticated than this.
October 31, 1990 |
It didn't take wildlife biologist Ron Thomas long to find his first deer when he went to work for the California Department of Fish and Game 10 years ago. Thomas was near Topaz Lake at the Nevada border, driving his belongings into the state, when the deer jumped in front of the car and was hit. The animal was killed and caused $750 worth of damage to the car. "Night time, came off the bank, no way to miss it," Thomas said. "It's a real common story up in our neck of the woods."
January 14, 1992 |
In a case called the worst example ever of stream pollution in Southern California, state wildlife officials are preparing criminal charges against Caltrans employees alleging millions of pounds of debris was dumped in a protected mountain trout stream. Two state Department of Fish and Game officials handling the investigation say that a 5-mile stretch of Deep Creek in the San Bernardino Mountains has been polluted by asphalt and other toxic, petroleum-based materials.
September 30, 1992 |
"She's moving," Becky Pierce said as she rotated a hand-held antenna above her head and listened to the beeping signal from a telemetry scanner. Using the portable equipment, Pierce had picked up the trail of a female mountain lion that had been captured, radio-collared and released outside of town in the Eastern Sierra last winter.
November 1, 1989 |
The radio in Rick Coelho's truck crackles: "Three vehicles coming up your road. Flash your lights real quick." (Pause) "Yeah, I've got you. There are three. . . . One's going real slow." The first voice is that of Lt. Tim Sawyer, a California Department of Fish and Game warden high up on a hill, overlooking a wide valley on a moonless night. Coelho, also a warden, is in his truck below, bouncing along a narrow dirt road through some of Southern California's finest deer country.
October 4, 1989 |
In this desert sky where eagles dare, ducks, too, will fly. The site of aviation history will score a blow for wildlife with the re-creation of 170 acres of waterfowl wetlands. The Piute Ponds Expansion Project, in the southwest corner of Edwards' 470 square miles, will provide an enlarged rest area, with limited hunting, for weary ducks migrating along the Great Basin corridor of the Pacific Flyway--one of four major waterfowl migration routes of North America.
May 17, 1990 |
When the fish are in Pine Creek, there's no time to waste. "I was down working on my Jeep Sunday when Ernie (Spalding) called and said, 'Hey, there are fish running,' " Laird Marshall Jr. said. "So we were up here Monday bright and early." With their rods and flies? Hardly. Fishing at nearby Eagle Lake doesn't open until the Saturday before Memorial Day--May 26 this year.
January 6, 1990 |
For several months, some Eastern Sierra residents talked of a magnificent pronghorn antelope on the range between Mono Lake and Bridgeport, near the 1859 ghost town of Bodie. Technically, North American antelope are not true antelope but pronghorn, or Antilocapra americana, but, one Bishop man said, "It was the biggest antelope I'd ever seen."