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John Stewart

Be Rattlesnake Safe this Spring

With the coming of spring and warmer weather conditions, snakes of many species are through hunkering down, making human encounters with these elusive creatures more likely. Although most native snakes are harmless, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommends steering clear of the venomous rattlesnake  – and knowing what to do in the event of a strike.

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5 Things to Know About Your First Off-Road Adventure

An off-road adventure is often a fascinating experience. However, it can be scary, especially if you don’t know the basics. You need to take some few minutes to prepare yourself and the vehicle. Here are critical steps you might want to consider.

Know Your Vehicle

Take the vehicle’s manufacturer’s manual and read through it to help you know how it works. For instance, you need to determine whether the vehicle has a high or low ground clearance. A vehicle with a good off-road ability should have a higher ground clearance. The manual will also help you understand how to lock the vehicle in four-wheel drive and when to apply it.

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Have Some Offbeat Nature Fun on National Wildlife Refuges

Tried-and-true nature events such as bird walks, ranger-led hikes and wildlife viewing tours will never go out of fashion at national wildlife refuges. Like your nature a bit offbeat? Some national wildlife refuges have read your mind.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for managing more than 850 million acres of lands and waters in the National Wildlife Refuge System, including five marine national monuments, 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Every state and U.S. territory has at least one national wildlife refuge.

Consider these events scheduled for upcoming months or use the zip code locator to find a national wildlife refuge near you.

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Scotty's Castle Flood Recovery Tours

DEATH VALLEY, CA – There will be a limited number of opportunities this spring to visit Scotty’s Castle. This is a unique opportunity to witness the damage caused by a large flash flood and to learn about the National Park Service’s ongoing work to restore the historic district.

Scotty’s Castle Flood Recovery Tours will be offered twice a day on March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26 and April 2.

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Early morning is for ducks

The stars provided the only light in the dark skies as we finished loading the truck.  Orion’s Belt stood out among the stars with nary a hint of clouds.  By the time we reached the boat launch area, the lights from Mountain Home AFB provided a bright glow in the western sky while the hint of a rising sun was visible in the eastern sky.  The waters of CJ Strike Reservoir were dark as we loaded the boat and set out for the marsh area.  We had a lot of work to do before sunrise and the beginning flights of ducks.

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