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Our Splendid Night Visitors
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by Steven T. Callan, DECEMBER 7, 2018



On most winter evenings, Kathy and I hike to the hilltop near our home in the oak woodlands of Northern California. We usually leave about 4:00, and if we don’t stop to talk to anyone or get sidetracked, return to the house before the sun goes down. One quiet evening late last December, we heard the whistling of wingbeats overhead...
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Golden Trout and Golden Trees
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by Steven T. Callan, OCTOBER 25, 2018



The first time I experienced the awesome grandeur of California’s Eastern Sierra was in 1975, when, as a rookie Fish and Game warden, I drove there on assignment to work the Crowley Lake trout-season opener. That spring, the majestic mountains to the west were covered with snow, and the entire scene, from Mount Whitney to Mammoth Lakes, looked like something...
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On Safari
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by Steven T. Callan, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018



With camera in hand, Kathy and I have spent much of the last thirty years enjoying nature and searching for wildlife wherever we could find it. We’ve meandered through mountains, marshes, and meadows in seven states; we’ve trekked across deserts in California, Arizona, and Nevada; we’ve kayaked with great whales in Monterey Bay; and we’ve dived to the depths of...
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Saving a Place for Wildlife
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by Steven T. Callan, MARCH 3, 2018



Late in November 1959, I was an eleven-year-old boy riding in the back seat of our family car as my father drove us north of Sacramento for the first time. I remember looking out the window and marveling at flocks of flying waterfowl and a vast landscape of wetlands, rice fields, grain fields, and open space -- all the way...
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Our Deer Friends
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by Steven T. Callan, DECEMBER 1, 2017



During the thirty-plus years Kathy and I have lived in the foothills east of Redding, we’ve been treated to occasional visits from black-tailed deer. They generally don’t stay long -- a day or two -- then they move on. Sometimes they’ll pay us a visit at night while we’re sleeping. The next morning, a trail of partially eaten plants tells...
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Tiny Fish and Gentle Giants
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by Steven T. Callan, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

Monterey Bay

My wife, Kathy, and I are in Pacific Grove this week. While we’re here, I’d like to share one of my favorite outdoor columns, about a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter we had here in September 2015. This piece was originally posted as my October 12, 2015 “On Patrol” column in My Outdoor Buddy. It was early September when Kathy and I arrived...
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