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8A Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Feather River Bulletin mass A workshop on woody and visit biomass harvest- biomass utilization will ingsites. be held May 25 - 26 at the The University of Califor- Mineral Building at the nia Cooperative Extension, Plumas-SierraCounty Fair- UC Berkeley Center for grounds in Quincy. Forestry, the USDA Forest Across the nation there is Service state and private tremendous interest in in- forestry, the Sierra Nevada creasing renewable energy Conservancy and the production, such as bio- California Association mass, wind, geothermal and of Resource Conservation solar. The forests of the and Development Councils northern Sierra provide sponsor the workshop. considerable opportunities Registration is required for woody biomass utiliza- by Friday, May 21, to partic- tion for renewable energy, ipate in the workshop, with May 25, beginning at a cost of $40. To learn more 9 a.m., workshop partici- about the workshop and to pants will hear presenta- register go to tions about existing biomassquincy2010 or call biomass utilization, the po- 283-6270. tential to increase and The UniversityofCalifor- diversify biomass utiliza- nia Cooperative Extension tion, and some of the envi- makes all reasonable efforts ronmental considerations to accommodate those with associated with biomass special needs. Those with harvesting, special needs should call Wednesday, May 26, at least one week prior to workshop participants will the workshop to secure tour local biomass facilities arrangements. our 27th year in bnsiness! During the past 26 years, we are proud to have built more than 70 homes and 100 garages in Plumas County, not to mention the hundreds of remodels, additions and insurance repairs we've done as well. With the change in the economy (specifically, fewer new housing starts), my business partner (and son) Donavon and I knew we had to change our business model. We're not going anywhere, and we still build new homes, garages and commercial buildings. So, in the past year we found there was a real need to assist homeowners in making their existing homes more efficient, attractive and valuable. We've helped lots and lots of people with all kinds of projects that might have only taken 15 minutes to several days or weeks to complete. And, if we couldn't do their job, we'd make sure to connect them with some- one who could. It's that kind of service and satisfaction that will help take us through our next 25 years!!! Need help REPLACING or REPAIRING: • DOORS • TRIM • WINDOWS • PLUMBING • ROOFING • ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 FREE ADVICE Genera/ FREE Building ContractorESTIHATES Calif. Lic. #453927and (530) 283-2035 WEWELCOMEowNER ;IPATION # CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Department of Fish & Game Do wild turkeys hybridize? ,Q: While hunting turkey on a private ranch, my hunting partner killed a large tom turkey that had white feath- ers on his rump and tail and was very black in color. This leads me to believe it is a Merriam's. We hunt above Lake Sonoma in Sonoma County and don't believe this is their normal range. We see a lot of Rios on the property but have never seen Merri- am's. The National Wild Turkey Federation lists Merriam's in numerous counties in California. If the Department of Fish and Game planted them at Lake Sonoma, will they interbreed with the Rios and form a crossbreed? Thanks. d A: There are two species of wild turkeys in the world, only one of which (Meleagris gallopavo) lives in the United States. This species is broken into five subspecies - Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande, Merriam's and Gould's. In an attempt to determine which subspecies was better suited for California's habitats, DFG released three of the five subspecies (Rios, Merriam's andEasterns) and an Eastern/Rio hybrid into different areas of the state. Based on the 2004 Wild Turkey Strategic Plan, and according to DFG wild turkey biologist Scott Gardner, there has never been a release of Merriam's in Sonoma County. Only Rios have been released in Sonoma County. The closest Merriam's release was northern Mendocino County. According to NWTF biolo- gist Ryan Mathis, people fre- quently ask if their turkeys are wild/domestic hybrids. He says it's possible, but un- likely. Natural color abnor- malities often occur among birds and so people will confuse these characteristics with those of a wild/domestic hybrid. Color abnormalities that occur in wild turkeys in- clude black (melanistic), red (erythritic), white (albinotic)~ and the most commonly re- ported, "smoke gray phase," which is an incomplete albino. Mathis has seen the smoke gray and the ery- , thritic phases in Sonoma County, but after viewing the photo you sent, he says the bird in question is neither of these. He says you have a Rio Grande. Plumage coloration of a ° single subspecies varies wildly among wild turkeys from different areas within their range. The retrix tips (the band of Color on the tail feathers) of Rio Grandes range from cinnamon to buff, II and the tips of Merriam's range from buff to pinkish-" white. Body feathers on Rio Grandes range from copper to greenish gold, and Merri- am's are h purplish-bronze. Turkeys with a copper appearance are a dead give- away, so what you've got is a Rio. For more information and facts on wild turkeys, please visit hunting/uplandgame/or Double dipping between Mexico and California Q: If an angler has both U.S. and Mexican fishing licenses and fishes the Coronado Islands (Mexico waters) in the morning and catches a "Mexican limit" of fish, Can the person stop on the way back to San Diego Bay to fish thePoint Loma kelp beds to catch a U.S. limit offish? It seems like this should be OK as long as each angler keeps each catch limit separate. For example, each angler could have one ice cooler for their Mexican fish and a separate ice cooler for their U.S. fish. Please advise. A." Unfortunately, no. California ocean fishing reg- ulations prohibit any person from having more fish in their possession than is pre- scribed, even if they were taken from different sides of the border. Once you cross the border, you must com- plete a Declaration for Entry form listing all fish taken in Mexico, and offload your catch without fishing along the way. The form is avail- able on page 79 of the 2010 Ocean Sport Fishing Regula- tions book or online at If you do stop to fish on the U.S. side, all fish in your possession must then meet California regulations, which are often even more restric- tive than those prescribed under the laws of Mexico. Grunion hunting Q: I want to take my son on a grunion run while vacationing in California. I have an out-of-state driver's license and don't want to purchase a California fishing license. I don't plan on catch- ing any myself but want him to enjoy the experience. He is 13. Will I get in any trouble? A: As long as you are not par- ticipating in the hunts and are in no way pursuing the fish or assisting your son in pursuing or capturing any fish, then you do not need a license. Remember that Call fornia grunion season is closed during April and May each year (California Code of Regulations Title i4, section 28,00). Carrie Wilson is a marine biologist with the California Department ofFish and Game. While she cannot personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer each week. Please contact her at II Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor Those who enjoy scenic bi- cycle rides, and either mild or moderate exertion, might just like to participate in the Indian Valley Century Rides Saturday, May 29. The rides -- either 100 kilo- meters or 100 miles -- begin and end at Greenville High School, where there will be showers available afterward for those who remember to bring their own towels. The 100-meter ride will follow the edge of Indian Valley past verdant meadow- lands full of wildlife, birds and cattle, with many species rearing their young. The 100-mile ride will experience the beauty of the valley as well and then the moderate 1,500-foot climb to a support vehicle driver making the rounds, The high school is on High- way 89 in Greenville, and it will be hard to miss with all the vehicles and bicycles that will be there for this popular event. In good-weather years, : : :. :: : . :, i i the still gorgeous Antelope there have been upwards of Lake. 500 riders, and':in bad-weath, Although the 2007 wildfires er years about half that. are still evident, so too are The ride will be staged, the greening of spring and even if it rains and snows. Moha k Val! y the returnofwildlife. For more information, W e Riders may partake of those interested may call Artist lid ~l lunch at the Genesee Store, 284-6633 or visit indian and there will be several fruit S ~ Gu and juice stopsas well. " Admission for the ride is All riders will receive a $55 per person, or $30 for I presents I ride patch, and there will be those 16 and under. 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