“Best Outdoor Book of 2016”
—Outdoor Writers Association of California




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Retired game warden Steven T. Callan’s love of nature and passion for protecting wildlife took root long before he experienced the adventures described in his memoir, Badges, Bears, and Eagles. In The Game Warden’s Son, he recounts more of his own investigations, along with those of his game warden father and their colleagues. Intertwined with a half century of adventures and investigations is a story of the lifelong relationship between a boy and his father.

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During his career as a wildlife protection officer, Steve Callan conducted some of the most fascinating, complex, and highly successful wildlife investigations in California history. He also collected a wealth of true stories—action-packed, suspenseful, and often humorous.

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  • The view of Hearst Castle from Highway 1. Photo by author Steven T. Callan.

    13 Mar In the Shadow of the Castle

    Kathy and I have always been fond of California’s Central Coast. We try to make the trip down Highway 1, from Monterey to Morro Bay, at least once every year. Weather permitting, we do it during late winter, when most of the tourists are away......

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  • A Gulf fritillary rests on a Zinnia in the garden of author Steven T. Callan.

    17 Jan An Island of Our Own

    Over the years, Kathy and I have often dreamed of escaping today’s fast-paced, hectic world and moving to an island of our own—an island of trees, flowers, and abundant wildlife, where we could experience the joys of nature without leaving the confines of our own......

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  • Every fall, aspens put on a magnificent display in California’s Eastern Sierra. Photo by Steven T. Callan.

    04 Oct Golden Trout and Golden Trees

    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......

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