“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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  • 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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  • Mount Shasta as it appears from Castle Crags State Park.

    12 Jul Siskiyou County: The Land Beneath the Great White Mountain

    When the Outdoor Writers Association of California chose Siskiyou County as the site for this spring’s writers conference, I couldn’t have been more pleased. I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for this unspoiled land at the top of the state since I first......

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