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Outdoor Writers Association of California President Tom Martens presents Steven T. Callan with the 2016 "Best Outdoor Magazine Column" award. Callan also won the 2014 and 2015 "Best Outdoor Magazine Column" awards.

“Best Outdoor Magazine Column” Award Third Year in a Row

Outdoor Writers Association of California President Tom Martens presents Steven T. Callan with the 2016 "Best Outdoor Magazine Column" award. Callan also won the 2014 and 2015 "Best Outdoor Magazine Column" awards.

Outdoor Writers Association of California President Tom Martens presenting me with the award. Photo by Kathy Callan.

What a thrill it was to receive the “Best Outdoor Magazine Column” award from the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) for the third year in a row, at the OWAC spring conference in Auburn. Thank you to OWAC and to the faculty of the journalism department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, who were the judges in the competition.

Entrance to Cave Creek Canyon and the Chiricahua Mountains. All photos by Steven T. Callan.

In Search of the Elegant Trogon

Entrance to Cave Creek Canyon and the Chiricahua Mountains. All photos by Steven T. Callan.

Entrance to Cave Creek Canyon and the Chiricahua Mountains. All photos by author.

I’ve always been fascinated with birds, but I really became hooked on bird-watching, or birding, as it’s often called, during the mid-seventies when I was a rookie Fish and Game warden down on the Colorado River. Warden Bill Peters and I were patrolling the river south of Earp, California, when we spotted a large bird off in the distance.  “That’s a peregrine,” said Peters, focusing his binoculars on the fast-flying raptor.  “Looks like a female.”

Author Steven T. Callan and Friends at the Chico Costco Book Signing for The Game Warden's Son

Scenes from a Book Signing: Chico Costco

Author Steven T. Callan and Friends at the Chico Costco Book Signing for The Game Warden's Son

Having grown up near Chico and graduated from Chico State, I always enjoy coming back to my old stomping grounds. Last week’s successful book signing at the Chico Costco made this occasion extra special: I was able to visit with classmates I hadn’t seen since high school and make a passel of new friends. Kathy and I had a great time and thought we’d share our experience by posting a few photographs.

Author Steven T. Callan discusses his book, The Game Warden's Son, with Nancy Wiegman, host of NPR's Nancy's Bookshelf

Interview on NPR’s Nancy’s Bookshelf Airs April 15

Author Steven T. Callan discusses his book, The Game Warden's Son, with Nancy Wiegman, host of NPR's Nancy's Bookshelf

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on the popular National Public Radio program Nancy’s Bookshelf. What an honor to be interviewed by one of radio’s finest and most professional hosts, Nancy Wiegman.  I invite all my friends to listen to the interview this Friday morning, April 15, at 10:00 a.m., on KFPR in Redding (88.9 FM) or KCHO in Chico (91.7 FM). You can also listen to the broadcast live or play it at your convenience by going to mynspr.org.

Lower Battle Creek as it would appear during the fall salmon run. Photo by Author Steven T. Callan.

Stakeout at Battle Creek

Lower Battle Creek as it would appear during the fall salmon run. Photo by Author Steven T. Callan.

Lower Battle Creek as it would appear during the fall salmon run. All photos, unless otherwise noted, by author.

This is an excerpt from “Stakeout at Battle Creek,” a chapter in my recently released sequel, The Game Warden’s Son.

I’m sometimes asked if I had any favorite places to work during my twenty-one years supervising the warden force in western Shasta County. Lower Battle Creek immediately comes to mind—from the mouth, where Battle Creek flows into the Sacramento River, to the barrier weir at Coleman National Fish Hatchery.