The Game Warden’s Son Tag

The fish rescue crew: Mike Cauble, Paul Martens, Glenn Tibessart, unidentified gentleman, Steve Callan, and Kenny Callan, circa 1964. As the Orland Fish and Game warden, my father, Wally Callan, had organized this effort to rescue stranded fish in Stony Creek.

The Road to Plaskett Meadows

The fish rescue crew: Mike Cauble, Paul Martens, Glenn Tibessart, unidentified gentleman, Steve Callan, and Kenny Callan, circa 1964. As the Orland Fish and Game warden, my father, Wally Callan, had organized this effort to rescue stranded fish in Stony Creek.

The fish rescue crew: Mike Cauble, Paul Martens, Glenn Tibessart, unidentified gentleman, Steve Callan, and Kenny Callan, circa 1964. As the Orland Fish and Game warden, my father had organized this effort to rescue stranded fish in Stony Creek. What fun we had!

Writing the chapter “The Road to Plaskett Meadows” in my sequel, The Game Warden’s Son, was a trip down Memory Lane for me. In it, I described growing up in Orland during the 1960s.

A wonderful slice of small-town America at the northern end of California’s Central Valley, Orland was very much like the community of Mayberry in the old Andy Griffith Show. I remember our mayor being the town butcher, people parking in the middle of 4th Street, and Cary Tommeraason running for touchdowns. Mom bought groceries at Graham Brothers, the playground at Fairview School was a converted cow pasture, and the biggest event of the year was opening day of pheasant season.

My greatest fear in those days was being called on in Mr. Valov’s chemistry class. My greatest joys were baseball, basketball, hunting, fishing, exploring Stony Creek, and riding on patrol with my dad, the local game warden.

Author Steven T. Callan and friends at a book signing for The Game Warden's Son at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Festival

Scenes from a Book Signing: Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Festival

Author Steven T. Callan and friends at a book signing for The Game Warden's Son at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Festival

Kathy and I have always said that the best thing about giving presentations and doing book signings is the interesting people we have the opportunity to meet. Last weekend’s book signing at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s 46th Annual Classic Wildlife Festival certainly validated that notion. Wildlife sculptors from all over California and the western U.S. gathered in Sacramento to showcase their talents.

Author Steven T. Callan shares information about The Game Warden's Son; Badges, Bears, and Eagles; and his career in wildlife protection with the Red Bluff Rotary

A Warm Welcome from Red Bluff Rotary

Author Steven T. Callan shares information about The Game Warden's Son; Badges, Bears, and Eagles; and his career in wildlife protection with the Red Bluff Rotary

Sharing information about The Game Warden’s Son; Badges, Bears, and Eagles; and my career in wildlife protection. Photos by Kathy Callan.

Thank you to Tom Amundson and the Red Bluff Rotary for making my presentation yesterday a real pleasure. Kathy and I received a warm welcome and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We were also impressed to learn of all the community service projects performed by this exceptional group. They are truly an asset to their community.

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.

Author Steven T. Callan and friends at his first book signing on his 2016 book tour

2016 Book Tour Off to a Great Start

Author Steven T. Callan and friend at his first book signing on his 2016 book tour

My 2016 book tour got off to a fantastic start last Saturday, with a sell-out book signing at the Nor-Cal Boat, Sport and RV Show. In spite of stormy weather, readers came from all over Northern California to pick up a signed copy of my recently released book, The Game Warden’s Son. Kathy and I had a ball, visiting with friends—old and new—from as far away as Orland, Chico, Old Station, and the Bay Area.