Trail Mix: Put your own stamp on upland game birds

The Fresno BeeMay 15, 2013 

Want to design California's 2013 upland game-bird stamp? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking submissions.

This year's stamp features the sooty grouse, and all contest entries must include at least one adult sooty grouse. They will be judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and a print.

The contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and older, and entries will be accepted through July 13. CDFW sells about 200,000 upland game-bird stamps annually, including sales to collectors. Go to for details.

News & notes

-- A small section of the John Muir Trail below Clark Point in Yosemite National Park will be closed for a few weeks due to damage from a recent rock slide. The JMT above Clark Point (between Vernal and Nevada falls) remains open, as does the Mist Trail.

-- The Mud 'n Blood Zombie Run, which might be a Fresno-area first, is June 2 at The Grove outside Sanger. Choose between a 2.5-kilometer or 5K course. Both are infested with zombies and other hazards. Or perhaps you'd rather be a zombie. Details:

-- Several high-elevation Sierra National Forest campgrounds, including those at Huntington Lake, will open May 25, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Campgrounds along Kaiser Pass Road don't open till June 7. Details:

-- Mineral King Road in Sequoia National Park opens Wednesday. The Atwell Mill Campground also will open that day, as will the campgrounds in the Grant Grove and Cedar Grove areas of Kings Canyon National Park.

-- The teams of Dustin Franco and Joseph Piedimonte, Shai Van Gelder and Corey Harris and Thomas Duval and Moses Menchaca will represent Fresno State at Saturday's FLW College Fishing tournament on the Delta.

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