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Bears Follow their Noses, so You Should Follow these Tips May 3, 2016 - With an estimated 35,000 bears, California has a healthy and growing black bear population. In spring hibernating bears emerge from their winter slumber and begin an almost perpetual search for food. It is not uncommon for a black bear to consume up to 20,000 calories a day. Unfortunately, this search can sometimes lead bears into … Continue reading Bears Follow their Noses, so You Should Follow these Tips
coverphoto State Releases Summary Report on Refugio Oil Spill May 3, 2016 - Today, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife‘s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) released a report describing and evaluating its response to the May 2015 Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara. OSPR acts as the public trustee in protecting, managing and restoring California’s wildlife and habitat, and represents the state as the On-Scene … Continue reading State Releases Summary Report on Refugio Oil Spill
More Areas Open for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishing, Commercial Fishery to Open in Same Areas in 10 Days May 2, 2016 - Except for one area within Humboldt County, the California coast is open for recreational Dungeness crab fishing. The commercial crab fishery will follow in the same areas, opening May 12. The recreational Dungeness crab fishery is open north of 41° 17.6’ N latitude at the southern boundary line of Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area … Continue reading More Areas Open for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishing, Commercial Fishery to Open in Same Areas in 10 Days
red abalone Red Abalone Public Workshop to be Presented in Santa Cruz April 29, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is currently working on a Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the North Coast Recreational Red Abalone Fishery.  As part of CDFW’s efforts to encourage public participation in the plan development process, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and CDFW will jointly conduct a workshop on the topic. TNC is providing … Continue reading Red Abalone Public Workshop to be Presented in Santa Cruz
Red bluff river cleanup Multiple Agencies Work to Restore Trails, Fishing in Tehama County April 29, 2016 - Several federal, state and local agencies worked together over the last week to remove trash, widen trails and provide better access to the Sacramento River for fishing and recreation. Employees from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Bureau of Reclamation, city of Red Bluff’s Parks and Police departments, Tehama County Sheriff’s and Probation … Continue reading Multiple Agencies Work to Restore Trails, Fishing in Tehama County
Mt. Shasta Hatchery “Kids’ Fishing Days” Canceled Indefinitely April 29, 2016 - Due to an outbreak of Whirling Disease last year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be canceling the popular “Kids’ Fishing Days” at the Mt. Shasta Hatchery indefinitely. The hatchery typically hosted several such events each summer. “It’s unfortunate that we have to cancel an event that’s been held annually since 1992,” … Continue reading Mt. Shasta Hatchery “Kids’ Fishing Days” Canceled Indefinitely
May 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar April 29, 2016 - DATE — EVENT Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. The day use fee is $4.12 per person, ages … Continue reading May 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
A healthy-looking Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus). Dave Riggs photo. CDFW Biologists on High Alert for Signs of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats April 29, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is monitoring developments following the recent detection of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in a bat in Washington state. The disease has been responsible for killing millions of America’s bats, and CDFW scientists are enlisting the public to help prevent its spread. Part of CDFW’s effort to educate the … Continue reading CDFW Biologists on High Alert for Signs of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife: If you Care, Leave them There April 28, 2016 - It’s springtime again and young wildlife are emerging from their dens and nests and beginning to learn the ways of the world. Because of this increase in wildlife activity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone if they come across them in the wild. The improper handling … Continue reading Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife: If you Care, Leave them There
25503451553_56bbd0c71d_z Map-based Sport Fishing Regulations Offers Ease of Use for Anglers April 27, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has launched a beta release of an online location-based Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations tool to help anglers identify those regulations that relate to the area they plan to fish. The new tool provides an easy way for anglers to find the sections of the regulations that are … Continue reading Map-based Sport Fishing Regulations Offers Ease of Use for Anglers
24056907489_39f3ab9aeb_z General Trout Season Opens Saturday April 27, 2016 - The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 30, one hour before sunrise. Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to … Continue reading General Trout Season Opens Saturday
Commission Closes Recreational Razor Clam Fishery in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties April 27, 2016 - The California Fish and Game Commission on Monday voted 3-0 in favor of an emergency rulemaking to prohibit recreational take and possession of razor clam from Humboldt and Del Norte county beaches. The closure is now in effect. Closure of the fishery shall remain in effect until the Director of the Office of Environmental Health … Continue reading Commission Closes Recreational Razor Clam Fishery in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties
A gold and brown Swainson's hawk in flight against a blue sky When it Comes to Rodent Control, Consider Alternatives to Poison April 27, 2016 - Spring is in the air and rodents may be in your garage, attic, closets, cabinets, tool shed or yard. It’s a busy time for pest control companies and rodenticide sales. But nature can control rodent populations, if you let it. In the natural environment, there is balance. Every creature is prey to some animals and … Continue reading When it Comes to Rodent Control, Consider Alternatives to Poison
Man on a small boat deck holds a 4-foot halibut. Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 April 26, 2016 - California’s recreational Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) fishery season will open May 1. This year the fishery will be held to a federally established quota of 29,640 pounds. The open season dates will be May 1-15, June 1-15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. The … Continue reading Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1
alex Salmon Seasons Set for Ocean and Inland Waters April 26, 2016 - The California Fish and Game Commission adopted recreational ocean and inland salmon season regulations as presented by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on April 18. Ocean salmon season dates and management measures are set to coincide with the alternatives adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council for federal waters off the California … Continue reading Salmon Seasons Set for Ocean and Inland Waters
Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30 April 25, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2015-2016 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to return their cards by April 30, 2016 as required by law. The cards must be returned even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Card holders should review their report cards carefully and … Continue reading Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA CDFW Announces Latest Dungeness and Rock Crab Openings, Closures April 22, 2016 - Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are open along the mainland coast south of 36° 58.72′ N Latitude at Sand Hill Bluff, Santa Cruz County (approximately 9 miles north of Santa Cruz Harbor entrance) to the California/Mexico border. The recreational Dungeness crab fishery is now open south of 40° 46.15’ N Latitude at the northern … Continue reading CDFW Announces Latest Dungeness and Rock Crab Openings, Closures
Possible Recreational Razor Clam Closure in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties April 20, 2016 - Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) re-issued a health advisory reminding individuals to avoid eating recreationally harvested razor clams along Humboldt and Del Norte county beaches due to elevated domoic acid levels. This advisory was followed by a recommendation from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to the California Fish and … Continue reading Possible Recreational Razor Clam Closure in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties
SONY DSC CDFW Seeks Agricultural Lease Applications on Properties in Humboldt County April 19, 2016 - Media Contacts: Charles Bartolotta, CDFW Northern Region, (707) 498-9072 Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958 In an effort to provide short-grass habitat and lessen depredation impacts from Aleutian Canada geese, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will once again be accepting applications for cattle grazing and haying on CDFW lands in Humboldt County. … Continue reading CDFW Seeks Agricultural Lease Applications on Properties in Humboldt County
Medal of Valor 2016 (8 of 11) California Wildlife Officers Receive State’s Highest Honor, Medal of Valor April 13, 2016 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers Ryan Stephenson and Timothy Little received awards today at the 2016 Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor Award Ceremony in Sacramento. The awards acknowledge state employees for acts of heroism and bravery. Officer Stephenson and Little will both receive the Gold Medal for their “Special Acts” defined … Continue reading California Wildlife Officers Receive State’s Highest Honor, Medal of Valor
Future trail site in R4 from Moxley San Joaquin River Parkway Trail Construction Underway April 12, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Department of Water Resources began construction last week on a new section of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail. The public access project is being built on state of California property at San Joaquin Hatchery in Friant (Fresno County). The project, which is expected … Continue reading San Joaquin River Parkway Trail Construction Underway
Public Meeting to Discuss Proposition 1 Grant Proposal Solicitation to be Held in Sacramento April 5, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will conduct a public meeting in Sacramento on Thursday, April 7 to present and seek public input and comments on the draft proposal solicitation for its Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. The public meeting will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon in … Continue reading Public Meeting to Discuss Proposition 1 Grant Proposal Solicitation to be Held in Sacramento
DFG photo by Patrick Foy Abalone Season Opens April 1 along the Northern California Coast April 4, 2016 - California’s popular red abalone sport fishery season will open April 1 in most waters north of San Francisco Bay. However, parts of Fort Ross State Historical Park remain closed to the take of abalone. A map of the closed area can be found online at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=42101&inline=true. Fishing for abalone is allowed from 8 a.m to … Continue reading Abalone Season Opens April 1 along the Northern California Coast
April 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar March 30, 2016 - Media Contact: Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958 DATE — EVENT  Weekends — Wildflower Tours at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. Naturalist-led wildflower tours are scheduled Saturdays and Sundays, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required and tours are limited to 25 people. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/wildflower-tours. Weekends — Elkhorn Slough … Continue reading April 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Recreational and Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Opens in Channel Islands, Excluding State Waters Between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands March 28, 2016 - State health officials determined today that rock crab species caught in state waters near the Channel Islands no longer contain high levels of domoic acid, and no longer pose a significant risk to human health. Acting upon a recommendation from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), in consultation with the director of the … Continue reading Recreational and Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Opens in Channel Islands, Excluding State Waters Between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands
16398926470_8b9cd35d08_k Sacramento River Closure to Go Into Effect April 1 March 24, 2016 - A temporary emergency regulation closing all fishing within 5.5 miles of spawning habitat on the Upper Sacramento River begins on April 1, 2016 and will remain in effect through July 31, 2016. Enhanced protective measures are also proposed in the ocean sport and commercial salmon fisheries regulations for the 2016 season. The temporary emergency regulation … Continue reading Sacramento River Closure to Go Into Effect April 1
Southern sea otter with pup There’s a Place for Wildlife on Your Tax Return March 22, 2016 - The deadline to file income tax returns is approaching. If you’re still working on yours, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds you that you can help save endangered plants and animals on your state return. Near the end of form 540, look for the section called Voluntary Contributions. There, you can donate … Continue reading There’s a Place for Wildlife on Your Tax Return
Chinook 1 Recreational Ocean Salmon Season to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 2 March 21, 2016 - California’s recreational salmon season will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border. The daily bag limit is two Chinook per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean … Continue reading Recreational Ocean Salmon Season to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 2
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Open South of Sonoma/Mendocino County Line, Commercial Fishery to Open in Seven Days March 18, 2016 - Closure of the recreational Dungeness crab fishery south of the Mendocino/Sonoma county line has been lifted, and opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery – delayed since November – is set for March 26 in the same region. Recent test results show that domoic acid levels in crabs off the California coast south of the … Continue reading Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Open South of Sonoma/Mendocino County Line, Commercial Fishery to Open in Seven Days
archery photo Student Archers in CDFW State Competition Rack up the Scores March 16, 2016 - The California National Archery in the Schools Program (CalNASP), hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), has concluded its sixth annual Virtual State Archery Tournament and the students wrapped up the season with some impressive scores. “We would like to congratulate all of the students that participated in this year’s Virtual State … Continue reading Student Archers in CDFW State Competition Rack up the Scores

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