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deer-photo-from-terri-weist March 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar February 24, 2017 - DATE — EVENT Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead a group, school or organization on a half-mile route through diverse wetlands. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Tours can be catered to include requested information. … Continue reading March 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Snow-covered Mount Shasta rises behind brown hills and a blue lake Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects February 23, 2017 - At its Feb. 23 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $10 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California, including the Salton Sea. Some of the 16 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide public access … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
160213-cdfw-sonoma-1238 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Draws Record Crowd February 23, 2017 - A record crowd of over 7,500 enjoyed the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival earlier this month at Lake Sonoma Visitor Center and Warm Springs-Don Clausen Fish Hatchery east of Healdsburg in the Russian River watershed. The event celebrated the return of steelhead to the hatchery operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and  … Continue reading Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Draws Record Crowd
Klamth Guy Smith 8-17-16 051 CDFW to Host Public Meeting on Ocean Salmon Fisheries February 14, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites the public to attend its upcoming annual Ocean Salmon Information Meeting. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented, in addition to the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March … Continue reading CDFW to Host Public Meeting on Ocean Salmon Fisheries
friant-1 Construction of New CDFW Facility to Temporarily Impede Trail Access February 14, 2017 - Upcoming construction of a new Salmon Conservation and Research Facility (SCARF) will trigger temporary, sporadic closures of a section of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail at the  recently constructed Friant Interactive Nature Site (FINS) throughout 2017. Visitors are asked to observe all safety precautions in place during construction and yield to posted signs and … Continue reading Construction of New CDFW Facility to Temporarily Impede Trail Access
160901-cdfw-dove-5051 CDFW Officers Recognized for Outstanding Acts and Achievements February 14, 2017 - Several wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division were recently recognized for exceptional performances. Awards were presented in front of their peers during a CDFW luncheon held in January 2017, in conjunction with CDFW’s annual Advanced Officer Training. Many of the awards are issued directly by CDFW, while … Continue reading CDFW Officers Recognized for Outstanding Acts and Achievements
youth-with-honker Young Hunters, Mentors Enjoy Successful Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days February 14, 2017 - Nearly 1,000 young hunters took to the fields on Feb. 4-5 this year, as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days opened to clearing skies and the ducks and geese were plentiful. These special two days of waterfowl hunting were open only to junior license holders age 17 or younger, and their non-hunting adult mentors. Various hunts were … Continue reading Young Hunters, Mentors Enjoy Successful Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
GB_Logo Two California Organizations Among 2017 George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund Grantees February 14, 2017 - Two California non-profit organizations have been awarded funds to provide fishing programs for Hispanic families. A total of $10,792 in grants was awarded by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) through the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will match the grant funds, effectively … Continue reading Two California Organizations Among 2017 George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund Grantees
Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Now Extends to Bodega Bay February 10, 2017 - Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it will extend the open area of the commercial rock crab fishery northward to Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. On Feb. 10 the commercial rock crab fishery is open from 38° 18′ N. Lat. (Bodega Bay, Sonoma County) … Continue reading Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Now Extends to Bodega Bay
trbl_cdfw_flickr Tax Donations Help to Prevent Wildlife Extinction February 9, 2017 - Extinction is forever, but you and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) can join forces to prevent it. Help save California’s native plant and animal species when you file your state income tax return by making a voluntary contribution to the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program (RESPP) and/or the California Sea Otter … Continue reading Tax Donations Help to Prevent Wildlife Extinction
spring-turkeys-photo-by-corey Spring Turkey Hunting Season and Hunt Application Deadlines Approach February 8, 2017 - California’s 2017 general spring wild turkey hunting season opens statewide on March 25 and extends through April 30. The archery-only season will follow immediately afterward, running from May 1-14. Hunters who have a current junior hunting license may also hunt the weekend before the opener, (March 18 and 19), and the two weeks after the … Continue reading Spring Turkey Hunting Season and Hunt Application Deadlines Approach
26868435851_0c6834423b_o Applications Now Available for 2017 Joice Island Pig Hunts February 8, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering pig hunting opportunities in March and April at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. CDFW will be holding the limited-entry, permit-only hunts to control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Joice Island is … Continue reading Applications Now Available for 2017 Joice Island Pig Hunts
groundfish Anglers Can Retain Canary Rockfish in 2017 February 7, 2017 - Starting in 2017, anglers will be allowed to retain canary rockfish for the first time in more than a decade. Canary rockfish was declared overfished in 2000, but the population rebuilt to healthy levels quicker than anticipated based on a combination of conservation efforts and restrictive management. “We are pleased to offer new opportunities based … Continue reading Anglers Can Retain Canary Rockfish in 2017
CDFW to Host Prop. 1 Grant Workshops in Southern California February 7, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will conduct four public workshops throughout Southern California for its Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. CDFW is collaborating with the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Coastal Conservancy and several local conservancies to encourage a wide variety of project proposals within the region. Each three-hour workshop will provide information … Continue reading CDFW to Host Prop. 1 Grant Workshops in Southern California
confluence-feb-03-2-jpg-klamath-river CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals February 2, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its 2017 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Soliciation Notice (PSN). The PSN and online grant application can be found online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants/frgp/solicitation. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017. CDFW will also hold a series … Continue reading CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals
hatchery-2 Northern California Hatchery Workers Save Millions of Trout and Salmon February 2, 2017 - Following recent heavy rains, workers at the Nimbus and American River hatcheries labored around the clock to prevent massive debris loads from clogging the main water supply for below Nimbus Dam. Their intense efforts to clean intake structures and adjust water flows during battering winds and rains saved millions of eggs and young fish over … Continue reading Northern California Hatchery Workers Save Millions of Trout and Salmon
dsc_8578 Flooding Limits Use of Wild Lands February 1, 2017 - Flooding Limits Use of Wild Lands Recent flooding has limited opportunities for nature enthusiasts, hunters and students to enjoy certain wildlife areas and ecological reserves operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area just west of Sacramento completely flooded in January, leading to the temporary closure of the … Continue reading Flooding Limits Use of Wild Lands
120128-f-8708h-0669 Volunteers Needed for Bighorn Sheep Survey February 1, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep (SCBS) are seeking volunteers to assist biologists on Feb. 25 and 26, 2017 (Saturday evening and all day Sunday). No survey experience is necessary to participate but volunteers must attend an orientation on Saturday, Feb. … Continue reading Volunteers Needed for Bighorn Sheep Survey
alex-duck-hunt-2 Youth Waterfowl Days Coming Up February 4-5 January 31, 2017 - Youth hunters have a special opportunity coming up the weekend of Feb. 4-5. Youth Waterfowl Days will provide young licensed hunters an extra weekend to hunt after the regular season ends. Each year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) opens many of their wildlife areas for these special hunt days, as allowed under … Continue reading Youth Waterfowl Days Coming Up February 4-5
razor-clams Recreational Razor Clam Fishery Closure in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties Extended Due to Ongoing Public Health Concerns January 30, 2017 - Under new authority granted this year, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham has acted to extend the closure of the recreational razor clam fishery in Humboldt and Del Norte counties due to continued high levels of domoic acid, as determined by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in consultation with … Continue reading Recreational Razor Clam Fishery Closure in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties Extended Due to Ongoing Public Health Concerns
DCIM100GOPROG0015512. February 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar January 27, 2017 - DATE — EVENT Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. Docent-led public tours are offered the first three Saturdays and Sundays of each month through February. The reserve is located just west of Lodi and offers managed wetland habitat that attracts sandhill cranes each year. Tours begin two hours before sundown. Visitors … Continue reading February 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Open Area for the Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Now Extends to Pillar Point, San Mateo County January 25, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that effective immediately the open area of the commercial rock crab fishery extends northward to Pillar Point, San Mateo County at the recommendation of state health agencies. On Jan. 25 the commercial rock crab fishery is open from 37° 30′ N. Lat. (Pillar Point San Mateo … Continue reading Open Area for the Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Now Extends to Pillar Point, San Mateo County
Redding Artist Repeats as Winner of California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest January 23, 2017 - A painting of a pair of California quail has been chosen by a panel of judges as the winning entry in the 2016-2017 California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest. The painting was created by Roberta “Roby” Baer of Redding, a wildlife artist who also won the 2015-2016 California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest. … Continue reading Redding Artist Repeats as Winner of California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest
ise CDFW Increases Its Booths and Educational Events at Annual Sportsmen’s Show in Sacramento January 20, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has returned with even greater presence to the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) at Cal Expo in Sacramento, which began yesterday and runs through Sunday, Jan. 22. This is the largest hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation show of its kind in northern California and marks the 30th year … Continue reading CDFW Increases Its Booths and Educational Events at Annual Sportsmen’s Show in Sacramento
backcountry-lake-bloom CDFW Releases New Guide to Heritage Trout Challenge January 19, 2017 - 300th Angler Completes Popular Statewide Fishing Challenge The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the Angler’s Guide to the California Heritage Trout Challenge, a new online tool for those interested in fishing for California’s heritage trout. The guide provides anglers with detailed information on how to complete the Heritage Trout Challenge, including … Continue reading CDFW Releases New Guide to Heritage Trout Challenge
17384139191_08193b9022_z CDFW Seeks Applicants for Natural Resource Volunteer Program in the Sacramento Area January 18, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is currently seeking applicants for its Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) in the Sacramento Area.   Motivated individuals with an ability and willingness to convey conservation principles to the public are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be confident and capable of speaking with the public one-on-one and … Continue reading CDFW Seeks Applicants for Natural Resource Volunteer Program in the Sacramento Area
tyler-benedetti 2016 Hunting Heritage Youth Essay Contest Winner to be Honored at ISE January 13, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Wildlife Officer Foundation have announced the winner of the annual “Passing on the Tradition” Hunting Heritage essay contest. Tyler Benedetti, a 17-year-old youth hunter from Morgan Hill, was awarded the top prize, a lifetime hunting license donated by the Wildlife Officer Foundation. Tyler won second … Continue reading 2016 Hunting Heritage Youth Essay Contest Winner to be Honored at ISE
Klamath river angler Fishing Report Cards Due Soon January 12, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers and divers that Jan. 31, 2017 is the due date for turning in steelhead, sturgeon, abalone and north coast salmon report card data. Information collected from sport fishing report cards provides CDFW biologists with important data necessary to monitor and manage California’s diverse recreational fisheries, … Continue reading Fishing Report Cards Due Soon
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Last Remaining Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open January 11, 2017 - The last remaining area of the California coast will open to commercial Dungeness crab fishing. The area was previously closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The last closed area between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove is scheduled to open on Jan. 16. On Jan. 16 at 12:01 a.m., the commercial Dungeness crab … Continue reading Last Remaining Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open
redabalone North Coast Abalone Season Dates, Regulations Change January 9, 2017 - Regulations for California’s popular red abalone sport fishery have changed in 2017. Due to concerns about the declining population, the season will be shortened and the take limit reduced. The 2017 season will be shortened by two months, with the traditional opening date of April 1 now delayed until May 1. The fishery will also … Continue reading North Coast Abalone Season Dates, Regulations Change

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