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woman in uniform, surrounded by children near a wide river Earth Day Reminder: Everything We Do Affects Wildlife April 21, 2017 - Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, a good time to remember what John Muir said so eloquently: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” That fact influences nearly everything the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) does to manage and protect the … Continue reading Earth Day Reminder: Everything We Do Affects Wildlife
General Trout Season Opens April 29 April 21, 2017 - The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 29, 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 April 29
Abalone Survey Participation Deadline Extended April 21, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has extended the deadline to participate in an online public survey about recreational fishing for red abalone. To allow for greater participation, the survey will be open through April 30. The 20-question survey will help marine biologists gather public input to assist in the development of a … Continue reading Abalone Survey Participation Deadline Extended
Leave Young Wildlife Alone April 20, 2017 - With late spring and early summer being the peak time for California’s wildlife to bear their young, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder to well-intentioned citizens: If you find a seemingly abandoned young wild animal, you should leave it alone. Even though it may be hard to resist picking … Continue reading Leave Young Wildlife Alone
Nominations Now Being Accepted for Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee April 20, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the FRGP Peer Review Committee (PRC). Pursuant to the Public Resources Code, Section 6217, members of the PRC are appointed by the Director of CDFW to provide advice, oversight and recommendations regarding grant funding priorities … Continue reading Nominations Now Being Accepted for Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee
State Agencies Pilot Wildlife Crossing Mitigation Credit System April 20, 2017 - California’s state wildlife and transportation departments signed a credit agreement on an innovative pilot project to create advanced mitigation credits for wildlife highway crossings. The mitigation crediting system developed for the Laurel Curve Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Project on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County can be used to transition into a statewide program being developed through … Continue reading State Agencies Pilot Wildlife Crossing Mitigation Credit System
Lassen County Fishing Derby Postponed April 17, 2017 - Due to safety concerns over high water and unsafe conditions, the annual Susan River Youth Fishing Derby will be postponed. Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the 28th annual derby was scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 22 on the Susan River in Susanville, Lassen County. “With all the rain … Continue reading Lassen County Fishing Derby Postponed
Low Salmon Projections Lead to Fisheries Restrictions, Some Closures in 2017 April 14, 2017 - Historically low numbers of fall-run and winter-run Chinook salmon have prompted the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) to drastically limit the state’s salmon fishery for the remainder of 2017. In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California border and Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude), the entire ocean salmon … Continue reading Low Salmon Projections Lead to Fisheries Restrictions, Some Closures in 2017
CDFW Accepting Applications for Deer and Pig Hunting in Western Merced County April 11, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunt access permits on opening weekend, Aug. 12–13, 2017 in Zone A for the general season. The locations for this hunt include Upper and Lower Cottonwood Creek and the San Luis Reservoir wildlife areas. Reservations … Continue reading CDFW Accepting Applications for Deer and Pig Hunting in Western Merced County
Be Rattlesnake Safe this Spring April 7, 2017 - With the coming of spring and warmer weather conditions, snakes of many species are through hunkering down, making human encounters with these elusive creatures more likely. Although most native snakes are harmless, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommends steering clear of the venomous rattlesnake  – and knowing what to do in the … Continue reading Be Rattlesnake Safe this Spring
Mojave ground squirrel There’s Still Time to Help Wildlife With Your State Income Tax Return April 4, 2017 - With tax returns due April 18, time is running out, but you can still help California’s rare, threatened and endangered species when you file your state return. In the Voluntary Contributions section you can donate any dollar amount to the California Sea Otter Fund on line 410 and the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program … Continue reading There’s Still Time to Help Wildlife With Your State Income Tax Return
April 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar March 30, 2017 - DATE – EVENT Various Days – Guided Wetland Tours at 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. The … Continue reading April 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
red abalone CDFW Seeks Public Input to Study Abalone Management Preferences March 30, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking public input to assist in the development of a red abalone fishery management plan (FMP). An online survey to collect public opinions on red abalone management can be accessed on the CDFW website. To complete the survey by mail instead of through the website, please … Continue reading CDFW Seeks Public Input to Study Abalone Management Preferences
Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishery to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 1 March 28, 2017 - California’s recreational salmon fishery will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border. The recreational salmon fishery north of Horse Mountain will remain closed for all of 2017 due to historically low numbers of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon. The April … Continue reading Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishery to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 1
CDFW Seeks Artists to Enter Annual California Duck Stamp Art Contest March 22, 2017 - Artists are invited to submit their original artwork to the 2017-2018 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will accept submissions May 12 through June 12. The contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older as of March 7, 2017. Entrants need not … Continue reading CDFW Seeks Artists to Enter Annual California Duck Stamp Art Contest
Threatened Green Sturgeon Rescued from Fremont Weir, Returned to Sacramento River March 21, 2017 - Biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently saved a Sacramento River green sturgeon trapped in the Fremont Weir. The five-and-a-half-foot long fish was stranded in the nearly two-mile-long concrete weir when Sacramento River floodwaters receded. Sturgeon in this area are migrating up the Sacramento River to spawn above Red Bluff. Sacramento … Continue reading Threatened Green Sturgeon Rescued from Fremont Weir, Returned to Sacramento River
CDFW Releases First Million of Evacuated Fish into Feather River March 20, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released one million state and federally listed threatened spring-run Chinook salmon into the Feather River on Monday, March 20. These were the first fish to be released that were evacuated from the … Continue reading CDFW Releases First Million of Evacuated Fish into Feather River
2017 Invasive Species Youth Art Contest Kicks Off with “Don’t Let it Loose” Theme March 20, 2017 - Young artists and future biologists are invited to enter this year’s California Invasive Species Art Contest, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This year’s theme is “Don’t Let it Loose!” Youths in grades 2 through 12 are eligible to enter. Entries should depict invasive species that might be released into California’s … Continue reading 2017 Invasive Species Youth Art Contest Kicks Off with “Don’t Let it Loose” Theme
Recent Urban Coyote Death Linked to Restricted Rodenticides March 20, 2017 - The carcass of a young and otherwise healthy coyote found in a San Francisco park has tested positive for four different types of rat poison – all of which are illegal for non-professional use in California. The body of the female coyote was found in Douglass Park in February. Lab test results, recently received by … Continue reading Recent Urban Coyote Death Linked to Restricted Rodenticides
Feather River Hatchery Closed Until Further Notice March 15, 2017 - Due to recent flooding from the Feather River, the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will remain closed to the public until further notice. The hatchery’s infrastructure and public viewing areas were damaged by high flood waters, silt and debris, making it unsafe for the public to be on the grounds or access the river via … Continue reading Feather River Hatchery Closed Until Further Notice
CDFW Awards $15 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration and Forest Legacy Projects March 15, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 43 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration. The grants, which total $15,297,743, are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). They include approximately … Continue reading CDFW Awards $15 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration and Forest Legacy Projects
Legislature Honors Sebastopol Photographer for Wildlife Photo of the Year March 10, 2017 - The California Legislature yesterday honored wildlife photographer Joshua Asel of Sebastopol with a resolution declaring his image of the life-or-death battle involving three species as the California Wildlife Photo of the Year. The photograph, presented on the Senate floor, captures the death-grip of a great blue heron as it clenches a garter snake, and the … Continue reading Legislature Honors Sebastopol Photographer for Wildlife Photo of the Year
view down a slow-flowing river with green vegetation on both banks Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Streamflow Enhancement Projects March 9, 2017 - At its March 9 Streamflow Enhancement meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $20 million of Proposition 1 Funds in grants through the Streamflow Enhancement Program. The program awards grant funding on a competitive basis to projects that represent the mission of the WCB and address the three goals of the California Water Action … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Streamflow Enhancement Projects
Nimbus Hatchery Releases 420,000 American River Steelhead March 8, 2017 - Nearly a half million young steelhead recently started their journey to the ocean, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Staff at Nimbus Fish Hatchery nursed the young steelhead through several potentially devastating conditions, including drought-induced high water temperatures in the hatchery last summer and winter flood conditions that nearly cut off … Continue reading Nimbus Hatchery Releases 420,000 American River Steelhead
Nonlead Ammunition Required Statewide for 2017 Spring Wild Turkey Season March 6, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding hunters that nonlead ammunition is now required statewide when hunting wild turkeys with a shotgun. The upcoming 2017 spring wild turkey season will be the first hunting season with significant participation for which nonlead shot will be required statewide. These regulations apply both to public … Continue reading Nonlead Ammunition Required Statewide for 2017 Spring Wild Turkey Season
CDFW to Sell Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Answer Questions and More at Fred Hall Shows March 1, 2017 - Top leaders from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will participate in a discussion panel followed by a question and answer session at the Fred Hall Show underway at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach. The 71st annual show opened today and continues through Sunday. CDFW will also have a strong … Continue reading CDFW to Sell Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Answer Questions and More at Fred Hall Shows
2017 Salmon Forecasts Point to Reduced Fishing Opportunities March 1, 2017 - Commercial and sport anglers have received unwelcome news on the predicted return of Chinook salmon this year to California waters. State and federal fishery scientists presented updates on the numbers of spawning Chinook and the expected abundance for the upcoming fishing season at the annual Ocean Salmon Information Meeting held in Santa Rosa today. Forecasts … Continue reading 2017 Salmon Forecasts Point to Reduced Fishing Opportunities
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
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

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