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160525-ALPINE-TROUT-2636 June 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar May 27, 2016 - 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 16 and older. … Continue reading June 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
A dime and quagga mussels of several sizes in a left-hand palm Boaters Can Help Combat Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend May 26, 2016 - California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Memorial Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web, and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These … Continue reading Boaters Can Help Combat Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend
CDFW Plans Public Meetings on Water Use and Native Fishery Impacts in South Bay Coastal Counties May 25, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in collaboration with the Santa Cruz and San Mateo Resource Conservation Districts and the State Water Resources Control Board, will hold two public meetings to address how residents can contribute to water conservation efforts that will help save native fisheries. The streams in this area are home … Continue reading CDFW Plans Public Meetings on Water Use and Native Fishery Impacts in South Bay Coastal Counties
New State Offers $200,000 in Grants to Benefit California Habitat May 24, 2016 - California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is accepting grant proposals for projects that enhance wildlife habitat and environmental restoration. The funds come from OSPR’s Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF), which originates from oil spill violations, in accordance with California’s Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act. Multiple projects may be selected, with available funding … Continue reading State Offers $200,000 in Grants to Benefit California Habitat
Trees Moving to Higher, Cooler Elevations Study Shows May 23, 2016 - Signature tree species in the high Sierra Nevada forests – including mountain hemlock, red fir and western white pine – are shifting toward higher, cooler elevations according to new research by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This study foreshadows how climate warming may significantly alter entire habitats for multiple species. The CDFW … Continue reading Trees Moving to Higher, Cooler Elevations Study Shows
crabs-in-bin-commercial-catch2 Recreational Dungeness crab Fishery Now Open Statewide, Commercial to Follow in Seven Days May 19, 2016 - The last remaining stretch of coast is open to the recreational fishery today and will open to the commercial fishery on May 26, after a seven day notice period. Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified by the director of the Office of Environmental … Continue reading Recreational Dungeness crab Fishery Now Open Statewide, Commercial to Follow in Seven Days
CDFW Accepting Applications for Pig and Deer Hunting in Western Merced County May 19, 2016 - 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.13-14, 2016 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. Interested hunters … Continue reading CDFW Accepting Applications for Pig and Deer Hunting in Western Merced County
20456610882_3ab0b40e79_o Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches May 19, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Big Game Drawing. Applications for elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, premium deer tags and fundraising drawing tags may be submitted anywhere California fishing or hunting licenses are sold. Applications must be submitted before midnight on June 2, 2016. The following resources … Continue reading Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches
Chinook 1 Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishing Opens North of Horse Mountain May 16 May 12, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces the recreational ocean salmon season in the Klamath Management Zone (KMZ), the area between the Oregon/California border and Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude), will open May 16, making all ocean waters in California available to salmon fishing. The season will continue through May 31 … Continue reading Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishing Opens North of Horse Mountain May 16
26868435851_0c6834423b_o SHARE Wild Pig Hunts Offered in Southern California May 10, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for upcoming wild pig hunts. The hunts will be held on Tejon Ranch and Baeke Ranch in Southern California. The hunts are offered through CDFW’s Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program. Tejon Ranch, in Kern County is offering semi-guided wild pig … Continue reading SHARE Wild Pig Hunts Offered in Southern California
CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs May 10, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for ecosystem restoration and protection projects that fulfill the objectives of Proposition 1. Approved by California voters in November 2014, Proposition 1 provides funds to implement the three broad objectives of the California Water Action Plan: establishing more reliable water supplies, restoring important … Continue reading CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs
Commission Hires New Executive Director May 9, 2016 - The California Fish and Game Commission announced today the hiring of Valerie Termini to serve as its Executive Director. Ms. Termini comes from California Ocean Protection Council staff where she has served as the fisheries policy advisor and as interim Executive Director. “We look forward to Ms. Termini’s guidance at the dais,” said California Department … Continue reading Commission Hires New Executive Director
Elk herd Elk Hunts Canceled at Fort Hunter Liggett for 2016-2017 Season May 4, 2016 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that there will be no elk hunts on the grounds of Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL) in southern Monterey County for the 2016-2017 season. An active military training facility, Fort Hunter Liggett has sponsored tule elk hunts since 1996. However, the facility’s primary mission is to … Continue reading Elk Hunts Canceled at Fort Hunter Liggett for 2016-2017 Season
DSC_0351 CDFW Rescue Efforts Save Listed Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon May 4, 2016 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists have rescued hundreds of fish — including dozens of endangered and threatened salmon, steelhead and sturgeon — that were stranded in Sacramento Valley bypasses after recent heavy rains. The fish — including endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, threatened Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, threatened Central Valley … Continue reading CDFW Rescue Efforts Save Listed Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon
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

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