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Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails Found in Carmel River – Residents and Visitors Urged to Help Prevent Further Spread October 12, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails in Monterey County’s Carmel River. The highly invasive, nonnative snails have been detected by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District at multiple locations in the lower river, including near the Highway 1 crossing, the Valley Greens Drive bridge, and … Continue reading Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails Found in Carmel River – Residents and Visitors Urged to Help Prevent Further Spread
Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Opening Soon October 6, 2017 - Hunters have a lot to look forward to this fall when the California waterfowl season opens. The season opens Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Northeastern California Zone and on Saturday, Oct. 21 in most other zones. “Habitat conditions look good in most areas and the majority of waterfowl populations continue to be at all-time highs,” … Continue reading Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Opening Soon
Yelloweye Rockfish Changes to Recreational Groundfish Regulations Effective Oct. 16 October 5, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces new restrictions on recreational fishing for groundfish in waters north of Point Conception to the Oregon/California border. Changes to authorized fishing depths described below take effect Monday, Oct. 16 at 12:01 a.m., and will remain in place through the remainder of 2017. The recreational groundfish fishery … Continue reading Changes to Recreational Groundfish Regulations Effective Oct. 16
Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder to Open Oct. 9 October 3, 2017 - The Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder on the American River will open on Monday, Oct. 9 at 10:45 a.m. The ladder is opening unusually early in the season to accommodate the arrival of returning adult fall-run Chinook salmon that hatched in the Coleman National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) in Battle Creek in 2014. Eggs from fall-run Chinook … Continue reading Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder to Open Oct. 9
CDFW Biologists Predict Good Quail Hunting Season in 2017-18 September 29, 2017 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists are expecting a very good quail hunting season when the general seasons open, thanks to rebounding populations that benefitted from California’s wet fall and winter in 2016. California’s prolonged drought reduced quail populations statewide. Biologists found overall declines of 33 percent for mountain quail, 29 percent for … Continue reading CDFW Biologists Predict Good Quail Hunting Season in 2017-18
Fall is the Season for Heightened Bear Activity in the High Country and Foothills September 28, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the U.S. Forest Service remind citizens visiting or living in the high country and foothills that fall is the time of year for increased bear foraging activity and more human and bear encounters are possible. California black bears are typically active and foraging between April and … Continue reading Fall is the Season for Heightened Bear Activity in the High Country and Foothills
October 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar September 28, 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 customized to include requested information. The … Continue reading October 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
California spiny lobster (CDFW photo by Derek Stein) New Regulations for Recreational Lobster Fishing Take Effect for 2017 Opener September 26, 2017 - As the popular recreational California Spiny Lobster fishing season prepares to open on Saturday, Sept. 30, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds divers and hoop netters of new regulations that will be in effect for the 2017-2018 season. The California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) adopted commercial and recreational lobster fishing regulations … Continue reading New Regulations for Recreational Lobster Fishing Take Effect for 2017 Opener
Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project Draft EIR Released September 25, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project. CDFW is the lead agency for the DEIR. CDFW, in partnership with the State Coastal Conservancy and The Bay Foundation, has spent years working with the public and envisioning a plan for the revitalization of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological … Continue reading Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project Draft EIR Released
Sonoma County Couple Named Hunter Education Instructors of the Year September 22, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) named Sonoma County husband and wife Tom and Sharon Henderson as 2017 Hunter Education Instructors of the Year. This is the first time the honor has been awarded to two instructors. “The Hendersons are an amazing team who have dedicated so much to the Hunter Education Program. … Continue reading Sonoma County Couple Named Hunter Education Instructors of the Year
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by Getting Outdoors September 21, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are joining to celebrate California’s long-standing outdoor heritage and the contributions made to wildlife conservation by hunters and anglers on National Hunting and Fishing Day. Saturday, Sept. 23 is National Hunting and Fishing Day and California hunting and fishing seasons … Continue reading Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by Getting Outdoors
CDFW Arrests Four Suspects for Commercial Sale of Sport Harvest Abalone September 21, 2017 -   Wildlife officers have arrested four suspects on charges of harvesting abalone with a recreational fishing license then selling it on the black market for profit, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. The arrests were preceded by a five-month investigation of the suspects, some of whom have been previously convicted of similar … Continue reading CDFW Arrests Four Suspects for Commercial Sale of Sport Harvest Abalone
Registration Is Open for Sandhill Crane Tours: New Requirement in Late Fall September 19, 2017 - The online registration period is now open for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) popular Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi in San Joaquin County. Online registration is required to participate in these late-afternoon guided tours, which start in October and run through February. The tours take place … Continue reading Registration Is Open for Sandhill Crane Tours: New Requirement in Late Fall
CDFW Offering Free Tundra Swan Tours This Fall and Winter September 18, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville on Saturdays beginning in November and extending through mid-January. Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the naturalist-led tours will focus on tundra swans in one of the premier locations for viewing swans in California. Ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets and raptors … Continue reading CDFW Offering Free Tundra Swan Tours This Fall and Winter
Feather River Hatchery Salmon Ladder Now Open September 18, 2017 - The fish ladder at Feather River Hatchery in Oroville opened Monday, Sept. 18, signaling the start of the spawning season on the Feather River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hatchery workers opened the gates in the ladder about 8 a.m. Normally more than 3 million spring-run eggs and 12 million fall-run eggs are taken … Continue reading Feather River Hatchery Salmon Ladder Now Open
Watch Out for Wildlife Week Reminds Motorists to Slow Down & Be Alert September 14, 2017 - Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which runs September 18-24.
California’s General Deer Season Opens Sept. 16 Across Much of the State; Hunters Advised to Check Area Closures Before Heading Out September 11, 2017 - Deer season is already underway in California’s A and B4 deer hunting zones along the coast, but the majority of general zones – B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6 and D7 – open Saturday, Sept. 16. Several other deer hunting zones – D3-D5 and D8-D10 – open the following week, on Saturday, Sept. 23. Severe winter … Continue reading California’s General Deer Season Opens Sept. 16 Across Much of the State; Hunters Advised to Check Area Closures Before Heading Out
Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery to End Sunday, Sept. 10 September 8, 2017 - The recreational Pacific halibut fishery will end Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2017. Based on the latest catch projections, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) expects to have met the 2017 California recreational quota of 34,580 pounds. California’s 2017 quota was approximately 5,000 pounds greater than the 2016 … Continue reading Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery to End Sunday, Sept. 10
SHARE Program to Offer Wild Pig, Waterfowl, Pheasant and Dove Hunts this Fall September 8, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program will provide public access for hunting on properties in Colusa, Solano and Merced counties this fall. SHARE is offering nine new archery-only wild pig hunts at East Park Reservoir located in Colusa County, approximately 45 minutes west of Maxwell. … Continue reading SHARE Program to Offer Wild Pig, Waterfowl, Pheasant and Dove Hunts this Fall
CDFW Offers Grasslands Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Merced County September 7, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a waterfowl hunting clinic on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in Los Banos. The clinic will be taught by CDFW Warden Chris Giertych. Giertych is a lifelong waterfowl hunter with years of experience hunting in the … Continue reading CDFW Offers Grasslands Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Merced County
Second of Two Free Fishing Days in 2017 to be Held on Sept. 2 August 30, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages all Californians to give fishing a try for free on Saturday, Sept. 2. CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends (the first of the two Free Fishing Days in 2017 was held July 1). On these … Continue reading Second of Two Free Fishing Days in 2017 to be Held on Sept. 2
CDFW Accepting Applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet through Sept. 30 August 30, 2017 - Do you have what it takes to be a California wildlife officer? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division (LED) is currently accepting applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet. CDFW is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a love of the outdoors and a passion for fish and wildlife conservation. All prospective … Continue reading CDFW Accepting Applications for Wildlife Officer Cadet through Sept. 30
September 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar August 29, 2017 - DATE — EVENT Various Days — Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, various times, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is home to approximately 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats. From mid-June to mid-September, the Yolo Basin Foundation provides a program for people to learn about bats and … Continue reading September 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Labor Day Weekend August 28, 2017 - California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Labor 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 Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Labor Day Weekend
Anglers Reminded to Avoid Yelloweye Rockfish August 25, 2017 - In anticipation of the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds all anglers to avoid yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) when engaging in recreational ocean fishing. CDFW urges anglers to avoid fishing in areas where yelloweye rockfish are known to occur (e.g., rocky outcrops and pinnacles). If taken, yelloweye … Continue reading Anglers Reminded to Avoid Yelloweye Rockfish
Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects August 24, 2017 - At its Aug. 24 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $24.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 15 approved  projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide public access to important natural resources. … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
CDFW to Host Public Outreach Meeting on Grasslands Wildlife Areas August 21, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host an outreach meeting on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Los Banos regarding Central Region Type A and B wildlife areas. CDFW will take comments and recommendations and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on these … Continue reading CDFW to Host Public Outreach Meeting on Grasslands Wildlife Areas
Fall Chinook Season Closed on Klamath and Trinity Rivers August 16, 2017 - CDFW reminds anglers that fall Chinook salmon fishing on the Klamath and Trinity rivers is prohibited beginning Aug. 15, 2017 on the Klamath River and Sept. 1, 2017 on the Trinity River. Angling for steelhead remains open on both rivers for the entire year. Due to historically low stock projections of fall Chinook in the … Continue reading Fall Chinook Season Closed on Klamath and Trinity Rivers
Artists Sought for California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest August 16, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2017-2018 upland game bird stamp. The California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and over. Entries will be accepted from Oct. 30 through Nov.15. This year’s stamp … Continue reading Artists Sought for California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest
CDFW Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 30 Cadets, Adding 18 New Wildlife Officers to the Ranks August 11, 2017 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Academy Class 60 today added 18 new wildlife officers to the ranks of those who have dedicated their lives to the protection of California’s incredible natural resources. The graduation ceremony took place Friday, Aug. 11 at the Paradise Performing Arts Center in Paradise. The 18 new wildlife … Continue reading CDFW Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 30 Cadets, Adding 18 New Wildlife Officers to the Ranks

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