March 2013 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Media Contact:  CDFW Office of Communications, (916) 322-8958

DATE EVENT

Weekends — Guided Wetland Tours of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 3207 Rutherford Rd., Gridley (95948). On the Pacific Flyway at the base of the Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is one of the premier birding spots in northern California. This public land provides appealing habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife. Migrating ducks arrive through fall and winter populations grow to hundreds of thousands. Local experts lead a 0.3-mile stroll on a paved trail to an elevated viewing deck and discuss wildlife adaptations, natural history, conservation efforts and how to identify wildlife. Tours are included in the $4 entrance fee and self-guided visitors are also welcome. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain. Please make reservations for groups of 12 or more. For information or scheduling, contact the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Naturalist Office at (530) 846-7505 or ldieter@wildlife.ca.gov, and visit http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (95076). Docent-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books available to the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.32 per person, age 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. Directions and additional information are available at http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.ht Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve ml.

Every Monday — Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd., Royal Oaks (95076), 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Help preserve natural habitat by doing seed collection, planting, trail maintenance and weeding introduced species. Details are available at http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html or http://www.elkhornslough.org.

1 — Recreational Groundfish season opens for all boat-based anglers in the Southern Groundfish Management Area — from Point Conception, Santa Barbara County, to the U.S./Mexico border in waters shoreward of the 300 foot (50 fathom) depth contour line. For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at: http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

6 — Fish and Game Commission meeting, 8:30 a.m. at the Mt. Shasta Hatchery Museum, #3 North Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta (96067). For more information, please visit http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2013/index.aspx.

6-10 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. For more information, please visit http://www.fredhall.com/.

7 –San Diego Area Committee (ACP-6) will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office, 6010 Hidden Valley Road Carlsbad (92011). For more information, please contact Kris.Wiese@wildlife.ca.gov or call (760) 681-6473.

9 – Wood Duck Study Orientation, 9 a. m. to 2:30 p.m. at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/events.html.

12 –Ferry Operators Work Group meeting to discuss ball park safety, security, betting and scheduling, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Port of San Francisco, Pier 1, Embarcadero Room, The Embarcadero, San Francisco (94111). For more information, please visit http://www.sfmx.org/contactus/.

12 — CDFW Climate College lecture: Energy-Climate-Human Nexus: Climate Action co-benefits for Natural Resource Conservation, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Natural Resources Agency Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). It will also be broadcast live via WebEx. The guest speaker is Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, California Environmental Protection Agency. Lectures are designed for CDFW employees but are open to our partners and the public. Please e-mail registrar@wildlife.ca.gov to sign up if not already registered for the course, and indicate whether you intend to participate in person or via WebEx. Please register at least two days prior to the lecture. More information is available at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Climate_Change/Climate_College/

12 — Tug Work Group meeting from 10 a.m. to noon at Building 100 Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, (94130). Please allow time to pass through U.S. Coast Guard security and please email Amy Wirts at amy.e.wirts@uscg.mil to streamline the security process.

14 — Full Harbor Safety Committee meeting of the San Francisco Bay Region, 10 a.m. to noon at the Port of Oakland, 530 Water Street, Exhibit Room (street level, separate entrance), Oakland (94620). For more information, please visit http://www.sfmx.org/support/hsc/webdocs/HSCCalendar.pdf.

14 — San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 10 a.m. to noon at the Port of Oakland , 530 Water Street, Exhibit Room, street level, separate entrance, Oakland (94620). For more information, please visit http://www.sfmx.org/support/hsc/webdocs/HSCCalendar.pdf.

16-17—- Siskiyou Sportsmen’s Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 16 from and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka (96097). Events include rock climbing, archery range, antler scoring, top camp cook contest and pond fishing. $5 gate entrance fee for age 13 and older. For more information, please visit http://www.sisqfair.com/sportsmenexpo.html.

19 — Wood Duck Study Orientation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Rd, Gridley (95948), 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The orientation meeting is a requirement for participation in this season-long field study. Commitment varies, but averages four hours, twice per month, April through July. Open to the public, ages 18 and over at no cost. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

20 — San Diego Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 10 a.m. in the Administrative Building, ADM Training Room, Port of San Diego Administration, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego (92101). Please email Jack Prescott at jprescot@ospr.dfg.ca.gov or call (858) 637-5570.

20 — Oil Spill Corrdination and Communication Workshop for local government agencies and stakeholders in Eureka, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. The CDFW Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) will conduct the workshop at the Humboldt County Agricultural Center, 5630 S. Broadway, Eureka (95503). Information on oil spill response structure and how OSPR coordinates and communicates with local government agencies when an oil spill occurs. Please contact Cindy Murphy by March 8 at either cmurphy@ospr.dfg.ca.gov or 916-324-6250 to reserve a seat.

20 — Last day of the recreational California spiny lobster season. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/lobster.asp.

21 —Humboldt Bay Harbor Safety meeting, 9 a.m. in the Woodley Island Marina Conference Room, 601 Startare Drive, Eureka(95502). Contact: Suzie Howser at (707) 443-0801 or suzie@portofhumboldtbay.org.

21 —Humboldt Bay Area Committee Planning meeting, 1 p.m. in the Woodley Island Marina Conference Room, 601 Startare Drive, Eureka (95502). For more information, please call Jeff Dayton (707) 441-5736 or e-mail jpdayton@ospr.dfg.ca.gov.

21-24 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (92014). For more information, please visit http://www.fredhall.com/.

31 — Last day of California grunion season. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/grunion.asp.

31—- Last day of recreational surfperch season within San Francisco and San Pablo bays. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/sfmp/surfperch-rec.asp.