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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 are available for 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.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.
Every Monday — Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd., Royal Oaks (95076), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Help preserve natural habitat by doing seed collection, planting, trail maintenance and weeding introduced species. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html or http://www.elkhornslough.org.
1 — Recreational Groundfish season opens for all boat-based anglers in the San Francisco Groundfish Management Area (Point Arena, Mendocino County to Pigeon Point, San Mateo County). For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.
1 — Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs event, 7 a.m. to noon at Bedrock Park in Oroville (95966). The free event is for children 12 and under with fishing, bait, fish cleaning and a pancake breakfast provided. Those 13 and over can also participate with donations accepted. For more information, please contact Anna Kastner at (530) 538-2222 or Michelle Miller at (530) 533-6680.
1 — Oak Grove Park Fishing Derby is scheduled at Oak Grove Park , 4520 Eight Mile Road, Stockton (95209). This event is sponsored by the San Joaquin County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers with support from CDFW. Registration begins at 6 a.m. For more information, please call (209) 331-2050.
2 — Big Game Drawing Deadline. Applications for elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, and premium deer tags must be submitted and finalized before midnight. Applications may be submitted at any CDFW license agent, CDFW license sales office or online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/.
4 — Wildlife Conservation Board meeting, 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 2040 of the State Capitol, Sacramento (95814). The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.wcb.ca.gov/.
6 — Area (Oil Spill) Contingency Plan Meeting, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the California Department of Fish & Wildlife office, 3883 Ruffin Road, San Diego (92123). CDFW is co-hosting the meeting with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego. For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or at Kris.Wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.
8 — Elk Grove Park Fishing Clinic. CDFW’s “Fishing in the City” program will sponsor a free fishing clinic at Elk Grove Park, 9950 Elk-Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove (95624). A fishing class begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the loan of rods, reels, bait and tackle, and fishing until noon. Volunteers will coach beginning anglers and the pond will be stocked with catfish. For more information, please call (916) 358-2872.
12 — Lobster Advisory Committee meeting, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CDFW Office, 4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C, Los Alamitos (90720). The meeting is open to the general public and a public comment period is planned. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/lobsterfmp/involved.asp .
15 — Estuary Awareness Day at the Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Rd., Newport Beach, (92660), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event educates citizens about the value and importance of estuaries. Activities include boat tours of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. For more information, please visit http://www.backbaysciencecenter.org/events/ or contact Robin Madrid at (949) 640-9956 or Robin.Madrid@wildlife.ca.gov, or contact Joanne Park at (949) 640-9959 or Joanne.Park@wildlife.ca.gov.
15 — Get Back to Fishing Day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Walmart , 900 Pleasant Grove Road, Roseville (95678). Activities will include fishing seminars, casting contests and coloring contests for children. CDFW will be there with its Californians Turn In Poachers (CalTIP) and Recruiting trailer. Staff will answer basic questions and run the simulated LaserShot Pheasant hunt game.
22 — Hagan Park Fishing Clinic. CDFW’s Fishing in the City program will sponsor a free fishing clinic at Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova (95670). A fishing class begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the loan of rods, reels, bait and tackle, and fishing until noon. Volunteers will coach beginning anglers and the pond at the end of the park road will be stocked with catfish. For more information, please call (916) 358-2872.
22 — Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) fishing event, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Oroville-Spillway boat launch in Oroville (95966). The free event offers disabled and disadvantaged children, ages 7 to 16, a day of fishing and lunch. For more information, please contact Anna Kastner at (530) 538-2222 or John Ford at (530) 534-2340.
25 — CDFW Climate College Awards Ceremony, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). This awards ceremony will acknowledge and celebrate CDFW staff and partners who have completed CDFW’s Climate College course. Staff projects will be highlighted and CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham will give out awards. The event will also be webcast live. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
26-27 — Fish and Game Commission meeting at the Department of Consumer Affairs, 1625 North Market Boulevard, Sacramento (95834). For more information, please visit http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2013/index.aspx.
29 — Catch Trout Fest 2013 at the Hot Creek Hatchery, 121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trout Fest is a free event that introduces people of all ages to the basics of trout fishing. CDFW staff and volunteers will teach participants how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, and how to clean and cook trout. All equipment is provided. For more information, please call (559) 765-4824, e-mail email@example.com or visit