September 2013 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Media Contact: Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

DATE — EVENT

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. For more information, please visit 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 Road, 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 — Reservation applications for waterfowl hunting become available online, Hunters can apply for reservations online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols or at any license agent or California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) license sales office. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/waterfowl/waterfowlresinfo.html.

2 — Last day of recreational groundfish season for all boat-based anglers in the Mendocino Groundfish Management Area (Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County to Point Arena, Mendocino County), For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

4 — Wildlife Conservation Board meeting, 1 to 4 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.

5 — CDFW Office of Spill Prevention and Response Oil Spill and Sector San Diego Exercise Coastal Response, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad CDFW Office, 2177 Salk Ave., Suite 250, Carlsbad (92008). CDFW is jointly hosting this Table Top Exercise with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or at Kris.Wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.

8 — Last day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from the Oregon/California state line to Horse Mountain, For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

11 — 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 will be in the CDFW conference room on the second floor. It is open to the public and a brief public comment period is scheduled. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/lobsterfmp/involved.asp.

16 — Red Abalone Survey and Density Estimates Scientific/Technical Review Kick-off meeting, 2 to 5 p.m, This meeting will be conducted online via WebEx. The California Ocean Science Trust (OST), on behalf of CDFW, is conducting a scientific/technical review of the survey design and methods used to estimate red abalone densities in northern California. The meeting is open to the public and a brief public comment period is scheduled. For more information, please visit the OST website at http://calost.org/science-advising/?page=ongoing-reviews.

18 — CDFW Office of Spill Prevention and Response Sensitive Site Strategy Evaluation Program San Diego Area (Oil Spill) Contingency Plan (ACP) Equipment Deployment Exercise, 8 a.m. until completed at San Elijo Lagoon, at the ACP site immediately north of 2531 South Coast Highway, Encinitas (92007). For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or at Kris.Wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.

21-22 — Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in the Northeastern Waterfowl Hunt Zone, To participate in the Youth Waterfowl Hunts, federal regulations require that hunters be 15 years of age or younger and accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/waterfowl-summary-13-14.html or contact Melanie Weaver at (916) 445-3717.

27-28 — Oroville’s 19th Annual Salmon Festival & Street Fair, Located in downtown Oroville and at the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville (95965). Celebrate the return of King salmon to Oroville at the free event. For more information, please visit http://www.salmonfestoroville.org, or contact the Oroville Chamber of Commerce at (530) 538-2542 or the Feather River Hatchery at (530) 538-2222.

28 — Early hunting season for large Canada geese opens in the Balance of State Waterfowl Hunt Zone, For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/waterfowl-summary-13-14.html or contact Melanie Weaver at (916) 445-3717.

28 — First Day of the California Spiny Lobster Recreational Fishing Season, statewide, For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/lobster.asp.