October 2013 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. 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.

Weekends — CDFW Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. Tours are available each month October through February. They are timed to begin in the late afternoon which is when the crane “fly-in” for the evening roost is observed. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/cranetour/ or call (209) 234-3435. Tours fill quickly. Self-guided tours are also available to view the cranes and other wetland birds.

Every Monday — Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd., Royal Oaks, 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.

2 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 8:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, 450 East Harbor Blvd., Ventura.

3 — California Wildlife Action Plan Update 2015 Public Scoping Meeting, 6 to 9 p.m., at West Sacramento Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento. The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.

5-6 — Early Season Quail Hunting in Mojave National Preserve open for all youth 16 and under who have completed a hunter safety class and have the appropriate Junior Hunting License. Space is limited to the first 50 youth to register. Late registrants will be placed on a waiting list. For more information, please visit http://www.nps.gov/moja/planyourvisit/youth-quail-hunt.htm or call the Mojave National Preserve at (760) 252-6100.

6 — Last day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Pigeon Point to the U.S./Mexico Border. 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.

10 — San Francisco Bay Region Full Harbor Safety Committee Meeting, 10 a.m. to noon, Port of Richmond Harbormaster’s Office, 1340 Marina Way South, Richmond. For more information, please contact Capt. Jeff Cowan at (916) 324-6450.

12 — Wildlife Identification and Tour Leader Workshop – Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Educational Series, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Rd., Gridley. Open to the public and free, this is part one of a two-part learning series. The emphasis will be on wetland wildlife of the Sacramento Valley, including identification of waterfowl and other common species. Reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

12 — Archery Only Pheasant Season Opens Statewide (extending through Nov. 3). For upland game season information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/upland-summary-13-14.html.

15 — Tour Leader Workshop – Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Educational Series, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Rd., Gridley. The free workshop will focus on developing leaders in nature study for the “Exploring the Wetlands” youth education program. Reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — California Wildlife Action Plan Update 2015 Public Scoping Meeting, 7 to 10 p.m., at Aquarium of the Pacific – Ocean Theater, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.

16 — California Wildlife Action Plan Update 2015 Public Scoping Meeting, 6 to 9 p.m., at San Diego County Office of Education, 6401 Linda Vista Rd., Room 401, San Diego. The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.

17 — California Wildlife Action Plan Update 2015 Public Scoping Meeting, 6 to 9 p.m., University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Center, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Room B-200, Palm Desert. The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.

19 — Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Rd., Gridley. The tours continue each Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 14, 2014. The cost is included in the entrance fee to the wildlife area. Tours are canceled in the event of heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 12 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

19 — Quail Zone Q1 and Q3 will Open for all Quail Hunting (extending through Jan. 26, 2014). For a map of the quail hunting zones, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/Quail-Grouse-Hunt-Zones-Map.pdf. To download a guide to hunting quail in California, please visit
https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=23230.

19 — General Season for Chukar and Snipe Opens (extending through Jan. 26 for chukar and extending through Feb. 2 for snipe). For all upland game season information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/upland-summary-13-14.html.

22 — Wildlife Conservation Board Strategic Planning workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Room 126 of the State Capitol, Sacramento. The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.wcb.ca.gov/.

24 — California Wildlife Action Plan Update 2015 Public Scoping Meeting, 6 to 9 p.m., California Department of General Services, Large Assembly Room, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Fresno. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.

25 — California Wildlife Action Plan Update 2015 Public Scoping Meeting, 1 to 4 p.m., Ludwick Community Assembly Room, 864 Santa Rosa St., San Luis Obispo. The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.

26-27 — Family Apprentice Pheasant Hunts, Peace Valley, Los Angeles County. The deadline to apply is Oct. 9. To apply, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx. For more information, please call (805) 965-3059 or email Nicholas.Bechtel@wildlife.ca.gov.

27 — Junior Apprentice Pheasant Hunts, Peace Valley, Los Angeles County. The deadline to apply is Oct. 9. To apply for the hunt, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx. For more information, please call (805) 965-3059 or email Nicholas.Bechtel@wildlife.ca.gov.

28 — California Wildlife Action Plan Update 2015 Public Scoping Meeting, 6 to 9 p.m., Tri County Fairgrounds, Tallman Pavilion, Sierra Street and Fair Dr., Bishop. The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/.