November 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 — Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). Each walking tour through this premier birding spot highlights the migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. The cost is included in the wildlife area entrance fee. 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.

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 when the crane “fly-in” for the evening roost can be 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.

Saturdays — Swan Tours in Yuba County, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The event explores an area called District 10, a 23,000-acre expanse of privately owned rice fields and restored habitat. This area boasts one of the largest seasonal concentrations of tundra swans in the Central Valley as well as a variety of other species, including ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets and raptors. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/swantours/.

Mondays (except holidays) — Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve,1700 Elkhorn Road, Royal Oaks (95076), 10 a.m. to noon. 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 — White Goose Season Opens in the Northeastern Waterfowl Zone and Continues Through Jan. 12. For more information, please contact Melanie Weaver at (916) 445-3717.

2 — Second Portion of Split Season for Ducks, including Scaup Season, Opens in the Southern San Joaquin Valley Waterfowl Zone and continues through Jan. 26, 2014. For more information, please contact Melanie Weaver at (916) 445-3717.

2 — Opening of Sport Dungeness Crab Season Statewide. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/crabs.asp.

2 — Scaup Season opens in the Balance of State, Southern California and the Colorado River Waterfowl Zones and continues through Jan 26, 2014. For more information, please contact Melanie Weaver at (916) 445-3717.

4 — CEQA Public Meeting on the Salmon Conservation and Research Facility and Related Management Actions Draft Environmental Impact Report Supporting Implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, 6 p.m., California Retired Teachers Association Building, 3930 E. Saginaw Way, Fresno (93726). Comments may be made during the meeting or by submitting them to CDFW. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/4/SanJoaquinRiver/.

5 — State Wildlife Action Plan Public Scoping Meeting, 6-9 p.m., San Leandro Library, Karp Room, 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro (94577). For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/swap.

6 — State Wildlife Action Plan Public Scoping Meeting, 6-9 p.m., Laguna Environmental Center, Heron Hall, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa (95401). For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/swap.

6 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 9 a.m., Embassy Suites, 50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza, La Quinta (92253). For more information, please visit http://www.fgc.ca.gov/.

6 — CEQA Public Meeting on the Salmon Conservation and Research Facility and Related Management Actions Draft Environmental Impact Report Supporting Implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, 6 p.m. Sacramento Department of Health Care Services and Department of Public Health Building, 1500 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento (95814). Comments may be made during the meeting or by submitting them to CDFW. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/4/SanJoaquinRiver/.

7 — State Wildlife Action Plan Public Scoping Meeting, 6-9 p.m., Lake Conference Center, Sierra Nevada Room, 3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Lake Tahoe. For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/swap.

7 — Port Hueneme Harbor Safety Committee, 1 p.m., 333 Ponoma Street, Port Hueneme (93041). For more information, please contact Reuben Macaspac at (916) 324-0144.

9-10 — 2013 California Swan Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 720 Yuba Street, Marysville (95901). Activities include tundra swan tours and field trips from the Sutter Buttes to Oroville Dam. For more information, please visit http://www.yubasutterchamber.com/index.php/calendar/swan-festival.

10 — Last day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. For more information, please visit the ocean salmon web page at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the ocean salmon regulations hotline at (707) 576-3429.

12 — State Wildlife Action Plan Public Scoping Meeting, 6-9 p.m., Turtle Bay Museum, Museum Classroom, 840 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding (96001). For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/swap.

13 — State Wildlife Action Plan Public Scoping Meeting, 6-9 p.m., Wharfinger Building, Great Room, 1 Marina Way, Eureka (95501). For more information, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/swap.

14 — Full Harbor Safety Committee Meeting, 10 a.m. to noon, Port of San Francisco, 1000-1200 Pier 1 Conference Center, The Embarcadero, San Francisco (94111). For more information, please call Jeff Cowan at (916) 324-6450.

16 — CDFW Offers Eight Pen-Raised Pheasant Hunts in Bay Delta Region. The hunts will be offered at four locations — Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, White Slough Wildlife Area and the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. The application is available online at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/DFGSpecialHunts/Default.aspx and the deadline to apply is Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.

21 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Room 112 of the State Capitol, Sacramento (95814). The location is subject to change. For more information, please visit http://www.wcb.ca.gov/.