February 2014 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — CDFW Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. The tours 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 www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/cranetour/ or call (209) 234-3435. Self-guided tours are also available to view the cranes and other wetland birds.

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 www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

Every Monday (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 www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html or email www.elkhornslough.org.

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours by Reservation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead groups, from a school or an organization, through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Tours can be catered to include requested information along a half-mile, walking route. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

1 — The CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program’s (FRGP) 2014 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) will be available Feb. 1. Proposals will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 17. The 2014 PSN will be available at www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Administration/Grants/FRGP/Solicitation.asp beginning Feb. 1. Information about 2014 PSN workshops will also be available on this site. Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop as there have been changes made to the 2014 PSN.  For specific proposal questions, contact information is located in Appendix D of the 2014 PSN. For general questions, please contact Patty Forbes at patty.forbes@wildlife.ca.gov.

1 — CDFW-sponsored Hagan Park Fishing Instruction Clinic, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Hagan Community Park, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova (95670). There will be a fishing class at 8:30 a.m., the loans of rods, bait and tackle will be available, and volunteers will assist beginners. Advanced registration is not required but a fishing license is required for anglers ages 16 and older. For more information, please call (916) 358-2872.

1, 2 — 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 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. Reservations are unnecessary for groups of less than 12 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

4 — Nature Bowl Coaches Workshop at Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street, Sacramento (95816), 3:30 to 5 p.m. The free workshop is for coaches participating in the Nature Bowl, a cooperative, science-based program for 3rd-6th graders. Coaches will review activities, discuss team formation and receive a resource packet to help their team prepare for the program. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/naturebowl/.

5 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2014/index.aspx.

6 — Nature Bowl Coaches Workshop at  Calaveras County Office of Education, 185 South Main St., Angels Camp (95222), 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. The free workshop is for coaches participating in the Nature Bowl, a cooperative, science-based program for 3rd-6th graders. Coaches will review activities, discuss team formation and receive a resource packet to help their team prepare for the year’s program. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/naturebowl/.

6 — Port Hueneme Harbor Safety Committee Meeting, 1 p.m., Oxnard Harbor District Administration Building, 333 Ponoma Street, Port Hueneme (93041). For more information, please contact Reuben Macaspac at reuben.macaspac@wildlife.ca.gov or (916) 324-0144, or Robin Campos at rcampos@portofhueneme.org or (805) 488-3677.

10 — Climate College Opening Day Class, Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento (95814), 2 to 3 p.m. CDFW is offering the second year of its Climate College this spring, focusing on the state’s marine resources and featuring tribal perspectives on marine ecosystem management. The course will focus on how climate change affects the state’s marine resources to enhance participants’ understanding of marine-related climate change science, impacts to species and habitats, and the implications for marine region management and planning. The course will consist of a seven-part lecture series, with dates for remaining classes to be announced. People can participate in person or via WebEx. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Climate_Change/Climate_College/ or email climatechange@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — Sierra Bighorn Sheep Field Trip, 9 a.m., 407 West Line Street, Bishop (93514). Participants will meet in the parking lot behind the CDFW building on Church Street and Fowler Street. They will be able to view bighorn sheep at this free event hosted by CDFW biologists. The event will last until the early afternoon and will feature a moderate amount of hiking. For more details and to register, please call Julia Runcie at (760) 872-3159 or email asksnbs@wildlife.ca.gov.

20 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento, (95814). Location is subject to change. For more information, please visit https://www.wcb.ca.gov/.

26 — Annual Salmon Information Meeting, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa (95403). The public is invited attend CDFW’s annual meeting on the status of California salmon populations and the outlook for 2014 ocean salmon fisheries. For more information, please contact Erick Anderson at (707) 576-2879 or Erick.Anderson@wildlife.ca.gov.