April 2014 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 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 collecting seeds, planting, maintaining trails 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 include requested information along a half-mile walking route. Minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

5 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Horse Mountain to U.S./Mexico Border. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon Webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

10 — Full Harbor Safety Committee Meeting, 10 a.m. to noon, Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito (94965). For more information, please contact Jeff Cowan at (916) 324-6450.

12 —Trout Fest at Moccasin Creek Hatchery, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Moccasin Creek Hatchery, 15300 Highway 49, Moccasin (95347). Trout Fest is a free event that introduces people to the basics of trout fishing. CDFW staff and volunteers will instruct participants on how to tie basic fishing knots, rig poles, cast, and how to handle, clean and cook trout. Other activities include the river maze, feeding fish, a bean bag toss, face painting, fly fishing and fly tying. Youths under the age of 15 can try to catch a fish. All fishing tackle and gear is provided. Admission, parking and activities are free. For more information, please call (559) 765-4824, email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries.

12 — Earth Day Festival at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve,18000 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach (92647). Entry is free and parking is available within walking distance to the reserve. Visitors will be able to view educational displays and learn about wetlands, watersheds, conservation, plants and animals. The event is co-sponsored by CDFW, Amigos de Bolsa Chica, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. For more information, please email molly@bolsachica.org or call (714) 846-1114.

15 — 2014/2015 Hunting License and Tags Go On Sale. Items can be purchased at CDFW license sales offices or license agents, online at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols or by phone at (800) 565-1458. Hunters can purchase hunting licenses, validations, tags and apply for CDFW’s Big Game Drawing. All applications for the Big Game Drawing must be submitted and the sales transaction completed before midnight on June 2, 2014. Customers can also contact their closest CDFW license sales office for more information.

16 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, 450 East Harbor Blvd, Ventura (93001). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2014/index.aspx.

17 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, Hotel Corque, 400 Alisal Road, Solvang (93464). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2014/index.aspx.

26 — Eastern Sierra Trout Opener, Inyo and Mono counties.  For more information, please call (760) 872-1171 or email AskRegion6@wildlife.ca.gov.

30 — 2013-2014 Seasonal Lobster Report Cards Due. For more information, please visit https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/?s=lobster+brochure.