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 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 www.elkhornslough.org.
Climate College, CDFW is offering the second year of its Climate College in spring 2014. This course focuses on how climate change affects the state’s marine resources and seeks to enhance participants’ understanding of its impacts to species and habitats and the implications for marine region management and planning. The course consists 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check this webpage for the course schedule and class registration www.dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Climate_Change/Climate_College.
1 — Recreational Boat-Based Groundfish Season opens from Pigeon Point, San Mateo County to Point Conception, Santa Barbara County. For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral or call the Groundfish Regulations Hotline at (831) 649-2801.
3 — Trout Fest at San Joaquin Hatchery, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant (93626). 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 handle, clean and cook trout. Other activities include the river maze and feeding fish. Youths 15 and under can also try to catch a fish. All fishing tackle and gear is provided. For more information, please call (559) 765-4824, email email@example.com or visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries.
3 — Effects of the Drought on Salmon and Steelhead in the American River Public Lecture, 11 a.m., Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Rob Titus and Forest Williams of the Sacramento County Water Agency will speak on the effects of the ongoing drought and steps the public can take to reduce water use, with a question and answer segment to follow. The event is free, as is visiting the hatchery. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/NimbusHatchery, or www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/hatcheries/Nimbus/VisitorInfo.asp, or contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884 or Laura.Drath@wildlife.ca.gov.
10 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season opens from the Oregon/California state line south to Horse Mountain. All other areas in California ocean waters remain open. 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 — Kid’s Fishing Day, 7 a.m. to noon, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). Youths 15 and under can compete to catch the biggest catfish. Pole and bait are available until noon at the free event and prizes and a lunch are provided for participating youths. Those ages 16 and over may fish at this location after noon with a valid California Sport Fishing License. For more information, please call Gray Lodge Wildlife Area at (530) 846-7505 or the Gridley Recreation Department at (530) 846-3264.
15 — Recreational Boat-Based Groundfish Season opens for boat-based anglers from the Oregon/California state line to Point Arena. For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral or call the Groundfish Regulations Hotline at (831) 649-2801.