September 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 Rd., Royal Oaks (95076), 10 a.m. to noon. Help preserve natural habitat by collecting seeds, planting, helping to maintain trails and weeding introduced species. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html or email www.elkhornslough.org.

1 — Last Day of Recreational Groundfish Season For All Boat-based Anglers in the Mendocino Groundfish Management Area (Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County to Point Arena, Mendocino County). For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

1 — Early Dove Season Opens Statewide and Extends through Sept. 15. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations or contact Levi Souza at levi.souza@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 445-3709.

7 Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from the Oregon/California State Line to Horse Mountain. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon web page at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

9 — California Red-Legged Frog Lecture, presented by Jeff Alvarez, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). This lecture is part of the Conservation Lecture Series, which introduces participants to California’s diverse wildlife. Biologist Jeff Alvarez has been working with California tiger salamanders and California red-legged frogs for nearly 20 years, and will talk about how aquatic and upland management techniques support both species and their overlapping habitats. Alvarez will discuss the benefits of grazing, silt and vegetation removal, ground squirrel management and other elements of habitat management. The free event will also be webcast live. To register, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/habcon/lectures. For more information, please contact margaret.mantor@wildlife.ca.gov.

13 — Early Mountain Quail Season Opens in Zone Q1 and extends through Oct. 17.  For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations or contact Levi Souza at levi.souza@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 445-3709.

13 — Sooty and Ruffed Grouse Season Opens and Extends through Oct. 13. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations or contact Levi Souza at levi.souza@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 445-3709.

13 — White-tailed Ptarmigan Season Opens and Extends through Sept. 21. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations or contact Levi Souza at levi.souza@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 445-3709.

13 — Teacher Training for Trout in the Classroom Aquarium Education Program (CAEP), 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairmont Park, Izaak Walton Building, 2710 Dexter Drive, Riverside (92501). This is required training for teachers interested in participating in CAEP. A $25 fee includes breakfast, lunch and a compact disc of curriculum and teacher training aids. To register and for more information on the class, please contact Carlo Marchese at (909) 825-2015 or Doug Spieske at (909) 213-3416. For more information regarding CAEP, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/caep.

16 — Panel Discussion on Salmon Fishing on the American River, 7 p.m., Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). Are you curious about gear, regulations, statistics or other matters? Please bring your questions about the fall salmon run on the American River to an expert panel consisting of an avid American River angler, a fisheries biologist and a wildlife officer. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884, or laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.facebook.com/nimbushatchery.

17 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, 9 a.m. to noon, Department of Consumer Affairs, Hearing Room, 1747 North Market Blvd., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2014/index.aspx.

17 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, 1 p.m., Department of Consumer Affairs, Hearing Room, 1747 North Market Blvd., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2014/index.aspx.

18 — Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan Development Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sacramento area. Specific location to be determined. The workshop is open to the general public and a public comment period is planned. The workshop will provide information to the public on abalone management goals and objectives for developing the red abalone fishery management plan and to receive the public’s perspectives on goals, priorities and needs in the fishery. For more information, please contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182.

19 — Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan Development Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mendocino area. Specific location to be determined. The workshop is open to the general public and a public comment period is planned. The workshop will provide information on abalone management goals and objectives for developing the red abalone fishery management plan and to receive the public’s perspectives on goals, priorities and needs in the fishery. For more information, please contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182.

20 — Band-tailed pigeon Season Opens and Extends through Sept. 28 in the Northern Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations or contact Levi Souza at levi.souza@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 445-3709.

24-26 — Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee Meeting, Consumer Affairs Building, 1747 North Market Blvd., Auditorium Room, Sacramento  (95834). The meeting starts at 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 24 and at 8 a.m. on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. The meetings adjourn at 5 p.m. each day. For more information, please email Patty Forbes at patty.forbes@wildlife.ca.gov  or call (916) 327-8842.

26-27 — Oroville’s 20th Annual Salmon Festival and Street Fair, located in downtown Oroville and at the Feather River Fish Hatchery, 5 Table Mountain Blvd., Oroville (95965). Celebrate the return of the King salmon to Oroville at the free event. For more information, please visit www.salmonfestoroville.org, or contact the Oroville Chamber of Commerce at (530) 538-2542 or the Feather River Hatchery at (530) 538-2222.

27 — First Day of California Spiny Lobster Recreational Fishing Season, Statewide.  For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/lobster.asp.

27 — Early Coastal Quail Season Opens in Zone Q2 and Extends through Jan. 25, 2015. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations or contact Levi Souza at levi.souza@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 445-3709.