October 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, 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.

Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Opening. Opening and closing dates vary by zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations/2014-Waterfowl-Hunting-Regulations. 

Deer Season Opening. Detailed information and maps of California deer zones can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/deer/zonemapsinfo.html. Deer season opening and closing dates by zone can be found at dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=84

Upland Game Bird Hunting Season Opening. Opening and closing dates vary by zone. For more information, please visithttps://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations/2014-Upland-Hunting-Summary.

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1 — Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan Development Workshop, 5 to 7 p.m., Central Santa Rosa Library, Central Forum Room, 211 E St., Santa Rosa (95404). The workshop is open to the public and an open house is scheduled before the meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. The workshop will provide information on abalone management goals and objectives for developing the red abalone fishery management plan and receive public input on goals, priorities and needs in the fishery. A public comment period is planned. For more information, please visit the Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/redabalonefmp or contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182.

2 — Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan Development Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m., Marin Rod and Gun Club, 2675 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael (94901). The workshop is open to the public and an open house is scheduled before the meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop will provide information on abalone management goals and objectives for developing the red abalone fishery management plan. The public is encouraged to provide input on goals, priorities and needs in the fishery. A public comment period is planned. For more information, please visit the Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/redabalonefmp or contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182.

5 — Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Pigeon Point to the U.S./Mexico Border. 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.

7 — Townsend’s Big-Eared Bat Lecture, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). This lecture, presented by Dr. Dave Johnston, is part of the Conservation Lecture Series, which introduces participants to California’s diverse wildlife. The Townsend’s big-eared bat is a candidate species under the California Endangered Species Act. Johnston, an Associate Ecologist and Bat Biologist at H.T. Harvey & Associates, has worked with bats since 1992. Johnston will present an overview of the life history of the species, population status, and current threats because of fire suppression and mine closures, and will discuss management and ongoing research. This 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.

8 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Mount Shasta Hatchery Museum, 1 North Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta, (96067). Time to be determined. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2014/index.aspx.

8-9 — Fresno Salmonids in the Classroom Workshops, 5-8:30 p.m. at the CDFW Office, 1130 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno (93710). Salmonids in the Classroom is a project based program for students that can be used in pre-K through college level. Students raise trout or salmon from eggs to small fish in their classroom and then release the fish into the wild. To start participating in the program, teachers must attend a free workshop.  Please RSVP for one night at least three days in advance. For more information, please contact Molly Schnur at R4Salclass@wildlife.ca.gov or (559) 243-4017 ext. 245.

9 — California Fish and Game Commission Joint Workshop with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission, Jackson County Fairgrounds and  Exposition Park, Mace Building, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point, OR (97502). Time to be determined. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2014/index.aspx.

11 — General Season for Black Bears Opens in deer hunting zones X-1 through X-7b on Oct. 11 and extends through Dec. 28. General black bear season will also open with the general deer hunting season in deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 and extend through Dec. 28. Please note that deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 have different deer season opening dates depending upon the deer zone. Please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx for more information on current mammal hunting regulations. CDFW shall close the season earlier if the quota of 1,700 bears has been taken. For daily updates on the reported bear harvest, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/bear/harvest.html or call toll-free at (888) 277-6398.

14 — Turlock Salmonids in the Classroom Teacher Workshop, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Japanese American Citizens League’s Cortez Hall, 12762 Cortez Ave., Turlock (95380). Salmonids in the Classroom is a project-based program for students that can be used in pre-K through college level. Students raise salmon or trout from eggs to small fish in their classrooms and then release the fish into the wild. To start participating in the program, teachers must attend a free workshop. The workshop is intended for teachers who teach or will have their field trip in Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced, Mariposa, Madera or Fresno counties. Reservations are required at least three days in advance. For more information, please contact Gail Davis or Angela Materne at r4salmoned@wildlife.ca.gov or (209) 853-2533, ext. 8.

15-16 — Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee Meeting, CDFW Office of Training and Development, 1740 North Market Blvd., Sacramento (95834). The meeting starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15 and at 8 a.m. on Oct. 16. 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.

16 — Visalia Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 5:30 to 9  p.m at the Tulare County Office of Education, 7000 Doe Ave, Visalia (93291). Salmonids in the Classroom is a project based program for students that can be used in pre-K through college level. Students raise trout or salmon from eggs to small fish in their classroom and then release the fish into the wild. To start participating in the progrhttps://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/wp-admin/upload.phpam, teachers must attend a free workshop. Please RSVP at  least three days in advance. For more information, contact Molly Schnur at R4Salclass@wildlife.ca.gov or (559) 243-4017 ext. 245.

18 — Beginning Oct. 18 and Continuing on 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. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 12 people. Visitors must possess a valid hunting or fishing license or an annual lands pass (either must be purchased in advance). Visitors can otherwise choose to pay a $4.32 day use fee when they arrive. There is no cost for the tour. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

20 — Bakersfield Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Larry Reider Educational Center, 2000 K. Street, Bakersfield (93301). Salmonids in the Classroom is a project based program for students that can be used in pre-K through college level. Students raise trout or salmon from eggs to small fish in their classroom and then release the fish into the wild. To start participating in the program, teachers must attend a free workshop. Please RSVP at least three days in advance. For more information, contact Molly Schnur at R4Salclass@wildlife.ca.gov or (559) 243-4017 ext. 245.

21 — Modesto Salmonids in the Classroom Teacher Workshop, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Office of Education, 1100 H St, Modesto (95354). Salmonids in the Classroom is a project-based program for students that can be used in pre-K through college level. Students raise salmon or trout from eggs to small fish in their classrooms and then release the fish into the wild. To start participating in the program, teachers must attend a free workshop. This workshop is intended for teachers who teach or will have their field trip in Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced, Mariposa, Madera or Fresno counties. Reservations required at least three days in advance. For more information, please contact Gail Davis or Angela Materne at r4salmoned@wildlife.ca.gov or (209) 853-2533, ext. 8.

25-26 — CDFW Special Hunt Program’s Apprentice Pheasant Hunt, Peace Valley, Los Angeles County, located at Quail Lake Road on Department of Water Resources property between Interstate 5 and Highway 138 (93243). These special hunts are provided in cooperation with volunteer organizations and provide a high quality and educational experience that supports hunter education. For more information, please contact the CDFW South Coast Region Upland Game Bird Special Hunt Program at (562) 254-8969. Applications are available at dfg.ca.gov/dfgspecialhunts/default.aspx.

28 — Sonora Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 4:30 to 8:30 pm at the Tuolumne County Office of Education, 175 Fairview Lane, Sonora (95370). Salmonids in the Classroom is a project-based program for students that can be used in pre-K through college level. Students raise salmon or trout from eggs to small fish in their classrooms and then release the fish into the wild. To start participating in the program, teachers must attend a free workshop. The workshop is intended for teachers who teach or will have their field trip in Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced, Mariposa, Madera or Fresno counties. Reservations are required at least three days in advance. For more information, please contact Gail Davis or Angela Materne at R4SalmonEd@wildlife.ca.gov or (209) 853-2533 ext. 8