December 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, ages 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 and 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.

Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. CDFW public tours are available to view greater and lesser sandhill cranes at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve outside of Lodi, W. Woodbridge Road (95242). Tour registration is posted six weeks in advance. For more information about tour times during the first three Saturdays and Sundays of the fall and winter months, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/3/Crane-Tour.

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. 

1 — Online Harvest Reporting Begins for Abalone Report Card Holders. Abalone divers must report their harvest by Jan. 31. Abalone divers may report their harvest online, or mail their report cards to the address printed on the report card. To report online or for more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/harvestreporting/.

1 — Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens in Northern California, North of the Mendocino County Line. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/management_com.asp#crab.

3 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 8 a.m., Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys (94106). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2014/index.aspx.

3 — Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog; From Algal Food-Web Ecology to Dam Management: Connecting the Dots One Tadpole at a Time, 1 to 3 p.m., Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). Presented by Dr. Sarah Kupferberg, the lecture is part of the Conservation Lecture Series which introduces participants to California’s diverse wildlife. California’s river breeding foothill yellow-legged frog is in decline, especially in the southern part of its range and where it occurs near large dams. Several physically based factors influenced by dam operations as well as natural variation in stream flow may impair the ability of populations to produce new recruits. To inform flow management that can reduce mortality agents, Dr. Kupferberg, in association with Engineer Scott McBain, developed a model to predict the hydrologic and thermal mechanics of breeding timing, embryonic and larval development. When applied to three California rivers (Trinity, Tuolumne and Alameda Creek), the model revealed cooler summer temperatures on tadpoles may have more profound impacts than spring flow fluctuation effects on clutches of eggs. This free event will also be webcast live. To register, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Lectures. For more information, please contact margaret.mantor@wildlife.ca.gov.

4 — Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Workshop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., California Conservation Corps Camarillo Center, 3200 Wright Road, Camarillo (93010). For more information, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=90946&inline.

4 — San Diego Area Contingency Planning Meeting, 10 a.m., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Carlsbad Office, 2177 Salk Ave., Carlsbad (92008). This public meeting will include discussion and comment gathering on recent pollution cases, progress in publication of the 2014 Area Contingency Plan for oil spill response planning and initial planning for the 2015 Coastal Response Exercise. For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or at Kris.Wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.

5 — Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., CDFW Regional Office, 20 Lower Ragsdale Lane, Suite 100, Monterey (93940). For more information, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=90946&inline.

6 — Crow Season Opens and Extends through April 8. 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.

8 — Late Pheasant Archery Season Opens and Extends through Jan. 18. 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.

20 — South Zone Band-tailed Pigeon Season Opens and Extends through Dec. 28. 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.

28 — Bear Season Ends Statewide, or when CDFW determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Bear or contact Jesse Garcia at (916) 445-3515.