January 2015 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.

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), or they can choose to pay a $4.32 day use fee when they arrive. There is no additional cost for the tour. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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

1 — Online Harvest Reporting Begins for Steelhead, Sturgeon, Abalone and North Coast Salmon Report Cards. Anglers must report their harvest or effort by January 31, 2015. Anglers may report 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/.

14 — California Fish and Game Commission, Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, 1450 Halyard Drive, Suite 6, West Sacramento (95691), 9.am. For more information, please visit http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

22 — Vegetation and Flora of a Biodiversity Hotspot: Pine Hill, El Dorado County, California. Lecture presented by Dr. Debra Ayres, 1-3 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). This lecture is part of the Conservation Lecture Series which introduces participants to California’s diverse wildlife. Pine Hill lies near the center of a volcanically derived gabbro intrusion in the foothills of the Sierra in El Dorado County containing fire-prone chaparral, oak woodland and grassland communities. More than 10 percent (741 plants) of the flora of the state of California, including seven rare plant species, occurs within this 30,000-acre gabbro island. Dr. Debra Ayres has been studying the rare plants in this area for more than 20 years. She will present new analyses showing that two chaparral communities are present here. Recognition and preservation of both types of chaparral will be necessary to conserve this diverse flora. This free event will also be webcast live. To register, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Lectures. Please contact margaret.mantor@wildlife.ca.gov for more information.