March 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Media Contact:
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

DATE — EVENT

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead your group, school or organization through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Your experience can be catered to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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 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, W Woodbridge Road (95242). Tour registration is posted six weeks in advance. For more information about tour times during the first three weekends of the fall and winter months, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

1 — Recreational Groundfish Season is Open for All Boat-based Anglers in the Southern Groundfish Management Area (Point Conception, Santa Barbara County to the California/Mexico border) on March 1, 2015. For more information please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at: www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

4 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, 12:30 p.m. Monterey County Library, Marina Branch, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina (93933). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

4-8 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (90802). Visit the CDFW booth to ask questions and purchase licenses, tags and report cards. The new 2015 CDFW Warden Stamp will be available ($5) to help support CDFW enforcement and fund the purchase of equipment. The enforcement display trailer features a free enclosed laser shot game and youths will have a chance to catch a fish from the CDFW-stocked fishing pond. Learn about the changes made in fish stocking over the decades as a 1925 Dodge truck used by CDFW for transporting hatchery fish will be on display alongside a new fish-transporting truck. CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham and staff will participate in a public forum March 7 to answer questions and discuss important issues regarding California’s fish and wildlife resources. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for military and seniors (62 and older) and free for youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/pages/long_beach/longbeach.php.

7 — 3rd Annual San Joaquin River Fishing Derby, Sycamore Island, 39664 Ave. 7 1/2, Madera (93638), 7 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 6 a.m. The event is co-sponsored by CDFW, Trout Unlimited, the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, the San Joaquin River Conservancy and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The derby is a celebration of the San Joaquin River’s diverse fishing and recreational opportunities. Prizes will include annual passes to three fishing locations on the San Joaquin River, summer camp scholarships, canoe rides and a California Lifetime Fishing License. Prizes will be awarded at noon. There is no charge to enter the fishing derby but participants are required to pay the regular Sycamore Island day use fee of $9 per vehicle and $5 per trailered boat. For more information about Sycamore Island, please visit http://tinyurl.com/nxnu3jk.

12 — Invasive Watersnakes Lecture presented by Dr. Brian Todd, 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. Non-native watersnakes are among the newest threats to California’s native freshwater biodiversity. Dr. Brian Todd, an associate professor at UC Davis, will describe his work with these species over the past several years. Todd will present an overview of the ecology and invasion history of watersnakes in California and will describe the potential risk these non-native species pose to many of California’s amphibian and fish species of conservation concern. He will discuss his ongoing research and efforts to facilitate management and eradication of these non-native species. This free event will also be webcast live. To register, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures. For more information, please email cesa@wildlife.ca.gov.

14 — Recreational Abalone Advisory Committee Meeting, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Stephen G. Benavides Professional Accountancy Corporation, 1910 E Warner Avenue # 2-F, Santa Ana (92705). The eeting is open to the general public and will include a public comment period. For more information, please contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182 or at ian.taniguchi@wildlife.ca.gov.

14-15 — Siskiyou Sportsmen’s Expo, Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds, 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka (96097), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (March 14) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (March 15).  CDFW will have an information booth and a pond stocked with fish. CDFW will also provide fishing poles, tackle and bait. For more information about the event, please call (530) 842-2767 or if you are interested in signing up to help work at the CDFW booth, please contact Keith Pomeroy at (530) 475-3420.

16 — California Fish and Game Commission Special Meeting (Teleconference). Time to be determined. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

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

21 — Nest Box Survey Orientation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). This free orientation meeting is required for those participating in a season-long field study. Crews of two or three will collect detailed data used to understand and enhance the local wood duck population and other wildlife. Commitment time varies but averages four hours twice per month, April through July. Participation is open to those ages 18 and over. Due to limited space, please make reservations early. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

26-29 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (92014). Visit the CDFW booth to ask questions and purchase licenses, tags and report cards. The new 2015 CDFW Warden Stamp will be available ($5) to help support CDFW enforcement and fund the purchase of equipment. The enforcement display trailer features a free enclosed laser shot game and youths will have a chance to catch a fish from the CDFW-stocked fishing pond. Learn about the changes made in fish stocking over the decades as a 1925 Dodge truck used by CDFW for transporting hatchery fish will be on display alongside a new fish-transporting truck. CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham and staff will participate in a public forum March 28 to answer questions and discuss important issues regarding California’s fish and wildlife resources. The fee is $13 for adults, $12 seniors (62 and older) and admission is free for active military and youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com.