April 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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.

1 — Recreational Groundfish season opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the Central Groundfish Management Area (Pigeon Point, San Mateo County to Point Conception, Santa Barbara County) on April 1, 2015. For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

2 — San Diego Area Contingency Plan (ACP) Meeting, 10 a.m., U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Carlsbad office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad (92008). Topics will include the status of the ACP revision, recent Sensitive Site Strategy deployments and pollution-response cases. The public is invited to provide ideas for improving the existing area plan. For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or at kris.wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.

4 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Horse Mountain to the U.S./Mexico Border. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

4-5 — Spring Turkey Hunt, Little Dry Creek Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (95920). The Little Dry Creek Unit is located in southwestern Butte County. Three general parties and one junior/adult party will be drawn through the Upland Game Bird Program Hunt Opportunities. Entry is by special draw only and the deadline for hunt applications was March 18, 2015. For more information, please call (530) 982-2169.

7 — California Fish and Game Commission, Tribal Committee Meeting, Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa (95405), 1 p.m. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

8-9 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa (95405), 9 a.m. on April 8 and 8 a.m. on April 9. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

11 — Bolsa Chica Wetland Earth Day Festival, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 3482 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach (92648),10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival features educational activity booths, a jump tent and guided nature tours. The free event is co-sponsored by CDFW, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Amigos de Bolsa Chica and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. For more information, please email molly@bolsachica.org.

11 — Trout Fest 2015 at the Moccasin Creek Hatchery, 15300 Highway 49, Moccasin (95347) at the junction of Highway 49 and Highway 120. Trout Fest introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing, as they learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, and how to handle, clean and cook trout. Equipment is provided and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for those 15 and under. For more information, please call (559) 765-4824, email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/hatcheries/moccasin/.

11-12 — Spring Turkey Hunt, Howard Slough Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (95920). The Howard Slough Unit is located in eastern Glenn County. Three general parties and one junior/adult will be drawn through the Upland Game Bird Program Hunt Opportunities. Entry is by special draw only and the deadline for hunt applications was March 25, 2015. For more information, please call (530) 982-2169.

15 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the San Francisco Groundfish Management Area (Point Arena, Mendocino County to Pigeon Point, San Mateo County) on April 15, 2015. For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral.

18 — Gray Lodge Clean-up and Field Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). All are encouraged to participate in various light-duty cleanup projects. The day will be informative and improve the quality of our wildlife habitat. There will be a brief meeting after the field projects to provide an opportunity for comment on the public hunt programs and associated habitat. For more information, please contact Dan Haugh at (916) 871-9000 or dhaugh@calwaterfowl.org.

18-19 — Spring Turkey Hunt, Little Dry Creek Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (95920). The Little Dry Creek Unit is located in southwestern Butte County. Three general parties (two persons maximum per party) and one junior/adult party will be drawn through the Upland Game Bird Program Hunt Opportunities. Entry is by special draw only and the deadline for hunt applications was March 25, 2015. For more information, please call (530) 982-2169.

19 — Day at the Docks, Fishermen’s Landing, San Diego (92106), 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. The 36th annual Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks is the west coast’s largest public celebration of sport fishing. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/DayAtTheDocks.

25-26 — Spring Turkey Hunt, Howard Slough Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (95920). The Howard Slough Unit is located in eastern Glenn County. Three general parties (two persons maximum per party) and one junior/adult party will be drawn through the Upland Game Bird Program Hunt Opportunities. Entry is by special draw only and the deadline for hunt applications is April 8, 2015. For more information, please call the Wildlife Area office at (530) 982-2169.

30 — 2014-2015 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due. For more information, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=72059&inline=1.

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