June 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-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 $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to let staff know they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

Various Days June to September 2015 — Bat Talk and Walk at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis (95618). Following a 45-minute indoor presentation on bat natural history and viewing live bats, participants will carpool to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in California as it emerges to hunt insects at sunset. The whole experience takes about three hours. There is a small amount of walking and those in wheelchairs or unable to walk may view the bats by car. Reservations are required and private tours are also available. The fee for adults is $12 and youths 16 and under are free. For more information, please visit www.yolobasin.org, email cquirk@yolobasin.org or call (530) 902-1918.

2 — Big Game Drawing Deadline.  Applications for elk, antelope, bighorn sheep and premium deer tags must be submitted and the sales transaction must be completed before midnight. Hunters may apply at a CDFW license agent, CDFW license sales office or online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/big-game.

3 — State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) Public Meeting to discuss the 2015 SWAP update, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Chula Vista Women’s Club Reception Hall, 357 G St., Chula Vista (91910). Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted through July 2, 2015. For more information and to view the draft plan, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/swap.

4 — State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) Public Meeting to discuss the 2015 SWAP update, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Los Angeles Zoo, Witherbee Auditorium, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (90027). The event does not include zoo admission. Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted through July 2, 2015. For more information and to view the draft plan, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/swap.

6-14 — California Invasive Species Action Week. The purpose of the Action Week is to increase awareness of invasive species issues and promote public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources. CDFW partners with numerous agencies, departments and organizations across the state to host and promote events to engage the public. To find an event near you, or for information on how you can take action independently, please visit the Action Week webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/cisaw or check out the complete schedule of events. For more information, please call (916) 654-4267 or email valerie.cook-fletcher@wildlife.ca.gov.

9 — California Fish and Game Commission, Tribal Committee Meeting, Mountainside Conference Center, 1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes (93456), 3 p.m. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

10-11 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Mountainside Conference Center, 1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes (93456). The June 10 meeting begins at 9 a.m. and the June 11 meeting begins at 8 a.m. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

12 — Right Under Our Noses: Dogs Moving Conservation Forward. Lecture presented by Dr. Deborah (Smith) Woollett, Director of Conservation, and Aimee Hurt, Working Dogs for Conservation,1 to 3 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). This free lecture is part of the Conservation Lecture Series, which introduces participants to California’s diverse wildlife, and will also be webcast live. Obtaining data on wild species can be challenging and the abilities of canine olfaction offers a way to increase proficiency in non-invasively collecting information on endangered, rare and hard to find species, and to detect and remove threats to wildlife. Working Dogs for Conservation has been selecting, training and deploying dogs for projects, refining its methods and developing new approaches. 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.

15 — Design Validation Monitoring in the Klamath Watershed: Embracing Uncertainty and Learning from Process. Lecture presented by Dr. D.J. Bandrowski, Aaron Martin and Rocco Fiori. 10 a.m. to noon in the Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). This free lecture is part of the Conservation Lecture Series which introduces participants to California’s diverse wildlife and will also be webcast live. This lecture will focus on three topics: 1) Designing with a purpose — linking quantitative goals, objectives, metrics and models into the design process; 2) biological monitoring — integration of the salmonid habitat mapping and juvenile utilization into design effectiveness; and 3) physical monitoring — learning from geomorphic process of fluvial evolution between the interaction of wood and gravel. To register, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures. For more information, please contact margaret.mantor@wildlife.ca.gov.

17 — California Duck Stamp Art Contest Judging Event, Yolo Wildlife Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis (95618), 10:30 a.m. The winning artwork will be reproduced on the 2015-2016 California Duck Stamp. The artwork must depict the species selected by the California Fish and Game Commission, which for the 2015-2016 hunting season is the American green-winged teal. Since 1971, the California Duck Stamp Program’s annual contest has attracted top wildlife artists from around the country. All proceeds generated from stamp sales go directly to waterfowl conservation projects throughout California. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/duck-stamp or contact kyle.orr@wildlife.ca.gov.

27 — Trout Fest 2015 at Hot Creek Hatchery, 121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trout Fest is a free event that introduces kids to the basics of trout fishing. Learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout and how to clean and cook trout. All equipment is provided and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for kids 15 and under. For more information, please call (559) 765-4824, email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/hatcheries/hotcreek.