August 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, at 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.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

Various Days, June to September — 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 event lasts about three hours. There is a small amount of walking and those in wheelchairs or unable to walk may view the bats from a vehicle. 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. 

1 — Archery-Only and Falconry-Only Tree Squirrel Season Opens (extending through Sept. 11). For archery-only and falconry-only tree squirrel season and zone descriptions, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx#307.

1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Opens for all Boat-based Anglers in California on Aug. 1. For more information, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific halibut webpage at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/pacifichalibut.asp.

4-5 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, River Lodge Conference Center, 1800 Riverwalk Drive, Fortuna (95540). The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 and at 8 a.m. on Aug. 5. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

6 — San Diego Area Contingency Plan (ACP) Meeting, 10 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego Training Room, 2710 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego (92101). Topics will include the web posting of the 2014 ACP revision, recent Sensitive Site Strategy deployments, recent pollution response cases including the Refugio oil spill incident and other business as needed. The public is encouraged to submit their ideas for improving the Area Plan. For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or by email at kris.wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.

8 — The First General Season for Black Bears Opens in Deer Hunting Zone A on August 8. General black bear season will open with the general deer hunting season in deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 and extend through Dec. 27, 2015. Please note that deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 have different deer season opening dates depending upon the deer zone. General season for black bears opens in deer hunting zones X-1 through X-7b on Oct. 10, and extends through Dec. 27. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or call toll-free at (888) 277-6398. Please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx for the current mammal hunting regulations.

14 — California Wildlife Officer Academy Graduation Ceremony, Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road, Paradise (95969), 10 a.m. For more information, please contact Lt. Barry Ceccon at (530) 893-7627.

15 — Falconry-Only Pheasant, Quail and Chukar Seasons Open Statewide (extending through Feb. 29, 2016) and Falconry-Only Sooty (Blue) Grouse, Ruffed Grouse and Ptarmigan Seasons Open (extending through Feb. 29, 2016). For sooty (blue) grouse, ruffed grouse and ptarmigan zone maps and other upland game season information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

15 — Archery-Only Quail and Chukar Seasons Open Statewide (extending through Sept. 4) and Archery-Only Sooty (Blue)/Ruffed Grouse Seasons Open (extending through Sept. 4). For sooty (blue) grouse, ruffed grouse and ptarmigan zone maps and other upland game season information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

15 — The Archery Season for Black Bears Opens in Each of the Five American black bear hunt zones: Northern California, Central California, Southeastern Sierra, Southern Sierra and Southern California, and will extend through Sept. 6. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or call toll-free at (888) 277-6398. Please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx for the current mammal hunting regulations and American black bear hunt zone boundary descriptions. The bag and possession limit for either the archery or general season is one adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken. 

16 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season is Closed for All Boat-based Anglers in California Beginning on Aug. 16. The fishery is expected to reopen on Sept. 1. For additional information on the season status, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific halibut webpage at: www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/pacifichalibut.asp.