October 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. CDFW docent-led 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. Self-guided tours are also available and are enhanced with interpretive panels. For more information about tour times, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

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, age 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 Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, turkey, dove, waterfowl and quail hunts are available through the SHARE Program this fall. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

3 — First Day of California Spiny Lobster Recreational Fishing Season, Statewide.  For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.

3-4 — 2015 Fall Fish Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Visitor Center Road, South Lake Tahoe (96150). The festival is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Activities will include viewing the Kokanee salmon’s annual migration, educational booths, Lahontan cutthroat trout viewing and CDFW’s “Bear Aware” booth. For more information, please contact Lindsay Gusses at (530) 543-2672.

6 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, 3 p.m., Embassy Suites Los Angeles International Airport/North, 9801 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles (90045). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

7 — Fresno Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CDFW Annex Office, 1130 E. Shaw Ave, Fresno (93710). The Salmonids in the Classroom teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch salmon or trout in their classrooms. Dinner will be provided by the Fresno Fly Fishers for Conservation. Please RSVP to r4salclass@wildlife.ca.gov or (559) 243-4014, ext. 245.

7-8 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Embassy Suites Los Angeles International Airport/North, 9801 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles (90045). The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 and at 8 a.m. on Oct. 8. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

10 — Northeastern Zone Ducks and Dark Goose Season Opens Oct 10. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

10 — Archery Only Pheasant Season Opens (extending through Nov. 1). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

13 — Turlock Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Japanese American Citizens League’s Cortez Hall, 12762 Cortez Ave., Turlock (95380). The Salmonids in the Classroom teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch salmon or trout in their classrooms. Dinner will be provided by the Japanese American Citizens League. Please RSVP to r4salclass@wildlife.ca.gov or (559) 243-4014, ext. 245.

14 — Visalia Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tulare County Office of Education, Liberty Center, 11535 Ave. 264, Visalia (93291). The Salmonids in the Classroom teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch salmon or trout in their classrooms. Dinner will be provided by Kaweah Fly Fishers. Please RSVP at http://tulare.k12oms.org/eventdetail.php?id=98116.

15 – Bobcat hunting season opens statewide (extending through February 28, 2016). A hunting license and bobcat hunting tags are required. Season limit is five bobcats. For more information, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Nongame-Furbearers.

16 — Colorado River Zone Ducks and Geese Seasons Opens Oct 16. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

17 — General Quail, Chukar and Snipe Seasons Open Statewide (extending through Jan. 31, 2016). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

19 — Modesto Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Stanislaus County Office of Education, 1100 H St., Modesto (95354). The Salmonids in the Classroom teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch salmon or trout in their classrooms. Dinner will be provided by the Modesto Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association. Please RSVP to r4salmoned@wildlife.ca.gov.

21 — Bakersfield Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Larry E. Reider Educational Center, 2000 K St., Bakersfield (93301). The Salmonids in the Classroom teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch salmon or trout in their classrooms. Dinner will be provided by Kern River Fly Fishers. Please RSVP to r4salclass@wildlife.ca.gov or (599) 243-4014, ext. 245.

24 — Southern San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, and Balance of State Zones Ducks and Geese Season Opens Oct 24. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

28 — Sonora Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Building, 175 Fairview Lane, Sonora (95370). The Salmonids in the Classroom teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch salmon or trout in their classrooms. Dinner will be provided by the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools. Please RSVP to r4salmoned@wildlife.ca or (209) 853-2533, ext. 8.

28 — San Luis Obispo Salmonids in the Classroom Workshop, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  CDFW San Luis Obispo Field Office, 3196 South Higuera St., Suite A, San Luis Obispo (93401). The Salmonids in the Classroom teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch salmon or trout in their classrooms. Please RSVP to r4salclass@wildlife.ca.gov or (559) 243-4014, ext. 245.

31 — Colorado River Zone Scaup Season Opens Oct. 31. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

31  Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Point Arena to Pigeon Point. Recreational ocean salmon fishing remains open from Horse Mountain to Point Arena. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon web page at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Regulations/Salmon or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

31 — Last Day of Recreational Groundfish Season for all Boat-based Anglers in the Mendocino and Northern Recreational Groundfish Management Areas (from Oregon/California border to Point Area, Mendocino County).  For more information please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.