November 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, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to notify staff that 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.

Weekends — Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 12:30 to 2 p.m.  Each walking tour through this premier birding spot highlights the migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 12 people. A $4.32 daily use fee is required for visitors without a valid annual CDFW pass, or a California fishing or hunting license. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Saturdays — Tundra Swan Tours at District 10, a 23,000-acre expanse of privately owned rice fields and restored habitat in Yuba County, north of Marysville (95901). The free tours are led by naturalists and last about two hours. Tours for up to 30 people are held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/swan-tours. For more information, please call (916) 358-2869 or email interpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov.

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.

2 — Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder Opens, 9:30 a.m. at Nimbus Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). The opening of the fish ladder signals the start of the spawning season for Chinook salmon on the American River. Throughout the fall, the public can view the ladder and the spawning operations at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884 or laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.facebook.com/nimbushatchery.

4 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura (93001). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

7 — First Day of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season (Statewide). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/fishing-map.

7 — Northeastern California Zone White Goose Season Opens Nov. 7 (extending through Jan. 17, 2016).  For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

7 — Southern San Joaquin Valley, Southern California and Balance of State Zones Scaup Season Opens Nov. 7 (extending through Jan. 31, 2016).  For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

8 — North Coast Special Management Goose Season Opens Nov. 8 (extending through Jan. 31, 2016). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

8  Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Horse Mountain to Point Arena. Recreational ocean salmon fishing is now closed statewide. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/salmon or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

8 — Northern Brant Special Management Area Brant Season Opens Nov. 8 (extending through Dec. 14).  For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

9 — Balance of State Brant Special Management Area Brant Season Opens Nov. 9 (extending through Dec. 15).  For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

14 — Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 17968 Covered Bridge Road, Knights Ferry (95361). The free event will feature fly casting, interactive exhibits and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement officers will be present to answer questions. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/srsfest or call (209) 403-1046.

14 — Recreational Abalone Advisory Committee (RAAC) Meeting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marin Rod and Gun Club Gun Club, 2675 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, San Rafael, (94901). The meeting is open to the public and public comments are planned at the end of the event. Topics will include updates on the development of the Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan. For more information, please visit the RAAC webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrate/raac, the Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/red-abalone-fmp or contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182.

14 — General Pheasant Season Opens Statewide (extending through Dec. 27). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

14 — Fall Wild Turkey Season Opens Statewide (extending through Dec. 13). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

14 — Late Dove Season Opens Statewide (extending through Dec. 28). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

19 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m. to noon, State Capitol, Room 3191, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or contact Laura Featherstone at (916) 445-8448.

30 — Last Day of Recreational Red Abalone Season. CDFW reminds anglers that the law requires them to return their abalone cards to CDFW or report their harvest data online by Jan. 31, 2016, even if they did not try to take abalone. Cards may be mailed to CDFW, 32330 North Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5554 or dropped off at that office during business hours. Data may also be submitted online from Dec. 1 until Jan. 31, 2016 at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales.