December 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). 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. The 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 p.m. The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half mile through this premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. A $4.32 day use fee is required for visitors without a valid annual CDFW pass, or California sport fishing, hunting or trapping license. There is no additional cost for the tour. 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 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. 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 — Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder In Operation, at Nimbus Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). In December, 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.

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.

1 — Harvest Reporting for Abalone Begins.  Every person who was issued a 2015 Abalone Report Card must report their harvest by Jan.  31, 2016.  Divers and rock pickers can either mail their card to the address listed on the report card or report their harvest online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin .

5 — 2015 Fresno SalmonFest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lost Lake County Recreation Area, 16385 N. Friant Road, Friant (93626). Activities at the free event include educational exhibits about salmon and river ecology, live music, canoe rides, instruction in fly casting and fly tying, and arts and crafts. At 2 p.m., the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will release adult Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River, pending availability of fish for the event. For more information, please visit www.fresnosalmonfest.info.

5 — General Crow Season Opens, (extending through April 6, 2016). Please view the hunt zone at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=110418&inline. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

9-10 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Town and Country Resort and Hotel Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego (92108). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/index.aspx.

19 — South Zone Band-tailed Pigeon Season Opens, (extending through Dec. 28). Please view the hunt zone at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=110415&inline. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

27 — Bear Season Ends Statewide, or earlier if CDFW determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or contact Jesse Garcia at (916) 445-3515.

28 — Archery Pheasant Season Opens (extending through Jan. 24, 2016). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.