March 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. A wildlife naturalist will lead your group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Your experience can be customized to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Weekends — Wildflower Tours at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. Naturalist-led wildflower tours are scheduled Saturdays and Sundays during March and April, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required and tours are limited to 25 people. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/wildflower-tours.

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.

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 winter. 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 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the Southern Groundfish Management Area (Point Conception, Santa Barbara County to the California/Mexico border). For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.

2 — CDFW’s Annual Salmon Information Meeting, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa (95403). The public is invited to attend CDFW’s annual meeting on the status of California Chinook salmon populations and the outlook for 2016 ocean salmon fisheries. For more information, please contact Kandice Morgenstern at (707) 576-2879 or kandice.morgenstern@wildlife.ca.gov.

2-6 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (90802). Attendees can visit the CDFW booth to ask questions and purchase licenses, tags and report cards. The new 2016 CDFW Warden Stamp will be available ($5) to help support CDFW enforcement and fund the purchase of equipment. The enforcement display trailer features a free enclosed laser-shot game and youths will have a chance to catch a fish from a CDFW-stocked fishing pond. Visitors can also view CDFW’s first hatchery trout-planting truck, a completely restored 1925 Dodge truck. CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham and staff will participate in a public forum on March 5 to answer questions and discuss important issues regarding California’s fish and wildlife resources. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 seniors (62 and older) and free for active military and youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com.

4 — Nomination Deadline for Recreational Abalone Advisory Committee. CDFW is requesting nominations to fill two vacant representative positions on the committee. Nominations may come from any individual or member of an organization involved in the recreational abalone fishery. For more information, please contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182 or at ian.taniguchi@wildlife.ca.gov.

5-6 — Bighorn Sheep Survey. CDFW, the U.S. Forest Service and the Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep are seeking volunteers to assist biologists with a bighorn sheep survey in Southern California on March 5 and 6. Volunteers will be needed on Saturday evening and all day Sunday. To volunteer, please sign up online at www.sangabrielbighorn.org. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may call either (909) 627-1613 or (909) 584-9012 to receive a volunteer packet.

11 — Deadline to Apply for 2016 Fisheries Restoration Grants. CDFW will be expanding its Fisheries Restoration Grants Program into the Central Valley in 2016 to support the recovery of the Central Valley’s winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead populations. The 2016 Proposal Solicitation Notice and the application are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/administration/grants/frgp/solicitation.asp.

12 — Recreational Abalone Advisory Committee Meeting, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Stephen G. Benavides Professional Accountancy Corporation, 1910 E Warner Avenue # 2-F, Santa Ana (92705). The meeting will include a public comment period. For more information, please contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182 or at ian.taniguchi@wildlife.ca.gov.

12-13 — 2016 Siskiyou Sportsmen’s Expo, 10 am. to 6 p.m. on March 12 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 13, Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds, 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka (96097) Events include rock climbing, archery and CDFW-sponsored pond fishing. For more information, please visit www.sisqfair.com/sportsmenexpo.html.

15 — California Fish and Game Commission Teleconference Meeting, 10 a.m. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx. 16 — Last Day of California Spiny Lobster Recreational and Commercial Fishing Season, Statewide. For more information, please visit http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.

17-20 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (92014). Attendees can visit the CDFW booth to ask questions and purchase licenses, tags and report cards. The new 2016 CDFW Warden Stamp will be available ($5) to help support CDFW enforcement and fund the purchase of equipment. The enforcement display trailer features a free enclosed laser-shot game and youths will have a chance to catch a fish from a CDFW-stocked fishing pond. Visitors can also view CDFW’s first hatchery trout-planting truck, a completely restored 1925 Dodge truck. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 seniors (62 and older) and free for active military and youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com.

19 — Nest Box Survey Orientation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). This free orientation public meeting is required for participation in a season-long field study. Crews of two or three people ages 18 and over will collect detailed data that will be used to understand and enhance the local wood duck population and other wildlife. The time commitment varies, but averages four hours, twice a month, in April through July. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

19 — 4th Annual San Joaquin River Fishing Derby, 7 a.m. to noon, Sycamore Island, 39664 Ave. 7 1/2, Madera (93638). The event is co-sponsored by CDFW, Trout Unlimited, the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, the San Joaquin River Conservancy and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Prizes will include annual passes to two fishing locations on the San Joaquin River, summer camp scholarships, river tours and a grand prize drawing of a California Lifetime Fishing License. Prizes will be awarded at noon. There is no charge to enter but participants are required to pay the regular Sycamore Island day use fee of $9 per vehicle and $5 per trailered boat. Event registration begins at 6 a.m. For more information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/nxnu3jk.

19-20 — Wild Turkey Spring Additional Junior Hunt Opener. Junior license holders will have two additional days to hunt wild turkeys the weekend prior to the general opener. For information about bag limits and possession limits, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

21 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, West Ed Building, Ed Meyers Classroom, 4665 Lampson Ave., Suite A, Los Alamitos (90720). Time to be determined. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

26 — Spring General Wild Turkey Opener. The spring general turkey season will open March 26 and runs through May 1. For information about bag limits and possession limits, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

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