April 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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

DATE — EVENT 

Weekends — Wildflower Tours at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. Naturalist-led wildflower tours are scheduled Saturdays and Sundays, 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 — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). 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. 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.

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. 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 Central Groundfish Management Area (Pigeon Point, San Mateo County to Point Conception, Santa Barbara County). For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.

1 — Sacramento River Closure Goes Into Effect. A temporary emergency regulation closing all fishing within 5.5 miles of spawning habitat on the Upper Sacramento River begins on April 1, 2016 and will remain in effect through July 31, 2016. Enhanced protective measures are also proposed in the ocean sport and commercial salmon fisheries regulations for the 2016 season. The temporary emergency regulation closes all fishing on the 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River upstream to Keswick Dam.

 1 — Abalone Season Opens Along the Northern California Coast. The red abalone sport fishery season will open April 1 in most waters north of San Francisco Bay. However, parts of Fort Ross State Historical Park remain closed to the take of abalone. A map of the closed area can be found online at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=42101&inline=true. Fishing for abalone is allowed from 8 a.m. to one half hour after sunset. People may travel to fishing locations before 8 a.m. but may not actively search for or take any abalone before that time. The annual limit is 18, but only a total of nine can be taken from Sonoma and Marin counties. A complete list of abalone fishing regulations is available in the 2016 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold or at www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/sport-fishing. Abalone licenses and report cards may be purchased online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing. Abalone report cards are required to be reported online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing#758846-harvest-reporting or returned to CDFW’s Fort Bragg office, 32330 North Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5554.

2  Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Horse Mountain to U.S./Mexico Border. 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.

2 — Advanced Hunting Deer Hunting Clinic, Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, 14715 State Highway 94, Jamul, (91935). Topics include firearms, ammunition, scouting, tracking and safety. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunter-education/advanced or email Lt. Alan Gregory at Alan.Gregory@wildlife.ca.gov.

7 — Public Meeting to Discuss Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Proposal Solicitation,10 a.m., Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). CDFW will inform the public of the priorities and requirements for the Watershed Restoration Grant Program and Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program. For more information, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=121291&inline.

9 — Free Aquatic Wild Educator Workshop, Nimbus Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Educators are invited to learn how to use the Aquatic Wild curriculum in the classroom to engage youths in hands-on learning, integrate Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into their science lessons and deliver high-quality lessons with little advance prep or material costs. Participants will receive a curriculum guide with 55 lessons, access to online resources, correlations to state content standards and NGSS, and additional resources and materials. Participants should bring a sack lunch and snacks to the free workshop. To register, please email laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov or call (916) 358-2884. To learn more about Project Wild, please visit www.projectwild.org.

9 — Trout Fest 2016 at the Moccasin Creek Hatchery, 15300 Highway 49, Moccasin (95347). Trout Fest 2016 is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Participants can learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, and to clean and cook trout. All equipment is provided and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for youths 15 and under. For more information, please email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

12 — Nature Bowl Semifinals, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nimbus Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). CDFW’s Nature Bowl is an annual competition among teams of elementary school students, focusing on ecological knowledge and conservation literacy. Teams participate in third/fourth grade and fifth/sixth grade divisions and seek answers to environmental-themed questions that are aligned with state science standards. Top-scoring teams advance to the finals, scheduled May 14 at California State University, Sacramento. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884 or laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov.

12 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, 2 p.m., River Rock Casino, Quail Run Buffet, 3250 Highway 128, Geyserville (95441). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

13-14 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa (95405). Meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. on April 13 and at 8 a.m. on April 14. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

15 — 2016/2017 Hunting Items On Sale. Hunters can purchase 2016/2017 hunting licenses, tags, validations and apply for the annual Big Game Drawing. Items may be purchased at CDFW license sales offices, license agents, online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales or by phone at (800) 565-1458. Sales transactions for the Big Game Drawing applications must be completed before midnight on June 2, 2016. Please contact a local CDFW license sales office for more information.

15 — Recreational Groundfish season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the San Francisco Groundfish Management Area (Point Arena, Mendocino County to Pigeon Point, San Mateo County). For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.

16 — Earth Day Festival at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (92648). Visitors to this free event can learn about wildlife and water quality at educational booths. Features include animals, activities for youths and guided nature tours. The event is sponsored by CDFW, Amigos de Bolsa Chica, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, and the California Resources Corp. For more information, please email Rebecca@bolsachica.org or call (714) 846-1114.

18 — California Fish and Game Commission Teleconference Meeting, 10 a.m. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

19 — Urban Coyote Awareness Meeting, Doegler Café, 101 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City (94015), 6:30 p.m.  CDFW staff will participate in an urban coyote awareness meeting hosted by the city of Daly City. Local residents have been reporting increased coyote activity inside the city limits in recent months and CDFW will provide updated information on state laws, department policies and potential actions in different scenarios. Information on living with wildlife can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/keep-me-wild. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan at (916) 322-8944 or andrew.hughan@wildlife.ca.gov.

19 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814), 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Concerns Over Phytophthora Plant Pathogen Introductions in Native Plant Nurseries and Restoration Sites, presented by the Phytophthoras in Native Habitats Work Group. This presentation will review recent findings on threats to California native vegetation posed by Phytophthora plant pathogens and management actions needed to prevent introduction and limit spread of exotic Phytophthora species. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures.

20-22 — 2016 International Ecological Program (IEP) Annual Workshop, Lake Natoma Inn, 702 Gold Lake Drive, Folsom (95630). The IEP is a nine-agency consortium of state and federal entities, of which CDFW is a member. The workshop highlights Bay-Delta science being conducted by the member agencies and partners and attendance is open to all. For more information, please visit www.water.ca.gov/iep/ or contact Sakura Evans at (209) 234-3670 or at sakura.evans@wildlife.ca.gov.

23 — Gray Lodge Clean-up and Field Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). Participants are encouraged to participate in various light-duty cleanup projects.  At 1:30 p.m., CDFW will hold its annual public outreach meeting on the Gray Lodge and Upper Butte Wildlife Areas, at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Main Office building.  The meeting is in accordance with state law (Fish and Game Code, section 1758). For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

23 — Advanced Hunting Wild Pig Hunting Clinic, Canada De Los Osos Ecological Reserve, Gilroy (95020). Topics include firearms, ammunition, scouting, tracking and safety. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunter-education/advanced or email Lt. Alan Gregory at Alan.Gregory@wildlife.ca.gov.

28 — Public Comment Period Closes for Big Sur River Draft Instream Flow Regime Recommendations. CDFW has developed instream flow regime recommendations for the Big Sur River, Monterey County for transmittal to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Instream flow regime recommendations need to be established for the Big Sur River to ensure continued viability of stream-related fish and wildlife resources, including the South-Central Coast Distinct Population Segment of south-central coast steelhead. Submission of these flow recommendations to the SWRCB complies with Public Resources Code, section 10001-10002. The draft flow regime recommendations report and other supporting technical studies are available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/watersheds/instream-flow/studies/big-sur-study. Please mail any written comments by April 28, 2016 to Robert Holmes, Instream Flow Coordinator, CDFW Water Branch, 830 S St., Sacramento, CA 95811.

30 — Trout Fest 2016 at the Kern River Hatchery, 14415 Sierra Way, Kernville (93238). Trout Fest 2016 is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Participants can learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, and clean and cook trout. All equipment is provided and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for youths 15 and under. For more information, please email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

30 – General Eastern Sierra Trout Opener. The general trout season will open one hour before sunrise April 30 in waters in Mono and Inyo counties. This is one of the most popular season openers in the state with anglers coming from around California to try their luck in the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, CDFW is striving to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season opening and closing dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions. Anglers are advised to check specific area regulations and opening dates in the 2015/16 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation booklet at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations for regulations specific to each body of water. A helpful document, the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide, is available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/6.