May 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

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 Pacific Halibut Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in California on May 1, 2016. For more information, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut#31670771-pacific-halibut-regulations.

1 — General Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Closes. California’s 2016 general spring wild turkey hunting season closes May 1. For more information, please visit the Upland Game Bird Hunting webpage at  www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

1 — Voluntary Drought Initiative Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., site in Santa Cruz to be determined. CDFW staff and Santa Cruz Regional Control District staff will meet with local residents to discuss and seek participation in the Voluntary Drought Initiative (VDI) program that encourages rural residential landowners to reduce water usage in the summer to preserve enough water to ensure passage of Central Coast Coho salmon and steelhead in critical watersheds. California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff will discuss how saving even a small percentage of water can provide enough water for fish survival and offer help and support for storage tanks on their property for summer release. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan at andrew.hughan@wildlife.ca.gov.

2 — Spring Wild Turkey Archery Season Opens. California’s 2016 spring wild turkey archery season opens May 2 and extends through May 15. For more information, please visit the Upland Game Bird Hunting webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

2 — Voluntary Drought Initiative Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., site in Pescadero to be determined. California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff and San Mateo Regional Control District staff will meet with local residents to discuss and ask for participation in the VDI program that encourages rural residential landowners to reduce water usage in the summer to preserve enough water to ensure passage of Central Coast Coho salmon and steelhead in critical watersheds. CDFW staff will discuss how saving even a small percentage of water can provide enough water for fish survival and offer help and support for storage tanks on their property for summer release. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan at andrew.hughan@wildlife.ca.gov.

2 – Junior Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Extends. Hunters who have a current junior hunting license may hunt after the close of the general season, May 2 through May 15, using shotguns or any other legal method of take. For more information, please visit the Upland Game Bird Hunting webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

7 — Santa Rosa Cahuilla Tribal Earth Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, Santa Rosa Tribal Hall, 65200 State Highway 74, Mountain Center (92561). The Climate Science Alliance, a collaboration between CDFW and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, is participating in the event. For more information, please contact (951) 659-2700.

13 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814), 1 to 3 p.m., Monarch Butterflies in California, presented by Samantha Marcum. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures.

15 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for Boat-based anglers in the Northern and Mendocino Groundfish Management Areas (from the Oregon/California border to Point Arena, Mendocino County) on May 15. For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central Web page at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish#28720322-overview.

16 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Closed for All Boat-based Anglers in California Beginning on May 16. The fishery is expected to reopen on June 1, 2016.  For the latest information on season status, please call the NMFS hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut#31670771-pacific-halibut-regulations.

16 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from the California-Oregon Border to Horse Mountain. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

18 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Department of General Services, Ziggurat Building-Auditorium, 707 Third St., West Sacramento (95605). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

21 — Cabrillo National Monument Bio Blitz, Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego (92025). The Climate Science Alliance, a collaboration of CDFW and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, is participating in the event. The Climate Science Alliance is partnering with Cabrillo National Monument to host a “Climate Kids” bi-national event with youths from San Diego and Mexico participating. For more information, please visit www.cabrilloevents.org/bioblitz2016/.

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