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June 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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 Bat Talk and Walk Events. The Yolo Basin Foundation’s Bat Talk and Walk events run from mid-June through mid-September and begin at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95617). The cost is $12 for adults, and youths 15 and under are free. For more information and to register, please visit http://yolobasin.org/battalkandwalks2016/.

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 June 1, 2016. For more information please call (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at http://wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut#31670771-pacific-halibut-regulations.

1 — Environmental Enhancement Fund Request for Proposals Process Begins. Applications for projects are due Aug. 31 by 5 p.m. Details are available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/ospr/science/environmental-enhancement-fund/about. Funding will begin no earlier than July 1, 2017 after CDFW reviews, scores and ranks the proposals and they are voted on by the Environmental Enhancement Committee. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/ospr/science/environmental-enhancement-fund or contact Bruce Joab at (916) 322-7561 or bruce.joab@wildlife.ca.gov.

1 — Water Conservation Effort Meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Resource Center for Non Violence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz (95060). CDFW, in collaboration with the Santa Cruz and San Mateo Resource Conservation Districts and the State Water Resources Control Board, is holding a public meeting to address how residents can contribute to water conservation efforts that will help save native fisheries. The streams in this area are home to the last remaining coho salmon populations south of the Golden Gate Bridge. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan at andrew.hughan@wildlife.ca.gov.

2 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., Room 437 of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. For more information, please visit https://wcb.ca.gov/.

2 — Big Game Drawing Deadline. The deadline to submit applications for elk, antelope, bighorn sheep and premium deer tags is June 2. Sales transactions must be completed before midnight. Hunters may apply at a CDFW license agent, CDFW license sales office, online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales or through telephone sales at (800) 565-1458. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/big-game.

2 — Water Conservation Effort Meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Pescadero Native Sons Community Hall, 112 Stage Road, Pescadero (94060). CDFW, in collaboration with the Santa Cruz and San Mateo Resource Conservation Districts and the State Water Resources Control Board, is holding a public meeting to address how residents can contribute to water conservation efforts that will help save native fisheries. The streams in this area are home to the last remaining coho salmon populations south of the Golden Gate Bridge. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan at andrew.hughan@wildlife.ca.gov.

4-12  —  California Invasive Species Action Week Begins. CDFW) will kick off the third annual California Invasive Species Action Week on  June 4. The goal of Action Week is to promote public awareness of invasive species issues and to encourage public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources. CDFW will be partnering with other departments, agencies, organizations and volunteer programs across California to host more than 45 educational and “action” events including invasive species removals, habitat restoration projects, quagga mussel surveys, field outings, public presentations and youth activities. All events are open to the public, although some require registration. A calendar of events planned for around the state can be found at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=123891&inline.

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.

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

21 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Bakersfield Elks Lodge #266, 1616 30th St., Bakersfield (93301). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

22-23 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, time to be determined, Bakersfield Elks Lodge #266, 1616 30th St., Bakersfield (93301). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

25 — Trout Fest 2016 at the Hot Creek Hatchery, 121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546). Trout Fest is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Youths can learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, and how 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 e-mail troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit CDFW’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

27-29 SHARE Wild Pig Hunts Offered in Southern California. CDFW is accepting applications for semi-guided wild pig hunts on Tejon Ranch in Kern County (93243), which is located 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Bakersfield. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

30 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Closes 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.

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