July calendar

July 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

 

DATE — EVENT

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, deer, bear, turkey, dove 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.

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.

1 — Phase-Out of Lead Ammunition Continues. Further phase-out of lead ammunition for hunting in California will continue on July 1, 2016, as nonlead shot will be required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun, except for dove, quail, snipe and any game birds taken at licensed game bird clubs. In addition, nonlead shot will be required when using a shotgun to take resident small game mammals, furbearing mammals, nongame mammals, nongame birds and any wildlife for depredation purposes. For more information on the phase-out of lead ammunition for hunting in California, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/nonlead-ammunition.

1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in California. 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 Hunting Season Opens for Rabbits and Varying Hare. Season closes Jan. 31, 2017. The daily bag limit is five and possession limit is 10.

2 — Free Fishing Day. One of two Free Fishing Days to be offered by CDFW in 2016 is scheduled July 2 (the other is Sept. 3). On these two days people can fish in California without a sport fishing license. All fishing regulations — including bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures — remain in effect. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days.

12 — San Diego Area Contingency Plan (ACP) Sensitive Site Strategy Evaluation Program (SSSEP) Event, 8 a.m., San Diego Mission Bay Entrance Sensitive Site. Participants will meet in the public parking lot at 2600 Bayside Lane, Mission Beach (92109). The program is sponsored by CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the United States Coast Guard Sector San Diego. The SSSEP equipment deployment exercise will be led by the National Response Corporation and supported by participants from the Marine Spill Response Corporation. The current primary site protection strategy for Mission Bay Entrance will be deployed and evaluated. This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or by email at kris.wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — Last Day of Commercial Dungeness Crab Season in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. All other counties closed on June 30. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/crabs.

15 — Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Pigeon Point to Point Sur. All recreational ocean salmon fishing south of Pigeon Point will be closed through the remainder of the year. 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 Ocean Salmon Season Reopens 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 Closes for All Boat-based Anglers in California. For the latest information on season status 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.

20 — California Fish and Game Commission Fishing Communities Public Meeting, 1 to 5 p.m., Petaluma City School District Office, 200 Douglas St., Petaluma (94952). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

21 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma (94952). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

22 — Northern California Black Bass Fishing Contest Drawing, 10 a.m., National University, Sacramento Campus Conference Room, 10901 Gold Center Drive, Rancho Cordova (95670). The permit drawings allow sponsors to coordinate fishing contests for the following year. Attendance is recommended for those planning black bass fishing contests north of the Tehachapi Mountains during 2017 that will offer prizes totaling more than $1,000 or attract more than 50 participants. Proposed schedules, including dates and locations, must be received by close of business on July 20, 2016 and can be sent to Max Fish at 830 S St., Sacramento, CA 95811 or max.fish@wildlife.ca.gov. A filing fee of $60.77 per application will be collected at the drawing. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/inland/contests or contact Fish at (916) 327-8849 or max.fish@wildlife.ca.gov.

25 — Deadline for the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Elk Hunts. The specifics for all 28 elk hunts can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share#elk. Applications can be purchased by anyone with a valid California hunting license from any CDFW license office or online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales.

27 — San Diego Area Contingency Plan Meeting, 9 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego Training Room, 2710 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego (92101). Topics will include recent Sensitive Site Strategy deployments and pollution response cases. The public is invited and can submit ideas for improving the Area Plan. For more information, please contact Kris Wiese at (760) 681-6473 or by email at kris.wiese@wildlife.ca.gov.

29 — Southern California Black Bass Fishing Contest Drawing, 10 a.m., CDFW Ontario Office, Main Conference Room, 3602 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite C-220, Ontario (91764). The permit drawings allow sponsors to coordinate their fishing contests for the following year. Attendance is recommended for those planning black bass fishing contests north of the Tehachapi Mountains during 2017 that will offer prizes totaling more than $1,000 or attract more than 50 participants. Proposed schedules, including dates and locations, must be received by close of business on July 27, 2016 and can be sent to Max Fish at 830 S St., Sacramento, CA 95811 or max.fish@wildlife.ca.gov. The filing fee of $60.77 per application will be collected at the drawing. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/inland/contests  or contact Fish at (916) 327-8849 or max.fish@wildlife.ca.gov.

30 — Last Day of Sport Dungeness Season in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. All other counties closed on June 30. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/crabs.

30 — 29th Annual Kids’ Fishing Festival, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., SnowCreek Ponds, 1254 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546). The event is free for youths 14 and under and no advance registration is required. CDFW staff will teach children about California’s trout fisheries and educational programs will be highlighted. For more information, please visit http://kidsfishfest.com/ or contact Gaye Mueller at easternsierraartist@gmail.com or at (760) 937-2942.

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