October calendar

September 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 any 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. The 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 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 each, 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 — Applications Available for Waterfowl Hunting Reservations. Beginning Sept. 1, waterfowl hunters can submit applications for reservations to hunt on state-operated wildlife areas for the 2016/17 hunting season. Applications may be submitted at CDFW license sales offices, license agents, and online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

1 — Mourning Dove and White-winged Dove Opens Statewide. Mourning dove and white-winged dove season opens statewide and extends through Sept. 15.

1— Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Open for All Boat-based Anglers in California on Sept. 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 — 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.

3 — Archery Deer Season Opens in Zones D11, D13, D14, D15, D16, D17 and D19. For more information on deer hunting in California, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deeer.

3-24 — General Bear Season Opens in Deer Zones with the Exception of Zones X1-X7B. For more information on bear hunting in California, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear.

5 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Closes from the California-Oregon Border to Horse Mountain. Recreational ocean salmon fishing north of Horse Mountain 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.

10 — Mountain Quail Season Opens in Zone Q1. Quail season in Zone Q1 opens Sept. 10 and extends through Oct. 14. For more information, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

10-11 — Greater Sage-Grouse General, Archery North Mono Zone only (hunting by permit only) Opens. The greater sage-grouse genera archery North Mono Zone only season (hunting by permit only) opens Sept. 10 and extends through Sept. 11. For more information, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

10 — Sooty (Blue) and Ruffed Grouse General Season Opens. Sooty (Blue) and Ruffed Grouse General Season Opens Sept. 10 and extends through Oct. 10. For more information, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

10 — White-tailed Ptarmigan General and Archery Season Opens Statewide. White-tailed ptarmigan general and archery season opens statewide Sept. 10 and extends through Sept. 18.  For more information, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

10 —Tree Squirrel General Season Opens. Tree squirrel general season opens Sept. 1o and extends through Jan. 31. For more information, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.

14 — The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood Lecture, 1-3 p.m., Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). As part of the Conservation Lecture Series, Frederica Bowcutt will discuss the different perceptions of the tanoak tree (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) which have ranged from treasured food plant to cash crop to trash tree. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures.

17 — Band-tailed Pigeon Season in the North Zone Opens. Band-tailed pigeon season in the North Zone opens Sept. 17 and extends through Sept. 25. For more information, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

17 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-4, D6-D7, X9A, X9B, X12. For more information on deer hunting in California, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

21 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, 10 a.m., Woodland Public Library, 250 First St., Woodland, (95695). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

21 — Delta Conservation Framework Outreach Workshop. CDFW is inviting other agencies and stakeholders for the second workshop in a consecutive series of four, to help develop a 25-year Delta Conservation Framework for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Yolo Bypass and Suisun Marsh by 2017. The workshops are hosted by the Delta Restoration Network and additional workshops are planned in October and November to provide participants an opportunity to inform concepts and work products as they are developed for inclusion in the Delta Conservation Framework document. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/watersheds/dcf#41062401-participate or contact Chad Dibble at chad.dibble@wildlife.ca.gov.

24 — 22nd Annual Oroville Salmon Festival, Feather River Fish Hatchery, 5 Table Mountain Blvd., Oroville (95965), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in downtown Oroville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature tours to view salmon spawning, informational booths, educational displays and vendor booths. For more information, please visit www.salmonfestoroville.org.

24 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones D3-5, D-8, D9, D10, X10.  For more information on deer hunting in California, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

24 — Quail Season Opens in Zone Q2 (all quail).  Quail season for all quail opens in Zone Q2 and extends through Jan. 29.  For more information, please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds#225035-regulations.

24-25 —Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days for the Northeastern Waterfowl Zone. To participate in these youth waterfowl hunts federal regulations require that hunters must be 17 years of age or younger at the time of the hunts and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older. Hunters who possess a California junior hunting license are not required to purchase a California Duck Validation, however a federal duck stamp is still required for any waterfowl hunter who is 16 years of age or older. The Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days are applicable to all lands, including private lands, state wildlife areas and federal national wildlife refuges. For more information, please contact the area you wish to hunt or Melanie Weaver at melanie.weaver@wildlife.ca.gov.

25 — California Fishing Passport Event, IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 Bay St, Trinidad (95570). CDFW’s California Fishing Passport program will partner with the International Game Fish Association and the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California for their Young Angler Tournament series event. Trophies are awarded to the winning anglers in each age group and all participants receive a free lunch, raffle prizes and goodie bags. For more information, please contact Carrie Wilson at Carrie.Wilson@wildlife.ca.gov.

28-30 — CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee Meeting, Oxford Suites, 2035 Business Lane, Chico (95928). The meeting starts at 11:15 a.m. on Sept. 28 and at 8 a.m. on both Sept. 29 and 30, and ends at 5 p.m. each day. For more information, please email Patty Forbes at patty.forbes@wildlife.ca.gov, call (916) 327-8842 or visit http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentId=128736.

28 — California Fish and Game Commission Predator Policy Workgroup, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., CDFW Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Conference Room, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

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Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958