Waterfowl hunting at sunrise.

December 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Saturdays — Tundra Swan Tours at District 10, a 23,000-acre expanse of privately owned rice fields and restored habitat in Yuba County, north of Marysville (95901). The free tours are led by naturalists and last about two hours. Tours for up to 30 people are held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/swan-tours. For more information, please call (916) 358-2869 or email interpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov.

Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours. Docent-led public tours are offered at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve the first three Saturdays and Sundays of each month through February. The reserve is located just west of Lodi and offers managed wetland habitat that attracts the sandhill cranes each year. Tours begin two hours before sundown. Visitors can register for tours up to eight weeks in advance online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour. Self-guided tours, highlighted by a set of interpretive panels, also are available at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South Unit, 11154 W Woodbridge Road, Lodi (95242).

Weekends — Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Tours. 12:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 5, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than one-half mile through a premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. The day use fee is $4.32 for visitors 16 and older who do not have a valid annual CDFW pass or California sport fishing, hunting or trapping license. There is no additional cost for the tour. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve Tours. Volunteers lead walks 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 $4.32 for visitors 16 and older who do not have a valid annual CDFW pass or California sport fishing, hunting or trapping license. Groups of five or should 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 — Gray Lodge Guided Wetland Tours, by reservation, 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. Tours can be customized to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please contact Lori Dieter at (530) 846-7505 or lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Various Days — Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder in Operation, at Nimbus Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). In December, the public can view the ladder and spawning operations at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884 or laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov, or visit www.facebook.com/nimbushatchery.

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.

3 — General Crow Season Opens, extending through April 5, 2017. Please view the hunt zone at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=110418&inline. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

7-8 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 a.m. on Dec. 8, Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley/Stadium, 3805 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego (92123). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

10-11 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The workshop for middle school and high school teachers focuses on developing lessons around hydrology, meteorology and soil data collection. Space is limited to the first 16 teachers who enroll. To register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/education/teachers/ and for more information please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

17 — Southern Zone Band-tailed Pigeon Season Opens, extending through Dec. 25. Please view the hunt zone at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=110415&inline . For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

25 — Bear Season Ends Statewide, or earlier if CDFW determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or contact Jesse Garcia at (916) 445-3515. In addition, 2015 bear season tooth-age information can now be viewed at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/mammals/black-bear.

26 — Archery Only Pheasant Season Opens, extending through Jan. 22, 2017. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

31 — Last day of Recreational Groundfish Season for All Boat-based Anglers in the San Francisco, Central and Southern Groundfish Management Area (Point Arena, Mendocino County to the California/Mexico Border). For more information please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.

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