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 approximately 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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. A $4.32 daily use permit is required for visitors without a valid annual CDFW pass, or California sport fishing, hunting or trapping license (permits must be purchased in advance and are not available on-site). There is no additional cost for the tour. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email email@example.com.
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 permit fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older (permits may be purchased on-site). Groups of five should please 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 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 catered to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
1 — Online Harvest Reporting Begins for Steelhead, Sturgeon and North Coast Salmon Report Cards. Anglers who were issued report cards for any of these species and abalone divers must report their harvest or effort by Jan. 31, 2017. Anglers and divers may report online or mail their report cards to the address printed on the report card. To report online, please visit www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin.
1 — Cash No Longer Accepted to CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch and Regional License Counters. Payments may still be made by check, money order or any debit/credit card with the Visa or Mastercard logo. Cash transactions will also continue to be accepted through authorized local sales agents. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing.
7 — White Goose Split Season Opens in Northeastern California Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
11 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Annual King Tides Photography Walk, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Reserve Research Coordinator Kerstin Wasson will lead the annual free walk to designated King Tide sites, and will discuss impacts of sea level rise on the slough and the surrounding coastline. Participants may bring cameras to record the effects of the King Tides. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at email@example.com.
15 — Dark Goose Season Closes in the Northeastern California Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
18 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee, 10 a.m., Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding (96001). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.
19 — Public Comment Deadline for the Negative Declaration for the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project Fall-run Chinook Salmon Acclimation Program in Santa Cruz Harbor. Mailed comments must be postmarked by this date. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/notices.
19-22 — International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE), Cal Expo State Fairgrounds, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento (95815). CDFW personnel will be actively involved in the annual event, which will feature exhibitions, free seminars, an archery contest, a youth fair and other activities. For more information, please visit www.sportsexpos.com/attend/sacramento/.
20 — Duck Season, Scaup Season and White Goose Split Season Close in the Northeastern California Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
27 — Proposal Deadline for the California Duck Stamp Grant Program. Qualified nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for funding for waterfowl and habitat projects using State Duck Stamp funding. For more information, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=134521&inline.
29 — Waterfowl Season Closes in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, Balance of State, Southern California and Colorado River Zones. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
29 — Chukar Season Closes Statewide, and General Quail Season Closes in Zones Q1-Q3. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
29 — General Tree Squirrel Season and Rabbit and Varying Hare Season Close Statewide. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.
31 — Proposal Deadline for the Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Program. CDFW is seeking high-quality grant proposals for projects that will further the conservation and recovery of federally listed threatened and endangered species in the state. For more information, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=114131&inline.
31 — Deadline to Return or Report Red Abalone Cards. CDFW reminds abalone anglers that the law requires that they return their abalone cards to CDFW or report their harvest data online by Jan. 31, 2017 even if they did not try to take abalone. Cards may be mailed to CDFW, 32330 North Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5554 or dropped off at the Fort Bragg office. When the office is closed, cards can be deposited in the mailbox located on the front railing. Data may also be submitted online at https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin. The cards provide important data used by CDFW to monitor the abalone fishery.
31 — Deer Tag Reporting Deadline. Tag holders who do not report will be charged a non-reporting fee of $21.60 (added to their first deer application or tag purchase for the 2017-18 season). Reports can be made online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales or by mail by sending report card to CDFW Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94299-0002.
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958