July 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Various Days — Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, various times, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is home to approximately 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats. From mid-June to mid-September the Yolo Basin Foundation provides a program for people to learn about bats and watch the colony fly. Reservations are required. To register, please visit www.yolobasin.org. For more information, please email cquirk@yolobasin.org.

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead a group, school or organization on a half-mile route through diverse wetlands. 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 and reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

Weekends — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough. 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.

1 — Free Fishing Day. One of two Free Fishing Days being offered by CDFW in 2017 is scheduled July 1 (the other is Sept. 2). While all fishing regulations – such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures – remain in effect, anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license on Free Fishing Days. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days.

1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Re-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 Brush, Cottontail and Pygmy Rabbit and Varying Hare Season Opens. Season closes Jan. 29, 2018. For more information on small game mammal seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.

13 — California Fish and Game Commission Predator Policy Workgroup Meeting, time to be determined, California Department of Parks and Recreation Redwood Conference Room, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

14 — CDFW Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Program Proposals Due. CDFW is accepting proposals for ecosystem restoration and protection projects that fulfill the objectives of Proposition 1. Proposals must be submitted online at https://soar.resources.ca.gov by 4 p.m. on July 14. The FY 2017-2018 Proposal Solicitation Notice, application instructions and other information about the Restoration Grant Programs are available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/watersheds/restoration-grants.

14-15 — Friant Interactive Nature Site Volunteer Days, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friant Interactive Nature Site, 17443 N Friant Road, Friant (93626). Volunteers will perform general trail maintenance, including raking, pruning, planting and weeding, along the Small Fry Children’s and San Joaquin River Parkway trails. Parking is available at the corner of Friant Road and Flemming Road. Participants will meet CDFW staff at the picnic area located along the Parkway Trail to sign in. Volunteers under 18 must bring a signed parent permission slip. For more information, please email R4SalmonidsClassroom@wildlife.ca.gov or call (559) 243-4014, ext. 245.

15 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Closes 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.

15 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Closes for All Boat-based Anglers in California. The season will reopen from Aug. 1-15, and again from Sept. 1-Oct. 31, if the quota has not been reached. 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 Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa (95405). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

24 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Elk Hunting Opportunities. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

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

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