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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various Days — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). 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 onsite). Groups of five or more 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 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. An $11.62 non-refundable application fee is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
First Through Third Saturdays and Sundays of the Month — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, 7730 W. Woodbridge Road, Lodi (95242). Online registration has begun for those wishing to participate in guided tours, which run October through February. A one-day Lands Pass must be purchased to attend and instructions are available on the same website. Tours fill fast and registration may be done as much as six weeks in advance. To registers or to find more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.
Weekends, Beginning Oct. 20 — Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 12:30 p.m. The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half mile through this premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. This land is part of the CDFW Lands Pass Program and its associated fee-for-use requirement. There is no additional cost for the tour. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email email@example.com.
2 — Last Day of Recreational Crab Trap Ban in All Ocean Waters. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/marine/calendar.
2 — Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder Opens, 10:30 am, Nimbus Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). The opening of the fish ladder signals the start of the spawning season for Chinook salmon on the American River. Throughout the fall, the public can view the ladder and the spawning operations at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center. The hatchery is open daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p. m. on weekends, free of charge. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/nimbushatchery.
2-3 — California Department of Fish and Wildlife Volunteer Day, 8:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m., Friant Interactive Nature Site, 17413 N Friant Rd, Friant (93626). Activities will include trail maintenance, and water, snacks and sunscreen will be provided. Participants should wear work clothes, closed-toed shoes and hats. Volunteers under 18 years of age must bring a signed parent permission slip. For more information, please contact Cheryl Moxley at (559) 696-8092 or email@example.com.
3 — First Day of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season. Please note that the recreational Dungeness fishery has been delayed in state waters from Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County (41° 8.00’ N. Latitude) north to the California/Oregon state line due to unhealthy levels of domoic acid. Other areas of the coast will open as scheduled. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2EJb8z1.
3 — Scaup Season Opens in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Colorado River and Balance of State zones (extends through Jan. 27). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
3 — White Goose Season Opens in the Imperial County Special Management Area (extends through Jan. 27). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
3 — General Deer Season Opens in Zone D12. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
4 — General Deer Season Closes in Zones D17, D19. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
6 — Last Day of Emergency Increase in Purple Sea Urchin Bag Limit in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/marine/calendar.
8 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee, 10 a.m. to noon, Sacramento County Board Chambers, 700 H St., Suite 1450, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or call (916) 445- 8448.
8 — Black Brant Season Opens in the Northern Brant Special Management Area (extends through Dec. 14). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
9 — Black Brant Season Opens in the Balance of State Brant Special Management Area (extends through Dec. 15). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
10 — Pheasant, Fall Wild Turkey and Late Season Dove Openers. General Pheasant Season Opens Statewide and Extends through Dec. 23; Fall Wild Turkey Season Opens Statewide and Extends Through Dec. 9; and Late Season Dove Hunting Opens Statewide and Extends Through Dec. 24. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
11 — General Deer Season Closes in Zones D11, D13–D15, X9c. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
14 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.
15 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or call (916) 445- 8448.
15 — First Day of Commercial Dungeness Crab Season, South of Sonoma-Mendocino County Line (scheduled). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/marine/calendar.
15 — 2019 Sport Fishing Licenses Available. The 2019 sport fishing licenses become available at various sites. For more information or to purchase a license online, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing.
25 — General Deer Season Closes in Zones D12, D16. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988