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July 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar June 26, 2017 - 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 … Continue reading July 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Sage-Grouse Hunting Suspended for 2017 Season June 23, 2017 - On June 21, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to reduce sage-grouse hunting permits to zero for the 2017 season. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommended this action to the Commission based on spring lek (breeding ground) surveys that showed significantly fewer sage-grouse in all four hunting zones. Although … Continue reading Sage-Grouse Hunting Suspended for 2017 Season
2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Announced June 20, 2017 - (Photo, left to right: California Fish and Game Commission President Eric Sklar, Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Sabrina Ashjian, CDFW Chief of Enforcement David Bess.) The California Fish and Game Commission has honored Fresno County Deputy District Attorney (DDA) Sabrina Ashjian as the Commission’s 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year. The selection process was based … Continue reading 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Announced
SHARE Program Offers Elk Hunts, Including New Properties June 16, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for 31 elk hunting opportunities offered through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program. The hunts will occur at various times between Aug. 15 and Dec. 24, 2017 on 28 select properties in Colusa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Siskiyou counties. Specific … Continue reading SHARE Program Offers Elk Hunts, Including New Properties
Four Black Bears Transferred to Oakland Zoo Under Unique Circumstances June 15, 2017 - A female black bear and her three cubs were transferred to Oakland Zoo from the care of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Investigations Lab on Tuesday. Though it is CDFW policy not to place large adult mammals into captivity, a sequence of unique circumstances provided these bears an opportunity for a … Continue reading Four Black Bears Transferred to Oakland Zoo Under Unique Circumstances
Newhall Ranch Project Re-Approved; Final Environmental Analysis Released Today June 14, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released the Final Additional Environmental Analysis (AEA) and re-approved the Newhall Ranch Resource Management and Development Plan and Spineflower Conservation Plan. CDFW approved the project originally in December 2010 after preparing and certifying an environmental impact report. In 2015, the California Supreme Court identified two issues in … Continue reading Newhall Ranch Project Re-Approved; Final Environmental Analysis Released Today
Free Fishing Days for 2017 will be July 1 and Sept. 2 June 14, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages all Californians to give fishing a try for free on July 1 and Sept. 2. CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. On these two days, people can fish without having to buy a sport fishing … Continue reading Free Fishing Days for 2017 will be July 1 and Sept. 2
CDFW’s Invasive Species Program Announces Youth Art Contest Winners June 8, 2017 - The winners of the “Don’t Let it Loose!” Youth Art Contest have been announced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Invasive Species Program. As part of the California Invasive Species Action Week, 126 youths from across California submitted their original artwork. Participants were asked to send artwork depicting invasive species that might … Continue reading CDFW’s Invasive Species Program Announces Youth Art Contest Winners
CDFW Seeking Grant Proposals to Restore Habitat Impacted by Cannabis Cultivation June 5, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects within the California watersheds most impacted by unregulated cannabis cultivation. Contingent on the Budget Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, a total of $1.5 million in Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration funds will be made available through CDFW’s Cannabis … Continue reading CDFW Seeking Grant Proposals to Restore Habitat Impacted by Cannabis Cultivation
June 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar June 5, 2017 - 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 … Continue reading June 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Crawdad, John Burnap photography Help Kick Off California Invasive Species Action Week by Volunteering June 2, 2017 - The fourth annual California Invasive Species Action Week will run from Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, June 11. Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Invasive Species Action Week is a statewide event that provides the public with opportunities to learn about and take action against non-native plants and animals that harm … Continue reading Help Kick Off California Invasive Species Action Week by Volunteering
Sacramento River Between Keswick Dam and the Highway 44 Bridge Closed to Fishing June 1, 2017 - Regulations went into effect as of May 26, 2017 to close a 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River to all fishing, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. An emergency regulation had expired on Mar. 30, 2017, but was made permanent upon adoption of the Fish and Game Commission and filing with … Continue reading Sacramento River Between Keswick Dam and the Highway 44 Bridge Closed to Fishing
Be ‘Bear Aware’ this Spring and Summer June 1, 2017 - As spring and summer beckon people outdoors, California’s black bears are also active after a long winter hibernation. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) takes this opportunity to highlight the native black bear – one of most adaptable animals in the state – and encourages citizens to help reduce nuisance encounters with this … Continue reading Be ‘Bear Aware’ this Spring and Summer
 CDFW Reminds Anglers that White Sharks are Protected from Fishing May 26, 2017 -   As the summer months approach and with increased sightings of White Sharks off Southern California beaches, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder that White Sharks are a protected species under both state and federal fisheries laws and regulations. “White Sharks are regularly found in Southern California in summer … Continue reading  CDFW Reminds Anglers that White Sharks are Protected from Fishing
CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs May 26, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for ecosystem restoration and protection projects that fulfill the objectives of Proposition 1. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, $31 million in Proposition 1 funds will be made available through CDFW’s two Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. The Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund … Continue reading CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs
Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects May 25, 2017 - At its May 25 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $11.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 11 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide public access to important natural resources. … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
California and Oregon Governors Request Salmon Disaster Assistance May 25, 2017 -   California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Oregon Governor Kate Brown sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon anglers and … Continue reading California and Oregon Governors Request Salmon Disaster Assistance
Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend May 24, 2017 - California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Memorial Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web, and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These … Continue reading Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend
California Wildlife Officers Recognized for Special Service Acts, with Medal of Valor Awards May 23, 2017 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers Chad Edwards and Michael Dilts received awards today at the 2017 Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor Ceremony in Sacramento. These annual awards recognize state employees for heroic acts of bravery. Wardens Edwards and Dilts each received the “Special Service Award” (Silver Medal): “For an act of … Continue reading California Wildlife Officers Recognized for Special Service Acts, with Medal of Valor Awards
CDFW Plans Elk Capture in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties May 23, 2017 - Beginning this week and continuing through June 12, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plans to capture as many as 30 elk calves in northeastern California. Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt elk calves will be captured in Siskiyou and Modoc counties on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, and on private … Continue reading CDFW Plans Elk Capture in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties
Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches May 19, 2017 - Time is running out for California hunters to apply for the 2017 Big Game Drawing. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and deer tags as well as fundraising random drawing tags.  Applicants must complete the sales transaction before midnight June 2, 2017. Applications may be … Continue reading Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches
CDFW Climate Change Expert Honored for Innovation May 19, 2017 - Dr. Amber Pairis, director of the Climate Science Alliance-South Coast, recently received the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The award recognized her inventive approaches to preparing Southern California for the effects of climate change. The Climate Science Alliance is a partnership between the California Department of Fish and … Continue reading CDFW Climate Change Expert Honored for Innovation
Fish and Wildlife Director Extends Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Closure in Northern California Due to Public Health Hazard May 16, 2017 -   California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham, under new authority granted this year, has acted to extend the emergency commercial rock crab fishery closure that was due to expire on May 16. State health agencies determined last fall that rock crabs north of Pigeon Point (37° 11’ N. lat.) to the … Continue reading Fish and Wildlife Director Extends Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Closure in Northern California Due to Public Health Hazard
Pump Failure Kills Fall-Run Chinook Salmon at Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility May 11, 2017 - An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 fall-run Chinook salmon were killed early yesterday morning at the Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility due to a pump failure from a faulty wire. More than two million remaining salmon at the facility will be released over the next month as they reach an appropriate size. Overnight on … Continue reading Pump Failure Kills Fall-Run Chinook Salmon at Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility
Mojave River Hatchery to Temporarily Close to the Public April 29, 2017 - The Mojave River Hatchery near Victorville in San Bernardino County will be closed to the public as of May 1, to allow for maintenance and repairs of the raceways, buildings and equipment. The facility is expected to reopen in approximately three to four months when all repairs are complete. All fish currently at the hatchery … Continue reading Mojave River Hatchery to Temporarily Close to the Public
Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 with Additional Season Dates for 2017 April 29, 2017 - The 2017 recreational Pacific halibut fishery will commence Monday, May 1 for the first of four open periods. This season’s dates are May 1-June 15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. The open and closed periods are intended to provide fishing opportunities from spring … Continue reading Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 with Additional Season Dates for 2017
Wildlife Conservation Board Honored for Resource Conservation April 28, 2017 - The Green California Summit honored the California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) Tuesday night with the 2017 Leadership Award for Resource Conservation. The annual summit showcases strategies for emission reduction, water conservation, clean transportation and other environmentally sustainable practices, and supports attainment of the sustainability goals set by the state. The award was presented for projects … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Honored for Resource Conservation
May 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar April 26, 2017 -   DATE — EVENT 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 catered to include requested information. … Continue reading May 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Pilot Peak Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Released into Truckee Basin Waters April 26, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will start releasing Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into Truckee area waters to give Sierra Nevada anglers the opportunity to catch some trophy sized trout in a year or two.  Last week CDFW received a shipment of cutthroat trout eggs from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife … Continue reading Pilot Peak Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Released into Truckee Basin Waters
California spiny lobster (CDFW photo by Derek Stein) Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30 April 24, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2016-2017 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to submit online or return their cards by April 30, 2017, as required by law. The cards must be reported even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Information collected from the cards provides … Continue reading Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30

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