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CDFW Seeks Artists to Enter Annual California Duck Stamp Art Contest March 22, 2017 - Artists are invited to submit their original artwork to the 2017-2018 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will accept submissions May 12 through June 12. The contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older as of March 7, 2017. Entrants need not … Continue reading CDFW Seeks Artists to Enter Annual California Duck Stamp Art Contest
Threatened Green Sturgeon Rescued from Fremont Weir, Returned to Sacramento River March 21, 2017 - Biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently saved a Sacramento River green sturgeon trapped in the Fremont Weir. The five-and-a-half-foot long fish was stranded in the nearly two-mile-long concrete weir when Sacramento River floodwaters receded. Sturgeon in this area are migrating up the Sacramento River to spawn above Red Bluff. Sacramento … Continue reading Threatened Green Sturgeon Rescued from Fremont Weir, Returned to Sacramento River
CDFW Releases First Million of Evacuated Fish into Feather River March 20, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released one million state and federally listed threatened spring-run Chinook salmon into the Feather River on Monday, March 20. These were the first fish to be released that were evacuated from the … Continue reading CDFW Releases First Million of Evacuated Fish into Feather River
2017 Invasive Species Youth Art Contest Kicks Off with “Don’t Let it Loose” Theme March 20, 2017 - Young artists and future biologists are invited to enter this year’s California Invasive Species Art Contest, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This year’s theme is “Don’t Let it Loose!” Youths in grades 2 through 12 are eligible to enter. Entries should depict invasive species that might be released into California’s … Continue reading 2017 Invasive Species Youth Art Contest Kicks Off with “Don’t Let it Loose” Theme
Recent Urban Coyote Death Linked to Restricted Rodenticides March 20, 2017 - The carcass of a young and otherwise healthy coyote found in a San Francisco park has tested positive for four different types of rat poison – all of which are illegal for non-professional use in California. The body of the female coyote was found in Douglass Park in February. Lab test results, recently received by … Continue reading Recent Urban Coyote Death Linked to Restricted Rodenticides
Feather River Hatchery Closed Until Further Notice March 15, 2017 - Due to recent flooding from the Feather River, the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will remain closed to the public until further notice. The hatchery’s infrastructure and public viewing areas were damaged by high flood waters, silt and debris, making it unsafe for the public to be on the grounds or access the river via … Continue reading Feather River Hatchery Closed Until Further Notice
CDFW Awards $15 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration and Forest Legacy Projects March 15, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 43 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration. The grants, which total $15,297,743, are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). They include approximately … Continue reading CDFW Awards $15 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration and Forest Legacy Projects
Legislature Honors Sebastopol Photographer for Wildlife Photo of the Year March 10, 2017 - The California Legislature yesterday honored wildlife photographer Joshua Asel of Sebastopol with a resolution declaring his image of the life-or-death battle involving three species as the California Wildlife Photo of the Year. The photograph, presented on the Senate floor, captures the death-grip of a great blue heron as it clenches a garter snake, and the … Continue reading Legislature Honors Sebastopol Photographer for Wildlife Photo of the Year
view down a slow-flowing river with green vegetation on both banks Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Streamflow Enhancement Projects March 9, 2017 - At its March 9 Streamflow Enhancement meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $20 million of Proposition 1 Funds in grants through the Streamflow Enhancement Program. The program awards grant funding on a competitive basis to projects that represent the mission of the WCB and address the three goals of the California Water Action … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Streamflow Enhancement Projects
Nimbus Hatchery Releases 420,000 American River Steelhead March 8, 2017 - Nearly a half million young steelhead recently started their journey to the ocean, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Staff at Nimbus Fish Hatchery nursed the young steelhead through several potentially devastating conditions, including drought-induced high water temperatures in the hatchery last summer and winter flood conditions that nearly cut off … Continue reading Nimbus Hatchery Releases 420,000 American River Steelhead
Nonlead Ammunition Required Statewide for 2017 Spring Wild Turkey Season March 6, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding hunters that nonlead ammunition is now required statewide when hunting wild turkeys with a shotgun. The upcoming 2017 spring wild turkey season will be the first hunting season with significant participation for which nonlead shot will be required statewide. These regulations apply both to public … Continue reading Nonlead Ammunition Required Statewide for 2017 Spring Wild Turkey Season
CDFW to Sell Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Answer Questions and More at Fred Hall Shows March 1, 2017 - Top leaders from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will participate in a discussion panel followed by a question and answer session at the Fred Hall Show underway at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach. The 71st annual show opened today and continues through Sunday. CDFW will also have a strong … Continue reading CDFW to Sell Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Answer Questions and More at Fred Hall Shows
2017 Salmon Forecasts Point to Reduced Fishing Opportunities March 1, 2017 - Commercial and sport anglers have received unwelcome news on the predicted return of Chinook salmon this year to California waters. State and federal fishery scientists presented updates on the numbers of spawning Chinook and the expected abundance for the upcoming fishing season at the annual Ocean Salmon Information Meeting held in Santa Rosa today. Forecasts … Continue reading 2017 Salmon Forecasts Point to Reduced Fishing Opportunities
March 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar February 24, 2017 - DATE — EVENT Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, 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 March 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Snow-covered Mount Shasta rises behind brown hills and a blue lake Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects February 23, 2017 - At its Feb. 23 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $10 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California, including the Salton Sea. Some of the 16 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide public access … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Draws Record Crowd February 23, 2017 - A record crowd of over 7,500 enjoyed the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival earlier this month at Lake Sonoma Visitor Center and Warm Springs-Don Clausen Fish Hatchery east of Healdsburg in the Russian River watershed. The event celebrated the return of steelhead to the hatchery operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and  … Continue reading Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Draws Record Crowd
CDFW to Host Public Meeting on Ocean Salmon Fisheries February 14, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites the public to attend its upcoming annual Ocean Salmon Information Meeting. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented, in addition to the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March … Continue reading CDFW to Host Public Meeting on Ocean Salmon Fisheries
Construction of New CDFW Facility to Temporarily Impede Trail Access February 14, 2017 - Upcoming construction of a new Salmon Conservation and Research Facility (SCARF) will trigger temporary, sporadic closures of a section of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail at the  recently constructed Friant Interactive Nature Site (FINS) throughout 2017. Visitors are asked to observe all safety precautions in place during construction and yield to posted signs and … Continue reading Construction of New CDFW Facility to Temporarily Impede Trail Access
CDFW Officers Recognized for Outstanding Acts and Achievements February 14, 2017 - Several wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division were recently recognized for exceptional performances. Awards were presented in front of their peers during a CDFW luncheon held in January 2017, in conjunction with CDFW’s annual Advanced Officer Training. Many of the awards are issued directly by CDFW, while … Continue reading CDFW Officers Recognized for Outstanding Acts and Achievements
Young Hunters, Mentors Enjoy Successful Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days February 14, 2017 - Nearly 1,000 young hunters took to the fields on Feb. 4-5 this year, as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days opened to clearing skies and the ducks and geese were plentiful. These special two days of waterfowl hunting were open only to junior license holders age 17 or younger, and their non-hunting adult mentors. Various hunts were … Continue reading Young Hunters, Mentors Enjoy Successful Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
Two California Organizations Among 2017 George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund Grantees February 14, 2017 - Two California non-profit organizations have been awarded funds to provide fishing programs for Hispanic families. A total of $10,792 in grants was awarded by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) through the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will match the grant funds, effectively … Continue reading Two California Organizations Among 2017 George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund Grantees
Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Now Extends to Bodega Bay February 10, 2017 - Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it will extend the open area of the commercial rock crab fishery northward to Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. On Feb. 10 the commercial rock crab fishery is open from 38° 18′ N. Lat. (Bodega Bay, Sonoma County) … Continue reading Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Now Extends to Bodega Bay
Tax Donations Help to Prevent Wildlife Extinction February 9, 2017 - Extinction is forever, but you and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) can join forces to prevent it. Help save California’s native plant and animal species when you file your state income tax return by making a voluntary contribution to the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program (RESPP) and/or the California Sea Otter … Continue reading Tax Donations Help to Prevent Wildlife Extinction
Spring Turkey Hunting Season and Hunt Application Deadlines Approach February 8, 2017 - California’s 2017 general spring wild turkey hunting season opens statewide on March 25 and extends through April 30. The archery-only season will follow immediately afterward, running from May 1-14. Hunters who have a current junior hunting license may also hunt the weekend before the opener, (March 18 and 19), and the two weeks after the … Continue reading Spring Turkey Hunting Season and Hunt Application Deadlines Approach
Applications Now Available for 2017 Joice Island Pig Hunts February 8, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering pig hunting opportunities in March and April at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. CDFW will be holding the limited-entry, permit-only hunts to control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Joice Island is … Continue reading Applications Now Available for 2017 Joice Island Pig Hunts
Anglers Can Retain Canary Rockfish in 2017 February 7, 2017 - Starting in 2017, anglers will be allowed to retain canary rockfish for the first time in more than a decade. Canary rockfish was declared overfished in 2000, but the population rebuilt to healthy levels quicker than anticipated based on a combination of conservation efforts and restrictive management. “We are pleased to offer new opportunities based … Continue reading Anglers Can Retain Canary Rockfish in 2017
CDFW to Host Prop. 1 Grant Workshops in Southern California February 7, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will conduct four public workshops throughout Southern California for its Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. CDFW is collaborating with the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Coastal Conservancy and several local conservancies to encourage a wide variety of project proposals within the region. Each three-hour workshop will provide information … Continue reading CDFW to Host Prop. 1 Grant Workshops in Southern California
CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals February 2, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its 2017 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Soliciation Notice (PSN). The PSN and online grant application can be found online at http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants/frgp/solicitation. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017. CDFW will also hold a series … Continue reading CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals
Northern California Hatchery Workers Save Millions of Trout and Salmon February 2, 2017 - Following recent heavy rains, workers at the Nimbus and American River hatcheries labored around the clock to prevent massive debris loads from clogging the main water supply for below Nimbus Dam. Their intense efforts to clean intake structures and adjust water flows during battering winds and rains saved millions of eggs and young fish over … Continue reading Northern California Hatchery Workers Save Millions of Trout and Salmon
Flooding Limits Use of Wild Lands February 1, 2017 - Flooding Limits Use of Wild Lands Recent flooding has limited opportunities for nature enthusiasts, hunters and students to enjoy certain wildlife areas and ecological reserves operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area just west of Sacramento completely flooded in January, leading to the temporary closure of the … Continue reading Flooding Limits Use of Wild Lands

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