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February 2019 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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, waterfowl, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.75 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) 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 is underway for those wishing to participate in guided tours, which run 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 register or for more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

Weekends — 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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

1 — Deadline to Report on Bear Tag. All bear tag holders are required to report on their tag regardless of whether or not they hunted for bear. The deadline for reporting on a bear hunt tag is Feb. 1. After the Feb. 1 deadline, the online reporting system will lock hunters out from reporting. Hunters who miss the online reporting window can and should still mail in their tags to the address on the tag. All bear tags postmarked after Feb. 1 will be considered late. Tags can be reported online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/Internetsales/customersearch/begin.

1 — Proposition 68 Grant Program for Regional Conservation Investment Strategies Preparation. The 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice for grant proposals to develop Regional Conservation Investment Strategies was released in January and the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) is currently accepting proposals. Proposals that seek approval at the May 2019 WCB meeting are due by March 1. Proposals submitted after March 1 will be considered at future WCB meetings. For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or contact Scott McFarlin at (916) 323-2281.

1 — 2019 Commercial Fishing Licenses and Permits Available for Purchase. The 2019 commercial fishing licenses and permits are valid from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/commercial.

2 — White Goose Late Season Opens in the Imperial County Special Management Area. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

2-3 — Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are intended to provide a safe learning environment for youth who are interested in hunting and to encourage youths and adults to experience the outdoors together. Each year, many wildlife areas and national wildlife refuges open for youth hunt days. Federal regulations require that hunters must be 17 years of age or younger and accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older to participate. All hunters must have a valid license and stamps as required by state and federal law. The daily bag and possession limits apply along with all other waterfowl regulations for the 2018-19 waterfowl season. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

2-3 — 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 cancelled in the event of heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of fewer than 20 people. This land is part of the CDFW Lands Pass Program and its associated fee-for-use requirement. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information on the tours, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

5 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Resources Building, 12th Floor Conference Room (Room 1206), 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2019/index.aspx.

6 — California Fish and Game Commission 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/2019/index.aspx.

6 — White and White-fronted Goose Late Season Opens in the Northeastern Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

7 — Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee meeting, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 700 H St., Suite 1450, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit the Wildlife Conservation Board’s Committee webpage at https://wcb.ca.gov/programs/lower-american-river.

8 — California Duck Days Welcome Reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St., Davis (95616). California Duck Days kicks off with a public reception featuring an exhibit of wildlife art created by high school students from Yolo County and a display of art from the California Junior Duck Stamp contest. The event is free. California Duck Days tickets and T-shirts will be on sale. For more information on California Duck Days, please visit http://yolobasin.org/californiaduckdays.

9 — White and White-fronted Goose Late Season Opens in the Balance of State Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

23 — California Duck Days. CDFW, the Yolo Basin Foundation, the California Waterfowl Association, Yolo Audubon and the City of Davis are hosting California Duck Days at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). California Duck Days is a family-oriented, community-based outdoor festival with activities that include field trips led by experienced birders and naturalists. Onsite activities are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which include interactive exhibits, wetland-themed arts and crafts, and trout fishing. For more information, please visit http://yolobasin.org/californiaduckdays/.

23 — Small Canada Goose Late Season Opens in the North Coast Special Management Area. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

27 — CDFW’s Annual Salmon Information Meeting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa (95403). The public is invited to attend CDFW’s annual meeting on the status of California Chinook salmon populations and the outlook for 2019 ocean salmon fisheries. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented along with the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries. The meeting marks the beginning of a two-month long public process used to establish annual sport and commercial ocean salmon seasons. A list of additional meetings and other opportunities for public comment is available on CDFW’s ocean salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon/preseason. For more information, please contact Chenchen Shen at (707) 576-2885 or chenchen.shen@wildlife.ca.gov.

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

January 2019 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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, waterfowl, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.75 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

Various Days — Nature Bowl Coaching Workshops. Training for those interested in becoming coaches for the Nature Bowl will be held on various days at various sites in the Sacramento area in January. The Nature Bowl is an educational event for third through sixth graders who form teams of up to nine students with an adult coach. The event is scheduled at various sites in the Sacramento area in April and May. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/nature-bowl/schedule or email joanie.cahill@wildlife.ca.gov.

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 is underway for those wishing to participate in guided tours, which run 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 register or for more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

Saturdays — Swan Tours. CDFW will offer free swan tours near Marysville on Saturdays through January. Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the naturalist-led tours will focus on tundra swans in one of the premier locations for viewing swans in California. Tours will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. The driving tours also involve walking a short distance and carpooling is encouraged. Pre-registration is required at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/swan-tours and up to 30 people can register for each tour. For more information, please call (916) 358-2869 or email interpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov.

Weekends — 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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

2 — SHARE Access Permit Application Deadline for Sierra Valley Preserve Waterfowl Hunt. Western Wildlife Adventures will provide guide services, two nights of lodging, food and transportation for this two-day hunt. CDFW will randomly draw one permit (good for two hunters) for each hunt period. Wild pig, turkey and quail hunts are also currently available through the SHARE program. A $10.75 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.

5 — White and White-fronted Goose Season Opens in the Northeastern California Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

10 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee, time to be determined, CDFW Regional Office, Large Conference Room, 3602 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite C-220, Ontario (91764). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2019/index.aspx.

13 — Large Canada Goose Season Closes in the Northeastern California Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

15 — SHARE Access Permit Application Deadline for Dye Creek Preserve Wild Pig Hunt. Western Wildlife Adventures will provide guide services, two nights of lodging, food and transportation for this two-day hunt. CDFW will randomly draw one permit (good for two hunters) for each hunt period. Wild pig, turkey and quail hunts are also currently available through the SHARE program. A $10.75 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.

18 — Duck Season and White Geese and White-fronted Goose Season Closes in the Northeastern California Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

20 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Annual King Tides Photography Walk, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Participants can witness one of the highest tides of the year and help scientists document the “King Tide” phenomenon. Reserve naturalists discuss the impacts of sea level rise on coastal on the slough and its surrounding coastlines while touring designated “King Tide” sites. Participants should bring cameras to record the tides at each site. The event is free but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/annual-king-tide-citizen-science-walk.

23 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Volunteer Orientation and Information Night, 5:30 to 7 p.m. 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve works to inspire conservation and preservation of the unique habitats of the Elkhorn Slough through research, stewardship and education. Volunteers help in this effort and participants in this free event will learn how to become involved. For more information, please contact Ariel Hunter at ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/volunteer-docent-training.

26 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Docent Training, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, (95076). Participants will learn how to join the reserve’s volunteer docent team and aid in the conservation of coastal estuaries. Over a span of five Saturdays (beginning Jan. 26 and concluding on Feb. 23), participants will learn about local natural history while developing strategies for engaging the public. Docent-led tours are offered on weekends throughout the year. Scheduling is flexible and based on individual availability. For more information or to register for training, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/volunteer-docent-training.

27 — Duck and Goose Season Closes in the Balance of State, Southern San Joaquin, Southern California and Colorado River zones. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

28 — Falconry Only Season Opens for Rabbits and Varying Hares (extending through March 17). For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.

29 — California Northern Spotted Owl Stakeholder Forum, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A, Santa Rosa (95403). The California Northern Spotted Owl Stakeholder Forum allows agencies, non-governmental organizations, researchers, landowners, timber companies and other interested parties to share information regarding northern spotted owl management and conservation efforts in California. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/timber/nso-forum.

31 — Deer Tag Reporting Deadline. Deer tag holders must submit a harvest report for any 2018 deer tag by the Jan. 31, 2019 deadline. All tag holders must report even if they did not hunt, or they hunted unsuccessfully. Tag holders who do not report by this deadline will be charged a $21.60 non-reporting penalty fee when purchasing a 2019 deer-tag drawing application or deer tag. To report your harvest online, please visit www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/hunting#9941260-tag-reporting or call (916) 928-5805.

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

December 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Saturdays — Swan Tours. CDFW will offer free swan tours near Marysville on Saturdays through January. Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the naturalist-led tours will focus on tundra swans in one of the premier locations for viewing swans in California. Tours will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. The driving tours also involve walking a short distance and carpooling is encouraged. Pre-registration is required at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/swan-tours and up to 30 people can register for each tour.  For more information, please call (916) 358-2869 or email interpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov.

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, waterfowl, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.75 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) 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 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 register or for more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

Weekends — 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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

1 — Nature Bowl Coach Registration Opens. Nature Bowl coaching workshops will be held at various sites for the 34th annual Nature Bowl that is scheduled at various sites in the Sacramento region in 2019. The educational event is for third through sixth graders who form teams of up to nine students with an adult coach. Events are held in April and May. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/nature-bowl.

7-8 — California Department of Fish and Wildlife Volunteer Day, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friant Interactive Nature Site, 17413 N. Friant Road, Friant (93626). Volunteers will help with trail maintenance, including pulling weeds, raking and pruning. Water, snacks and sunscreen will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear work clothes, closed-toed shoes and a hat. Those under 18 must bring a signed parent permission slip. For more information, please contact Cheryl Moxley at (559) 696-8092 or r4salmonidsclassroom@wildlife.ca.gov.

8 — Public Planting Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hester Marsh, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Volunteers can join Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s stewardship team as it places 20,000 salt marsh plants in the soil at a new restoration site. The Hester Marsh restoration project is restoring 60 acres of new salt marsh habitat adjacent to the Elkhorn Slough. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/public-planting-at-hester-marsh/.

12-13 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Dec. 12, 9 a.m., and Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m., QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside (92056). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

14 — Passing On the Tradition Youth Essay Contest Deadline. CDFW and the California Wildlife Officer Foundation are co-sponsoring the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters. The grand prize winner will receive a lifetime hunting license, valued at more than $600. This year’s contest invites entrants to share their thoughts about how hunting has positively influenced or affected their life. The contest is open to all junior hunting license holders, as well as youths under 18 who have earned a hunter education certificate. Entrants should submit an essay of 500 words or less.  Entries should be submitted via email to Capt. Robert Pelzman at robert.pelzman@wildlife.ca.gov no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Applicants must provide their date of birth and a contact telephone number. For additional information, please contact Capt. Pelzman at (916) 653-9727.

15 — General Season for Band-tailed Pigeons in the Southern Hunt Zone Opens (extending through Dec. 23). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

24 — Archery Only Pheasant Season Opens (extending through Jan. 20, 2019). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

24 — Archery Only Pheasant Season Opens. Season extends through Jan. 20, 2019. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

30 — Black Bear Season Ends Statewide, or earlier if CDFW determines that 1,700 black bears have been reported taken. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear. Successful hunters should have their tag validated and a tooth pulled from the skull of their bear. All hunters are required to submit a report on their bear tag, whether they hunted for bear or not. Tags can be mailed to the address on the tag, or reported online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin.

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

November 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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 laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov 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 r4salmonidsclassroom@wildlife.ca.gov.

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.

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Media Contact:
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

 

October 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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 lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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, and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.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 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 — General Bear Season Opening in Select Deer Zones. General bear season opens concurrently with general deer season in the A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 zones. In September, general bear season will open with general deer season in the following zones: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, all C zones, D3-10 zones, X8, X9a, X9b, X10 and X12. Current bear hunting regulations can be viewed at www.eregulations.com/california/hunting/big-game/bear-hunting/. In-season updates and general black bear information can be viewed at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear.

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadlines for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. An $11.62 non-refundable application fee will be 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 these guided tours, which run October through February. Registration is available online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour. 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. For 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 on the tour, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

3 — California Spiny Lobster Commercial Fishing Season Opens Statewide. For more information on regulations associated with the new California Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/commercial-regulations. For general information regarding lobster and lobster management, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.

6 — Wetland Wildlife Identification Workshop at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 9 a.m. to noon. Waterfowl will be the focus of the workshop and the walking tour, although a variety of wildlife will be present. Reservations are required and this land is part of the CDFW Lands Pass Program and its associated fee-for-use requirement. There is no additional cost for the workshop. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information on the tour, please call (530) 846-7505 or email to lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

6 — General Duck and Goose Season Opens in the Northeastern Waterfowl Zone. For more information about regulations, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

6 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones D19, X1, X2, X3a, X3b, X4, X5a, X5b, X6a, X6b, X7a and X7b. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

6-7 — Early Season Junior Hunt for Quail in the Mojave National Preserve. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

6-7 — Fall Fish Festival, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 35 Visitor Center Road, South Lake Tahoe (96150), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days. The festival encourages participation by youths and their parents in a variety of educational and entertaining activities. For more information, please visit https://tahoesouth.com/events/fall-fish-fest-kokanee-salmon-festival-at-taylor-creek-visitor-center/.

9 — Tour Leader Workshop at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free workshop will focus on developing leaders for the “Exploring the Wetlands” youth education program. Reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

13 — General Bear Season Opens in the Remainder of the State. General bear season opens for the balance of bear hunt areas throughout the state. The general bear season will remain open until Dec. 30, or until CDFW determines that 1,700 bears have been taken. CDFW reminds successful hunters to have their tag validated and a tooth extracted from the skull of their bear. Current bear hunting regulations can be viewed at www.eregulations.com/california/hunting/big-game/bear-hunting/. In-season updates and general black bear information can be viewed at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear.

13 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Teachers on the Reserve Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The workshop introduces teachers to the reserve and the education fieldtrip program. The workshop is free and continuing Education Units will be available. To register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/education-program/teacher-development/ and for more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

13 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones D11, D13, D14, D15 and D17. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

 13 — Archery-only Pheasant Season Opens and extends through Nov. 4. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

16 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Radisson Fresno Conference Center, 1055 Van Ness Ave., Fresno (93721). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

17 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, time to be determined, Radisson Fresno Conference Center, 1055 Van Ness Ave., Fresno (93721). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

19 — General Duck and Goose Season Opens in the Colorado River Waterfowl Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

20 — General Season for All Quail Opens in Zone Q1 and Zone Q3 (extending through Jan. 27). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

 20 — General Snipe Season Opens Statewide (extending through Feb. 3). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

20 — General Chukar Season Opens Statewide (extending through Jan. 27). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

20 — General Duck and Goose Season Opens in the Balance of State, Southern San Joaquin Valley and Southern California Waterfowl Zones. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

20 — General Deer Season Opens in Zone X9c. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

27 — General Deer Season Opens in Zone D16. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

31  Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. Recreational ocean salmon fishing closes statewide. For more information, please visit the ocean salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.

Media Contact:
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