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Reservations Now Available for 2018 Bat Night Tours

The bats have returned! The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is welcoming back the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in California. The bats return each summer to give birth to their young and soar over the floodplain in a nightly bug-eating bonanza.

The public is invited to experience this amazing event as thousands of bats emerge each evening to hunt for insects over the rice fields of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, located just east of the city of Davis. Each year during bat “pupping” season, from June through September, the Yolo Basin Foundation offers “Bat Talk and Walk” tours. The tour begins with a 45-minute indoor presentation on bat natural history, after which attendees are shuttled to the outdoor viewing area to witness firsthand the spectacular aerial performance.

An estimated 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to the area every summer to give birth under the shelter of the Yolo Causeway. The bats roost in the cement expansion joints and stream into the sky at dusk to feed, flying as high as two miles into the air.

“It is pretty incredible to see a quarter-million bats fly out each evening,” explains Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Manager Joe Hobbs. “Sometimes drivers on the Causeway don’t even notice it, or don’t know what they’re seeing. It’s amazing to think such a cool wildlife experience is right here in Sacramento.”

This family-friendly event lasts for about three hours. Advance reservations must be made online at http://yolobasin.org/battalkandwalks. Adult admission is $14 and children 15 and under are free. Private tours are also available upon request. Those unable to walk may view the bats by car.

Bat Talk and Walk Summer 2018 Schedule:

June

Friday, June 8, 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 21, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 28, 6:45 p.m.

July

Monday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 7, 6:30 p.m
Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.

August

Friday, Aug. 3, 6:15 p.m.
Sunday Aug. 5, 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 11, 6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 12, 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m.

September

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 5:45 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 7, 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 5:45 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10, 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.

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Media Contacts:
Joe Hobbs, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, (530) 757-2431
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

 

May 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

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 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 — 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.

1 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers for the Northern and Mendocino Management Areas (Oregon-California State Line to Point Arena). For more information, please visit the Groundfish webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.

1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens. There will be four open periods for the 2018 fishery: May 1-June 15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut.

2 — CDFW Statewide Management of Trout Resources Meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Arcade Library Meeting Room, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento (95821). CDFW invites trout anglers to voice their interests, needs and ideas regarding the statewide management of trout resources at a series of meetings scheduled across the state. The meetings will provide opportunities for the public to learn about and discuss the revision of the strategic plan for trout management, the creation of a new strategic plan for trout hatcheries and the simplification of inland trout angling regulations. For additional information, please contact Harry Morse at harry.morse@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 323-1478.

5 — CDFW Statewide Management of Trout Resources Meeting, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito (94965). CDFW invites trout anglers to voice their interests, needs and ideas regarding the statewide management of trout resources at a series of meetings scheduled across the state. The meetings will provide opportunities for the public to learn about and discuss the revision of the strategic plan for trout management, the creation of a new strategic plan for trout hatcheries and the simplification of inland trout angling regulations. For additional information, please contact Peter Tira at peter.tira@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 322-8908.

5-6 — Take It Outside at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nature tours are available both days at both 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Naturalist-led Kids Exploration Tour are available both days at noon. Other activities are also available all day in the Visitor Center. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

7 — Archery Only Spring Turkey and Additional Junior Spring Turkey Seasons Open (extending through May 20, 2018). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

10 — CDFW Statewide Management of Trout Resources Meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N Cedar Ave., Fresno (93703). CDFW invites trout anglers to voice their interests, needs and ideas regarding the statewide management of trout resources at a series of meetings scheduled across the state. The meetings will provide opportunities for the public to learn about and discuss the revision of the strategic plan for trout management, the creation of a new strategic plan for trout hatcheries and the simplification of inland trout angling regulations. For additional information, please contact Harry Morse at harry.morse@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 323-1478.

11 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Fall 2018 Elk Hunts. The SHARE website will be updated May 11 with fall elk hunt and property information. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

13 — World Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Celebrate the diversity of birds migrating through Elkhorn Slough Reserve by taking a low-tide birding tour at 3 p.m. to survey birds in the mudflats. Regular tours are also scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Craft activities and scavenger hunts will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at (831) 728-2823 or virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — CDFW Statewide Management of Trout Resources Meeting, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding (96001). CDFW invites trout anglers to voice their interests, needs and ideas regarding the statewide management of trout resources at a series of meetings scheduled across the state. The meetings will provide opportunities for the public to learn about and discuss topics that include the revision of the strategic plan for trout management, the creation of a new strategic plan for trout hatcheries and the simplification of inland trout angling regulations. For additional information, please contact Kyle Orr at kyle.orr@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 322-8958. 

19 — Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs!, 7 a.m. to noon, Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park, Old Chico Canyon Road, Chico, CA (95928). Youths 15 and under are invited to participate for a chance at catching channel catfish at the event hosted by the City of Chico. Admission is free, along with all tackle, bait, and instruction by volunteer fishing coaches. For more information, please contact Chris Giampaoli at (530) 891-4757 or at chris@epickhomes.com.

24 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov.

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

April 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

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 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 — 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.

1 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the Central Management Area (Pigeon Point, San Mateo County to Point Conception, Santa Barbara County). For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.

7  Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Pigeon Point to U.S./Mexico Border. All other areas off the California coast will remain closed during the month of April. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.

7 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Annual Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Mud Stomp, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Moss Landing Wildlife Viewing Area, 2460 Highway 1, Moss Landing (95039). Carleton Eyster, a biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science, will discuss the snowy plover and how to help improve their habitat. Please wear rubber boots as participants will walk along drying ponds and the footprints they leave will provide camouflage for chicks and eggs. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

10 — Public Scoping Meeting for Marine Aquaculture Programmatic Environmental Impact Report. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa (95403). CDFW is holding scoping meetings to solicit public input regarding the Marine Aquaculture Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). Scoping assists with identifying the range of actions contained in the PEIR, as well as alternatives, environmental impacts, methods of assessments and mitigation measures to be analyzed. The submission of written comments is encouraged, whether one attends the meeting or not, and comments may be sent to aquaculturepeir@wildlife.ca.gov prior to the deadline posted in the Notice of Preparation, which is available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Aquaculture/PEIR.

11 — Public Meeting for Strategic Plan for Trout Management, Strategic Plan for Trout Hatcheries, and Inland Trout Regulation Simplification, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Talman Pavilion, 1234 Fair St., Bishop (93514). CDFW is holding a series of public meetings to discuss topics surrounding the management of trout resources statewide, an effort CDFW is calling the “Trout Renaissance.”  The Strategic Plan for Trout Management will be used as a guiding document by CDFW trout managers statewide and will guide trout hatchery operations. Input from stakeholders regarding trout sportfishing regulations will help guide future steps in simplifying and streamlining the current format and content. CDFW is requesting public comments to help guide the planning processes.  For more information, please contact Roger Bloom at roger.bloom@wildlife.ca.gov.

12 — California Fish and Game Commission Teleconference Meeting, 3 p.m., California Natural Resources Building, Jim Kellogg Conference Room, 1416 Ninth St., Room 1320, Sacramento (95814) or listen to the live webcast at www.cal-span.org. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

12 — Public Scoping Meeting for Marine Aquaculture Programmatic Environmental Impact Report. 6:30 to. 8 p.m., Port of San Diego, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego (92101). CDFW is holding scoping meetings to solicit public input regarding the Marine Aquaculture PEIR. Scoping assists with identifying the range of actions contained in the PEIR, as well as alternatives, environmental impacts, methods of assessments and mitigation measures to be analyzed. The submission of written comments is encouraged, whether one attends the meeting or not, and comments may be sent to aquaculturepeir@wildlife.ca.gov prior to the deadline posted in the Notice of Preparation, which is available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Aquaculture/PEIR.

12 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, “Areas of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) version 3: A CDFW conservation analysis tool,” 1 to 3 p.m., Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (94814). As part of the Conservation Lecture Series, Melanie Gogol-Prokurat will present ACE, a non-regulatory tool that brings together the best available map-based data in California to depict biodiversity, significant habitats, connectivity, climate change resilience and other datasets for use in conservation planning. Attendance is free. To register and for more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures. 

14 — Earth Day Festival at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (92649). The free event, sponsored by CDFW, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and Amigos de Bolsa Chica, will feature educational activities and displays. For more information, please call (714) 846-1114 or email abbey@bolsachica.org.

14-16 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The two-day workshop, which is designed for middle and high school teachers, combines informative presentations with data collection in the field. Space is limited to the first 25 teachers who enroll. 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.

15 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the San Francisco Management Area (Point Arena, Mendocino County to Pigeon Point, San Mateo County). For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at  http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish.

15 — 2018 Hunting Items On Sale. Hunters can purchase 2018/2019 hunting licenses, tags, validations and apply for the annual Big Game Drawing. Items may be purchased at CDFW license sales offices, license agents, online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales or by phone at (800) 565-1458. Sales transactions for the Big Game Drawing applications must be completed before midnight on June 2. Please contact a local CDFW license sales office for more information.

15 Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Sportfishing Landings, Scott Street and Garrison St., San Diego (92109). Day at the Docks celebrates sport fishing and signals the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.sandiego.org/explore/events/sports/day-at-the-docks.aspx.

18 — Public Meeting for Strategic Plan for Trout Management, Strategic Plan for Trout Hatcheries, and Inland Trout Regulation Simplification, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tahoe-Truckee Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee (96161). CDFW is holding a series of public meetings to discuss topics surrounding the management of trout resources statewide, an effort CDFW is calling the “Trout Renaissance.”  The Strategic Plan for Trout Management will be used as a guiding document by CDFW trout managers statewide and will guide trout hatchery operations. Input from stakeholders regarding trout sportfishing regulations will help guide future steps in simplifying and streamlining the current format and content. CDFW is requesting public comments to help guide the planning processes  For more information, please contact Roger Bloom at roger.bloom@wildlife.ca.gov.

18-19 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 9 a.m. on April 18 and 8:30 a.m. on April 19, Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura (93001). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

26 — Public Meeting for Strategic Plan for Trout Management, Strategic Plan for Trout Hatcheries, and Inland Trout Regulation Simplification, 7 to 8:30 p.m., CDFW Los Alamitos Field Office, 4665 Lampson Ave. #C, Los Alamitos (90720). CDFW is holding a series of public meetings to discuss topics surrounding the management of trout resources statewide, an effort that CDFW is calling the “Trout Renaissance.”  The Strategic Plan for Trout Management will be used as a guiding document by CDFW trout managers statewide and will guide trout hatchery operations. Input from stakeholders regarding trout sportfishing regulations will help guide future steps in simplifying and streamlining the current format and content. CDFW is requesting public comments to help guide the planning processes. For more information, please contact Roger Bloom at roger.bloom@wildlife.ca.gov.

28 Gray Lodge Clean-up and Field Day Plus Annual Public Meeting, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). The morning clean-up and field event is conducted in partnership with California Waterfowl Association (CWA), and will include both habitat and maintenance projects, followed by a lunch sponsored by CWA. All family members are encouraged to participate. At 1:30 p.m., CDFW will hold its annual public outreach meeting regarding the Gray Lodge and Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Areas. The meeting at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area’s Main Office Building is held in accordance with state law (Fish and Game Code, section 1758). For more information, please call (530) 846-7500 or email GLWLA@wildlife.ca.gov.

28 General Eastern Sierra Trout Opener. The general trout season will open one hour before sunrise April 28 in waters in Mono and Inyo counties. This is one of the most popular season openers in the state, with anglers coming from around California to try their luck in the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, CDFW is striving to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season opening and closing dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions. Anglers are advised to check specific area regulations and opening dates in the 2017/18 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations booklet at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations for regulations specific to each body of water. A helpful document, the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide, is available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/6.

30 — Deadline to Report Spiny Lobster Report Cards. Divers and hoop netters who were issued report cards for spiny lobster must report their harvest or effort by April 30, 2018. Report card holders who fail to return their Spiny Lobster Report Card or report their harvest online by the deadline will be assessed a $21.60 non-return fee when they purchase a spiny lobster report card for the following season. You may report online or mail your report card to the address printed on the report card. To report online, please visit www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin.

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

 

March 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

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.

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 hosts 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.

Various Days — Lands Passes Required on Certain CDFW Properties. Each visitor to a CDFW lands pass property who is 16 years of age or older must carry a lands pass while on the property. Visitors carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their own name are exempt from this requirement. School and organized youth group field trips are also exempt. The Lands Pass Program has existed on a limited number of CDFW properties since the 1990s. A daily (one-day) lands pass costs $4.32 and an annual lands pass for 2018 is $25.10. Revenue from lands passes helps support CDFW wildlife areas and ecological reserves. For more information, including which CDFW properties require a lands pass and purchasing instructions, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please contact Julie Horenstein at julie.horenstein@wildlife.ca.gov.

1 — 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 2018 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 Kandice Morgenstern at (707) 576-2879 or kandice.morgenstern@wildlife.ca.gov.

2-4 — Fred Hall Central Valley Sports Show, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P St., Bakersfield (93307). Admission is $12 for adults, $10 seniors (62 and older), $7 military (with valid I.D.) and free for youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/bakersfield.

3-4 — Bighorn Sheep Survey, Angeles National Forest. CDFW, the U.S. Forest Service and the Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep are seeking public volunteers to assist biologists with a sheep count in the San Gabriel Mountains. No survey experience is necessary to participate but volunteers must attend an orientation on March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Arcadia. To signup online, please visit www.sangabrielbighorn.org. If you do not have access to the internet, please call (909) 584-9012 and leave a callback number to register.

3, 10, 17 — Elkhorn Slough Teachers on the Reserve Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). A one-day workshop offered three Saturdays in March that combine informative presentations with topical field activities to prepare teachers to lead school field trips to the reserve. Space is limited to the first 25 teachers who enroll. 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.

6 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, 10 a.m., Justice Joseph A. Rattigan State Building, 50 D St., Conference Room 410, Santa Rosa (95404). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

7-11 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (90802). Admission is $18 for adults, $16 seniors (62 and older), $14 with military identification and free for youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/long-beach.

10 — Nest Box Survey, Orientation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). This free orientation meeting is required for participation in a field study. Crews of two or three collect detailed data that is used to understand and enhance the local wood duck population and other wildlife. The time commitment varies, but averages approximately four hours, twice a month, April through July. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee, 9 a.m., Sacramento County Board Chambers, 700 H St., Sacramento, California (95814). For more information, please visit  www.wcb.ca.gov.

21 — Last Day of California Spiny Lobster Recreational and Commercial Fishing Season, statewide. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.

21 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). Dr. Dave Johnston will discuss “Recent Advances in Effective Bat Mitigation in California.” For more information and to register, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures.

22 — California Wildlife Conservation Board, 1 p.m., Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). The board will consider projects proposed under the Streamflow Enhancement Program. For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov.

22-25 — Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar (92014). Admission is $15 for adults, $13 seniors (62 and older), $10 with military identification and free for youths 15 years old and younger with a paid adult. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/san-diego.

24 — 5th Annual San Joaquin River Fishing Derby, 7 to 11 a.m. with registration beginning at 6 a.m., Sycamore Island, 39664 Ave. 7 1/2, Madera (93638). The derby celebrates the San Joaquin River’s diverse fishing and recreational opportunities. Prizes will include an annual pass to Sycamore Island, a River Camp scholarship, river tours and a grand prize drawing for a California Lifetime Fishing License. There is no charge to enter the derby but participants must pay the regular Sycamore Island day use fee of $9 per vehicle and $5 per trailered boat. For more information, please visit https://goo.gl/5oXQBJ.

24 — Additional Spring Wild Turkey Season opens for Hunters with Junior Hunting Licenses (extending through March 25). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

24-25 — Siskiyou Sportsmen’s Expo, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 25, Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka (96097). CDFW will be sponsoring its annual pond-fishing event for youths. For more Information, please call (530) 842-2767, email info@sisqfair.com, or visit www.sisqfair.com/sportsmenexpo.html.

31 — General Spring Wild Turkey Season Opens (extending through May 6). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

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

Volunteers Needed for Bighorn Sheep Survey

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep (SCBS) are seeking volunteers to assist biologists with a sheep count in the San Gabriel Mountains on March 3 and 4, 2018 (Saturday evening and all day Sunday).

No survey experience is necessary to participate but volunteers must attend an orientation on Saturday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at the Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Arcadia.

Volunteers will hike to designated observation sites early Sunday morning to count and record bighorn sheep. Volunteer groups will be led by a representative from CDFW, USFS or SCBS. Participants must be at least 16 years old and capable of hiking at least one mile in rugged terrain (most survey routes are longer). In general, hikes will not be along trails and accessing survey points will involve scrambling over boulders, climbing up steep slopes and/or bush-whacking through chaparral.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring binoculars or spotting scopes in addition to hiking gear. Mountain weather can be unpredictable and participants should be prepared to spend several hours hiking and additional time making observations in cold and windy weather. Volunteers will need to start hiking early Sunday morning.

Surveys for bighorn sheep in the San Gabriel range have been conducted annually since 1979. The mountain range once held an estimated 740 sheep, which made the San Gabriel population the largest population of desert bighorn sheep in California. The bighorn population declined over 80 percent through the 1980s but appears to be on the rise with recent estimates yielding approximately 400 animals.

Please sign up online at www.sangabrielbighorn.org. If you do not have access to the internet, you may call (909) 584-9012 and leave a call-back number to register.

This annual event is always popular and fills up quickly.  Please sign up soon to ensure a space.

Media Contacts:
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944
Zach Behrens, USFS Communications, (909) 382-2788
Norm Lopez, SCBS, (805) 431-2824