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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

CDFW to Host Public Meeting on Ocean Salmon Fisheries 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites the public to attend its upcoming annual Salmon Information Meeting to learn more about the state of California’s salmon fishery. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd. in Santa Rosa (95403).

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.

Anglers are encouraged to provide input on potential fishing seasons to a panel of California salmon scientists, managers and representatives who will be directly involved in the upcoming Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meetings in March and April.

Salmon fishing seasons are developed through a collaborative process involving the PFMC, state, federal and tribal agencies, and west coast stakeholders interested in salmon fishery management and conservation. Public input will help California representatives develop a range of recommended season alternatives during the March 8-14 PFMC meeting in Rohnert Park, Calif. Final adoption of ocean salmon season regulations will occur during the April 5-11 PFMC meeting in Portland, Ore.

The 2018 Salmon Information 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 web page, www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon/preseason.

The meeting agenda and handouts will be posted online as soon as they become available.

Media Contacts:
Kandice Morgenstern, CDFW Marine Region, (707) 576-2879
Harry Morse, CDFW Communications, (916) 323-1478

February 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 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.

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 — Bear Tag Reporting Deadline for Unsuccessful Hunters (successful hunters must report immediately after take). For more information on tag reporting requirements, or to submit a report online, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/hunting#9941260-tag-reporting.

3-4 — Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days provide young licensed hunters an extra weekend to hunt after the regular season ends. Each year, CDFW opens many of its wildlife areas for these youth hunt days, as allowed under federal regulations. 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 2017-18 waterfowl season. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

6 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Bonderson Building, Hearing Room, 901 P Street, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

7-8 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 10 a.m. on Feb. 7 and 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street, First Floor Auditorium, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

13 — Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Program Public Hearing, 9 a.m. to noon, Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is holding a public hearing as part of the formal rulemaking process toward the adoption of regulations to implement inland oil spill program requirements in accordance with Senate Bill 861. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/ospr/legal/proposed-regulations.

13 — Unannounced Drill Program Scoping Session, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) will be presenting regulations governing spill management teams, as required by Assembly Bill 1197. In accordance with Government Code section 11346.45, OSPR is conducting an informal scoping meeting to solicit input regarding these new regulations. For more information, please contact cassidee.shinn@wildlife.ca.gov.

15 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, “Foothill Yellow-legged Frog: Genetics, Ecology, and Consumer Resource Interaction,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). As part of the Conservation Lecture Series, Dr. Sarah Kupferberg will present “Insights learned from Foothill yellow-legged frog field studies relevant to species conservation and recovery”; and Ryan Peek will discuss “Dammed Rivers: Genetic signatures of Altered Flow Regimes in a River Breeding Frog (Rana boylii).” Attendance is free. To register and for more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures.

21 — Unannounced Drill Program Scoping Session, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey (90293). CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) will be presenting regulations governing spill management teams, as required by Assembly Bill 1197. In accordance with Government Code section 11346.45, OSPR is conducting an informal scoping meeting to solicit input regarding these new regulations. For more information, please contact cassidee.shinn@wildlife.ca.gov.

22 — Unannounced Drill Program Scoping Session, 9 a.m. to noon., Associated Builders and Contractors, 19466 Flight Path Way, Bakersfield (93308). CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) will be presenting regulations governing spill management teams, as required by Assembly Bill 1197. In accordance with Government Code section 11346.45, OSPR is conducting an informal scoping meeting to solicit input regarding these new regulations. For more information, please contact cassidee.shinn@wildlife.ca.gov.

22 — Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Program Public Hearing, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Associated Builders & Contractors, 19466 Flight Path Way, Bakersfield (93308). CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is holding a public hearing as part the formal rulemaking process toward the adoption of a number of regulations to implement inland oil spill program requirements in accordance with Senate Bill 861. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/OSPR/legal/proposed-regulations.

22 — California Fish and Game Commission Strategic Planning Meeting, 1 p.m., Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street, First Floor Auditorium, Sacramento (95814).. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

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

24 — California Duck Days, times to be determined, CDFW Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). The festival features activities that include interactive exhibits, wetland themed arts, field trips, crafts and fishing. For more information, please visit http://yolobasin.org/california-duck-days/.

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

January 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

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 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.

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.

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.50 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 — Lands Passes Required on Certain Additional 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 who are 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. Seventeen CDFW properties currently require the lands pass, and another 24 properties will require a lands pass beginning in January 2018. 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.

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Applications for the remaining current wild pig, waterfowl and quail hunts offered through the SHARE program are due on various dates in January. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

1 — Online Harvest Reporting Begins for Steelhead, Sturgeon and North Coast Salmon Report Cards. Anglers who were issued report cards for any of these species and abalone divers must report their harvest or effort by Jan. 31, 2018. Anglers and divers may report online or mail their report cards to the address printed on the report card. To report online, please visit www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin.

11 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, 10 a.m., Justice 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.

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

18-21 — International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE), Cal Expo State Fairgrounds, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento (95815). CDFW personnel will be involved in the annual event, which will feature exhibitions, free seminars and other activities. CDFW and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation have once again co-sponsored the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters. The California Wildlife Officers Foundation will recognize one grand-prize winner with a lifetime California hunting license that is valued at more than $600. The grand prize will be awarded during a special award ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m. For more information on the ISE, please visit www.sportsexpos.com/attend/sacramento.

19 — Duck Season, Scaup Season and White Goose Split Season Close in the Northeastern California Zone. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

28 — Waterfowl Season Closes in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, Balance of State, Southern California and Colorado River Zones. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

29 — California Elk Plan Draft Public Comment Deadline. CDFW has released a draft of the Statewide Elk Conservation and Management Plan for public review and comment. The plan provides guidance and direction to help set priorities for elk management efforts statewide. All public comments should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Jan. 29. Comments may be submitted online at elkmanagementplan@wildlife.ca.gov, or can be mailed to: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Branch, Attn: Joe Hobbs, 1812 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA  95811. For more information, please visit https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/california-elk-plan-draft-now-available-for-public-comment.

29 — General Tree Squirrel Season Close Statewide. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.

29 — Falconry Only Season Opens for Rabbits and Varying Hares (extending through March 18). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

30 — Northern Spotted Owl Stakeholder Forum, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Resources Building First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will join CDFW, other agencies, and members of the public to discuss the northern spotted owl. The meeting is open to the public and is also available via webinar. For more information please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/timber or email amanda.culpepper@wildlife.ca.gov.

31 — Deer Tag Reporting Deadline. Deer tag holders must submit a harvest report for any 2017 deer tag by the Jan. 31, 2018 deadline. Tag holders who do not report by this deadline will be charged a $21.60 non-reporting penalty fee when purchasing a 2018 deer tag drawing application or deer tag. Tag holders must submit a harvest report even if they did not hunt, or hunted unsuccessfully. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

31 — Deadline to Return or Report Red Abalone Cards. CDFW reminds abalone anglers that the law requires that they return their abalone cards to CDFW or report their harvest data online by Jan. 31, 2018 even if they did not try to take abalone. Cards may be mailed to CDFW, 32330 North Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5554 or deposited in the mailbox located on the front railing of the Fort Bragg office. Data may also be submitted online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin. The cards provide important data used by CDFW to monitor the abalone fishery. The red abalone fishery will be closed next year and the California Fish and Game Commission will decide whether to continue the closure toward the end of next year.

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

December 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

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 cancelled in the event of 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. 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.

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 required to participate in these guided tours, which run through February during the sandhill cranes’ fall and winter stay in California’s Central Valley. A CDFW Lands Pass or a current hunting or fishing license in possession is required to participate for those 16 or older. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information about the tours, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities.
Wild pig, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

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.

2 — General Season for Crow Opens. Season extends through April 5, 2018. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

5 — California Fish and Game Commission Coastal Fishing Communities Public Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego (92108). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

6-7 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 8:30 a.m. both days, Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego (92108). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

8 — CDFW Grants to Engage Hispanic Communities in Fishing Activities Application Deadline. CDFW has been accepting grant applications for fishing programs, classes and activities that educate and engage Hispanic communities. Programs should provide multiple opportunities for youth and families to participate as anglers and promote good stewardship toward the state’s aquatic resources. For more information, please visit cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/cdfw-offers-grants-to-engage-hispanic-communities-in-fishing-activities/.

15 — Passing On the Tradition Youth Essay Contest Deadline. CDFW and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation are again co-sponsoring the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters. The California Wildlife Officers Foundation will recognize one grand-prize winner with a lifetime California hunting license that is valued at more than $600. Second and third place winners will also be selected and prize packages will be awarded. This year’s contest invites entrants to share how hunting has influenced or affected their lives. Entries should be submitted via email to Lt. John Nores at john.nores@wildlife.ca.gov and must be received on or before Friday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. On their essay, applicants must also provide their date of birth, place of residence and a contact telephone number and email address.

16 — General Season for Band-tailed Pigeons in the Southern Hunt Zone Opens. Season extends through Dec. 24. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

22 — CDFW Request For Information Related to Cascades Frog Deadline. CDFW is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list the Cascades frog as an endangered or threatened species. The species inhabits a variety of habitats such as large lakes, ponds, wet meadows and streams at mid- to high-elevations range from the Klamath-Trinity region, along the Cascades Range axis in the vicinity of Mt. Shasta, southward to the headwater tributaries of the Feather River. For more information, please visit cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/cdfw-seeks-information-related-to-cascades-frog/.

25 — Archery Only Pheasant Season Opens. Season extends through Jan. 21, 2018. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

31 — Bear Season Ends Statewide, or earlier if CDFW determines that 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or contact Jesse Garcia at (916) 445-3515. In addition, 2016 bear season tooth-age information will be able to be viewed at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/mammals/black-bear once laboratory results are received and posted online.

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