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Annual California Invasive Species Action Week Benefits Environment and Native Species

The fifth annual California Invasive Species Action Week is scheduled Saturday, June 2, through Sunday, June 10. Action Week is a statewide event that promotes public participation in the fight against invasive species that harm our environment, agriculture and native species.

Numerous state agencies, non-profit organizations and other organizations across the state are teaming up to host events this year. Opportunities include educational booths in Humboldt County, online webinars, invasive species removals in the Delta and the San Francisco Bay, and trapping crayfish in the Santa Monica Mountains. To view the schedule of events and a map compiled by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/CISAW.

Citizens can also stop the spread of invasive species year-round. People can contribute to a healthy environment by taking small, everyday actions that include cleaning, draining and drying boating gear after use, selecting native plants for landscaping, not releasing unwanted pets into the wild and reporting invasive species findings.

Members of the public are encouraged to help CDFW biologists monitor and prevent the spread of existing invasive species populations. For example, please visit the CDFW Nutria Discovery webpage to learn how you can help CDFW eradicate this destructive South American rodent from California’s wetlands.

For more information about Action Week, please contact invasives@wildlife.ca.gov.

Media Contacts:
Rachael Klopfenstein, CDFW Invasive Species Program, (916) 651-3122
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

June 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Various Days — Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Various times, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis (95618). Each year, 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 of the Mexican free-tailed bats. There are 30 dates scheduled and registration is required at www.yolobasin.org. For more information, please contact Corky Quirk at cquirk@yolobasin.org.

Various Days — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough. 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 — 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 Ocean Salmon Season Opens from the Oregon/California Border to Horse Mountain. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call either the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.

2 — Big Game Drawing Deadline. The deadline to submit applications for elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and premium deer tags is June 2. Sales transactions must be completed before midnight. Hunters may apply at a CDFW license agent, a CDFW license sales office, online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales or through telephone sales at (800) 565-1458. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/big-game.

2-10 — California Invasive Species Action Week. CDFW will kick off the fifth annual California Invasive Species Action Week on June 2. The goal is to promote public awareness of invasive species issues and to encourage public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources. CDFW will be partnering with other departments, agencies, organizations and volunteer programs across California to host various educational and “action” events. A schedule of events planned can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasives/action-week.

6 — Public Outreach Meeting on Grizzly Island, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Areas. CDFW will hold an outreach meeting on Wednesday, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s conference room. The address is 45211 County Road 32B, Davis. CDFW annually provides an opportunity for licensed hunters to comment and make recommendations on public hunting programs and receive updates, including anticipated habitat conditions in the hunting areas on state-owned wildlife areas through public meetings and other outreach. For additional information, please contact Peter Tira at peter.tira@wildlife.ca.gov or at (916) 322-8908.

16 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Applications On Sale for Fall Elk Hunts. Forty-eight SHARE elk tags will be available during 32 elk hunts offered through the SHARE program. Also on sale are deer, bear and upland game hunts on various properties. 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.

17  Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. 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.

19 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Resources Building, Jim Kellogg Conference Room (Room 1320), 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

19-21 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Teachers on the EstuaryClimate Change and Blue Carbon Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The three-day workshop for middle school and high school teachers focuses on estuary systems, climate change impacts and blue carbon sequestration. Teachers will receive lessons and activities to use in their classroom, and continuing education credits will be available. The workshop is free and lunch will be provided each day. 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.

20-21 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, 8:30 a.m. both days, Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

30 — Trout Fest 2018 at Hot Creek Hatchery, 121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546). Trout Fest is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Youths will learn to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, and clean and cook trout. All equipment is provided and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for youths 15 and under. For more information, please contact troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

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

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CDFW to Hold Public Outreach Meeting on Grizzly Island, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Areas

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold an outreach meeting on Wednesday, June 6 in Davis regarding Bay Delta Region Type A wildlife areas. CDFW will take comments and recommendations and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on these public lands.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s conference room, which is located at 45211 County Road 32B in Davis. State wildlife areas to be discussed are the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area Complex.

CDFW’s Bay Delta Region includes 12 counties in northern California and is one of seven CDFW regions in the state.

CDFW annually provides an opportunity for licensed hunters to comment and make recommendations on public hunting programs, including anticipated habitat conditions in the hunting areas on wildlife areas through public meetings and other outreach.

Media Contacts:
Joe Hobbs, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, (530) 757-2431
Larry Wyckoff, Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, (707) 944-5542
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

 

CDFW photo courtesy of Stuart Itoga.

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