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Indiana Artist Repeats as Winner of California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest

A painting of a pair of white-tailed ptarmigans has been chosen by a panel of judges as the winning entry in the 2018-2019 California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest. The painting was created by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind.

Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the annual contest determined the official design for this year’s California Upland Game Bird Stamp. Klinefelter also captured the top spots in the 2011-12 and 2017-18 Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contests, as well as the 2009-10 California Duck Stamp Contest.

Upland Game 2018-2019 second place with ribbon

Artists submitted an original depiction of white-tailed ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura). This smallest of North American grouse species exhibits a dramatic change in plumage from a mottled or a barred brown-yellow during breeding in spring to a pure white during the winter months, allowing this chameleon of the bird world excellent camouflage on the ground year-round in its alpine habitat. The individual artists determined the setting and details, but paintings had to include at least one white-tailed ptarmigan and accurately represent the species’ natural habitat in California if a background was included.

Upland Game 2018-19 third place with ribbon

The entries were judged recently by a panel of experts selected for their knowledge in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. Designs were judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.

The panel cited the anatomical accuracy of Klinefelter’s painting in a setting depicting the white-tailed ptarmigan’s habitat, with one judge praising its “overall quality and attention to detail.” Klinefelter explained that his decision to depict the white-tailed ptarmigans when they were changing color added a degree of difficulty but paid off in the end.

Upland Game 2018-19 honorable mention with ribbon

“I could have gone with when they are all white but I thought it was more interesting when they are transitioning,” Klinefelter said. “When you paint a bird that is molting, the details of the feathers are a lot harder to paint, but I think it turned out fairly decent.”

Broderick Crawford of Clayton, Ga., placed second, Erik Fleet of Julian (San Diego County) placed third and Michael Carmickle of Eugene, Ore. received honorable mention.

An upland game bird validation is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The validation replaces the stamp through CDFW’s Automated License Data System, but the stamp is still produced and available to hunters upon request. Monies generated from upland game bird validation sales are dedicated solely to upland game bird-related conservation projects, hunting opportunities and outreach and education. CDFW annually sells about 170,000 upland game bird validations and distributes approximately 17,000 stamps.

Any individual who purchases an upland game bird validation may request their free collectable stamp by visiting www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/collector-stamps. An order form is also available on the website for collectors who do not purchase a hunting license or upland game bird validation, or for hunters who wish to purchase additional collectible stamps.

Media Contacts:
Scott Gardner, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 801-6257
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

 

CDFW Magnifies Efforts to Recruit Hunters and Anglers

In an effort to get more Californians involved in fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is partnering with the recreational fishing and hunting communities, state and federal agencies, and others to address barriers and opportunities to hunting and fishing in the state.

“Our goal is to support and encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy California’s wild places,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “The fishing and hunting opportunities in this state are unparalleled, they belong to all Californians and should be utilized by all of us. This effort is to make sure Californians know that.”

CDFW has formed an executive-level task force, hired a full-time coordinator to head-up the effort, hired a research scientist, and finalized a statewide recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) action plan. A staff-level working group is working to increase hunting and fishing participation by collaborating with diverse stakeholders to transform barriers to participation into opportunities. Some of the barriers CDFW will look at initially are access and opportunity challenges, public perception of fishing and hunting, and license structure and pricing. The effort will also focus on encouraging more adults to take up hunting and fishing for the first time.

Research shows spending time outdoors improves physical, mental and social well-being. Many hunters and anglers say the reason they participate in these activities is to enjoy the quality time with family and friends and to bring home great memories and healthy food.

California is home to some of the nation’s most diverse hunting and fishing opportunities, but participation in these activities has declined significantly since the 1970s and 1980s. Hunters and anglers play a crucial role in managing natural resources by regulating wildlife populations to maintain ecological and biological diversity, participating in wildlife surveys for scientific data collection, and reporting wildlife crimes. Hunters and anglers also help sustain a multi-billion-dollar outdoor recreation industry and provide the primary funding source for state-level fish and wildlife conservation in California. The decline in participation poses an ever-increasing threat to wildlife conservation, the state’s long-standing hunting and fishing heritage, and Californians’ connection to the outdoors in general.

“The fishing and hunting community has rallied around CDFW, and we are now poised to tackle the challenges before us,” Bonham said.

To get involved or learn more about the state’s R3 efforts, please contact Jennifer.Benedet@wildlife.ca.gov.

Media Contacts:
Jen Benedet, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 903-9270
Clark Blanchard, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 651-7824

CDFW Seeks Input on 2019 Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Dates

California anglers who are interested in the recreational Pacific Halibut fishery are invited to participate in an online survey. The data gathered through this survey will help inform the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) about angler preferences for open fishing dates during the upcoming 2019 season, and will be used to develop recommended season dates that will be provided to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The survey can be found online through Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

The Pacific Halibut fishery takes place off northern California. In 2018, the fishery was open May 1-June 15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15, and Sept. 1-21. The fishery closed Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. due to projected attainment of the 30,940 net pound quota. The 2019 quota will be 39,000 net pounds, approximately 8,000 net pounds greater than the 2018 quota.

For more information, please visit the CDFW Pacific Halibut Fishery webpage.

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Media Contacts:
Melanie Parker, CDFW Marine Region, (831) 649-2814

Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

 

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

Online Applications Now Available for 2019 Joice Island Wild Pig Hunts

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering wild pig hunting opportunities in March and April at the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County.

The 2019 Joice Island pig hunt drawings will be administered online exclusively. CDFW is accepting applications until 4 p.m. on Feb. 14.

The limited-entry, permit-only hunts help control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit, a 2,150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, brush and standing water. Hunters may only use shotguns with nonlead slugs or archery equipment. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

Four hunters will be drawn for nine consecutive weekends for a total of 36 hunters. The first hunt weekend will be reserved for apprentice hunters holding junior licenses, age 12 to 17. There is no charge to apply.

Apprentice Hunt Weekend – Junior License Holders Age 12 to 17 May Apply

March 2-3

General Hunt Weekends – Adults and Junior License Holders May Apply

March 9-10                                       April 6-7
March 16-17                                     April 13-14
March 23-24                                     April 20-21
March 30-31                                     April 27-28

Permit holders may bring one non-hunting partner. Junior license holders receiving a permit must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.

To apply for both the apprentice and general hunts, please visit CDFW’s Apprentice Hunts webpage and either log in or create a new account. Navigate the drop-down menus and apply for the weekend of your choice. Permits with maps and additional information will be e-mailed to successful applicants.

CDFW reserves the right to cancel any of these hunts and close the area to all public users without prior notification due to unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

For more information, please contact CDFW at (707) 425-3828.

Media Contacts:
Orlando Rocha, CDFW Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, (707) 425-3828
Shawn Overton, CDFW Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, (707) 425-3828
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908