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November 2018 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead any group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. The experience can be customized to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Various Days — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Volunteers lead walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. The day use permit fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older (permits may be purchased onsite). Groups of five or more should please notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. An $11.62 non-refundable application fee is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

First Through Third Saturdays and Sundays of the Month — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, 7730 W. Woodbridge Road, Lodi (95242). Online registration has begun for those wishing to participate in guided tours, which run October through February. A one-day Lands Pass must be purchased to attend and instructions are available on the same website. Tours fill fast and registration may be done as much as six weeks in advance. To registers or to find  more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

Weekends, Beginning Oct. 20 — Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 12:30 p.m. The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half mile through this premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. This land is part of the CDFW Lands Pass Program and its associated fee-for-use requirement. There is no additional cost for the tour. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

2 — Last Day of Recreational Crab Trap Ban in All Ocean Waters. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/marine/calendar.

2 — Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder Opens, 10:30 am, Nimbus Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). The opening of the fish ladder signals the start of the spawning season for Chinook salmon on the American River. Throughout the fall, the public can view the ladder and the spawning operations at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center. The hatchery is open daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p. m. on weekends, free of charge. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884 or laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.facebook.com/nimbushatchery.

2-3 — California Department of Fish and Wildlife Volunteer Day, 8:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m., Friant Interactive Nature Site, 17413 N Friant Rd, Friant (93626). Activities will include trail maintenance, and water, snacks and sunscreen will be provided. Participants should wear work clothes, closed-toed shoes and hats. Volunteers under 18 years of age must bring a signed parent permission slip. For more information, please contact Cheryl Moxley at (559) 696-8092 or r4salmonidsclassroom@wildlife.ca.gov.

3 — First Day of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season. Please note that the recreational Dungeness fishery has been delayed in state waters from Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County (41° 8.00’ N. Latitude) north to the California/Oregon state line due to unhealthy levels of domoic acid. Other areas of the coast will open as scheduled. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2EJb8z1.

3 — Scaup Season Opens in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Colorado River and Balance of State zones (extends through Jan. 27). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

3 — White Goose Season Opens in the Imperial County Special Management Area (extends through Jan. 27). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

3 — General Deer Season Opens in Zone D12. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

4 — General Deer Season Closes in Zones D17, D19. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

6 — Last Day of Emergency Increase in Purple Sea Urchin Bag Limit in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/marine/calendar.

8 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee, 10 a.m. to noon, Sacramento County Board Chambers, 700 H St., Suite 1450, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or call (916) 445- 8448.

8 — Black Brant Season Opens in the Northern Brant Special Management Area (extends through Dec. 14). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

9 — Black Brant Season Opens in the Balance of State Brant Special Management Area (extends through Dec. 15). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

10 — Pheasant, Fall Wild Turkey and Late Season Dove Openers. General Pheasant Season Opens Statewide and Extends through Dec. 23; Fall Wild Turkey Season Opens Statewide and Extends Through Dec. 9; and Late Season Dove Hunting Opens Statewide and Extends Through Dec. 24.  For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

11 — General Deer Season Closes in Zones D11, D13–D15, X9c. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

14 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.

15 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or call (916) 445- 8448.

15 — First Day of Commercial Dungeness Crab Season, South of Sonoma-Mendocino County Line (scheduled). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/marine/calendar.

15 — 2019 Sport Fishing Licenses Available. The 2019 sport fishing licenses become available at various sites. For more information or to purchase a license online, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing.

25 — General Deer Season Closes in Zones D12, D16. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.

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

 

April 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE – EVENT

Various Days – Guided Wetland Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead a group, school or organization on a half-mile route through diverse wetlands. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Tours can be catered to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people and reservations are required. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

Various Days – Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.50 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.

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. 

1  Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Horse Mountain to U.S./Mexico Border. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429. 

1 – Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the Central Groundfish 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. 

2 – Elkhorn Slough Reserve Hosts Author, 1 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The Elkhorn Slough Reserve is hosting a free talk by author Patricia Newman, whose book “Sea Otter Heroes:The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem” tells the story of researcher Brent Hughes and his work at the reserve. Hughes will also discuss his sea otter and eel grass study. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

6 – 2017 Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs Delta Workshop, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Delta Conservancy Offices, 1450 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento (95828). CDFW and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy will host a workshop to discuss their respective Proposition 1 funded grant programs. The informal workshop will provide program information and include a forum for stakeholders to discuss their projects with an emphasis on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. For more information, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=141162&inline.

8 – Trout Fest at the Moccasin Creek Hatchery, 15300 Highway 49, Moccasin (95347), at the junction of Highway 49 and Highway 120. Trout Fest is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Participants can learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, and clean and cook trout. All equipment is provided and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for youths 15 and under. This event will happen rain or shine. For more information, please email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

8 – 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). Join Carleton Eyster, a biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science, to learn about the snowy plover and help improve their habitat. Please wear rubber boots as participants will walk along drying ponds and the footprints they leave will provide camouflage for flightless chicks and eggs. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

9 – Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Sportfishing Landings, Scott Street and Garrison Street, San Diego (92109). Day at the Docks is the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sport fishing and signals the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season. CDFW scientists and wildlife officers will have a booth and be available to answer all questions regarding recreational and commercial fishing as well as distributing California Fishing Passport books and 2017/18 California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklets. Admission is free. For more information, please check the Day at the Docks website. 

13 – California Fish and Game Commission Teleconference Meeting, 10 a.m., California Natural Resources Building, Jim Kellogg Conference Room, 1416 Ninth St., Room 1320, Sacramento (95814) or listen only on the live webcast at www.cal-span.org during the meeting. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

15 – 2017/2018 Hunting Items On Sale. Hunters can purchase 2017/2018 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 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 – Recreational Groundfish season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the San Francisco Groundfish Management Area (Point Arena, Mendocino County to Pigeon Point, San Mateo County). For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish. 

22 – Earth Day Festival at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (92647). The free event will include educational activity booths and guided tours of the reserve. For more information, please email abbey@bolsachica.org or call (714) 846-1114. 

22 — Gray Lodge Clean-up and Field Day and Public Meeting, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948).  The event is in partnership with California Waterfowl Association (CWA), and will include habitat and maintenance projects, followed by a lunch sponsored by CWA.  The day will be informative and will help improve the quality of wildlife habitat.  At 1:30 p.m., CDFW will hold an annual public outreach meeting regarding the Gray Lodge and Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Areas at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area’s Main Office building.  For more information, please call (530) 846-7500 or email GLWLA@wildlife.ca.gov.

26-27 – California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Avenue, Van Nuys (914060. Time to be determined. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx.

29 General Eastern Sierra Trout Opener. The general trout season will open one hour before sunrise April 29 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.

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

November 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Saturdays — Tundra Swan Tours at District 10, a 23,000-acre expanse of privately owned rice fields and restored habitat in Yuba County, north of Marysville (95901). The free tours are led by naturalists and last about two hours. Tours for up to 30 people are held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/swan-tours. For more information, please call (916) 358-2869 or email interpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov.

Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours. Docent-led public tours are offered at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve the first three Saturdays and Sundays of each month through February. The reserve is located just west of Lodi and offers managed wetland habitat that attracts the sandhill cranes each year. Tours begin two hours before sundown. Visitors can register for tours up to eight weeks in advance online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour. Self-guided tours, highlighted by a set of interpretive panels, also are available at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South Unit, 11154 W Woodbridge Road, Lodi (95242).

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve Tours. 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 fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or should 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 — Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Tours. 12:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 5, at 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than one half mile through a premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. A $4.32 Daily Use Fee is required for visitors without a valid annual CDFW pass, or a California sport fishing, hunting or trapping license. There is no additional cost for the tour. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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. Tours can be catered 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 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.50 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.

1 — California Fish and Game Commission Predator Policy Workgroup, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., California Department of Parks and Recreation, Redwood Room, 1416 Ninth St., 14th Floor, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

2 — Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder Opens, 9:30 a.m. at Nimbus Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). The opening of the fish ladder signals the start of the spawning season for Chinook salmon on the American River. Throughout the fall, the public can view the ladder and the spawning operations at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884 or laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.facebook.com/nimbushatchery.

5 — Statewide Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Opens. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/fishing-map.

5 — Greater Sage-grouse Falconry Season Opens (extends through Jan. 3). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

5 — Southern San Joaquin Valley Scaup Zone, Colorado River Scaup Zone, Southern California Scaup Zone and Balance of the State Scaup Zone Open (extends through Jan. 29). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

5 — Imperial County White Geese Season Opens (extends through Jan. 29). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

5 — Director’s Recreational Abalone Advisory Committee (RAAC) Meeting, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Marin-Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District Boardroom, 595 Helman Lane, Cotati (94931). The committee will discuss proposed emergency rulemaking to change regulations in the recreational red abalone fishery for 2017. The proposed emergency rulemaking is recommended by CDFW to reduce take within the entire fishery under the guidance of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan. Fishery constituents and the public are encouraged to attend and learn about the proposed changes to fishery regulations and how they may engage in the process. For more information, please contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182 or ian.taniguchi@wildlife.ca.gov, or visit the RAAC webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/raac.

7 — North Coast All Canada Geese Zone Opens (extends through Jan 29). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

8 — Northern Brant Special Management Area Brant Season Opens (extends through Dec. 14). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

9 — Balance of State Brant Special Management Area Brant Season Opens (extends through Dec. 15). For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

12 — Pheasant, Fall Wild Turkey and Late Season Dove Open. General pheasant season opens statewide and extends through Dec. 25; fall wild turkey season opens statewide and extends through Dec. 11; and late season dove hunting season opens statewide and extends through Dec. 26. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

12 — Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 17968 Covered Bridge Road, Knights Ferry (95361). The free event will feature fly casting, interactive exhibits and California Department of Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officers will be present to answer questions. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/srsfest or call (209) 403-1046.

13 — Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Horse Mountain to Point Arena. Recreational ocean salmon fishing is closed statewide after this closure. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

15 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, West Ed Building, Ed Myers Classroom, 4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite A, Los Alamitos (90720). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

15 — 2017 Sport Fishing Licenses Available. The 2017 Sport Fishing Licenses become available where licenses are sold. For more information or to purchase a license online, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing.

16 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., Room 112, State Capitol, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit https://wcb.ca.gov/.

30 — Delta Conservation Framework Outreach Workshop. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jean Harvie Senior and Community Center, 14273 River Road, Walnut Grove (95690). CDFW invites agencies and stakeholders to the fourth workshop in a series of four to help develop a 25-year Delta Conservation Framework for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Yolo Bypass and Suisun Marsh by 2017. The workshops are hosted by the Delta Restoration Network to provide participants an opportunity to inform concepts and work products as they are developed for inclusion in the Delta Conservation Framework document. For more information, please visit http://deltaconservancy.ca.gov/ or contact Chad Dibble at chad.dibble@wildlife.ca.gov.

30 — Last Day of Recreational Red Abalone Season. CDFW reminds abalone anglers that the law requires them to return their abalone cards to CDFW or report their harvest data online by Jan. 31, 2017 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 dropped off at the office. Data may also be submitted online from Dec. 1 until Jan. 31, 2017 at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lishing#758846-harvest-reporting. The cards provide important data used by CDFW to monitor the abalone fishery.

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Media Contacts:
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

May 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

DATE — EVENT

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled 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 fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to 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 your 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. Your 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 Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, turkey, dove, waterfowl and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.50 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.

1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in California on May 1, 2016. For more information, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut#31670771-pacific-halibut-regulations.

1 — General Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Closes. California’s 2016 general spring wild turkey hunting season closes May 1. For more information, please visit the Upland Game Bird Hunting webpage at  www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

1 — Voluntary Drought Initiative Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., site in Santa Cruz to be determined. CDFW staff and Santa Cruz Regional Control District staff will meet with local residents to discuss and seek participation in the Voluntary Drought Initiative (VDI) program that encourages rural residential landowners to reduce water usage in the summer to preserve enough water to ensure passage of Central Coast Coho salmon and steelhead in critical watersheds. California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff will discuss how saving even a small percentage of water can provide enough water for fish survival and offer help and support for storage tanks on their property for summer release. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan at andrew.hughan@wildlife.ca.gov.

2 — Spring Wild Turkey Archery Season Opens. California’s 2016 spring wild turkey archery season opens May 2 and extends through May 15. For more information, please visit the Upland Game Bird Hunting webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

2 — Voluntary Drought Initiative Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., site in Pescadero to be determined. California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff and San Mateo Regional Control District staff will meet with local residents to discuss and ask for participation in the VDI program that encourages rural residential landowners to reduce water usage in the summer to preserve enough water to ensure passage of Central Coast Coho salmon and steelhead in critical watersheds. CDFW staff will discuss how saving even a small percentage of water can provide enough water for fish survival and offer help and support for storage tanks on their property for summer release. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan at andrew.hughan@wildlife.ca.gov.

2 – Junior Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Extends. Hunters who have a current junior hunting license may hunt after the close of the general season, May 2 through May 15, using shotguns or any other legal method of take. For more information, please visit the Upland Game Bird Hunting webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

7 — Santa Rosa Cahuilla Tribal Earth Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, Santa Rosa Tribal Hall, 65200 State Highway 74, Mountain Center (92561). The Climate Science Alliance, a collaboration between CDFW and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, is participating in the event. For more information, please contact (951) 659-2700.

13 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814), 1 to 3 p.m., Monarch Butterflies in California, presented by Samantha Marcum. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures.

15 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for Boat-based anglers in the Northern and Mendocino Groundfish Management Areas (from the Oregon/California border to Point Arena, Mendocino County) on May 15. For more information, please visit the Groundfish Central Web page at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/groundfish#28720322-overview.

16 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Closed for All Boat-based Anglers in California Beginning on May 16. The fishery is expected to reopen on June 1, 2016.  For the latest information on season status, please call the NMFS hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut#31670771-pacific-halibut-regulations.

16 — Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from the California-Oregon Border to Horse Mountain. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

18 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Department of General Services, Ziggurat Building-Auditorium, 707 Third St., West Sacramento (95605). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

21 — Cabrillo National Monument Bio Blitz, Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego (92025). The Climate Science Alliance, a collaboration of CDFW and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, is participating in the event. The Climate Science Alliance is partnering with Cabrillo National Monument to host a “Climate Kids” bi-national event with youths from San Diego and Mexico participating. For more information, please visit www.cabrilloevents.org/bioblitz2016/.

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

 

April 2016 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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

DATE — EVENT 

Weekends — Wildflower Tours at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. Naturalist-led wildflower tours are scheduled Saturdays and Sundays, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required and tours are limited to 25 people. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/wildflower-tours.

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled 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 fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to 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 your 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. Your 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 Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, turkey, dove, waterfowl and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.50 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.

1 — Recreational Groundfish Season Opens for All Boat-based Anglers in the Central Groundfish 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.

1 — Sacramento River Closure Goes Into Effect. A temporary emergency regulation closing all fishing within 5.5 miles of spawning habitat on the Upper Sacramento River begins on April 1, 2016 and will remain in effect through July 31, 2016. Enhanced protective measures are also proposed in the ocean sport and commercial salmon fisheries regulations for the 2016 season. The temporary emergency regulation closes all fishing on the 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River upstream to Keswick Dam.

 1 — Abalone Season Opens Along the Northern California Coast. The red abalone sport fishery season will open April 1 in most waters north of San Francisco Bay. However, parts of Fort Ross State Historical Park remain closed to the take of abalone. A map of the closed area can be found online at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=42101&inline=true. Fishing for abalone is allowed from 8 a.m. to one half hour after sunset. People may travel to fishing locations before 8 a.m. but may not actively search for or take any abalone before that time. The annual limit is 18, but only a total of nine can be taken from Sonoma and Marin counties. A complete list of abalone fishing regulations is available in the 2016 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold or at www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/sport-fishing. Abalone licenses and report cards may be purchased online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing. Abalone report cards are required to be reported online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing#758846-harvest-reporting or returned to CDFW’s Fort Bragg office, 32330 North Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5554.

2  Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens from Horse Mountain to U.S./Mexico Border. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/salmon or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations hotline at (707) 576-3429.

2 — Advanced Hunting Deer Hunting Clinic, Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, 14715 State Highway 94, Jamul, (91935). Topics include firearms, ammunition, scouting, tracking and safety. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunter-education/advanced or email Lt. Alan Gregory at Alan.Gregory@wildlife.ca.gov.

7 — Public Meeting to Discuss Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Proposal Solicitation,10 a.m., Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). CDFW will inform the public of the priorities and requirements for the Watershed Restoration Grant Program and Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program. For more information, please visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=121291&inline.

9 — Free Aquatic Wild Educator Workshop, Nimbus Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Educators are invited to learn how to use the Aquatic Wild curriculum in the classroom to engage youths in hands-on learning, integrate Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into their science lessons and deliver high-quality lessons with little advance prep or material costs. Participants will receive a curriculum guide with 55 lessons, access to online resources, correlations to state content standards and NGSS, and additional resources and materials. Participants should bring a sack lunch and snacks to the free workshop. To register, please email laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov or call (916) 358-2884. To learn more about Project Wild, please visit www.projectwild.org.

9 — Trout Fest 2016 at the Moccasin Creek Hatchery, 15300 Highway 49, Moccasin (95347). Trout Fest 2016 is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Participants can learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, and to 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 email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

12 — Nature Bowl Semifinals, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nimbus Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). CDFW’s Nature Bowl is an annual competition among teams of elementary school students, focusing on ecological knowledge and conservation literacy. Teams participate in third/fourth grade and fifth/sixth grade divisions and seek answers to environmental-themed questions that are aligned with state science standards. Top-scoring teams advance to the finals, scheduled May 14 at California State University, Sacramento. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at (916) 358-2884 or laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov.

12 — California Fish and Game Commission Tribal Committee Meeting, 2 p.m., River Rock Casino, Quail Run Buffet, 3250 Highway 128, Geyserville (95441). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

13-14 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa (95405). Meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. on April 13 and at 8 a.m. on April 14. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

15 — 2016/2017 Hunting Items On Sale. Hunters can purchase 2016/2017 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, 2016. Please contact a local CDFW license sales office for more information.

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

16 — Earth Day Festival at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (92648). Visitors to this free event can learn about wildlife and water quality at educational booths. Features include animals, activities for youths and guided nature tours. The event is sponsored by CDFW, Amigos de Bolsa Chica, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, and the California Resources Corp. For more information, please email Rebecca@bolsachica.org or call (714) 846-1114.

18 — California Fish and Game Commission Teleconference Meeting, 10 a.m. For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

19 — Urban Coyote Awareness Meeting, Doegler Café, 101 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City (94015), 6:30 p.m.  CDFW staff will participate in an urban coyote awareness meeting hosted by the city of Daly City. Local residents have been reporting increased coyote activity inside the city limits in recent months and CDFW will provide updated information on state laws, department policies and potential actions in different scenarios. Information on living with wildlife can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/keep-me-wild. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan at (916) 322-8944 or andrew.hughan@wildlife.ca.gov.

19 — CDFW Conservation Lecture Series, Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814), 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Concerns Over Phytophthora Plant Pathogen Introductions in Native Plant Nurseries and Restoration Sites, presented by the Phytophthoras in Native Habitats Work Group. This presentation will review recent findings on threats to California native vegetation posed by Phytophthora plant pathogens and management actions needed to prevent introduction and limit spread of exotic Phytophthora species. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/lectures.

20-22 — 2016 International Ecological Program (IEP) Annual Workshop, Lake Natoma Inn, 702 Gold Lake Drive, Folsom (95630). The IEP is a nine-agency consortium of state and federal entities, of which CDFW is a member. The workshop highlights Bay-Delta science being conducted by the member agencies and partners and attendance is open to all. For more information, please visit www.water.ca.gov/iep/ or contact Sakura Evans at (209) 234-3670 or at sakura.evans@wildlife.ca.gov.

23 — Gray Lodge Clean-up and Field Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). Participants are encouraged to participate in various light-duty cleanup projects.  At 1:30 p.m., CDFW will hold its annual public outreach meeting on the Gray Lodge and Upper Butte Wildlife Areas, at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Main Office building.  The meeting is in accordance with state law (Fish and Game Code, section 1758). For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

23 — Advanced Hunting Wild Pig Hunting Clinic, Canada De Los Osos Ecological Reserve, Gilroy (95020). Topics include firearms, ammunition, scouting, tracking and safety. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunter-education/advanced or email Lt. Alan Gregory at Alan.Gregory@wildlife.ca.gov.

28 — Public Comment Period Closes for Big Sur River Draft Instream Flow Regime Recommendations. CDFW has developed instream flow regime recommendations for the Big Sur River, Monterey County for transmittal to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Instream flow regime recommendations need to be established for the Big Sur River to ensure continued viability of stream-related fish and wildlife resources, including the South-Central Coast Distinct Population Segment of south-central coast steelhead. Submission of these flow recommendations to the SWRCB complies with Public Resources Code, section 10001-10002. The draft flow regime recommendations report and other supporting technical studies are available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/watersheds/instream-flow/studies/big-sur-study. Please mail any written comments by April 28, 2016 to Robert Holmes, Instream Flow Coordinator, CDFW Water Branch, 830 S St., Sacramento, CA 95811.

30 — Trout Fest 2016 at the Kern River Hatchery, 14415 Sierra Way, Kernville (93238). Trout Fest 2016 is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Participants can learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, 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 email troutfest@wildlife.ca.gov or visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

30 – General Eastern Sierra Trout Opener. The general trout season will open one hour before sunrise April 30 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 2015/16 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation 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.