May 2013 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Media Contact: CDFW Office of Communications, (916) 322-8958


Weekends —Tour Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076)  Docent-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books available to the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.32 per person, age 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. Directions and additional information are available at

Every Monday Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd., Royal Oaks (95076), 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Help preserve natural habitat by doing seed collection, planting, trail maintenance and weeding introduced species. For more information, please visit or

1 Recreational groundfish season opens for all boat-based anglers in the Central Groundfish Management Area, from Pigeon Point, San Mateo County to Point Conception, Santa Barbara County. For more information, please visit

1 — Recreational Ocean salmon season is open from the Oregon/California state line to the U.S./Mexico border. For more information, please visit the ocean salmon web page at or call the ocean salmon regulations hotline, (707) 576-3429.

2 — Port Hueneme Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 1 pm to 3 pm., at the Oxnard Harbor District Administration Building, 333 Ponoma Street, Port Hueneme (93041). For more information, please call (916) 324-0144 or (805) 488-3677.

9 — San Francisco Bay Region Harbor Safety Committee meeting, Port of San Francisco, 1000-1200 Pier 1 Conference Center, The Embarcadero, San Francisco (94111).  For more information, please call (916) 324-6450.

11 — Trout Fest, at the San Joaquin River Hatchery, 17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant (93626), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Learn the ABCs of trout fishing how to tie knots, rig your pole, cast, and clean and cook trout. Tour the hatchery and learn where to fish and see California golden trout. All equipment is provided at the free event. For more information, please visit, email or call (559) 765-4824.

15 — Recreational groundfish season opens for boat-based anglers in the Northern and Mendocino Groundfish Management Areas, from the Oregon/California state line to Point Arena, Mendocino County. For more information, please visit

16 — CDFW Climate College lecture, Walk the Talk: CDFW Testimonials and Panel Discussion, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Natural Resources Agency Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). It will also be broadcast live via WebEx. Guest speakers are CDFW Chief Deputy Director Kevin Hunting, CDFW Law Enforcement Division Chief Mike Carion, CDFW Northern Region Scientist Gordon Leppig, and CDFW Senior Marine Biologist Debbie Aseltine-Neilson. Speakers will discuss how they are addressing climate change in their work at the Department. Lectures are designed for CDFW employees but are open to CDFW partners and the public. Please e-mail to sign up if you are not already registered for the course, and indicate whether you intend to participate in person or via WebEx. Please register at least two days prior to the lecture. For more information, please visit

16 — CDFW Oil Spill Prevention and Response North Coast Area Committee meeting in Fort Bragg, 1 to 3 p.m. at CDFW’s Fort Bragg Field Office, 32330 N. Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg (95437). For more information, please contact Jeffery Dayton at (707) 441-5736 or at

22-23 — California Fish and Game Commission meeting at UCLA’s De Neve Plaza, 351 Charles E. Young Drive West, Los Angeles (90024). For more information, please visit

29 — Lobster Advisory Committee meeting, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CDFW Los Alamitos Field Office, 4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C, Los Alamitos (90720). The meeting is open to the general public, and a public comment period is scheduled. For more information, please visit