March 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 Turkey Hunting Opportunities. Spring turkey 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.

1 — Proposition 68 Grant Program for Regional Conservation Investment Strategies Preparation Deadline. The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) continues to accept proposals for preparation of Regional Conservation Investment Strategies (RCIS). 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. Please note that funded projects must be completed and funds expended by March 31, 2022. To access the 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice or for more information on the Proposition 68 Grant Program, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov or contact Scott McFarlin at (916) 323-2281. For more information about the RCIS Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/planning/regional-conservation or contact the RCIS Program Team at rcis@wildlife.ca.gov.

6-10 — Fred Hall Show Long Beach, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (90802). Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (62 and older), $13 for military (with valid ID) and free for youths 15 and younger with a paid adult. CDFW will have staff on hand to answer questions from the public. Anglers can also purchase their 2019 licenses, validations and report cards, as well as the 2019 Warden Stamp directly from CDFW staff. Warden stamps sales help fund CDFW’s K-9 program and support purchases of enforcement equipment. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/long-beach.

7 — 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.

9, 16, 23 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Teachers on the Reserve Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The free one-day workshop, which is offered on three separate Saturdays, introduces teachers to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve and its education fieldtrip program. To register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/education-program/teacher-development. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

15-17 — Fred Hall Central Valley Sports Show, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P St., Bakersfield (93307). Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and older), $7 for military (with valid ID) and free for youths 15 and younger with a paid adult. There is also a special $7 admission for seniors on Senior Day (March 15). CDFW will have staff on hand to answer questions from the public. Anglers can also purchase their 2019 licenses, validations and report cards, as well as the 2019 Warden Stamp directly from CDFW staff. Warden stamps sales help fund CDFW’s K-9 program and support purchases of enforcement equipment. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/bakersfield.

16 — Nest Box Survey, Orientation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). This free orientation meeting is required for participation in a season-long field study. Crews of two or three collect detailed data, used to understand and enhance the local wood duck population and other wildlife.  Commitment varies, averaging four hours, twice a month, April through July. Participation is open to the public, ages 18 and over. Due to limited space, please make reservation early. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

20 — Last Day of California Spiny Lobster Recreational and Commercial Fishing Season, Statewide. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.

20 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee, 9 a.m., Natural Resources Building, Redwood Room, 1416 Ninth St., 14th Floor, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2019/index.aspx.

21 — Out of Sight and All Around Us: Reptiles and Amphibians of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 5:30 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Participants at this free public event can learn about the unique life histories of some of California’s most elusive animals, and discover local reptiles and amphibians and the ways you can help protect them. No registration is required. For more information, please visit www.elkhornslough.org.

23 — Additional Spring Wild Turkey Season Opens for Hunters with Junior Hunting Licenses (extending through March 24). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

23 — San Joaquin River Fishing Derby, 7 to 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 6 a.m., Sycamore Island, 39664 Ave. 7-1/2, Madera (93638). The event is co-sponsored by CDFW, the Central Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust and the San Joaquin River Conservancy. The derby celebrates the San Joaquin River’s diverse fishing and recreational opportunities. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place for youths (15 years old and under) and adults, and there will also be a grand-prize drawing for a California Lifetime Fishing License. There is no charge to enter the derby, but participants are required to pay the regular Sycamore Island day-use fee of $9 per vehicle and $5 per trailered boat. For more information and online registration, please visit www.riverparkway.org/index.php.

28-31 — Fred Hall Show Del Mar, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (92014). Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (62 and older), $10 with military identification and free for youths 15 and younger with a paid adult. CDFW will have staff on hand to answer questions from the public. Anglers can also purchase their 2019 licenses, validations and report cards, as well as the 2019 Warden Stamp directly from CDFW staff. Warden stamps sales help fund CDFW’s K-9 program and support purchases of enforcement equipment. For more information, please visit www.fredhall.com/san-diego.

30 — General Spring Wild Turkey Season Opens (extending through May 5). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.

30-31 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Workshop, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). This free two-day field and classroom workshop for high school and middle school teachers focuses on developing lessons on hydrology, meteorology and soil-data collection. To register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/education-program/teacher-development. For more information, please contact Virginia Guhin at virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov.

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

 

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