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CDFW February Calendar

DATE — EVENT
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.

Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. CDFW docent-led public tours are available to view greater and lesser sandhill cranes at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve outside of Lodi, W Woodbridge Road (95242). Self-guided tours are also available and are enhanced with interpretive panels. For more information about tour times, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

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 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, turkey, dove, waterfowl and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program this winter. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

1 — The CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program’s (FRGP) 2016 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) will be available Feb. 1. Proposals will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 11. The 2016 PSN will be available beginning Feb. 1 at dfg.ca.gov/fish/administration/grants/frgp/solicitation.asp. Information about the 2016 PSN workshops is available at wildlife.ca.gov/grants. Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop as there have been changes made to the 2016 PSN. For specific proposal questions, contact information is located in Appendix C of the 2016 PSN. For general questions, please contact Patty Forbes at patty.forbes@wildlife.ca.gov.

1 — Workshop on Draft Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California, 5-8 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento (95815). CDFW staff will provide information and hear views about the draft plan.

4 — CDFW Fisheries Town Hall, 6-8 p.m., Fisherman’s Warehouse, 9035 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento (95826). CDFW staff, including the fisheries branch chief and environmental program managers, will meet with stakeholders to answer questions regarding freshwater fisheries conservation and management. For more information, please contact Kyle Murphy at (916) 323-5556 or email at kyle.murphy@wildlife.ca.gov

6-7 — 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. A $4.32 day use fee is required for visitors without a valid annual CDFW pass, or California sport fishing, hunting or trapping license. There is no additional cost for the tour. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

10-11 — California Fish and Game Commission Meeting, Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento, (95814). The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 and at 8 a.m. on Feb. 11. For more information, please visit fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx.

15 — 2016 Abalone Report Cards Available For Purchase. Abalone report cards are required for any person who takes abalone. Report cards are used by biologists to monitor the harvest of abalone and to enforce daily and annual bag limits for abalone. Report cards may be purchased from CDFW license sales offices, license agents and online at wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales. For more information about abalone fishery management, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/abalone.

18 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room 126, State Capitol. For more information, please visit wcb.ca.gov or contact Mary Delaney at (916) 445-8448.

20 — New Birding Trail Opens at Los Banos Wildlife Area. A new interpretive birding trail at the Los Banos Wildlife Area, 7985 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos (93635), will open Feb. 20. The new trail starts at Parking Lot No. 11 adjacent to the Salt Slough check station. Maps will be available at the entrance of the 2.5-mile section of trail, and interpretive panels will provide descriptions of habitat and land management methods in both English and Spanish. The trail will open annually on the third weekend in February and will be open through mid-June. The trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset. For more information, please call (209) 826-0463.

24 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. , California Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit wcb.ca.gov or contact Mary Delaney at (916) 445-8448.

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