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July CDFW Fish and Wildlife Calendar

O6/23/14 -- Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 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. Day use fee is $4.32 per person, age 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. For more information, please visit dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

Every Monday (except holidays) — Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve,1700 Elkhorn Road, Royal Oaks (95076), 10 a.m. to noon. Help preserve natural habitat by collecting seeds, planting, helping to maintain trails and weeding introduced species. For more information, please visit dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html or email elkhornslough.org.

CDFW Climate College, CDFW is offering the second year of its Climate College in 2014. This course focuses on how climate change affects the state’s marine resources and seeks to enhance participants’ understanding of marine-related climate change science, potential impacts to species and habitats and the implications for marine region management and planning. The course consists of a seven-part lecture series and people can participate in person or via WebEx. For more information, please visit dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Climate_Change/Climate_College/ or email climatechange@wildlife.ca.gov. For the course schedule and class registration, please visit dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Climate_Change/Climate_College.

Date -- Event
1 --
Northern California Recreational Red Abalone Fishery is Closed for the Month of July to give abalone populations a respite during a period when fishing activities would normally be very high. The season resumes Aug. 1 and continues through Nov. 30. New regulations for the year include an 8 a.m. start time which reduces opportunities to take abalone during early morning low tides, a closure in the Fort Ross area and reductions in the abalone card limit (18 abalone allowed per year for Mendocino County and counties to the north and nine abalone allowed per year for Sonoma and Marin counties). For more information, please visit

5 -- World’s Largest Salmon BBQ, Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg (95437). The annual event is a fundraiser for the Salmon Restoration Association, which helps fund watershed restoration efforts. Attendees learn about salmon habitat restoration and other local conservation efforts and can do fish printing. CDFW’s California Fishing Passports will be provided and stamped. For more information, please visit salmonrestoration.com/world_largest_b_3.html.

11 -- Northern California Black Bass Fishing Contest Drawing. National University, Sacramento Campus Conference Room, 10901 Gold Center Drive, Rancho Cordova (95670), 10 a.m. The permit drawings allow sponsors to coordinate their fishing contests for the following year. If you are planning black bass fishing contests north of the Tehachapi Mountains during 2015 that will offer prizes totaling more than $1,000 or attract more than 50 participants your attendance is recommended. Proposed schedules, including dates and locations, must be received by close of business on July 9 and can be sent to Max Fish at 830 S Street, Sacramento (95811) or max.fish@wildlife.ca.gov. The filing fee of $60 per application will be collected at the drawing. For more information, please visit dfg.ca.gov/fish/Administration/Permits/FishingContest/ or contact Max Fish at 916-327-8849 or max.fish@wildlife.ca.gov.

17 -- Presentation on the Effects of Climate Change on Salmon and Steelhead Trout in the American River, 7 p.m., Visitor Center at Nimbus Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova (95670). Learn about the current and projected effects of climate change on the salmon and steelhead runs in the American River, and steps CDFW is taking to minimize and mitigate for those effects and to adaptively manage the river and the runs. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, please contact Laura Drath at 916-358-2884 or laura.drath@wildlife.ca.gov or visit facebook.com/NimbusHatchery.

18 -- Southern California Black Bass Fishing Contest Drawing. CDFW Field Office, 4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite C, Los Alamitos (90720), 10 a.m. The permit drawings allow sponsors to coordinate their fishing contests for the following year. If you are planning black bass fishing contests south of the Tehachapi Mountains during 2015 that will offer prizes totaling more than $1,000 or attract more than 50 participants your attendance is recommended. Proposed schedules, including dates and locations, must be received by close of business on July 16 and can be sent to Max Fish at 830 S Street, Sacramento (95811) or max.fish@wildlife.ca.gov. The filing fee of $60 per application will be collected at the drawing. For more information, please visit dfg.ca.gov/fish/Administration/Permits/FishingContest/ or contact Max Fish at 916-327-8849 or max.fish@wildlife.ca.gov.

22 -- White Abalone Lecture, 1-3 p.m., Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento (95814). This free lecture by Dr. Kristin Aquilino is part of the Conservation Lecture Series which introduces participants to California’s diverse wildlife. In 2001, white abalone became the first marine invertebrate to be federally listed as endangered after overfishing in the 1970s severely depleted their population. Enhancement of the wild population through captive propagation was identified as the primary avenue for reversing the population’s trajectory toward extinction. In 2012, the Bodega Marine Laboratory celebrated the first instance of captive white abalone reproduction in nearly a decade and successes in captive reproduction have continued. Dr. Aquilino will discuss overcoming challenges in brood stock reproductive conditioning and increasing the survival of newly settled animals, which will help accelerate captive propagation and the recovery of wild white abalone populations. The event will also be webcast live. To register, please visit dfg.ca.gov/habcon/lectures. For more information, please contact margaret.mantor@wildlife.ca.gov.

26 -- Mammoth Lakes Kids Fishing Festival, 1254 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546). The 27th annual event is scheduled at Snowcreek Resort from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The CDFW California Fishing Passport festival hosted by the Mammoth Lakes is free. Trout catching is limited to kids 14 years of age and under but there are events for everyone. Loaner rods and reels are provided free and prizes for the largest fish and raffle prizes will be awarded. For more information, please visit kidsfishfest.com/.

29 -- Public Workshop on Lead Ammunition Ban, 7-8:30 p.m., Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento (95827). For more information please contact Jordan Traverso at jordan.traverso@wildlife.ca.gov.

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