CDFW News | June 2022 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

All calendar items are subject to change as we navigate changing conditions and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to follow all applicable safety protocols. For more information on getting vaccinated in California, please visit myturn.ca.gov.

Wildlife areas, ecological reserves and other properties may be closed due to wildfires or damage caused by wildfires. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check for closures before setting off on recreational trips.

Various days – Guided wetland tours by reservation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Reserve, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will guide any group, school, or organization on a half-mile route through the various wetlands of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns, and conservation efforts. The experience can be tailored to include the requested information. Each visit is limited to 15 people. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, which may include wearing a mask and/or physical distancing. Come prepared and be respectful of other visitors. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email [email protected]

Various days – Friday Habitat restoration in the Ballona reserve, 3-5 p.m., June 3 and 17, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey (90293). Roll up your sleeves to help the Friends of Ballona Wetlands restore the last coastal wetland in the city of Los Angeles. Get hands-on experience while learning about urban ecology. The time and effort spent removing invasive vegetation allows slow-growing native plants to thrive. The parking lot and entrance gate are located behind Gordon’s Market. Registration is mandatory. For event details and to register, please visit www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/06/03/friday-habitat-restoration or www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/06/17/friday- habitat-restoration.

Weekends – Visits to the Ecological Reserve at Elkhorn Slough, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Volunteers lead walks highlighting the natural history of Elkhorn Slough every Saturday and Sunday. Capacity is limited due to physical distancing requirements and people must register on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of six or more must call ahead at (831) 728-2822 to book a tour. For more information, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/esnerr/tours.

2 — Deadline for drawing big game. The deadline to submit premium elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and roe deer tag applications is June 2. Sales transactions must be completed before midnight. Hunters can apply through a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) license agent, online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales or by phone at (800) 565-1458. For more information, visit Wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/big-game.

4 — Family nature day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Preserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Visit Elkhorn Slough Reserve every first Saturday of summer to explore pop-up outdoor exhibits, with hands-on exploration stations, crafts, games and trail investigations. Each month features a different nature theme, from birds and mammals to microscopic creatures. Activities are offered in English and Spanish. Family nature days are free and without registration. For details, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/calendar.

4 – California Bumblebee Atlas Field Event, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland (94610). Join a community science collaboration between CDFW and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to learn more about California’s native bumblebees while collecting data to help conserve declining species. Volunteers will learn how to catch and handle bumblebees and practice photographing them and collecting habitat data. Use the CABBA Field Event Registration Form to register for the project and register for this free, voluntary field training event. For more information, please visit www.cabumblebeeatlas.org/events.html or contact Xerces Conservation Biologist Leif Richardson at [email protected] or CDFW Science Assistant Dylan Winkler at [email protected] wildlife.ca.gov.

4-12 – California Invasive Species Action Week. Learn how invasive species affect California wildlife and its habitat. Attend a local event or watch a webinar! Find event listings and learn how you can prevent the spread of invasive species at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasives/action-week.

11 – Advanced Education Clinic for Hunters: AZ Sausage Making, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Guerra Ranch, 1835 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay (93442). This clinic will give you hands-on experience on how to make sausages with your wild game. Registration is mandatory. To register, please visit www.register-ed.com/programs/california/162-advanced-hunter-education. For more information, please email [email protected] or call (209) 827-0895.

11 – Cleaning of the Ballona stream in the Ballona reserve, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey (90293). Help the Friends of Ballona Wetlands clean up the last coastal wetland in Los Angeles. Did you know that 130 square miles of storm sewers drain into Ballona Creek? Gutter waste from as far away as North Hollywood can end up in wetlands. The time and effort spent clearing debris means less litter in wetlands, beaches and the open ocean. The parking lot and entrance gate are located behind Gordon’s Market. Registration is mandatory. For event details and to register, please visit www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/06/11/creek-cleanup.

15-16 — Meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. both days, California Department of Transportation Building, Conf. Rm. 1.040A,B,C, 100 S. Main Street, Los Angeles (90012). The meeting will be held via webinar/teleconference. For more information, please visit fgc.ca.gov.

16 – Applications for Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) access permits for sale for fall elk hunts. Ninety-three SHARE tags will be available during the 67 elk hunts offered under the SHARE program. A non-refundable application fee of $11.75 (plus processing fee) will be charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.

17 – California Wildlife Conservation Board Workshop, 1 p.m., Natural Resources Agency Headquarters, First Floor Auditorium, 715 P Street, Sacramento (95814). The public is welcome. For more information, please visit wcb.ca.gov.

17-19 — Teachers’ Workshop on the Estuary, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Preserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). This three-day workshop for middle and high school teachers explores the impacts of global climate change on estuaries and their adjacent communities along the Pacific Coast. Participants will spend three days in Elkhorn Slough learning about climate change and watershed content, participating in field experiences, and learning how to incorporate these topics and stewardship actions into their classrooms and communities. Registration is compulsory as places are limited. For more details and to register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/tote-workshop-2022.

18 – Visit the salt marshes and dunes of the Ballona reserve, 10 a.m. to noon, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey (90293). Explore the wonders of nature in the middle of the city of Los Angeles! Guides from the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands will lead participants through the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve while explaining its history and ecology. Enjoy unique native plants as you travel through different habitats. Participants might even encounter some of the local wildlife. The parking lot and entrance gate are located behind Gordon’s Market. Registration is mandatory. For event details and to register, please visit www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/06/18/saltmarsh-tour.

18 – Elkhorn Slough Reserve Bioblitz, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Elkhorn Slough Preserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Help scientists map California’s coastal ecosystems. As part of a statewide monitoring project called Snapshot Cal Coast, participants will visit the mudflats of Elkhorn Slough to document tidal organisms with the iNaturalist monitoring app. Naturalists from the reserve will be on hand to provide exploration tools and demonstrate how to identify and handle wildlife safely. No prior knowledge of iNaturalist is necessary, but participants should be prepared to spend some time moving through muddy substrate. The event is free and registration is required. For more details and to register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/bioblitz-220618.

18 – California Bumblebee Atlas Field Event, 10 a.m. to noon, Soil Born Farms, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova (95670). Join a community science collaboration between CDFW and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to learn more about California’s native bumblebees while collecting data to help conserve declining species. Volunteers will learn how to catch and handle bumblebees and practice photographing them and collecting habitat data. Use the CABBA Field Event Registration Form to register for the project and register for this free, voluntary field training event. For more information, please visit www.cabumblebeeatlas.org/events.html or contact Xerces Conservation Biologist Leif Richardson at [email protected] or CDFW Science Assistant Dylan Winkler at [email protected] wildlife.ca.gov.

23 — Recreational sea salmon fishing reopens from Point Arena to Pigeon Point. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon web page at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations hotline at (800) 662-9825.

25 — Restoration of community housing, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey (90293). Roll up your sleeves to help the Friends of Ballona Wetlands restore the last coastal wetland in Los Angeles. Get hands-on experience while learning about urban ecology. Removing invasive vegetation gives slow-growing native plants the chance to thrive. The parking lot and entrance gate are located behind Gordon’s Market. Registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, please visit www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/06/25/community-habitat-restoration.

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Media Contact:
Amanda McDermott, CDFW Communications, (916) 738-9641

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