Fish And Wildlife De­part­ment Lists Va­ri­ety Of Au­gust Events

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Archery-only and Fal­conry-only Tree Squir­rel Sea­son is now open through the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Fish and Game, ex­tend­ing through Sept. 7. For archery-only and fal­con­ry­only tree squir­rel sea­son and zone de­scrip­tions, visit www. fgc. ca. gov/ reg­u­la­tions/ cur­rent/ mam­mal­regs .aspx#307. To view a map of tree squir­rel hunt­ing zones, visit https:// nrm. dfg. ca. gov/ file­han­dler. ashx? doc­u­men­tid= 109005&in­line.

On Satur­day, Oct. 18, sev­eral ad­di­tional sea­sons will open. Archery-only Quail, Chukar and Sooty (Blue)/ Ruffed Grouse sea­sons open, ex­tend­ing through Sept. 7. Also, Fal­con­ry­Only Pheas­ant, Quail, Chukar, Ptarmigtan and Sooty (Blue) Grouse/Ruffed Grouse sea­sons open, ex­tend­ing through Feb. 28, 2019. For zone maps and other up­land game sea­son in­for­ma­tion, visit www. wildlife. ca. gov/ hunt­ing/ up­land-game-birds.

Also as of Aug. 18, Archery Sea­son for Black Bears will be open in each of the five Amer­i­can black bear hunt zones: North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia, South­east­ern Sierra, South­ern Sierra and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, and will ex­tend through Sept. 9. CDFW will close the sea­son ear­lier if 1,700 bears have been re­ported taken. For daily up­dates on re­ported bear har­vest, visit www. wildlife. ca. gov/ hunt­ing/ bear or call toll-free (888) 277-6398. Visit www.fgc. ca. gov/ reg­u­la­tions/ cur­rent/mam­mal­regs.aspx for a de­scrip­tion of the cur­rent mam­mal hunt­ing reg­u­la­tions and Amer­i­can black bear hunt zone bound­ary de­scrip­tions. The bag and pos­ses­sion limit for ei­ther archery or gen­eral sea­son is one adult bear per hunt­ing li­cense year. Cubs and fe­males ac­com­pa­nied by cubs may not be taken.

Vol­un­teer Train­ing days are sched­uled for Aug. 18, 19 and 22. Vol­un­teer train­ing is sched­uled at Elkhorn Slough, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19, and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 22, Elkhorn Slough Eco­log­i­cal Re­serve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Wat­sonville. Elkhorn Re­serve Vol­un­teer and Ed­u­ca­tion will of­fer train­ing for in­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing with school and youth groups at the re­serve. The work­shop will pre­pare vol­un­teers to lead K-12 stu­dents in lab and field ac­tiv­i­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Vir­ginia Guhin at (831) 728-2822 or vir­ginia. guhin@ wildlife. ca.gov, and to en­roll, visit www.elkhornslough.org.

Var­i­ous days and times through­out the month of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about na­ture.

Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo By­pass Wildlife Area is of­fered at 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis. Each year, from June through Septem­ber, the Yolo Basin Foun­da­tion of­fers “Bat Talk and Walk” tours. The tour be­gins with a 45-minute in­door pre­sen­ta­tion on bat nat­u­ral his­tory, af­ter which at­ten­dees are shut­tled to the out­door view­ing area to wit­ness first­hand the spec­tac­u­lar aerial per­for­mance of the Mex­i­can free-tailed bats. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired at http://yolobasin.org. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Corky Quirk at cquirk@yolobasin.org.

Eco­log­i­cal Re­serve tours can be taken at Elkhorn Slough. Vol­un­teers lead walks ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days at 11 a.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 on-site). 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, visit www.wildlife. ca. gov/ lands/ placesto-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

Guided wet­land tours, by reser­va­tion, are of­fered at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Ruther­ford Road, Gri­d­ley. 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, call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.di­eter@wildlife.ca.gov.

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