Fish And Wildlife Re­leases Septem­ber Cal­en­dar Of Events

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Mul­ti­ple ac­tiv­i­ties are avail­able dur­ing Septem­ber through the state De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife, from watch­ing Sand­hill cranes to tour­ing lo­cal eco­log­i­cal re­serves. Fol­low­ing is a list­ing of events.

First through third Satur­days and Sun­days of the month — Sand­hill Crane Wet­land Tours at Wood­bridge Eco­log­i­cal Re­serve, 7730 W. Wood­bridge Road, Lodi. Online regis­tra­tion has be­gun for those wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in th­ese guided tours, which run Oc­to­ber through Fe­bru­ary. Regis­tra­tion is avail­able online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/ re­gions/3/crane-tour. A one-day Lands Pass must be pur­chased to at­tend and in­struc­tions are avail­able on the same web­site. Tours fill fast and regis­tra­tion may be done as much as six weeks in ad­vance. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. wildlife.ca.gov/re­gions/3/ crane-tour.

Var­i­ous Days — Guided Wet­land Tours, By Reser­va­tion, 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.

Var­i­ous Days — Eco­log­i­cal Re­serve Tours at Elkhorn Slough, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Wat­sonville. 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/places-to-visit/elkhornslough-er.

Var­i­ous Days — Gen­eral Bear Sea­son Open­ing in Se­lect Deer Zones. Gen­eral bear sea­son opens con­cur­rently with gen­eral deer sea­son in the A, B, C, D, X8, X9A, X9B, X10 and X12 zones. In Septem­ber, gen­eral bear sea­son will open with gen­eral deer sea­son in the fol­low­ing zones: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, all C zones, D3-10 zones, X8, X9a, X9b, X10 and X12. Cur­rent bear hunt­ing reg­u­la­tions can be viewed at www.ereg­u­la­tions.com/cal­i­for­nia/hunt­ing/big-game/bear-hunt­ing/. In-sea­son up­dates and gen­eral black bear in­for­ma­tion can be viewed at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunt­ing/bear.

Var­i­ous Days — Shared Habi­tat Al­liance for Recre­ational En­hance­ment (SHARE) Ac­cess Per­mit Ap­pli­ca­tion Dead­lines for Mul­ti­ple Hunt­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties. Wild pig, deer, bear, tur­key, dove and quail 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, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunt­ing/share.

Satur­day, Sept. 8 — Sooty (Blue) and Ruffed Grouse Gen­eral Sea­son Opens. Sea­son ex­tends through Oct. 8. White-tailed Ptarmi­gan Gen­eral and Archery Sea­son Opens Statewide. White-tailed ptarmi­gan gen­eral and archery sea­son opens statewide Sept. 8 and ex­tends through Sept. 16. Tree Squir­rel Gen­eral Sea­son Opens. Sea­son ex­tends through Jan. 27, 2019. Moun­tain Quail Sea­son Opens in Zone Q1. Sea­son ex­tends through Oct. 19.

Fri­day, Sept. 14 — Feather River Fish Hatch­ery Lad­der Open­ing, 5 Ta­ble Moun­tain Blvd., Oroville. The lad­der will open and sal­mon spawn­ing will be­gin the fol­low­ing week and con­tinue through ap­prox­i­mately mid-Novem­ber. The hatch­ery is open from sun­rise to sun­set. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (530) 538-2222 or visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fish­ing/hatch­eries/feath­er­river.

Satur­day, Sept. 15 — Coastal Cleanup Day 2018, 9 a.m. to noon, Elkhorn Slough Re­serve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Wat­sonville. Vol­un­teers will re­move trash from the road bor­der­ing the re­serve to keep the habi­tat clean and safe. Elkhorn Slough Re­serve will pro­vide ma­te­ri­als and re­fresh­ments. All ages are wel­come but those un­der 18 must be ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or guardian. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ariel Hunter at ariel@elkhornslough.org.

Satur­day, Sept. 15 — Gen­eral Deer Sea­son Opens. Gen­eral deer sea­son opens in the gen­eral zones D6-7, the re­stricted zones B1-B3 and B5-B6, and the pre­mium zones C1-C4, X9a, X9b and X12. Hunters should check for area clo­sures and re­stric­tions be­fore head­ing to their des­ti­na­tion. In­for­ma­tion on clo­sures is avail­able at www. wildlife.ca.gov/hunt­ing/ area-alerts. Tag re­port­ing is re­quired as the re­ports are vi­tal to es­ti­mat­ing pop­u­la­tions and tag quo­tas. Please visit www. ca.wildlife­li­cense.com/ in­ter­net­sales/cus­tom­ersearch/be­gin for in­for­ma­tion on re­port­ing. Tag hold­ers may also sub­mit re­ports by mail to CDFW Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacra­mento, CA 94299-0002. Band-tailed Pi­geon Sea­son in the North Zone Opens. Sea­son ex­tends through Sept. 23.

Thurs­day, Sept. 20 — Cal­i­for­nia Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Re­sources Com­mit­tee Meet­ing, time to be de­ter­mined, Re­sources Build­ing, 1416 Ninth St., Sacra­mento. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.fgc. ca.gov/meet­ings/2018/in­dex.aspx.

Satur­day, Sept. 22 — 24th An­nual Oroville Sal­mon Fes­ti­val, Feather River Fish Hatch­ery, 5 Ta­ble Moun­tain Blvd., Oroville, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in down­town Oroville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will fea­ture tours to view sal­mon spawn­ing, in­for­ma­tional booths, ed­u­ca­tional dis­plays and ven­dor booths. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www. salmonfestoroville.org.

Satur­day, Sept. 22 — Gen­eral Deer Sea­son Opens. Gen­eral deer sea­son opens in the gen­eral zones D3-5, D8 and D10, and the pre­mium zones D9, and X8. Hunters should check for area clo­sures and re­stric­tions be­fore head­ing out to their hunt­ing des­ti­na­tion. In­for­ma­tion on clo­sures is avail­able at www. wildlife.ca.gov/hunt­ing/ area-alerts. Tag re­port­ing is re­quired as the re­ports are vi­tal to es­ti­mat­ing pop­u­la­tions and tag quo­tas. Visit www.ca.wildlife­li­cense. com/in­ter­net­sales/cus­tom­ersearch/be­gin for in­for­ma­tion on re­port­ing. Tag hold­ers may also sub­mit re­ports by mail at CDFW Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacra­mento, CA 94299-0002. For gen­eral in­for­ma­tion on deer zones, please visit www. wildlife.ca.gov/hunt­ing/ deer#54774-zones–hunts.

Satur­day, Sept. 22 — Elkhorn Slough Re­serve Open House, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Re­serve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Wat­sonville. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude guided walk­ing tours and an op­por­tu­nity to meet sci­en­tists. The an­nual event is free to the pub­lic. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Vir­ginia Guhin at (831) 728-2822 or visit www.elkhornslough.org.

Satur­day and Sun­day, Sept. 22 and 23 — Youth Wa­ter­fowl Hunt Days for North­east­ern Cal­i­for­nia Zone. In or­der to par­tic­i­pate, hunters must be 17 years of age or younger and ac­com­pa­nied by a non­hunt­ing adult 18 years of age or older. Peo­ple should con­tact the wildlife area or na­tional wildlife refuge they wish to hunt for de­tails. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/ hunt­ing/wa­ter­fowl.

Tues­day, Sept. 25 — CDFW Con­ser­va­tion Lec­ture Se­ries, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Nat­u­ral Re­sources Build­ing, First Floor Au­di­to­rium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacra­mento. Mark Tuk­man presents “A Liv­ing Map for a Chang­ing Land­scape — fine-scale veg­e­ta­tion and habi­tat map­ping in Sonoma County. A re­cently com­pleted fine-scale veg­e­ta­tion map for Sonoma County that high­lights re­cent ad­vances in land­scape and habi­tat as­sess­ment will be dis­cussed. The map has many users, in­clud­ing the con­ser­va­tion com­mu­nity, wa­ter man­agers and plan­ners. At­ten­dance is free. To reg­is­ter and for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/ con­ser­va­tion/lec­tures.

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