Septem­ber Full Of Fish, Wildlife Depart­ment Ac­tiv­i­ties

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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 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 halfmile 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) 8467505 or email lori.di­eter@

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, visit­visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

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

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.

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

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 non-hunt­ing 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 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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