All calendar items are subject to change as we navigate the changing conditions and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to adhere to all safety protocols including physical distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand washing. For information on how to get vaccinated in California, please visit myturn.ca.gov.
Wildlife areas, ecological reserves and other properties may be closed due to wildfires or wildfire damage. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check for closures before leaving on any recreational trip.
Various Days — Invasives Species Youth Art Contest Continues. Students in grades 2-12 are invited to submit an original art piece on the theme “Unite to Fight Invasive Species!” All types of media are welcome: drawings, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, animations, comic strips, videos, audio – send it all! Winners will be announced during Invasive Species Action Week, June 4-12. The deadline to enter is Friday, April 1. Please see submission guidelines at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasives/action-week/poster-contest.
Various Days — California Bumble Bee Atlas Training Workshops, March 5 and March 30-31. Join a community science collaboration between CDFW and The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to find out more about California’s native bumble bees while collecting data to help conserve declining species. Volunteers will learn to handle and identify bumble bees and will submit photo vouchers and habitat data to www.bumblebeewatch.org. To register for the project and sign up for free virtual training workshops, please visit www.cabumblebeeatlas.org/events.html. For more information, please contact Leif Richardson at Leif.Richardson@xerces.org Dylan Winkler at Dylan.Winkler@wildlife.ca.gov.
Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours by Reservation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). 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 catered to include requested information. Each tour is limited to 15 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email email@example.com.
Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permits for Fishing and Hunting Opportunities. Barrett Reservoir largemouth bass survey opportunities are open for application and spring turkey hunts are available through May. A $12.45 non-refundable application fee is charged for each choice. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
Various Days — Friday Habitat Restoration at Ballona Reserve, 3 to 5 p.m., March 4 and 18, 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. The time and effort put into clearing out invasive vegetation give our slow-growing native plants room to thrive. Parking and entrance gate are located behind Gordon’s Market. Registration is required. For more details about the events and to register, please visit www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/03/04/friday-habitat-restoration or www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/03/18/friday-habitat-restoration.
Various Days — Discover the Flyway School Program, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis (95618). Discover the Flyway is an outdoor education program for kindergarten through 12th grade students that meets Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards. Its goal is to offer children a meaningful outdoor experience that will give them an appreciation for the wetlands, agriculture and wildlife of the Central Valley and contribute to a lifetime of healthy outdoor activities and development of a land stewardship ethic. This school year, Yolo Basin Foundation is offering teachers three options: the chance to bring students to a field trip to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, the opportunity to have our educators and docents bring the program to their classroom or the option to participate from school or home in a live, virtually led activity. Teachers can learn more and register at www.yolobasin.org/schoolprograms.
1 — Rockfish Fishery Opens for Boat-based Anglers in the Southern Management Area, Point Conception to the Mexico border shoreward of the 100 fathom (600 feet) Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) boundary line. New sub-bag limits for vermilion rockfish, copper rockfish, and quillback rockfish are in effect. There is a decrease to the sub-bag limit for vermilion rockfish from five to four fish, a new sub-bag limit for copper rockfish of one fish, and a new sub-bag limit for quillback rockfish of one fish. The rockfish, cabezon and greenling (RCG) combined daily bag limit remains at 10 fish. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/groundfish-summary#south.
2 — CDFW’s Annual Salmon Information Meeting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., via Zoom webinar. The public is invited to virtually attend CDFW’s annual meeting on the status of California Chinook salmon populations and the outlook for 2022 ocean salmon fisheries. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented along with the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries. The meeting marks the beginning of a two-month long public process used to establish annual sport and commercial ocean salmon seasons. A list of additional meetings and other opportunities for public comment, as well as the meeting materials and the link for the webinar will be available on CDFW’s Ocean Salmon webpage as they become available. For more information, please contact Katherine Osborn at (707) 484-6901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 — White and White-fronted Goose Season Closes in the Northeastern California Zone. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
10 — Canada Goose Season Closes in the North Coast Special Management Area. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
12 — Ballona Creek Cleanup at 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 drain flow into Ballona Creek? Gutter trash from as far away as North Hollywood can end up right in the wetlands. The time and effort put into clearing out debris means less trash in the wetlands, on beaches and in the open ocean. Parking and entrance gate are located behind Gordon’s Market. Registration is required. For more details about the event and to register, please visit www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/03/12/creek-cleanup.
12 — Tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to noon, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis (95618). Join Yolo Basin Foundation’s docent on a fantastic tour that is appropriate for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts and birders. View seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Look for migrating and resident waterfowl, geese, swans, raptors and wading birds. Registration is required to attend. For more information and to register, please visit www.yolobasin.org/wetlands-tours.
13 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Aquatic Wild Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). This one-day workshop for K-6th grade teachers will dive into the Aquatic Wild curriculum through hands-on activities. Aquatic Wild Curriculum supports the State Science Standards, emphasizes outdoor learning and connects to other academic disciplines. To register, please visit www.elkhornslough.org.
16 — Last Day of California Spiny Lobster Recreational and Commercial Fishing Season Statewide. Recreational lobster report card data can be reported at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.
16 — California Wildlife Conservation Board Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee Meeting, 10 a.m., via Microsoft Teams Meeting. The public is welcome. For more information, please visit wcb.ca.gov.
19 — Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Pop-up Information Booth, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Parking Lot A, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis (95618). The third Saturday of every month, Yolo Basin Foundation will have a pop-up information booth in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. If you’ve never visited the area or have questions, it is a great time to visit since volunteers will be present to hand out maps of the auto tour route and hiking trails, provide information about what to keep an eye out for and answer questions as visitors set out to explore local wildlife. Come visit the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area during this time of magical migrations. Waterfowl, geese, swans and more are making their way south along the Pacific Flyway. For more information about the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, please visit www.yolobasin.org/yolobypasswildlifearea.
19-20 — Additional Spring Wild Turkey Season for Hunters with Junior Hunting Licenses. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
20 — Salt Marsh and Dunes Tour at Ballona Reserve, 10 a.m. to noon, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey (90293). Explore the wonder of nature in the middle of urban Los Angeles! Our expert docents will lead participants through the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve while explaining its history and ecology. Enjoy the unique native plants as you journey through different habitats. You might even meet some of the local wildlife. Parking and entrance gate are located behind Gordon’s Market. Registration is required. For more details about the event and to register, please visit www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/03/20/saltmarsh-tour.
22-24 — Interagency Ecological Program Annual Workshop. The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) will be hosting its annual workshop as a three-day virtual Zoom webinar. The workshop is an informal event focused on sharing information produced directly from IEP studies and surveys, including related science and program activities. This year’s workshop is focused on early career scientists and will include 16 sessions that feature invited speakers, interactive R training sessions, a mentoring luncheon and evening poster session. Attendance is free and no registration is required. For more information, please visit iep.ca.gov/public-engagement/annual-iep-workshop. Please subscribe to the IEP workshop listserv at iep.ca.gov/subscribe to receive updates on the event.
24 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined. The meeting is to be held via webinar/teleconference due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. For more information, please visit fgc.ca.gov.
26 — Community Habitat Restoration, 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. Clearing out invasive vegetation gives slow-growing native plants room to thrive. Parking and entrance gate are located behind Gordon’s Market. Registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit www.ballonafriends.org/calendar/2022/03/26/community-habitat-restoration.
26 — General Spring Wild Turkey Season Opens (extending through May 1). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Amanda McDermott, CDFW Communications, (916) 738-9641