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 Dates — Bat Talk and Walk Programs, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis (95618). The Yolo Basin Foundation offers a variety of educational programs about the colony of bats that live in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Events and programs run from July to September. Build a bat house in your backyard, bring your little ones for a morning of crafts, storytelling and bats, or enjoy an evening Bat Walk with the family. For more information, please visit www.yolobasin.org/bats2022.
Multiple Days — Nature Bowl 2022: Family Challenge. Nature is calling all California families this summer to have fun outdoors – in your backyard, neighborhood and/or local natural area. Hosted by CDFW’s North Central Region, Nature Bowl 2022: Family Challenge is a fun and educational way to explore the natural world around you by participating in two scavenger hunts, one provided and the other created by your family. The contest also has an extra credit element to catalog your findings, just like a scientist. The contest is open all summer with the entry deadline August 31, 2022. To register and receive your challenge package, contact Genelle Treaster at [email protected]
Various Days – Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Volunteers lead walks highlighting the natural history of Elkhorn Slough every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and 11 a.m. Wednesday through Friday for the summer. 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.
1 – Opening of the general season of rabbits and various hares throughout the State (until January 29, 2023). For more information on small game seasons and limits, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.
1 – General Grunion season opens statewide (until March 31, 2023). For more information on grunion, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/grunion.
2 — Free fishing day. One of the two free fishing days offered by CDFW in 2022 is scheduled for July 2 (the other is September 3). While all fishing regulations – such as catch and size limits, gear restrictions, bulletin requirements, fishing hours and stream closures – remain in effect, any who can fish without buying a fishing license during the free fishing days. For more information, go to wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days.
3 – 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 guide participants through the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve while explaining its history and ecology. Participants can enjoy the unique native plants while traveling through different habitats and 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/2022/07/03/saltmarsh-tour.
4 — Last day of recreational sea salmon fishing from the 40°10′ line at Point Arena until July 22. The season will resume from July 22 to September 1. 5. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon web page at 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.
11 — Director’s Recreational Abalone Advisory Committee (RAAC) Meeting, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., virtual meeting of TEAM Microsoft. CDFW will present the latest draft of the Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan (FMP) Management Strategy (MS) to the RAAC and the public for further comment. This MS project was presented to the Marine Resources Committee of the Fish and Game Commission in March 2022. Those interested in the future management of the Northern California red abalone recreational fishery are encouraged to attend and learn more about the proposed MS for the FMP project that will guide the fishery when it reopens. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/raac.
14 – California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m., North Coast Regional Waterboard Office, Room DCJ, 5550 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa (95403). The meeting will also be held via webinar/teleconference. For more information, please visit fgc.ca.gov.
15-17 — Global Learning for the Environment (GLOBE) Workshop for Elementary School Teachers, Elkhorn Slough Estuarine National Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). This is a free workshop for formal and informal K-12 educators focused on environmental monitoring. The GLOBE program brings together students, teachers, and scientists from around the world to investigate the natural world. Participants will receive new lesson plan ideas, investigation tools, and access to the GLOBE database. Teachers can register online at www.elkhornslough.org/events/globe-teacher-workshop-0722 or contact Ariel Hunter at Ar[email protected] or (831) 728-2822.
16 – Visit the salt marshes and dunes at 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 guide participants through the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve while explaining its history and ecology. Participants can enjoy the unique native plants while traveling through different habitats and 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/2022/07/16/saltmarsh-tour.
16 – California Bumblebee Atlas Field Event, 10 a.m. to noon, Arcata Marsh, 569 S.G St., Arcata (95521). 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 with the project and register for this free, voluntary field training event to be held at Arcata Marsh. 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.
22 — Recreational sea salmon fishing reopens from the 40°10′ line at Point Arena. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at 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. .
23 — 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/2022/07/23/community-habitat-restoration.
23 — Garden Stewardship Day at Elkhorn Slough Preserve, 10 a.m. to noon, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). Learn more about gardening native plants and help the reserve maintain its new demonstration gardens! Participants will learn about gardening native plants and then spend time working in the gardens. The work changes with the season and may involve weeding, planting or collecting native seeds. All ages and abilities are welcome, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more details and to sign up for email reminders, please visit www.elkhornslough.org/calendar.
24 – Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Deadline to apply for access permits for elk hunting opportunities. A non-refundable application fee of $11.75 (plus processing fee) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
Amanda McDermott, CDFW Communications, (916) 738-9641
Photo CDFW: Grunion on the beach.