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Author Archive: Department of Fish and Wildlife

CDFW offers wildflower tours

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering a free, naturalist-led tour of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville in March and April. Tour leaders will discuss the area’s unique geology, beautiful vistas, wildflowers and vernal pools. Wildflower season generally begins slowly in late February, increases through March and peaks in April. Two, […]

Nimbus Hatchery fish ladder to open Nov. 4

The salmon ladder at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova will open Nov. 4, signaling the start of the spawning season on the American River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hatchery workers will open the gates in the ladder at 10:45 a.m. and will take more than a half-million eggs during the first week […]

CDFW opens registration for fall and winter bird viewing tours in Lodi

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is now accepting reservations for docent-led bird viewing tours from October through February 2014 at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve in San Joaquin County. “The evening sandhill crane fly-ins are only available with tour participation and are worth every moment,” said CDFW interpreter David Moore. “Our tours are timed in […]

Join California Department of Fish and Wildlife natural resource volunteer program in Sacramento

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Sacramento area. The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to CDFW. The next training academy will be held in Sacramento during September […]

CDFW to offer clinics for young archers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer two beginning archery clinics this spring for young archers between the ages of 8 and 17. The first clinic, the Youth Archery Spring Fling, will be held Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maya Archery Range, 750 Galleria Blvd. in […]

Hatcheries released 900k steelhead

 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released 900,000 steelhead smolts from its Central Valley hatcheries in February. The year-old, 6- to 8-inch steelhead will flow down the Sacramento River into San Francisco Bay, then to the Pacific Ocean to feed and grow. In one to three years, the adults will return to the […]

Urban fishing and fish-stocking programs survive series of lawsuits

A Sacramento judge ruled in favor of the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), resolving a series of lawsuits brought by both industry and environmental groups attacking the state’s hatchery and fish stocking programs. Taken together, the rulings mean that the DFG can continue its Fishing in the City program, its Classroom Aquarium Education Program, its own anadromous and trout […]

Wildflower tours scheduled at North Table Mountain

Join experienced California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) naturalists for a tour of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville. Tour leaders and local field experts will discuss the area’s spectacular and unique wildflower blooms, beautiful vistas, volcanic geology, rare vernal pools and wildlife. Wildflower season begins in late February through March, with peak […]

Nature Bowl reg is now open

Registration is open for the 29th annual Nature Bowl Science and Conservation Program, an elementary school activity-based competition held each spring for students in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills. The program is coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and local organizations and agencies to increase science and conservation literacy of third- to […]

Sturgeon tagging program asks fishermen to return tags

The Department of Fish and Game has completed its annual sturgeon tagging program in Bay Area waters. The tagging operation is used to help manage California’s green and white sturgeon populations. The tags are white plastic disks that are smaller than a dime. Anyone who catches a DFG tagged fish is encouraged to return the […]

Wildlife may be your neighbors

Mountain lions, black bears and other wildlife may be your neighbors here. • Don’t feed deer — you will attract mountain lions and it is illegal • Deer-proof your landscaping • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions • Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended • Install motion-sensitive lighting around […]

Nimbus Hatchery fish ladder now open

The salmon ladder at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova opened Nov. 5, signaling the start of the spawning season on the American River. Department of Fish and Game (DFG) hatchery workers are expected to take more than a half-million eggs during the first week alone in an effort to ensure the successful spawning of the returning fall-run Chinook salmon. […]

Watch out for wild turkeys

With shorter days and a chilly nip in the air, we know fall has arrived and winter is not too far off. As the season changes, so do the habits of wildlife. Bears stock up on calories for winter hibernation, birds migrate to warmer climates and wild turkeys seem to come out in droves. While these wild game […]

DFG to offer winter swan tours in Sacramento Valley

The Department of Fish and Game is offering swan tours near Marysville Nov. 3 through Feb. 2, 2013. Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the tours will focus on tundra swans in one of the premier locations for viewing swans in California. Novice birdwatchers should enjoy the naturalist-led tours. Binoculars will be available. Ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets and raptors, […]

Sandhill cranes arrive

The magnificent migratory sandhill cranes made an earlier than usual fall return to their seasonal wetland habitats in the Central Valley. On Aug. 25, the first sightings occurred in north San Joaquin County when Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Wetland Tour Program docent Esther Milnes-Schmierer, spotted a group of eight to 10 cranes feeding. Shortly after that, other sightings […]

DFG to hold permit-only wild pig hunts in Yolo County

Offered through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program, a total of 64 hunters will be selected to hunt wild pigs Nov. 5-Dec. 3 through a random drawing for an access permit. Hunts will be held at the Bobcat Ranch, located in Yolo County’s Vaca Mountain foothills, west of Winters. Hunting under the SHARE Program helps achieve […]

DFG to hold teen archery clinic in EDH

The California Department of Fish and Game will host a fall archery clinic for young people who want to learn an outdoor skill and enjoy spending time outdoors. “Shooting Pumpkins: Youth Archery Clinic” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Bowmen Archery Club. The class […]

Lassen sage grouse permits 0

The California Fish and Game Commission acted Aug. 27 in an emergency session to reduce sage-grouse hunting permits to zero in Lassen County. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), responding to wildfires in the area, proposed that the Fish and Game Commission effectively close the September 2012 sage-grouse hunting season in both the […]

DFG offers apprentice deer hunt

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering a draw for an apprentice deer hunt on the San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve. Two hunters holding valid Junior Hunting Licenses will be chosen through a lottery and allowed to hunt for two days on the weekend of Sept. 22 and 23. To qualify for a Junior Hunting License […]

DFG offers apprentice deer hunt on Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering a drawing for an apprentice deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve. Three hunters between ages 12 and 15 will be chosen through a lottery and allowed to hunt on the weekend of Sept. 15-16. In addition, the selected participants may also show up on […]

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