California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, CDFW, has released its calendar of events, programs and activities for March.
As a reminder, all calendar items are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State residents are asked to continue to adhere to all safety protocols including physical distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand washing.
Wildlife areas, ecological reserves and other properties may be closed due to wildfire damage. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check for closures before leaving on any recreational trip.
As of March 1, the California Invasive Species Action Week Youth Art Contest is open. Students in grades 2-12 are invited to submit artwork on the theme, “Be an Invasive Species Detective!” All types of media are encouraged. Submit entries electronically by May 5, 2021. Find complete information at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasives/action-week/poster-contest. Winners will be announced during California Invasive Species Action Week in June. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 6 — Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Environmental Science Virtual Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. The reserve presents a hands-on environmental science workshop for elementary school teachers through a combination of virtual lessons and field work. Teachers will learn about the GLOBE monitoring program, engage in inquiry-based lessons and take home new hands-on activities. For the full workshop schedule and to register, visit www.elkhornslough.org/education-program/teacher-development.
Tuesday, March 16 — 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, visit fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2021.
Wednesday, March 17 features a number of events.
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, visit wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.
Last Day of Kellet’s Whelk Recreational and Commercial Fishing Season Statewide. For more information on Kellet’s whelk, visit marinespecies.wildlife.ca.gov/kellet%E2%80%99s-whelk.
Public Workshop for the Lower American River Conservancy Program’s 2021 Proposal Solicitation Notice. This will be a virtual workshop using Microsoft Teams. For more information, visit wcb.ca.gov.
Saturday, March 20 — Additional Spring Wild Turkey Season Opens for Hunters with Junior Hunting Licenses. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Wednesday, March 24 — Teachers on the Reserve Virtual Workshop, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. A virtual introduction for K-12 teachers to the habitats and wildlife at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. This presentation will deepen participants’ knowledge of the Slough’s ecological and cultural history and introduce virtual ways to explore the reserve. To register for this free event, visit www.elkhornslough.org/education-program/teacher-development.
Saturday, March 27 — General Spring Wild Turkey Season Opens (extending through May 5). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.Wednesday, March 31 — Pre-applications Due for Wildlife Conservation Board’s California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program 2021 Call for Concepts. For more information, visit wcb.ca.gov/programs/riparian.