The last couple weeks in March will feature some special workshops, meetings and trainings through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
First up, scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, March 22 through 24 is the 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 training sessions, a mentoring luncheon and evening poster session. Attendance is free and no registration is required. For more information, visit iep.ca.gov/public-engagement/annual-iep-workshop. Also subscribe to the IEP workshop listserv at iep.ca.gov/subscribe to receive updates on the event.
On Thursday, March 24 the California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting is scheduled, though the time is to be determined. The meeting will be held via webinar/teleconference due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. For more information, visit fgc.ca.gov.
Hunters will be pleased to know that on Saturday, March 26 the General Spring Wild Turkey Season opens, extending through May 1. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Finally, set for Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31 are the California Bumble Bee Atlas Training Workshops. 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, visit www.cabumblebeeatlas.org/events.html. For more information, contact Leif Richardson at Leif.Richardson@xerces.org or Dylan Winkler at Dylan.Winkler@wildlife.ca.gov.