The month of June offers a variety of programs and nature walks put on through the California Department of Fish and Game. Here are a few of the scheduled activities.
Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. The day use fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.
Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley. A wildlife naturalist will lead your 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. Your experience can be customized to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, call (530) 846-7505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bat Talk and Walk Events. The Yolo Basin Foundation’s Bat Talk and Walk events run from mid-June through mid-September and begin at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis. The cost is $12 for adults, and youths 15 and under are free. For more information and to register, visit http://yolobasin.org/battalkandwalks2016/.
Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Wild pig, turkey, dove, waterfowl and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.50 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) will be charged for each hunt choice. For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
June 2 - Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., Room 437 of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. For more information, visit https://wcb.ca.gov/.
June 2 - Big Game Drawing Deadline. The deadline to submit applications for elk, antelope, bighorn sheep and premium deer tags is June 2. Sales transactions must be completed before midnight. Hunters may apply at a CDFW license agent, CDFW license sales office, online at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales or through telephone sales at (800) 565-1458. For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/hunting/big-game.
June 25 - Trout Fest 2016 at the Hot Creek Hatchery, 121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes. Trout Fest is a free event that introduces youths to the basics of trout fishing. Youths can learn how to tie basic fishing knots, rig a pole, cast, handle trout, and how to clean and cook trout. All equipment is provided and no outside gear is allowed. Fishing is for youths 15 and under. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit CDFW’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.