The 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice for grant proposals to develop Resource Conservation Investment Strategies was released in January and the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) is currently accepting proposals. Proposals that seek approval at the May 2019 WCB meeting are due by March 1. Proposals submitted after March 1 will be considered at future WCB meetings. For more information, visit www.wcb.ca.gov or contact Scott McFarlin at (916) 323-2281.
As of Feb. 1, the 2019 Commercial Fishing Licenses and Permits will be available for purchase. The 2019 commercial fishing licenses and permits are valid from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/commercial.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are set for Feb. 2 and 3. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are intended to provide a safe learning environment for youth who are interested in hunting and to encourage youths and adults to experience the outdoors together. Each year, many wildlife areas and national wildlife refuges open for youth hunt days. Federal regulations require that hunters must be 17 years of age or younger and accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older to participate. All hunters must have a valid license and stamps as required by state and federal law. The daily bag and possession limits apply along with all other waterfowl regulations for the 2018-19 waterfowl season.
On Friday, Feb. 8, join in for the California Duck Days Welcome Reception, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St., Davis. California Duck Days kicks off with a public reception featuring an exhibit of wildlife art created by high school students from Yolo County and a display of art from the California Junior Duck Stamp contest. The event is free. California Duck Days tickets and T-shirts will be on sale.
The California Duck Days event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23. CDFW, the Yolo Basin Foundation, the California Waterfowl Association, Yolo Audubon and the City of Davis are hosting California Duck Days at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis. California Duck Days is a family-oriented, community-based outdoor festival with activities that include field trips led by experienced birders and naturalists. Onsite activities are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which include interactive exhibits, wetland-themed arts and crafts, and trout fishing. For more information, visit http://yolobasin.org/californiaduckdays/.
Wednesday, Feb. 27 will feature CDFW’s Annual Salmon Information Meeting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa. The public is invited to attend CDFW’s annual meeting on the status of California Chinook salmon populations and the outlook for 2019 ocean salmon fisheries. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented along with the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries. The meeting marks the beginning of a two-month long public process used to establish annual sport and commercial ocean salmon seasons. A list of additional meetings and other opportunities for public comment is available on CDFW’s ocean salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon/preseason. For more information, contact Chenchen Shen at (707) 576-2885 or email@example.com.
Also, a reminder that the first through third Saturdays and Sundays of the month feature Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, 7730 W. Woodbridge Road, Lodi. Online registration is underway for those wishing to participate in guided tours, which run through February. A one-day Lands Pass must be purchased to attend and instructions are available on the same website. To register or for more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.