All calendar items and events scheduled through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are subject to change as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to adhere to all safety protocols including physical distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand washing.
Fire danger is currently extreme in California. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check for closures before leaving on any recreational trip.
Various Days — Nimbus Fish Hatchery Free Public Webinars, 9 to 9:45 a.m., Thursdays, Nov. 12 and 19; and Wednesday, Nov. 25 via Zoom. These free public webinars will be broadcast live from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery for all ages to enjoy from a safe social distance. Because the Visitor Center is currently closed, we are offering everyone the opportunity to connect with wildlife and our hatchery experts. Information on each webinar and a link to register (required) will be posted to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nimbushatchery. For additional information, contact email@example.com or call (916) 358-2884.
Saturdays — Swan Tours, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Yuba County north of Marysville in privately owned rice fields. Led by CDFW naturalists, this is an excursion into a prime Pacific Flyway overwintering grounds. Tours focus on the majestic and ancient tundra swan, but participants are sure to see an assortment of geese, ducks, shorebirds and raptors. Sign up on Eventbrite. Tours have been modified to meet health and safety guidelines. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/swan-tours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Depth Limit for Recreational Boat-Based Groundfish Fishing, now open from the California-Oregon State Line to Point Arena (through Dec. 31). For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/groundfish-summary.
Saturday, Nov. 7 — Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Opens Statewide. Health advisory information will be posted at wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/health-advisories. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/crabs.
General Deer Season Opens in Zone D12. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
Canada Goose Season Opens in the North Coast Special Management Area (extends through Jan. 31). For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
Scaup Season Opens in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Colorado River and Balance of State Zones (extends through Jan. 31). For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
White Goose Season Opens in the Imperial County Special Management Area (extends through Jan. 31). For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
Weaving Yesterdays: A Live History Series Virtual Event, 1 to 1:30 p.m. Reserve naturalists and historians will host a Facebook Live series exploring the cultural heritage of Elkhorn Slough. At 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, participants will hear the backstory of a new location around the area. Please visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/weaving-yesterdays-a-live-history-series to view the series schedule and find recordings of previous installments.
Teachers on the Estuary Workshop, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). The reserve presents a hands-on estuarine science workshop for middle and high school teachers through a combination of virtual lessons and field work. Teachers will learn from reserve scientists, 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.
Sunday, Nov. 8 — Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. Recreational ocean salmon fishing closes statewide. For more information, visit the ocean salmon webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/regulations/salmon or call the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.
General Deer Season Closes in Zones D11, D13-D15 and X9c. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, 9 a.m. 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/2020.
Saturday, Nov. 14 — Fall Wild Turkey Season Opens Statewide (extends through Dec. 13). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
General Pheasant Season Opens Statewide (extends through Dec. 27). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Late Season Dove Hunting Opens Statewide (extends through Dec. 28). For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
Sunday, Nov. 15 — 2021 Sport Fishing Licenses Available. The 2021 sport fishing licenses become available at various sites. For more information or to purchase a license online, visit wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing.
Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery South of the Sonoma-Mendocino County Line (Central Management Area) Scheduled to Open. The opening date may be delayed in some or all of this area due to elevated marine life entanglement risk or human health concerns from domoic acid. Should there be a change to the season opening date due to entanglement risk, information will be made available at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/whale-safe-fisheries and sent out through the CDFW Whale Safe Fisheries email listserv. More information on domoic acid and the crab fishery can be found at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/crabs.
Monday, Nov. 16 — California Fish and Game Tribal Committee Meeting, 1:30 p.m. 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.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Brant Season Opens in the Northern Brant Special Management Area (extends through Dec. 14). For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
California Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 a.m., via Microsoft Teams or teleconference. Public comment will be accepted per the agenda. For more information, visit wcb.ca.gov.
Thursday, Nov. 19 — Brant Season Opens in the Balance of State Brant Special Management Area (extends through Dec. 15). For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/waterfowl.
Sunday, Nov. 22 — General Deer Season Closes in Zone D16. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.
Sunday, Nov. 29 — General Deer Season Closes in Zone D12. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/deer.