Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of a number of programs, tours, and hunting opportunities statewide in March. However, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, CDFW officials remind everyone that all schedule items are subject to change as we navigate changing conditions and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, some wildlife areas, ecological reserves, and other properties may be closed due to wildfires or damage caused by wildfires. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check for closures before setting off on recreational trips.
The Invasive Species Youth Art Contest continues. Students in grades 2 to 12 are invited to submit an original work of art on the theme “United to fight invasive species!” All types of media are welcome: drawings, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, animations, comics, videos, audio, send it all. Winners will be announced during Invasive Species Week of Action, June 4-12. The deadline to participate is Friday, April 1. Please see submission guidelines at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasives/action-week/poster-contest.
Guided wetland tours by reservation at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley. A wildlife naturalist will guide any group, school, or organization on a half-mile route through the various wetlands of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns, and conservation efforts. The experience can be tailored to include the requested information. Each visit is limited to 15 people. For more information, call (530) 846-7505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Permit access for fishing and hunting opportunities. Barrett Reservoir Largemouth Bass survey opportunities are open for applications and spring turkey hunts are available through May. A non-refundable application fee of $12.45 is charged for each choice. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
Check out the Flyway School Program, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis. Discover the Flyway is an outdoor education program for K-12 students that meets Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards. Its goal is to provide children with a meaningful outdoor experience that will give them an appreciation for the Central Valley’s wetlands, agriculture and wildlife and contribute to a life of healthy outdoor activities and development. of a land stewardship ethic. This school year, the Yolo Basin Foundation is offering teachers three options: the option of taking students on a field trip to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, the option of having our educators and guides bring the curriculum to their class or the possibility of participating from school. or at home in a live, virtually directed activity. Teachers can learn more and register at www.yolobasin.org/schoolprograms.
Saturday, March 12 – Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Tour, 9 a.m. to noon, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis. Join the Yolo Basin Foundation guide for a fantastic tour that’s suitable for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts and birdwatchers. See seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands, and young riparian forests. Look for migratory and resident waterfowl, geese, swans, raptors and waders. Registration is required to attend. For more information and to register, visit www.yolobasin.org/wetlands-tours.
Sunday, March 13 – Elkhorn Slough Preserve Aquatic Nature Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. This one-day workshop for K-6 teachers will dive into the Aquatic Wild curriculum through hands-on activities. Aquatic Wild Curriculum supports state science standards, emphasizes outdoor learning, and connects to other academic disciplines. To register, visit www.elkhornslough.org.
Wednesday, March 16 – Last day of the statewide recreational and commercial California crawfish fishing season. Recreational Lobster Report Card data can be reported at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin. For more information, go to wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/invertebrates/lobster.
California Wildlife Conservation Board Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee Meeting, 10:00 a.m. via Microsoft Teams Meeting. The public is welcome. For more information, visit wcb.ca.gov.
Saturday, March 19 – Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Pop-Up Information Booth, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Lot A, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis. On the third Saturday of each month, the Yolo Basin Foundation will hold a pop-up information booth in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. If you’ve never been to the area before or have any questions, now is the perfect time to visit as volunteers will be on hand to hand out maps of the self drive route and hiking trails, provide information on what to watch for and answer questions. as visitors explored the local wildlife. Come and visit the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in this time of magical migrations. Waterfowl, geese, swans and more head south along the Pacific Flyway. For more information on the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, visit www.yolobasin.org/yolobypasswildlifearea.