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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.