Thursday, April 13 will bring a couple of unique programs for outdoor enthusiasts, put on through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Join in for “Flyway Nights: Lookout Slough Tidal Habitat Restoration and Flood Improvement Project” via a Zoom virtual session on April 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Yolo County Resource Conservation District has recently completed a pilot project with the Delta Conservancy to create several habitat corridors in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. This collaboration with CDFW, Yolo Basin Foundation, regional agencies and local partners has resulted in five new miles of habitat on the wildlife area, an 18-acre conversion to native grassland species and a repurposing of remnants of the Lisbon Trestles that were used for train travel into the 1950s. For more information on the Zoom session, visit www.yolobasin.org/flywaynights.
Also via Zoom, on April 13, California Bumble Bee Atlas Virtual Training will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join a community science collaboration between CDFW and The Xerces Society to find out more about California’s native bumble bees while collecting data to help conserve declining species. Volunteers will be trained on how to survey for bumble bees and submit data. To register for the project and sign up for the free, virtual training event, visit www.cabumblebeeatlas.org/events.html. For more information, contact Xerces biologist Leif Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or CDFW scientific aide Dylan Winkler at Dylan.Winkler@wildlife.ca.gov.
For avid hunters, April 15 brings the opening date for 2023-24 hunting items to go on sale. Hunters can purchase 2023-24 hunting licenses, tags and validations and apply for the annual Big Game Drawing. Items may be purchased online, at select CDFW license sales offices or license sales agents, or by calling telephone sales at (800) 565-1458. Sales transactions for the Big Game Drawing applications must be completed before midnight on June 2, 2023. Contact a local CDFW license sales office for more information.
Saturday, April 15 will also offer the chance to visit the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Pop-up Information Booth, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Parking Lot A, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis. The third Saturday of every month, Yolo Basin Foundation will have a pop-up information booth in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. It is a great time to visit since volunteers will be present to hand out maps of the auto tour route and hiking trails, provide information about what is exciting to see and answer questions as visitors set out to explore local wildlife. Come visit the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area during this time of magical migrations. Waterfowl, geese, swans and more are making their way south along the Pacific Flyway. For more information about the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, visit www.yolobasin.org/yolobypasswildlifearea.