Various Days — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough. Volunteers lead walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m, and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. The day use permit fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older (permits may be purchased on-site). Groups of five or more should please notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.
Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead any group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. The experience can be customized to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.
Various Days — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Multiple Hunting Opportunities. Elk, wild pig, deer, bear, turkey, dove and quail hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $10.75 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
1 — General season for Rabbits and Varying Hare Opens Statewide (extending through Jan. 27, 2019). For more information on small game seasons and limits, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.
1 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Re-opens for All Boat-based Anglers in California. For more information, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific Halibut webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut#31670771-pacific-halibut-regulations.
2 — Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Pigeon Point to the U.S./Mexico Border. All recreational ocean salmon fishing south of Pigeon Point will be closed through the remainder of the year. For more information, please visit the ocean salmon webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call either the CDFW Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429 or the National Marine Fisheries Service Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (800) 662-9825.
7 — Free Fishing Day. One of two Free Fishing Days being offered by CDFW in 2018 is scheduled July 7 (the other is Sept. 1). While all fishing regulations – such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures – remain in effect, anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license on Free Fishing Days. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days.
15 — Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Closes for All Boat-based Anglers in California. The season will reopen from Aug. 1-15, and again from Sept. 1-Oct. 31, if the quota has not been reached. For the latest information on the season status, please call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the Pacific halibut webpage at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut#31670771-pacific-halibut-regulations/.
17 — California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Orange Coast District Office Training Room, 3030 Avenida del Presidente, San Clemente (92672). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2018/index.aspx.
19-20 — Global Learning to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Elementary School Teacher Workshop, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (95076). A free workshop for second through sixth-grade educators focused on environmental education. The GLOBE program brings students, teachers and scientists across the world together to investigate the natural world. Participants will receive new lesson plan ideas, investigative tools and access to the GLOBE database. Teachers can register online at www.elkhornslough.org/education-program/teacher-development or contact Virginia Guhin at Virginia.Guhin@wildlife.ca.gov or (831) 728-2822.
24 — Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permit Application Deadline for Elk Hunting Opportunities. A $10.75 non-refundable application fee (plus handling fees) is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.
28 — Kids Fishing Festival, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Snowcreek Ponds, 1254 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes (93546). The event is free for youths 14 and under and no advance registration is required. For more information, please visit http://kidsfishfest.com/ or contact Gaye Mueller at (760) 937-2942.