California Department of Fish and Wildlife
September 2020 Calendar
All calendar items are subject to change as the state navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.
Various Days — General Bear Season Opening in Select Deer Zones. General black bear season will open concurrently with the general deer hunting season in deer zones A, B, C, D, X8, X9a, X9b, X10 and X12 and extend through Dec. 27. Please note these deer zones have varying opening season dates. General season for black bears opens in deer hunting zones X1-7b on Oct. 10 and extends through Dec. 27. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/bear or call toll-free 888-277-6398. Please visit fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammals for a description of the current mammal hunting regulations. Tooth collection is not required this year, but all hunters must present their bear head and get their tag validated by CDFW personnel.
1 — Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Spotted Dove and Ringed Turtle Dove Early Season Opens. Season extends through Sept. 15. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
5 — Free Fishing Day. The second of two Free Fishing Days being offered by CDFW in 2020 is scheduled Sept. 5. 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, visit wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days.
5 — 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.
7 — California Biodiversity Day. This annual event celebrates our state’s exceptional biodiversity, while also encouraging actions to protect it. For this second official celebration, there will be public events from Sept. 5-13, hosted by a variety of entities. Due to the pandemic, many events will be virtual this year in addition to a
few in-person events. Visit resources.ca.gov/biodiversityday2020 to learn more about how you can get involved!
9 — Science-ing at Home: An iNaturalist Tutorial Virtual Event, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Learn how to turn your everyday nature explorations into scientific expeditions. Elkhorn Slough Reserve staff will introduce participants to the iNaturalist community science network and share tips and tools for engaging in community science projects. Please visit www.elkhornslough.org/events/biodiversity-week to find out how to view the tutorial and explore other activities from the Elkhorn Slough in honor of California Biodiversity Day.
9-13 — iNaturalist Scavenger Hunt at Nimbus Hatchery. As part of California Biodiversity Day, download the free iNaturalist app to participate in a self-directed scavenger hunt along the River Discovery Trail at Nimbus Hatchery. For more information, please visit resources.ca.gov or www.inaturalist.org/projects/california-biodiversity-day-events-2020.
9-13 — iNaturalist BioBlitz at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. As part of California Biodiversity Day, download the free iNaturalist app to participate in a self-directed BioBlitz on the Reserve. How many species will you find? For more information, please visit resources.ca.gov or www.inaturalist.org/projects/california-biodiversity-day-events-2020.
12 — California Biodiversity Day BioBlitz at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to noon, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis (95618). For more information, contact James Phillips at email@example.com or visit www.inaturalist.org/projects/california-biodiversity-day-2020-yolo-bypass-wildlife-area. To RSVP, go to the California Biodiversity Day 2020 Yolo Bypass BioBlitz Registration Page.
12 — Sooty (Blue) Grouse General Season Opens. Season extends through Oct. 12. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
12 — White-tailed Ptarmigan General and Archery Season Opens. Season extends through Sept. 20. For more information, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
12 — Mountain Quail Season Opens in Zone Q1. Season extends through Oct. 16. For more information on upland game bird seasons and limits, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/upland-game-birds.
12 — Tree Squirrel General Season Opens. Season extends through Jan. 31, 2021. For more information on small game seasons and limits, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/small-game.
14 — Feather River Fish Hatchery Ladder Opening, 5 Table Mountain Blvd., Oroville (95965). The ladder will open and salmon spawning will begin later in the week and will continue through approximately mid-November. The east side of the hatchery with the underwater viewing windows and the observation deck is open daily from sunrise to sunset. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries/feather-river.