2017 California Invasive Action Week: June 3 - 11
The 4th annual California Invasive Species Action Week will be held June 3 through June 11, 2017. Visit the CISAW page or email us at Invasives@wildlife.ca.gov to find out how you can get involved as a partner organization, event host, or as an individual. Check the 2017 Schedule of Events to find an event near you; check back often for updates!
New Quagga / Zebra Mussel Regulations
On February 10, 2016, the California Office of Administrative Law issued a Notice of Approval of Regulatory Action for CDFW's proposed dreissenid mussel regulations. These new regulations, Title 14, sections 672, 672.1, and 672.2, developed under the authority of Fish and Game Code sections 702, 2301, and 2302, became effective April 1, 2016. Visit the Quagga / Zebra Mussel Management page for more information.
Nerodia Watersnake Trapping
To protect California's native and special status fishes, amphibians, and reptiles, CDFW has implemented an eradication project for northern watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon; non-venomous) in Roseville and, beginning in spring 2017, Florida/southern watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) in Folsom.
Trapping efforts for the 2016 season have ended, but will resume in spring 2017. Persons interested in assisting the Department with trapping and removing watersnakes should read the volunteer solicitation for project details and go to CDFW’s volunteer website to create a volunteer profile. Scheduling for volunteer slots will resume in March 2017. All new project volunteers must coordinate their start date with the volunteer coordinator to schedule the required safety/protocol training on their first day. Volunteers under 18 are welcome, but require a parental consent form on file; volunteers under 16 require adult supervision.
For more information about Nerodia watersnakes, visit our species profile pages or join California Nerodia Watch. For questions about the project or volunteering, please contact Valerie.Cook-Fletcher@wildlife.ca.gov.
All Nerodia watersnakes are restricted in California (14 CCR 671) and may not be imported, transported, or possessed without a permit from CDFW.
New Aquatic Invasive Species Identification Poster
The Invasive Species Program has developed a new outreach poster to aid in the identification of six invasive species that threaten California's freshwater environments. View the poster (PDF), or look for it on display in a CDFW office or hatchery. Would you like a copy of the poster to display? Contact us at Invasives@wildlife.ca.gov to request one.