Thus returns what was once a monthly listing of outdoors events and environment meetings.
I guess you could say the calendar took a holiday break stretching from Halloween through New Year’s Day. Hey, don’t blame me — I was here working the whole time.
Saturday, Jan. 10-Sunday, Jan. 11: Sandhill crane tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve west of Lodi. Tours offered first three weekends of each month from October through February. Registration required. More details here.
Saturday, Jan. 10: Guided walk at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge north of Stockton. 9 a.m. Expect a two-mile walk on a dirt trail leading to a platform overlooking some wetlands. Event repeats on Jan. 24. More details here.
Saturday, Jan. 10: Organic produce stand open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Boggs Tract Community Farm. Fruits, vegetables, eggs and honey available. 466 S. Ventura Avenue. More details here.
Saturday, Jan. 10: Electronic waste collection event hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Other collections also planned elsewhere in San Joaquin County. More details here.
Saturday, Jan. 10-Sunday, Jan. 11: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first three weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free. More details here.
Sunday, Jan. 11: “Ducks in Scopes” at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Scopes for both children and adults will be lined up, lending good views of many colorful ducks and geese. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event repeats on Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. More details here.
Monday, Jan. 12: “Managing Drought” symposium, hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. Discussion will include lessons learned in 2014 and policy priorities for 2015. 9 a.m. Webcast available. More details here.
Tuesday, Jan. 13: Stockton East Water District weekly board meeting. Noon, 6767 E. Main St., Stockton. Agenda available here.
Tuesday, Jan. 13: Class, “Getting to Know Your GoPro.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.
Wednesday, Jan. 14: Green Team San Joaquin meeting, 9 a.m. at the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Group consists of businesses and organizations trying to be green while saving some greenbacks. More details here.
Wednesday, Jan. 14: California Fish and Game Commission. 9 a.m. Agenda to be posted here.
Wednesday, Jan. 14: Delta Fly Fishers meeting. Speaker will be Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, head of Stockton-based Restore the Delta. 7 p.m., John R. Williams School. More details here.
Thursday, Jan. 15: Delta Protection Commission meeting in Stockton. 5:30 p.m., University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Agenda available here.
Wednesday, Jan. 21: California Water Commission meeting. 9:30 a.m. Agenda to be posted here.
Thursday, Jan. 22: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board meeting. 9 a.m., Fresno. Agenda and webcast to be available here.
Friday, Jan. 23: “Sky Tours” stargazing event at San Joaquin Delta College parking lot. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come peer through scopes set up by the Stockton Astronomical Society. Free. More details here.
Saturday, Jan. 24: “Astronomy in the Park” at Oak Grove Regional Park. Come peer through scopes set up by the Stockton Astronomical Society. Viewing starts at sunset. Free, though admission to the park costs $6 per vehicle. More details here.
Saturday, Jan. 24-25: Sandhill crane tour starting at Cosumnes River Preserve. 3:30 p.m. each day. More details here.
Monday, Jan. 26: Sierra Club Stockton chapter meeting. Theme “Gasland: Can You Light Your Water on Fire?” Organizers will show a film about fracking. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. More details here.
Tuesday, Jan. 27: Class, “Fitness Monitor Basics.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn how to keep track of what your body is doing while you exercise. More details here.
Saturday, Feb. 7: Guided hike at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Expect a three-mile round-trip walk along raised levees past buttonbush thickets, native grasslands, valley oak forests, savannah and tule marsh. More details here.
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Audubon Society meeting. Theme: “Bats are NOT Flying Mice!” Lee Christianson will talk about how bats differ from other mammals and birds. 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. More details here.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Class, “Refresh Your Run.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn the training and technique you’ll need to be a runner. Dress for light activities and drills. More details here.