What’s on tap — weekend of Oct. 6-7 and beyond

Saturday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 7: Sandhill crane wetland tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Preserve. Offered the first three weekends of each month, October through February. Reservations accepted up to six weeks in advance. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Friends of the Lower Calaveras River’s monthly river walk. 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Woodbridge Wilderness Area on the Mokelumne River. Birder David Yee will host the event for both beginning and veteran birders. Free. Meet at 301 E. River Meadows Drive, off Woodbridge Road.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Calaveras Big Trees State Park seminar about native plants above 2,000 feet. Hosted by park volunteer Steve Stocking. 10 a.m. to noon, Jack Knight Hall. Seminars are free but admission to the park is $8 per car. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Audubon Society introductory birding field trip, Lodi Lake. Meet at 8 a.m. at the north end of Laurel Avenue. Extra binoculars available. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the visitor center deck. For more details email info@cosumnes.org or call (916) 684-2816.

Sunday, Oct. 7: Stockton Steelhead Festival. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of the Pacific DeRosa University Center. Free. Film festival, live fish tank, river walks and more. Details here.

Sunday, Oct. 7: Guided paddle trip, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the visitor parking lot. Bring your own gear and life jackets. Call (916) 684-2816.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Class, “Fall Day Hiking Basics.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn about trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions and local places to go. More details here.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Sierra Club and Audubon Society joint meeting, 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. Topic: “Traveling the 38th Parallel, A Water Line Around the World.” Former Mono Lake park rangers David and Janet Carle will talk about their around-the-world journey in search of environmental and cultural intersections along the 38th parallel. More details here.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Green Team San Joaquin meeting. 9 a.m., Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. More details here.

Thursday, Oct. 11: Stockton Astronomical Society meeting. 7:30 p.m., University of the Pacific’s Olson Hall Room 120. Brian Day will talk about recent and current lunar explorations.

Saturday, Oct. 13: Free collection of electronic waste. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling and San Joaquin County. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 13: “C.A.S.T. for Kids” event at New Melones Lake. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eagle Point Group Picnic Area. Event allows disabled and disadvantaged children ages 5 years old to 16 years old to enjoy a day of fishing. To volunteer or register a child, email New Melones park ranger Hilary Maxworthy at hmaxworthy@usbr.gov or call (209) 536-9094 ext. 326.

Saturday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 14: Sandhill crane wetland tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Preserve. Offered the first three weekends of each month, October through February. Reservations accepted up to six weeks in advance. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 13: River walk bird count, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 6:45 a.m. at the visitor center. For more details email info@cosumnes.org or call (916) 684-2816.

Sunday, Oct. 14: Audubon Society field trip, Stockton Rural Cemetery. Meet at 8 a.m. in the office inside the gates. More details here.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Presentation, ”Hiking the Lost Coast.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn about the 26-mile journey along the rugged Northern California coast. More details here.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Bay-Delta Science Conference, Sacramento Convention Center. More details here.

Friday, Oct. 16: “Sky Tours” stargazing event hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Delta College Shima 2 parking lot.

Saturday, Oct. 20: Tall forest bird count, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 6:45 a.m. at the farm center gate. For more details email info@cosumnes.org or call (916) 684-2816.

Saturday, Oct. 20: Astronomy in the Park, hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. 7 p.m., Oak Grove Regional Park. More details here (page 11). 

Saturday, Oct. 27: Guided photo walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the visitor center deck. For more details email info@cosumnes.org or call (916) 684-2816.

Monday, Oct. 16-Wednesday, Oct. 18: Learn more than you ever wanted to know about the Delta at the seventh biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference. Check out panel of speakers and other details here.

Saturday, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 21: Sandhill crane wetland tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Preserve. Offered the first three weekends of each month, October through February. Reservations accepted up to six weeks in advance. More details here.

Saturday, Oct. 20: Audubon Society bird count, Woodbridge Wilderness Area. Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane at 8 a.m. More details here.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Presentation, “Crossing the Gates of Alaska.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Author Dave Metz will talk about his four-month 600-mile journey across Alaska’s wildlands. More details here.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Agenda to be posted here.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Presentation, “Zombie Preparedness.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. I’ll just let the store describe it: “Think your emergency survival pack is ready to help you in the case of a Zombie attack? Join us for our Zombie Preparedness class to learn how to get yourself ready for the Zombie Apocalypse. We’ll cover the basics of surviving any natural disaster (or unnatural disaster) as well as the essentials of living on the move and how to rebuild after the dust has settled.” More details here.

Friday, Nov. 2-Sunday, Nov. 4: Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival. Details here.

Thursday, Nov. 8-Friday, Nov. 9: San Joaquin River Restoration Tour, hosted by the Water Education Foundation.  Learn about plans to restore flows and a salmon fishery between Friant Dam and the San Joaquin’s confluence with the Merced River. More detailshere.

Thursday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 18: 15th annual Central Valley Birding Symposium at the Hilton Stockton. More details here.

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