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Volunteer Opportunity: Trail Crew   Saturday,  FEB  10, 2018
8:30 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Help us take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like. This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. If you pre-register, tools and free lunch are provided. WHAT TO BRING: a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, heavy work gloves, eye protection (e.g., sunglasses), boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, protection from sun, wind, fog. Meet promptly in the parking lot. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Contact Jordan by email or by phone, 315-262-4090, to pre-register. Rain or high fire danger cancels. Call Jordan at 315-262-4090 if the weather is uncertain.
Leader: Jordan
     3100 Lynch Road
DIRECTIONS: From I-80 East, take the Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit and follow the Lynch Canyon signs. From I-80 West, take the Red Top Road exit and follow the Lynch Canyon signs.

22nd Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival   Saturday,  FEB  10, 2018
9:00 AM

Please join us for a celebration of the migration through San Francisco Bay of more than 1 million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, hawks and other wildlife at the peak of migration! February 9--11, 2018. The festival features 3 days of guided and self-guided birdwatching outings in the 5 county "north shore" of San Francisco Bay, a Wildlife Expo Hall with live presentations & booths full of artisans, non-profits and governmental agencies, the annual "Bay Area Wetlands to Ridgetops" Art Show, Silent Auction, kids activities, and lots of local and regional venues open for tours on Mare Island and beyond. RAIN or SHINE!. For a full schedule, visit us online.
     Bldg 221, 800 Walnut Ave
     Mare Island
DIRECTIONS: Events planned at various locations.

Coyote Club   Saturday,  FEB  10, 2018
9:00 AM

GVRD —  McIntyre Ranch
Ages 4-14 -- The McIntyre Ranch is home to several different habitats, farm animals and an educational garden. Studies have found that children who spend time exploring nature are more focused and interested in school. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity! Cost: $5/class for residents, $6/class nonresident. Adults must register at no cost. Pre-registration is required at 395 Amador St. or online. For more information contact the Coordinator at 707-639-1325.
Leader: Dee Davis
Registration is required.
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: McIntyre Ranch, located at the very end of St. John’s Mine Road, across from the Solano Community College Vallejo Center at 545 Columbus Parkway. Take St. John’s Mine Road and cross over the cattle crossing. Continue up the road and stay to the right to follow the road down to the barn. You are authorized to drive through this road for GVRD programs only.

Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day    Saturday,  FEB  10, 2018
9:00 AM

The Benicia Tree Foundation is sponsoring a tree maintenance day! No experience necessary. Tools and instruction provided. Bring gloves if you have them. Children under 14 must have accompanying adult and all participants must sign our release waiver. RSVP for details on meeting point by contacting the Benicia Tree Foundation at 745-4675 or by email. Set aside a few hours every second Saturday of the month to give our trees some TLC. Rain cancels.
Location: Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: RSVP for meeting point.

Valentine's Day Hike   Saturday,  FEB  10, 2018
9:00 AM

BAY AREA RIDGE TRAIL COUNCIL —  Rockville Trails Preserve
Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with nature’s own valentines. Guests will learn about other local historical relationships too, and they are invited to bring their own valentine along. Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed. The hike will be a moderate to strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. The terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing, or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A moderate to strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. Preregistration is strongly recommended online. Rain may cancel. Call John at 707-718-3498 if the weather is uncertain.
Leader: John
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Meet promptly at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct, near the intersection of Rockville Rd and Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA. Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  FEB  10, 2018
9:30 AM

BENICIA STATE PARKS ASSOCIATION —  Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden
We meet every Saturday from 9:30-11:30am in the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden located at the Benicia State Park Recreation Area for planting, weeding, and tending. Parking is free on Saturday Volunteer Days. Tell the Gate Attendant that you are going into the Park to work at the Garden.
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area

Historic Mare Island Navy Cemetery Tour   Saturday,  FEB  10, 2018
12:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
The cemetery on Mare Island is the Navy's oldest cemetery in the West, with graves there dating back to the 1850's. Park at the Visitor's Center and meet at the cemetery, just a few hundred feet up the trail. We will be offering two tours, one starting at 12pm, and the other at 1pm. Realistically, 40 people is the maximum number at this time for each tour. If there are more than 40 people that arrive BY NOON for the first tour, we will ask folks who arrive after that to join us for the 2nd tour at 1pm. We hope you understand, and we will try to accommodate everyone. And if more people show up, we will add another tour, starting at 2pm. We hope this will be a monthly event on second Saturdays. Please give us a call at 707-241-4285 if you have any questions about the tours. The event is free, but your donations to the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve are always encouraged, and help keep the park going!
Leader: Kyle Green
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave

Habitat Restoration   Saturday,  FEB  10, 2018
12:30 PM

Solano RCD is hosting volunteer events to plant native plants this winter. We will be working from 12:30-3:30. We will be planting many different types of rushes and sedges (as well as a few wildflowers) to improve the bio-filtration processes at the Pond C wetlands. These natives will also beautify the wetland and improve its wildlife habitat. We will provide all necessary tools, work gloves, and snacks. All of these events are family friendly, but we do ask that children under the age of 14 work closely with an adult. Please RSVP by email if you are interested in participating.
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Meeting location provided on RSVP.