Events

EAST BAY

Gorgeous Goats: Kids can lend a hand with exercising and grooming goats. 11:30 a.m.-noon March 30. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Lagomorphs on the Lawn: Meet and greet resident rabbits for some quiet time on the lawn. Read a story and share a special snack with furry friends. 2-3 p.m. March 31. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 510-544-2233, www.ebparksonline.org.

Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.

Donate shoes to help animals: The Contra Costa Humane Society is collecting shoes in April for ShoeBox Recycling who sends the shoes around the world to those in need. Pairs of gently worn athletic shoes, dress shoes, work boots, sandals, heels and flats for men, women and kids are accepted. Shoes can be brought to the Contra Costa Humane Society, 609 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 925-279-2247, www.cchumane.org, www.shoeboxrecycling.com.


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Cat adoptions: Kitty Corner, a one-of-a-kind free roaming shelter, will be open special hours during Spring Break. Meet cats available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1-5 at 609 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Regular adoption fees apply. 925-279-2247, www.cchumane.org.

Toddler Time: Kids 1-4 meet and learn all about a new animal friend thorough stories, chores and fun. 11-11:30 a.m. April 2: Rabbits. April 9: Sheep. April 16: Chickens. April 23: Goats. April 30: Pigs. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.

Batwatch: Sunset marks the bat morning commute. See the bats as they start their "day." 6-9:45 p.m. April 5. Del Valle 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore. Meet at boat launch. Bring dinner, blanket and flashlight. Ages 7 and older. 510-544-3242.

Creek Study: Collect and identify local benthic macro-invertebrates. 2-3 p.m. April 6. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. 510-544-2233, www.ebparksonline.org.

Meet the Chickens: Learn why chickens scratch and peck at the ground and feed them a snack. 1-2 p.m. April 7. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparksonline.org.

Little Lambs: See baby lambs play, feed their moms a snack and learn about their wool. 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 13. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797. www.ebparksonline.org.

Rabbit Rendezvous: Meet some rabbits and find out why they are great hoppers. 11 a.m.-noon April 14. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparksonline.org.

"Creatures of the Urban Wilderness (your backyard)": Wildlife expert Gary Bogue will speak about the wild animals that live in and around backyards, often without anyone knowing they are there. Bogue is Curator Emeritus at Lindsay Wildlife Museum and retired Bay Area News Group pet and wildlife columnist. 9:30 a.m. April 15. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. $25 includes brunch. To purchase tickets, contact Penny Adams at 925-837-4046 or call the museum at 925-935-1978.

Look for Birds: Walk through gardens, groves and fields looking for hawks, songbirds and woodpeckers. 7:30-9 a.m. April 16. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparksonline.org.

Little Farmers: Start off with a story, then prepare a morning treat for the animals, clean a corral and meet sheep and goats. 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 20. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparksonline.org.

Dog Hike: Enjoy a hike in the park with a naturalist and a furry friend -- rain or shine. Bring water and treats. Dog not required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21. Wildcat Canyon, Alvarado Staging Area, Richmond. 510-544-2233.

Barnyard Poetry: Visit some barnyard friends and hear a fun poem as you feed the goats a snack, pet a bunny and greet the pigs and chickens. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparksonline.org.

Spring Fling Sale: The Animal Lover's Boutique, located year-round in the lobby of Feline Medical Center, will hold a special sale to benefit Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund, a Valley Humane Society program that aids sick and injured pets. In addition to animal-themed items, the sale will include garden art, home decor, hand-pained wine glasses, pillows, purses and gift baskets. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4. 3160 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. www.valleyhumane.org.

Noah's Ark Day: Meet birds, rabbits, dogs, cats and even honeybees during Noah's Ark Day at Christ the Lord Episcopal Church. Members of several organizations will be available to answer questions and discuss animal traits, behavior and care. Dogs, cats and birds will be available for adoption. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11. 592A Tennent Ave., Pinole.

Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals' favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.

Loma Vista Farm: Field trips and tours are available for schools, day cares, garden clubs, senior centers and other groups, Monday through Friday throughout the spring and summer. 707-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.

SOUTH BAY

Cat Rescue Trap-Neuter-Release Workshop: Learn easy and humane ways to help solve the feral cat population problem. This class teaches how to trap a feral cat and provides resources for free or low-cost spaying or neutering. 6-7 p.m. April 8. Joyce Ellington Branch Library, 491 E. Empire St., San Jose. Free. 408-566-3637, www.13thstcats.org/info/events.

Spring Birding Walk: Learn how to identify local and migrating birds by using guide books and binoculars during an easy two-hour birding hike along the Guadalupe River. 9-11 a.m. April 20. Guadalupe River Park Visitor Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Preregistration required. All ages are welcome but those younger then 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 408-298-7657, www.grpg.org.

Fishing in the City: Learn to fish clinics teach the basics of fishing to children and adolescents ages 5-15. Equipment and tackle are provided. There is no charge for the clinics but there may be a park entrance fee. Each adult may bring two children; a driver's license is required for a rod loan. For information, email erotman@dfg.ca.gov.

Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, www.hssv.org.

PENINSULA

Mobile Pet Adoption: Meet shelter animals seeking new homes and talk to Peninsula Humane Society volunteers about available pets from noon to 3 p.m. April 6, at Serramonte Center, Grand Court, Serramonte and Gellert Blvd., Daly City. www.peninsulahumanesociety.org.

SAN FRANCISCO

Preserving San Francisco's Natural Areas: Members of the newly formed Friends of Natural Areas will explore the value, beauty and diversity of San Francisco's remaining indigenous habitats and what's being done to protect and restore them. 7:30-9 p.m. April 11. Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. Free. www.sfns.org.

AROUND THE STATE

Yolo Basin Wildlife Area: Tour the 16,000-acre wildlife area with an experienced field trip leader. View flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds. 9 a.m.-noon, second Saturdays monthly, through April. www.yolobasin.org/events.cfm.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservations efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email ldieter@dfg.ca.gov. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.

Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

MOBILE ADOPTION SITES

Contra Costa County Animal Services

  • First Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Pet Food Express, 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; dogs and cats.

  • Second Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; dogs only. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. Petco, 170 Arnold Drive, Suite 115, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Third Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only. PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; rabbits only.

  • Fourth Saturdays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 1170 Arnold Drive, Martinez; rabbits only.

  • Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Contra Costa Animal Services, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; dogs. 925-335-8330.

  • Second Sundays monthly: Noon-3 p.m. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; dogs only.

  • Last Sunday of the month: Noon-3 p.m. Molly's Pup Purree, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville; dogs only.

    Send animal related events to kbennett@bayareanewsgroup.com.