Pets and Wildlife: Bay Area adoptions, other events Oct. 5 and beyond

Ginger, a female river otter, swims in her exhibit at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Three male pups, named Kohana, (swift) Hinto, (blue) and Shilah (brother) were born to Ginger on February 24. This is Ginger's third litter, and the pups, who weighed about a third of a pound at birth, now weigh 4.5 pounds and have learned to swim. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Birds of Marsh Creek: Spend a morning spying on year-rounders, pass-byers, and winter migrants. Bring binoculars; some available to borrow. 8:30-11 a.m. Oct. 14. Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.

Learn all about the river otters, beavers, minks, and more that make their home in the Delta. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Mammals of the Marsh: Discover some of the Delta’s furry cuties: river otters, beavers, minks, and more. Learn their similarities, differences, and adaptations to their unique habitat. 2-3 p.m. Oct. 7. Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.

Hawk Migration: See some amazing views of Lake Del Valle from a lookout point and learn about hawks as they soar by. Meet at the Arroyo Road staging area, not accessible from main park. Binoculars available to borrow or bring your own. 9-11 a.m. Oct. 7. Del Valle Regional Park, 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore.
Spiderology: Watch a slide show on spiders then head into the wild to find some living examples. 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Tilden Nature Area, North End of Central Park Drive, Berkeley.
Blessing of the Animals: Bring your pet(s) to the annual Blessing of the Animals service at East County Shared Ministry. All furry, spiky, slimy feathery and scaly friends, great and small, are welcome. Just make sure they are on a leash or safely secured. A fellowship time will follow worship with refreshments. Pet owners are encouraged to bring treats for their pets during this time. 10 a.m. Oct. 8, Camp Stoneman Chapel, 200 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Free.
Doggone Fun Fest: Dress in your favorite Halloween costume (dogs and humans) and join your favorite canine for a parade around Orinda Community Center Park. Agility exercise demonstrations, obedience training demonstrations, emergency pet preparedness, contests, and more. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 15, 28. Orinda Way, Orinda. Free.
Oh Bats: Celebrate those fascinating, flying, furry creatures: bats. 2-3 p.m. Oct. 15. Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.
Lakeside Littles: Kids (1-5 years-old) will explore a trail, look at bugs, search for birds and more. Parent/caretaker participation required. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 16. Shadow Cliffs, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton.
Weekly Bird Walk: Share your enthusiasm for bird life on a tranquil walk. All levels of birding experience welcome. Bring water, sunscreen, and binoculars or

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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