Learn about bats, adopt a new friend, get cute for Halloween: Weekly pet and animal listings for Oct. 12 and beyond

Pallid bats visited an Antioch backyard recently. The bats are strugglingwith population declines and there are very few known colonies in the Bay Area. (Courtesy of Gail Hansen)

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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.
Downtown Berkeley Pet Parade: Pets of all ages, shapes and sizes are invited to show off their best Halloween costumes in the first Downtown Berkeley Pet Parade. Awards for best dressed pet, best dressed pet and owner, best pet group combo. Each pet must be leashed, crated or appropriately restrained at all times. Noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Check in at Walgrens parking lot, Cedar and Shattuck.
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.

Learn all about bats at Big Break Regional Shoreline. (Courtesy of Gail Hansen)

Oh Bats: Celebrate those fascinating, flying 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 scopes. For ages 12 and older. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 17. Meet at the Niles Staging Area. Alameda Creek Trail, 2250 Isherwood Way, Fremont.
Shred Day: Bring your old papers to ARF to be securely shredded for $5. Paper shredding only, no oversized boxes. Boxes can be dropped off starting at 9:30 a.m. and boxes will be shredded from 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 21. 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. E-waste is not available at this event. shred@arflife.org.
All About Goats: Lend a hand grooming some nannies and give them a snack as you learn all about these gentle farm friends. 2-2:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Ardenwood, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
Critter Clues: Examine chewed branches, listen to bird calls and keep a look out for animal tracks as you become a Big Break detective. 2-3 p.m. Oct. 21. Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley.
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