Saturday, August 23rd, 0700, found a good number of volunteers waiting in the San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s check station parking lot to help out with this year’s volunteer blind brush-up day. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area reported that about 30 volunteers, hunters that utilize San Jacinto were on hand to receive their assignments and then headed out to the ponds to work on the blinds.
This work party was primarily to clean out the area’s blinds and the get them brushed up and camouflaged for the upcoming season. Several of the blinds were completely rebuilt by the volunteers. Most of the blinds were brushed up with palm fronds primarily provided by the volunteers.
Due to the number of volunteers they were able to get a lot done in a short time. Tom reported that he will probably call for one more volunteer work day, probably some time in late September, to finish up some of the blinds and “fine tune” things for the season. Much of the flooding of the ponds has already started, which is a little earlier then usual, but with the water situation in the state this year its better to take it when its available.
After the September “fine tuning” of the blinds the next thing on the calendar for San Jacinto Wildlife Area is opening day of the waterfowl season on Saturday, October 18th! Everything is looking great for the season ahead. The water is already flowing into the ponds and a lot of birds are already using the area.
Hope to see you out at good old SJ.