Date Set for Second 2016 Volunteer Blind Brush-Up Day at San Jacinto Wildlife Area – August 27th

Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, advised that they have scheduled a second volunteer “blind brush-up” work-day for San Jacinto Wildlife Area. The date is Saturday, August 27th.  Volunteers are asked to gather at 6:00 AM at the SJ Check Station Parking Lot. In addition to brushing up the blinds other activities that might be handled are cleaning out water control structures on the wildlife area’s duck ponds, building new blinds and/or repairing old blinds, general clean-up of the blind areas and moving pipelines off the alfalfa fields. Tom advised that anyone coming out to volunteer should bring gloves, shovels and/or hoes, fencing/wire pliers and lots of water, since it is expected to be hot. In addition, some of the blinds might be surrounded by water, as the flooding of the ponds has already started, so it would be handy to bring waders also so work can be done on these blinds too if needed.  As always, for this time of year, sunscreen and mosquito repellent are suggested as good ideas.  After the work is done we will get together at Casa Mexicana Restaurant about noon for a well-deserved lunch (each person responsible for their own bill).

Tom stated that they had a fantastic turnout for the last work day and hopefully we’ll have as good a turnout for this one.  There is still a lot of work to do to get ready for the coming season.  As always, when it comes to work days, the more volunteers the better (meaning less work for each person).  Also, Tom added that if you have access to palm fronds please bring as much can for use in brushing the blinds. Tom said there are still a lot of blinds to brush and they can’t have too many palm fronds to do the job.

Tom wanted me to make sure that everyone knew that even if you can’t come out for the work-day if you have palm fronds that you’d like to donate prior to the work-day, and can drop them by SJ, that would be most appreciated.

The last work-day had a great turn out and a matching (or even better if possible) attendance figure for this work-day will go a long way in getting things in “tip-top” condition at San Jacinto.  Hopefully This work-day will make preparations for another great season nearly complete and go a long way towards providing the hunters of San Jacinto with another great waterfowl season.

(Hint – This is also a great way to scope out SJ for the upcoming opening of Dove Season, Sept. 1st, the Thursday following the work-day).

If you have any questions contact Tom Trakes at the San Jacinto headquarters at (951) 236-3040.

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