Third Volunteer Work Party at San Jacinto Wildlife Area Another Big Success

About 20 volunteers, mainly comprised of hunters that frequent San Jacinto Wildlife Area, gathered at the Check Station parking lot bright and early on Saturday, 10/8/16 at 0700.   This was the third and last pre-season volunteer work day to assist the staff in getting things “tuned up” and ready for the fast approaching 2016/17 duck season at San Jacinto.

I was in attendance for a change and looked forward to getting some work done as well as checking out the wildlife area.  As I approached SJ on Davis Road the sun was coming up and light clouds were coloring the sky.

Sunrise over Mt. San Jacinto

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Ground fog coming up to the check station

 

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A lot of things were taken care of on this work party.  The volunteers finished brushing up several blinds and did a lot of trimming of overgrowth in and around some of the blinds and their access trails and dikes.

Some of the Volunteers clearing some overgrowth from the access between “C” And “D” ponds.

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The area looks great and the flooding of the wildlife area ponds is complete or nearing completion.  There are numerous ducks and some geese already using the wildlife area, plus some other critters that are always around SJ.

Lots of ducks over the ponds (sorry I had my wide angel lens on so they’re kind of small in this picture)

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Nice flight of geese overhead

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Some Cattle Egrets hunting up breakfast

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Mr. Coyote looking for a snack

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Sandpipers feeding

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Ponds ready to go!

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After the work party, some of the volunteers met at Casa Mexicana Restaurant for a well-deserved lunch break.

There was a pretty good turnout today, which as I said, included me for a change (about time), and much was taken care of to prepare for the season ahead.  This work is important to help San Jacinto Wildlife Area continue the quality hunting experience for the hunting public.

The next event at San Jacinto Wildlife Area is opening day of the waterfowl season on Saturday, 10/22/16. Hope to see you out there for the start of another great duck hunting season.

Tom and the entire San Jacinto staff appreciates the hunters who come out and volunteer to do this work and would like to extend their thanks to them.


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