Maine Coon Cat Adoptions Fair: Maine Coon-mix cats and short/medium-haired cats will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23-24 at Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasanton. Adopters must be approved in advance. 510-710-9250, www.mainecoonadoptions.com.
River Otters: Learn more about this "threatened" mammal at this special adult nature program. 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., Hayward. $18. Advance registration required. 510-881-6700, www.haywardrec.org.
Trout basics: Learn the basics of trout fishing including gear selection, tackle and rigging, fish behavior and bait selection. The course is designed for those who have experience fishing but want additional knowledge specifically about trout fishing. Valid California fishing license required for ages 16 and older. Parent participation required for kids ages 5-15. 8-10 a.m. Feb. 23. Shadow Cliffs, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. $21 adults, $19 child. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Animal Feeding Toddler Time: Feed a guinea pig, duck and hamster their morning treats and find out what snacks they like best. Create a snacking friend too. For ages 1-3 and their caregiver. $8 per
Fish feeding time: Get close to crabs, flounder, perch, pipefish and more -- while they eat. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through February. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storytime and nature fun: Kids meet characters like the Lorax, hermit crabs and "Swimmy the Fish" through stories, then have fun with live animals, crafts, scavenger hunts and nature videos. 11 a.m. Sundays, through February. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, email@example.com.
Bird Walk: New and experienced birders can discover behavior patterns, migration and habitat during this bird walk for ages 8 and older. 8-11 a.m. March 2. Sunol-Ohlone, 1895 Geary Road, Sunol. Registration required. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Wake Up The Farm: "Little Farmers" can say good morning to the sheep and goats and help prepare a snack for the farm animals. 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, March 2-16 and Sunday, March 10. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Toddler Time: Kids 1-4 years can meet and learn all about a new animal friend thorough stories, chores and fun. 11-11:30 a.m. March 5: Sheep. March 12: Chickens. March 19: Goats. March 26: Cows. April 2: Rabbits. April 9: Sheep. April 16: Chickens. April 23: Goats. April 30: Pigs. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Gorgeous Goats: Kids can lend a hand with exercising and grooming goats. 11:30 a.m.-noon March 9 and March 30. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Chickens 101: Rachel Hoff from Dog Island Farm will discuss what is needed to be a successful chicken keeper. 10 a.m.-noon March 9. Loma Vista Farm, 150 Rainier Ave. Vallejo. The class is free but donations accepted. 606-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.
Nesting Time: Search for nests of all types, then make a few of your own. 11 a.m.-noon March 10. Ardenwood 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 888-327-2757, www.ebparksonline.org.
Little Lambs: See baby lambs, feed their moms a snack and learn about their wool. 1:30-2:30 p.m. March 10, 24
Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals' favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Discounts on spay/neuter surgeries available: Humane Society Silicon Valley and 25 participating veterinarians are offering special discounts on spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats. Throughout the month of February, the cost of surgery for all cats is $50. Dogs under 50 pounds are $80; dogs over 50 pounds are $100. Prices include a pre-op exam, pre-anesthetic, anesthetic, nail trim, spay/neuter surgery, hospitalization on the day of surgery and take home medication. Additional charges may apply for animals in heat, pregnant, cryptorchid and/or are obese. Vaccinations must be current. Information: www.hssv.org/sn/sn_month.html. Appointments: 408-262-2133, ext. 108.
Backyard Birdhouse: Learn how to build a successful birdhouse with Mike Azevedo, county coordinator for Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's cavity nester recovery program. He will also share the efforts of the Audubon Society and others in the community to restore bird populations through cavity nesting programs. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 23. Guadalupe Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Space limited. $15. $10 members. 408-298-7657, www.grpg.org.
The Buzz on Beekeeping: Join Alan and Nella Henninger, owners of Henninger Hill Apiary, for a talk about honey bees, their benefits in the garden and how to protect them. 10 a.m.-noon March 2. Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. $15. $10 members. Preregistration required. 408-298-7657, www.grpg.org.
Fishing in the City: Learn to fish clinics teach the basics of fishing to children and adolescents ages 5-15. Equipment and tackle are provided. There is no charge for the clinics but there may be a park entrance fee. Each adult may bring two children; a driver's license is required for a rod loan. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, www.hssv.org.
AROUND THE STATE
Yolo Basin Wildlife Area: Tour the 16,000-acre wildlife area with an experienced field trip leader. View flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds. 9 a.m.-noon, second Saturdays monthly, through April. www.yolobasin.org/events.cfm.
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservations efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email email@example.com. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.
Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.
MOBILE ADOPTION SITES
Contra Costa County Animal Services
Send animal related events to firstname.lastname@example.org.