When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lost Lake Recreation Area
The fish festival, sponsored by Trout Unlimited and others, will include flycasting lessons, fishing clinics, free food and information booths. A flycasting competition also is scheduled and five annual fishing licenses will be raffled off. There is a $5 entry to Lost Lake, but it will be free for those who friend at facebook.com/tusjr.
iNaturalist app training
When: 7-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
Where: Friday at the UC Center, 550 E. Shaw Ave, Fresno; Saturday at McKenzie Preserve
The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will host California naturalist Jeannette Warnert for an introduction to the iNaturalist website and mobile app. Warnert will lead the iNat training Friday night and hikers will go to the McKenzie Preserve on Saturday to use the app and make their own research-grade observations. A smart phone is required on both dates.
Porterville Veterans Day Run
When: 7 a.m. Monday
Where: Porterville City Hall on Main Street
Runners will fill the streets of Porterville for this annual run. Courses covering 5K and 10K distances are mapped out and prizes will be awarded to the top three in each age division and for overall male and female winners. There also is a 5K walk.
Register at the Heritage Center, at www.ci.porterville.ca.us or on race day from 6-6:30 a.m.
Bike maintenance basics
When: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: REI Fresno, 7810 N. Blackstone Ave, Fresno
The free class will teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat in record time and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle. Participants don't need to bring their bike.
Pot Farms: Impacts to Fish, Wildlife and Water Quality
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: UC Center, Calaveras Room, 550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno
Andy Gordus of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, will speak on the effects of illegal pot farms and the threat they pose to fish and other wildlife through poaching and the contamination of the water supply.
* The general pheasant season opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 22.
Type-A wildlife areas in the San Joaquin Valley (Los Banos Wildlife Area, Mendota Wildlife Area, North Grasslands Wildlife Area and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge) will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays during the pheasant season.
* State fish and wildlife officials are asking anglers for their input on "snagging" or foul hooking fish in state waters. The process often times injures or kills fish in the process. It is illegal for anglers to keep snagged fish. Comments and concerns should be sent to email@example.com.
* If you didn't make Monday's public meeting on restoring Chinook salmon to the waters of the San Joaquin River, you can still have your comments heard by sending them online or via mail. The proposal is for a new Salmon Conservation and Research Facility that would be about 1.1 miles downstream of Friant Dam. The project would see the release of salmon from facilities starting in 2015.
Mail comments to California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Attn: Gerald Hatler, SCARF Draft EIR Comments, 1234 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno 93710 or email REG4SCARFCEQA@wildlife.ca.gov.
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