For Immediate Release

Contact(s) Jeremy Terhune, Defenders of Wildlife, (209) 922-8215


STOCKTON, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2009) – Friends of the Lower Calaveras River (FLCR) invites the public to explore wildlife along the banks of the Calaveras River on a free guided tour by Audubon bird expert Dave Wagner on Dec. 5, 2009.

Wagner, a member of the San Joaquin Audubon Society, will lead the hour-long walking tour from Pacific Bridge to the Pershing Ave. Bridge – highlighting the birds that live along this stretch of the Calaveras River, which is Spanish for river of skulls.

“We are energized by the potential of these river walks,” said James Marsh, an FLCR member, who is helping to setup the event. “As a result of gathering a few thoughts to share during this first walk, I was inspired to begin collecting and reading some books and materials relating not only to the history of the Calaveras River, but to the history of conservation efforts in our region in general.”

Jeremy Terhune with the Defenders of Wildlife said: “An important part of FLCR’s mission to increase public awareness about the important, but long neglected, waterway that runs through our community.”

“Our hope is that these monthly river walks will help our community see the importance of protecting the Calaveras River,” he said. “Once people see how much wildlife depends on the river, I believe they’ll take a bigger role in keeping it clean.”

This is FLCR’s first river walk, and they expect to turn out a crowd of around of 25 people. .

The FLCR members will meet on the second floor deck of the DeRosa University Center at University of the Pacific, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, comfortable shoes and come prepared to walk for an hour along the Calaveras River on University of Pacific’s campus.  

Jeremy Terhune will be available to translate for Spanish speakers.



Friends of the Lower Calaveras River was formed in 2007 by some 30 concerned citizens, who were disturbed by the deteriorating conditions on the Calaveras. Today, FLCR boasts more than 230 members and 11 partners from local conservation organizations, county and federal agencies. FLCR’s mission is to advocate for the sustainable management of the resources and conditions of the Lower Calaveras River.

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