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Sandhill Crane Festival

November 1-3 · Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

November 1-3, 2019

Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

800-581-6150 ·

Featured Speakers

The Trumpet in the Orchestra of Evolution:  The Story of the Sandhill Crane in North America

Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:30-1:20 PM
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA

Sandhill Cranes are the most numerous of the world’s 15 crane species.  They inhabit many varied places in North America – and Asia! – in both migratory and non-migratory populations.  Join us for a talk by Anne Lacy with the International Crane Foundation that will follow this species from tropical forests to arctic tundra, and the places they go in between.  In addition, Anne will give us an update on the status of North America’s iconic endangered bird, the Whooping Crane.

Anne Lacy grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and received a BA in Psychology in 1991 and a B.S. in Biology in 1994 from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, followed by a MS in Biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2000.  After completion of her MS, Anne accepted a full-time position at International Crane Foundation (ICF) as a research associate in the Field Ecology Department, working on a long-term study of Sandhill Cranes.  More recently, she began working with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, of which ICF is an active member, to also study the ecology of the newly reintroduced Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin.



Bald Eagles in the Wild – A Visual Essay of America’s National Bird

Sunday, November 4, 2018
12:30-1:20 PM
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA

The majestic Bald Eagle was adopted in 1782 as America’s official bird.  It has historically been a symbol of freedom and patriotism in the United States of America, and for good reason.  The bird is associated with authority and has a fierce beauty that speaks to those who look upon it.  Once on the brink of extinction, the Bald Eagle is a protected species and enjoying a comeback.

Wildlife and bird photonaturalist Jeffrey Rich will present the Bald Eagle’s story with his glorious photography.  He will share insights into the birds’ habitat, feeding habits, mating patterns, care of their young, and more.  Jeff has chronicled the daily lives of America’s favorite bird with his spectacular images of birds in flight, in nests with their young, at rest, preening, and capturing prey, he will also share the stories of the many people who have helped and been inspired by the eagles.  This presentation is a good news story – you will leave knowing what is right with the world.

Jeffrey Rich graduated from Humboldt State University in 1983 with a BS in Wildlife Biology, in 1985 with a BS in Biology, and a life science teaching credential in 1986.  In 2012 Jeff completed his master’s degree in science teaching and education at the University of Texas.  Jeff has been teaching science and photography, while photographing nature professionally, since 1987.  For more information about Jeff including his photo tours and books, please visit  Jeff will be signing and selling his books before and after his presentation on Sunday.  His most recent book is Bald Eagles in the Wild – A Visual Essay of America’s National Bird.