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Sandhill Crane Festival

November 3-5 · Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

November 3-5, 2017

Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

800-581-6150 ·

Featured Speakers

Sandhill Cranes of the Pacific Flyway

Saturday, November 4, 2016
12:30-1:20 PM
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA

Dr. Gary Ivey will talk about the Sandhill Crane populations that breed and winter in California and the broader Pacific Flyway.  You will learn about the history, biology, migration routes, and wintering and breeding areas of the 3 Sandhill Crane subspecies that use the Flyway. In addition, he will discuss conservation needs on their wintering grounds, focusing on the California Delta, and sharing his most recent research results.
Dr. Gary Ivey works for the International Crane Foundation as a Research Associate and is an expert on Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway.  He has worked with wildlife for over 35 years, concentrating on waterbirds, waterfowl, and wetland conservation.  Prior to working at ICF, Gary worked for 20 years as a biologist at several western refuges, including 15 years at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  He studied nesting ecology of Sandhill Cranes for his Master’s Thesis and wintering ecology of Sandhill Cranes for his PhD, both at Oregon State University.  In addition, Gary is the Past-President of The Trumpeter Swan Society and is leading efforts to restore breeding Trumpeter Swans to Oregon.

For more information about the International Crane Foundation, please visit their web site at



Extraordinary Ordinary Birds of California’s Oak Woodlands

Sunday, November 5, 2015
12:30-1:20 PM
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA

California’s oak woodlands are home at least 147 bird species, many of which are so common they are often dismissed as ordinary.  But does the word “ordinary” apply to a species that constructs one of the most intricate nests in the world or the birds whose presence in California is a biogeographical mystery?  What about the species whose members engage in simulated sex rituals every evening before bedtime?

Kate Marianchild, author of Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks, will begin her talk with the history and ecological importance of the vast corridors of Valley Oak woodland that once lined Central Valley rivers.  She will go on to discuss and depict the marvelous survival strategies, behaviors, and social structures of some of the “ordinary” birds found in oak woodlands throughout the state.  Come hear fascinating details about the lives of Wood Ducks, woodpeckers, Wrentits and more, and croak along with a marshful of frogs as Kate tells the story of the chorus frogs and the Great Blue Heron.

Kate Marianchild lives in a yurt near Ukiah, surrounded by Acorn Woodpeckers, dusky -footed woodrats, and California newts, as well as manzanitas, buckeyes, and five kinds of oaks.  When she is not giving talks, leading interpretive walks, or communing with nature, she swims, sings, camps, kayaks, and observes wildlife.  More information, as well as the opportunity to purchase her book Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks and close-focusing binoculars can be found at

Kate will be selling and signing her book before and after her presentation on Sunday at the Crane Festival.