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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 ·

Festival Artist - Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner has illustrated many bird field guides and other natural history books.  He grew up in southeastern Minnesota and credits his rural upbringing for a deep and life-long interest in nature, and especially birds.

After graduation from the University of Minnesota in 1972, Dana was introduced to the tropics while serving in the army in the Panama Canal Zone.  While in Panama, he met the renowned ornithologist Alexander Skutch, with whom he worked for the next 28 years.  After his military stint, he worked as an illustrator for the biology department at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, followed by a couple of years of working in Costa Rica.  A part-time position with the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology from 1979 to 1994 allowed Dana the freedom to continue traveling and working in foreign countries. During this period he spent 3 years in Malaysia and Thailand, and continued working in the neotropics as well.

Dana now makes his home in Berkeley, California.  You can view his original art work and see the many books he has illustrated at