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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 · info@cranefestival.com

Presentations and Workshops

Saturday, November 3, 2018

 

10:00AM-10:50AM – Sandhill Cranes 101
Crete Hall
In this brief introduction to Sandhill Cranes, you will learn about their life history, behavior, migration routes, and why our California Delta is so important to cranes.  Presented by Alan England, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Crane Preserve docent and long-time local Audubon Society member.

 

 

10:30AM-11:20AM – Wild Things!
Patio off Kirst Hall

Gabe and Barb Kerschner return with some of their special animals for this fun and educational program.  In past years they have shared a mountain lion, brown bear, raccoon, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, rattlesnake and other rescued animals that could not be returned to the wild.  This presentation repeats on Saturday at 1:40 PM.

 

11:00AM-11:30AM – Homer, Alaska 2018
Crete Hall

The newest DVD from the Kachemak Crane Watch in Homer, Alaska, featuring Sandhill Crane videos from the 2018 nesting season.

 

12:00PM-3:00PM – Painting Kindness Rocks
Lodi Public Library, Activity Room (201 W. Locust Street, Lodi)

Painting Kindness Rocks is a fun, family-friendly activity for all ages and creates a positive impact on our community.  Led by volunteers with the Lodi Rocks! group, you and your family will paint Kindness Rocks that can be placed in public areas for others to find.  This is a simple way to share a random act of kindness with unsuspecting strangers.  "One message at just the right moment can change someone's day, outlook, life."  For more information about Lodi Rocks!, visit them at Facebook@LodiRocks! or follow on Instagram @officiallodirocks.  Remember to visit the Sandhill Crane Festival Student Art Exhibition while you are at the Library.

 

12:00PM-12:20PM – Taiko Drumming
Crete Hall

Welcome back Denis and James Kurata, who will perform this ancient form of Japanese music that has been a Festival highlight for 21 years.  Taiko drumming originated in Japan hundreds of years ago and is now performed all around the world.

 

Featured Presentation

12:30PM-1:20PM – The Trumpet in the Orchestra of Evolution:  The Story of the Sandhill Crane in North America
Crete Hall

The Sandhill Crane is the most numerous of the world’s 15 crane species.  It inhabits 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 is research associate with the International Crane Foundation (ICF), working on a long-term study of Sandhill Cranes.  Recently she also began working with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, of which ICF is an active member, to study the ecology of the newly reintroduced Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin.

For more information about the International Crane Foundation, please visit their web site at www.savingcranes.org

 

12:30PM-1:15PM – Miss Dorothy Presents
Thomas Theatre

A medley of puppets and stories featuring cranes by local favorite Dorothy Maas.  After the program the children are invited to play with the puppets and use the puppet stage and make origami cranes.

 

1:40PM-2:40PM – Bird Photography for Beginners:  Tips, tricks and other tidbits
Thomas Theatre

Leslie Morris, this year’s Crane Festival Artist, will share some of her favorite tips and tricks for bird photography.  You can see her work at www.lesliemorrisphotography.com.

 

1:40PM-2:30PM – Wild Things!
Patio off Kirst Hall

See 10:30 AM Saturday.

 

1:45PM-2:15PM – Homer, Alaska 2018
Crete Hall

The newest DVD from the Kachemak Crane Watch in Homer, Alaska featuring Sandhill Crane videos from the 2018 nesting season.

 

2:30PM-3:20PM – Bringing Back the Trumpeter Swan
Crete Hall

Dr. Gary Ivey will review the history, status and biology of Trumpeter Swans and their conservation needs.  He will speak about the Oregon Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program and efforts by The Trumpeter Swan Society to rebuild western Trumpeter Swan populations to help the recovery of these magnificent creatures from near extinction.

 

2:45PM-4:00PM – Owl Pellet Exploration!
Upstairs Classroom

Come learn about the Barn Owl and dissect an owl pellet to discover what the owl has eaten in this hands-on activity for children.  Be a nature detective by matching up the bones in the pellet to small mammal bone charts.  Parents are recommended to attend and assist each child under 11 years old.  Limit 14, sign-up for this free activity at the Crane-ium in the Exhibit Hall starting at 10 AM on Saturday.

 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

10:20AM-10:50AM – Homer, Alaska 2018
Crete Hall
The newest DVD from the Kachemak Crane Watch in Homer, Alaska featuring Sandhill Crane videos from the 2018 nesting season.

 

10:30AM-11:20AM – The Secret Lives of Raptors
Patio off Kirst Hall

Join Native Bird Connections for an intimate look at the behaviors, life experiences, and personal stories of several birds of prey.  Witness hawks and owls up close and learn their unique stories.  Native Bird Connections will bring several live, non-releasable birds - possibly a Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Eagle Owl, and others.  This presentation repeats on Sunday at 1:40 PM.

 

11:00AM-11:50AM – Sandhill Cranes 101
Crete Hall

In this brief introduction to Sandhill Cranes, you will learn about their life history, behavior, migration routes, and why our California Delta is so important to cranes.  Presented by Alan England, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Crane Preserve docent and long-time local Audubon Society member.



 

Featured Presentation

12:30PM-1:20PM – Bald Eagles in the Wild – A Visual Essay of America’s National Bird
Crete Hall
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.  Once on the brink of extinction, the Bald Eagle is a protected species and enjoying a comeback.  This presentation is a good news story – you will leave knowing what is right with the world.

Jeffrey Rich 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 www.jeffrichphoto.com  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.


 

12:30PM-1:15PM – Miss Dorothy Presents
Thomas Theatre

A medley of puppets and stories featuring cranes by local favorite Dorothy Maas.  After the program the children are invited to play with the puppets and use the puppet stage and make origami cranes.

 

1:30PM-5:30PM – Bird Carving Workshop for Beginners
Thomas Theatre

Join master carvers from the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association to learn how to carve a bird from wood.  All the necessary materials, including a study guide and carving knives, will be provided.  Short lectures with lots of hands-on carving time will enable you to complete a life-size California Quail.  Suitable for ages 14 and older, class size is limited to 8.  For more information, please contact Jim Burcio (jburcio@comcast.net).  Advanced registration is available online; during the Festival, you can register at registration table in the rotunda.

 

1:40PM-2:30PM – The Secret Lives of Raptors
Patio off Kirst Hall

See 10:30 AM Sunday.

 

1:45PM-2:15PM – Homer, Alaska 2018
Crete Hall

The newest DVD from the Kachemak Crane Watch in Homer, Alaska featuring Sandhill Crane videos from the 2018 nesting season.

 

2:30PM-3:20PM – The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes
Crete Hall

Sandhill Cranes communicate with each other in a variety of ways, including dancing, body language, and vocalizations.  You will learn about crane behavior, including how to distinguish between dancing and aggression and many other details that will help you better understand and appreciate cranes in the wild.  The presenter, Paul Tebbel, has worked with cranes since 1976, including 11 years as the director of Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River in Nebraska.