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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

Tour Descriptions and Schedule

2020 Tour Registration will open online early September and we will be posting other 2020 Festival information as it becomes available late August through mid-September.

Meanwhile, 2019 Festival information remains for your reference.

Cranes will be here through February, link to other tours or find out how you can see them on your own at https://cranefestival.com/other-tours.php

Below is a list of all Festival tours.  This page may be printed for your reference.  You may also download a Tour Schedule.

For more information contact us at (800) 581-6150.

All tours start and end at Hutchins Street Square (125 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi), at the north entrance, off Oak Street.

A Friday Afternoon with the Sandhill Cranes and Paul Tebbel

This tour is ideal for those who want to enjoy a few hours with nationally renowned crane expert Paul Tebbel.  Beat the weekend crowds and move about the Delta to observe cranes resting, eating and dancing during the “great winter rendezvous.”  You will be up close and personal with the biology and natural history of the cranes through observation, enriched by Paul's sharing of his 40 years of experience.   This tour will explore the crane’s daytime feeding grounds and conclude with the fly-in at Staten Island.  Participants are encouraged to bring a folding chair to relax in while watching the cranes fly in to their roosting area.  If the tour runs late getting back for the dinner, we will hold you a plate.

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. 

Friday at 2:30 pm (#2)

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $50 - Youth: $40 - Child: $30

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $50 Youth: $40 Child: $30
Friday at 2:30 pm (#2)122

A Saturday Afternoon with the Sandhill Cranes and Paul Tebbel

This tour is perfect for adults who want to enjoy a few hours with nationally renowned crane expert Paul Tebbel.  He has one of the most popular tours during the festival and it fills up early. Move about the Delta to observe cranes resting, eating and dancing during the “great winter rendezvous.”  You will be up close and personal with the biology and natural history of the cranes through observation, and Paul's sharing of his 40 years of experience.  This tour will explore the crane’s daytime feeding grounds and conclude with the fly-in at Staten Island.  

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. 

Saturday at 2:30 pm (#25)

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

Bus

Adult: $50 - Youth: $40 - Child: $30

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $50 Youth: $40 Child: $30
Saturday at 2:30 pm (#25)230Full

Bacchus and Birds

This tour at the family-friendly Durst Winery in Acampo has been a hit since its inception four years ago. The spacious grounds abound with mature trees, shrubs and perennials that have been home to a wide variety of resident and migrating birds for decades.  As you saunter about this very relaxing Gatsby-like environment, with a complimentary glass of Cassandra’s vintage and a homemade cookie, local birding experts will help you complete the bird list crafted especially for this tour.  Bring your lunch or buy something from the winery deli case (cookies provided) ... and don't forget to greet Scout and Gracie, the friendliest winery dogs ever!  Wine tasting after the tour is on your own.   For more about the winery, visit www.durstwinery.com  

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 11:50 am (#19)

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $27 - Youth: $17 - Child: $12

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $27 Youth: $17 Child: $12
Saturday at 11:50 am (#19)256

Bird Carving Workshop for Beginners

Join master carvers from the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association to learn how to carve a bird from wood.  All of 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.  The workshop will be held in Thomas Theater at Hutchins Street Square.  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.

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Sunday at 1:30 (#102)

Duration: 4 hours

Adult: $30 - Youth: $30 - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $30 N/A N/A
Sunday at 1:30 (#102)100Full

Bird Walk Through the Wilderness

This tour is for all skill levels.  Bring your binoculars and enjoy a leisurely walk on flat ground through the old growth riparian habitat at Lodi Lake Wilderness Area with a local birding expert.  Learn the basics or hone your skills in identifying the many birds that reside in or frequent this outstanding area, which is also home to other species, including deer, beaver, fox, possums, and turtles.  This gem of a habitat is minutes away from the Festival. Park on the street or pay a small fee for parking onsite. 

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 7:30 am (#11)

Sunday at 7:30 am (#39)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $17 - Youth: $12 - Child: $7

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $17 Youth: $12 Child: $7
Saturday at 7:30 am (#11)153
Sunday at 7:30 am (#39)155

Birding Hotspots

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Leave the driving to us!  Join local birding experts on this ever-popular tour that features numerous resident and wintering birds in different habitats around the area.  Visit old-growth riparian habitat, farm fields, and local ponds in another attempt to beat the Festival record of 120 species.  There will be short walks at each stop.  Dress in layers and don’t forget your binoculars!  Water and snacks are also recommended.

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 7:15 am (#38)

Duration: 4 hr

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: $17

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $37 Youth: $27 Child: $17
Sunday at 7:15 am (#38)231

Birds from Shore to Shore

Are shorebirds of interest to you?  Then this is a tour you won’t want to miss.  Join one of the Bureau of Land Management biologists at the Cosumnes River Preserve to explore some areas of the 2,000 acres of wetlands that are managed especially for these magnificent birds.  Expect to see Black-bellied Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher, and many other species. You will learn about the management practices that bring these shorebirds back to this oasis year after year. Don’t be surprised if you see Sandhill Cranes, raptors, geese, and ducks of all kinds along the way. Come dressed for walking in damp conditions and don’t forget binoculars and cameras.  For more about the preserve visit www.cosumnes.org.  

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 12:25 pm (#22)

Duration: 3 hr

Carpool

Adult: $32 - Youth: $22 - Child: $12

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $32 Youth: $22 Child: $12
Saturday at 12:25 pm (#22)2213

Cosumnes River Preserve

This tour is a must for newcomers and a treat for returnees!  With experienced guides, you will explore the beauty and vitality of the finest Valley Oak riparian forest and wetland habitat in California, viewing a wide variety of wildlife and bird species, including Sandhill Cranes.  As the sun sets over Mt. Diablo and the Delta, you will be on-hand when the cranes start their fly-in!   Jointly managed by nine private and government agencies, the Cosumnes River Preserve is a key link on the Pacific Flyway.  Learn why its management is considered a model in conservation partnerships.  This tour is appropriate for able-bodied, sure-footed, people who can easily walk a mile or more.  For more about the preserve visit www.cosumnes.org.  

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 3:25 p.m. (#28)

Sunday at 2:40 pm (#47)

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Bus

Adult: $32 - Youth: $17 - Child: $12

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $32 Youth: $17 Child: $12
Saturday at 3:25 p.m. (#28)440Full
Sunday at 2:40 pm (#47)446

Crane Behaviors with Gary Ivey

NEW If you are looking to increase your knowledge about Sandhill Cranes in a small group setting with the opportunity to ask questions, this tour is for you.  The Cosumnes River Preserve is one of the few places in the Delta where large groups of cranes fly in to roost each evening and is the tour’s destination.  Take this opportunity to visit an area that is closed to the public.  The tour will be lead by Dr. Gary Ivey, a research associate with the International Crane Foundation. He is the foremost expert on Lodi cranes and has vast knowledge of their migratory and reproductive cycle. Dr. Ivey earned his PhD studying winter ecology of the Sandhill Cranes in the Delta.  Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes to fully appreciate this extraordinary event. If the tour runs late getting back for the dinner, we will hold you a plate.

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. 

Friday at 3:00 pm (#3)

Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $50 - Youth: $40 - Child: $30

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $50 Youth: $40 Child: $30
Friday at 3:00 pm (#3)110Full

Crane Fly-In

We are doing something exciting again this year!  Instead of taking busloads of people to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South, this tour has been changed to a limited carpool event.  We have reserved parking space and the viewing mound for an exclusive rendezvous with the Sandhill Cranes.  Avoid the crowds and listen as experienced volunteer docents from the Department of Fish and Wildlife share the natural history of the cranes. At dusk, in large groups that can number from several hundred to several thousand, the cranes converge on the flooded fields to roost for the night.   Often this spectacle of flight, vocalization and ground activity is back-dropped by stunning sunsets behind Mt. Diablo. Book this tour early, as it will undoubtedly fill up fast!  [The cranes determine end times for evening tours.]  

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license.  Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time.For more information about DFW tours during the season go to cranetours@wildlife.ca.gov.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Friday at 4:05 pm (#6)

Saturday at 4:10 pm (#32)

Sunday at 3:20 pm (#51)

Duration: approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours

Carpool

Adult: $30 - Youth: $15 - Child: $10

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $30 Youth: $15 Child: $10
Friday at 4:05 pm (#6)321
Saturday at 4:10 pm (#32)338
Sunday at 3:20 pm (#51)320Full

Crane Fly-In Staten Island

More fly-in opportunities! This tour combines a crane fly-in with birding on Staten Island, a premier Nature Conservancy/Conservation Farms and Ranches location, to learn what the birds already know - this is one of the best places in the Delta to spend the winter.  The fly-in here typically numbers into the thousands, with both Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes. In addition, ducks, geese, Tundra Swans, Great Blue Herons, egrets and numerous other bird species may be viewed.   Experienced docents will highlight the history of Staten Island and its partnership with the Cosumnes River Preserve.  The Friday night tour will be late getting back for the dinner, but we will hold you a plate.

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

 

Friday at 3:45 pm (#4)

Saturday at 3:30 pm (#29)

Sunday at 2:45 pm (#48)

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Bus

Adult: $32 - Youth: $17 - Child: $12

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $32 Youth: $17 Child: $12
Friday at 3:45 pm (#4)420Full
Saturday at 3:30 pm (#29)380Full
Sunday at 2:45 pm (#48)440Full

Crane Fly-In Woodbridge Ecological Reserve Shelter

This tour will sell out early!  It has all of the excitement of the other fly-in tours in the area, but visitors will disembark the bus at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve North Unit, where, in a smaller group, they will be treated to a presentation by Department of Fish and Wildlife docents. Visitors will be able to view the cranes (and other birds) from the comfort of the viewing shelter, which also contains maps, displays, and pictorials on the cranes and their habitats. If the Friday tour runs late getting back for the dinner, we will hold you a plate.  

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license.  Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time.For more information about DFW tours during the season go to cranetours@wildlife.ca.gov.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Friday at 3:55 pm (#5)

Saturday at 3:55 pm (#31)

Sunday at 3:10 pm (#50)

Duration: approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: $17

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $37 Youth: $27 Child: $17
Friday at 3:55 pm (#5)430Full
Saturday at 3:55 pm (#31)380Full
Sunday at 3:10 pm (#50)4415

Crane Roving with Gary Ivey

The early bird gets the worm.  Join Dr. Gary Ivey, foremost expert on Lodi cranes, for an exciting early morning bus trip through our local Sandhill Crane country.  As a research associate with the International Crane Foundation, Gary brings a wealth of knowledge to this tour.  Dr. Ivey earned his PhD studying winter ecology of the Sandhill Cranes in the Delta. Watch the cranes as they fly-out from their overnight roost and then join them again in the areas where they feed.  Listen to their haunting calls as you learn about their habits and environment.  Stand in the early morning mist and discover the enchantment of this majestic bird.

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license because the tour will be stopping at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time.

NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 6:00 am (#7)

Duration: 4 hours

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: $17

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $37 Youth: $27 Child: $17
Saturday at 6:00 am (#7)220Full

Cranes and Agriculture

Join us for a two and a half mile walk along the Mokelumne River levee on Staten Island to see how agriculture and migrating birds can live in harmony.  Sally Shanks farmed this area for many years and will highlight agricultural practices that enhance wildlife habitat.  She will share her knowledge of wildlife-friendly levee and field maintenance. From the vantage point of the levee, which is not open to the public, you will see a wide variety of migrating birds in diverse settings.  Bus transportation will be provided with opportunities to see cranes in areas where they feed.

  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 9:00 am (#14)

Duration: 3 hr 10 m

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $37 N/A N/A
Saturday at 9:00 am (#14)232-

Cranes in Flight with Dr. Gary Ivey

NEW Join Dr. Gary Ivey for a walk along the Mokelumne River levee at Staten Island to view Sandhill Cranes as they fly in from their feeding areas to roost for the night. This spectacle is something you won’t want to miss.  From this vantage point you will see and hear hundreds of cranes as they glide through the scarlet sunset. Gary, a research associate with the International Crane Foundation, will share his vast knowledge of Sandhill Cranes.Dr. Ivey earned his PhD studying winter ecology of the Sandhill Cranes in the Delta.  This tour is appropriate for sure-footed people who can easily walk a couple of miles.  Bring your binoculars and/or spotting scope for a better look.  A flashlight will be helpful, as you will be walking back to your car at dusk.

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. 

Saturday at 3:10 pm (#27)

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $40 - Youth: $35 - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $40 N/A N/A
Saturday at 3:10 pm (#27)150Full

Cruising with Captain Morgan's Delta Adventures

This offering has been so popular the last few years that extra tours have been added. Visitors will set sail from Tower Park Marina/Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort with Captain Paul and explore the abundant birdlife along the Mokelumne River from the luxury of the 55-foot double-decked Rosemarie.   In addition to the crew, an experienced naturalist will help you identify birds and mammals as you glide by Staten, Tyler and Brannan Islands.  Bring a lunch or snack (no drinks) and relax with your favorite adult or soft beverage from the onboard no-host bar. For more about Captain Morgan's Delta Adventures visit www.captainmorgansdeltaadventures.comfor more information about Tower Park Marina and the campground visit www.towerparkresort.com

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Friday at 1:00 pm (#1)

Saturday at 6:50 am (#8)

Saturday at 10:00 am (#16)

Saturday at 2:00 pm (#23)

Sunday at 8:30 am (#41)

Sunday at 12:00 pm (#45)

Duration: 4 hours

Carpool

Adult: $55 - Youth: $45 - Child: $35

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $55 Youth: $45 Child: $35
Friday at 1:00 pm (#1)345
Saturday at 6:50 am (#8)3424
Saturday at 10:00 am (#16)341
Saturday at 2:00 pm (#23)340Full
Sunday at 8:30 am (#41)3410
Sunday at 12:00 pm (#45)345

Delta Birding Cruise

Cruise leisurely along the waterways of the California Delta through prime Sandhill Crane habitat with a local licensed boat operator and a birder/naturalist.  Cranes, swans, geese, and ducks can often be seen overhead, but don't forget to keep an eye on the banks for the many other birds and mammals that inhabit the Delta. Bring your binoculars and camera!  This tour is one of the hottest tickets at the Festival. It is suitable for able-bodied adults and kids, but an adult must accompany their children.  Boats have an open canopy; always be prepared for the elements.  Toilet facilities are dockside only. We set sail from the dock at Tower Park Marina/Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort. It adjoins the resort restaurant and other amenities.  For more info about the marina and the campground visit www.towerparkresort.com

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

 

 

Saturday at 7:00 am (#9)

Saturday at 9:40 am (#15)

Saturday at 12:20 pm (#21)

Saturday at 2:50 pm (#26)

Sunday at 6:10 am (#36)

Sunday at 8:50 am (#42)

Sunday at 11:20 am (#44)

Sunday at 1:50 pm (#46)

Duration: 3 hours 10 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $45 - Youth: $25 - Child: $15

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $45 Youth: $25 Child: $15
Saturday at 7:00 am (#9)80Full
Saturday at 9:40 am (#15)80Full
Saturday at 12:20 pm (#21)80Full
Saturday at 2:50 pm (#26)80Full
Sunday at 6:10 am (#36)81
Sunday at 8:50 am (#42)80Full
Sunday at 11:20 am (#44)81
Sunday at 1:50 pm (#46)80Full

Eagles and Their Environment by Boat

This is the festival’s most popular tour.  Enjoy your drive through the Sierra foothills to Pardee Reservoir, where you will board a boat with East Bay Municipal Utility District naturalists and biologists. They will take you around the reservoir (which is closed to the public this time of year) to see early-arriving Golden and Bald Eagles, as well as other raptors, including Osprey, that frequent the area.  This boat tour also offers uncommon bird species not seen on other tours, including loons, grebes, mergansers, and Bufflehead Ducks.   In years past, bobcats, deer and other mammals have been spotted.  Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars!  Learn more about Pardee Recreational Area by visiting www.pardeelakerecreation.com  

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 8:15 am (#12)

Saturday at 12:00 pm (#20)

Sunday at 8:15 am (#40)

Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $42 - Youth: $32 - Child: $22

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $42 Youth: $32 Child: $22
Saturday at 8:15 am (#12)200Full
Saturday at 12:00 pm (#20)200Full
Sunday at 8:15 am (#40)200Full

Early Morning Crane Fly-out and Roving with Dr. Gary Ivey

NEW Dawn is a special time of the day in the Delta.  Before the sun rises, the foggy marsh is still and chilly. Then, just before the sun appears, there is a stirring as a multitude of “critters” are aroused from sleep. Sandhill Cranes greet each other with their haunting calls.  At first there is little movement, but then they start to stretch out the kinks.  As if preordained, one of the cranes leans forward and the entire group gracefully rises into the early morning sky.  It’s magical and you won’t want to miss it. Dr. Gary Ivey, a research associate with the International Crane Foundation, is the foremost expert on Lodi cranes and has vast knowledge of their migratory and reproductive cycle. He earned his PhD studying winter ecology of the Sandhill Cranes in the Delta.  This is an opportunity to learn in depth about this magnificent bird.  After the fly-out, you will travel about the Delta to watch the cranes feed in surrounding fields. 

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 15 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 5:45 am (#35)

Duration: 4 hours

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: $17

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $37 Youth: $27 Child: $17
Sunday at 5:45 am (#35)221

For the Birds! Eco-Friendly Winery Tour

Go where only tour participants may venture!  Turner Road Vintners has created a bountiful habitat for a variety of bird species, both native and imported, including a flock of black swans.  Enjoy a glass of complimentary wine and join resident manager John Devine on an informative walk around the grounds and the innovative eco-friendly water reclamation ponds. Bring your binoculars and your camera (this is a go-to destination for bird photographers!).   Participants must be 21 years or older.

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

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Saturday at 11:35 am (#18)

Duration: 2 hour 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $27 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $27 N/A N/A
Saturday at 11:35 am (#18)150Full

Kayak the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake with Headwaters Kayak

Lodi Lake awaits your arrival!  The lake and the adjoining picturesque Mokelumne River provide the rare opportunity for Crane Festival participants to enjoy a gentle afternoon and early evening kayaking trip.  Join Headwaters Kayak naturalist Stephanie Leja as you look out for beavers, river otters and a wide variety of birds.  All kayaking equipment is provided including PFDs.   Just to be on the safe side, always dress to get wet.   We recommend that electronic devices be in sealed "wet" bags or locked in the car.  Park on the street or pay a small fee for parking onsite. Bring your water bottle and a snack!  For more information on Headwaters and other local kayak activities go to http://www.headwaterskayak.com  

 All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 2:15 pm (#24)

Duration: 3 hours

Carpool

Adult: $42 - Youth: $37 - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $42 N/A N/A
Saturday at 2:15 pm (#24)202-

Migrating Birds in the Tall Forest

This year we have a unique opportunity to experience the Tall Forest at the Cosumnes River Preserve.  Dr. John Trochet, a well-known field ornithologist, will lead you deep into one of the finest riparian habitats left in California.  There you will see a rich variety of up to 90 resident and seasonal bird species.  Since this is an early-morning tour, you may also see beaver, river otter, striped skunk, raccoon, coyote, squirrels, deer and other animals.  In spots the paths are nothing more than animal traces, so dress prepared to push through the underbrush and berry thickets.  This tour is appropriate for people who are sure-footed and able to walk several miles.  Rubber knee boots are recommended because it is likely to be muddy and wet. Serious birders will not want to miss this tour because the Tall Forest is generally closed to the public. Rain or shine, this will be an experience to remember.

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour.NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 5:20 am (#33)

Duration: 5hr 40m

Carpool

Adult: $30 - Youth: $20 - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $30 N/A N/A
Sunday at 5:20 am (#33)80Full

Mokelumne River Rendezvous

Take a light morning hike along the lower Mokelumne River as it spills from Camanche Dam. Birding experts Liz West and Joanne Katanic will share their knowledge about the local landscape and help you scout 35+ species including bluebirds, night herons, several woodpecker species, mergansers, Osprey and other raptors.  As an added treat, keep an eye out for spawning salmon as they complete their journey from the Pacific Ocean!  

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 7:10 am (#10)

Duration: 3 hours 55 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $22 - Youth: $12 - Child: $7

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $22 Youth: $12 Child: $7
Saturday at 7:10 am (#10)2013

Opening Night Dinner

Join us for our Opening Dinner and Silent Auction,as we kick off the 23rd annual Sandhill Crane Festival.  We will be honoring the recipient of this year’s Sandhill Crane Festival Conservation Award.  There will be a guest speaker.

Dinner will be catered by Bueno Italiano Café of Lodi and includes: Smoked Tri Tip, Pesto Chicken, Ravioli with Meat Sauce, Marinara Tortellini (Vegetarian), Green Salad with Ranch or Maple Vinaigrette Dressing, Homemade Focaccia Bread, and Homemade Cannoli for Dessert. Coffee, Water, and Ice Tea are included. Wine bar hosted by Hawk's Landing Wine Cellars.

Doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $40 per person.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Please make your reservation by October 25th.  Hope to see you there!

Friday at 7:00 pm (#101)

Adult: $40 - Youth: $40 - Child: $40

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $40 Youth: $40 Child: $40
Friday at 7:00 pm (#101)12014

Photographing Wild Birds with Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn was the Festival’s 2015-featured photographer and one of the Festival’s most popular presenters.  He says, “Birds in the wild are an intriguing subject for any photographer.  Making beautiful photographs of wild birds places requirements on the photographer and his or her equipment that are very different.“  Join Jim for a morning foray at the Turner Road Vintners to discuss equipment options for wild bird photography, and learn some of the key skills and techniques to get good photographs.  This is only the fourth time photographers have had the chance to access this great bird habitat first thing in the morning. To see examples of Jim’s photographs, go to www.avian-images.com.

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 7:05 am (#37)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $47 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $47 N/A N/A
Sunday at 7:05 am (#37)153--

River Bird Walk, Wine Tasting and Picnic with David Yee

Stroll picturesque vineyards and an old-growth riparian forest along the Mokelumne River with renowned local birder David Yee (who knows this area like his own home.)  Participants will scan the vegetation and skies looking for species to add to the Winery's monthly list.  At the end of your walk, relax and talk birds with David on the Heritage Oak Winery patio while you enjoy Tom and Carmela Hoffman's handcrafted wines and a delicious lunch from the popular Bon Appetit gourmet sandwich shop. If you are lucky, the hummingbird feeders will be buzzing with various species.  Lunch, great wine, David Yee, and nature … what else is there? Round trip walking on the trail is approximately 2.5 miles, so bring your walking shoes andbinoculars.  For more about the winery, visit www.heritageoakwinery.com(must be 21).  

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 10:10 am (#17)

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $37 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $37 N/A N/A
Saturday at 10:10 am (#17)250Full

Sunset Leisure Cruise on Lodi Lake & the Mokelumne River

A tranquil Lodi Lake and the meandering Mokelumne River provide the rare opportunity for Crane Festival participants to enjoy a leisurely sunset patio boat ride. Join a local naturalist as you glide along viewing the lake's verdant scenery, resident birds, and wildlife. You might even catch a glimpse of a browsing deer or basking turtle.  A great way to end a busy day.  The tour is available on Saturday and Sunday evenings, but the capacity is only SEVEN! Toilet facilities are dockside.  Dress for the evening air and possible rain. Park on the street or pay a small fee for parking onsite.

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 3:45 pm (#30)

Sunday at 3:05 pm (#49)

Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $32 - Youth: $22 - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $32 N/A N/A
Saturday at 3:45 pm (#30)70Full
Sunday at 3:05 pm (#49)75-

Sustainable Vines, Wines and Wildlife

The LangeTwins family, winner of the Leopold Conservation Award, is all about sustainability. This includes stewardship of the Mokelumne River and adjoining lowlands, their vineyards, and their state- of-the-art winery.  Join a local naturalist and fifth-generation viticulturist, Aaron Lange, on a rare walking tour of their wildlife habitat areas and adjoining vineyards, where you will see a variety of bird species and possibly even Sandhill Cranes moving overhead.  The tour will culminate in a visit to the family winery where adults can peruse the many fine vintages that have been personally nurtured by the family from the soil to the bottle.  Wine tasting is included in the price and will take place at the conclusion of the tour. Dress in layers and bring your “dirt” shoes and binoculars!  For further information go towww.langetwins.com   

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 9:30 am (#43)

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $38 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $38 N/A N/A
Sunday at 9:30 am (#43)2517--

Valley Raptors and Hawks Landing Winery

NEW Are you feeling adventurous? This tour takes you east of Lodi to the low foothills of the Sierra. It’s a favorite hangout for the valley’s many raptors.  You are likely to see Red-Tailed and Ferruginous hawks, Northern Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, Merlins, and others.  This is a rather undeveloped area and your car will travel on gravel roads during part of the tour.  Any rain we might have will definitely add to the adventure.  Be sure to bring binoculars and/or a spotting scope.  At the end of the trail, the tour will stop at Hawks Landing Winery to rest and unwind.  Wine tasting and a box lunch is included in the tour.  You may want to purchase a bottle of their new Sandhill Crane Zinfindel.  Part of the proceeds goes to supporting the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival. 

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 8:30 am (#13)

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $37 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $37 N/A N/A
Saturday at 8:30 am (#13)150Full

Wetlands at Dawn - a Photo Tour with Doug Ridgway

There is no better time to experience the vibrant life of the wetlands than at dawn.  Join a small and hearty group led by local photographer, Doug Ridgway, on this amazing photo opportunity.  Check out his website at https://www.dougridgwayphotography.com. Doug will be joined by fellow photographer, Steve Fischer,  http://www.stephenfischerphotography.com/  and others with knowledge of crane behaviors.  Dawn begins well before the sunrise, when calls and song reveal the wetland's creatures.  As the sun rises you will experiment with high ISOS, long shutter speeds and wide open apertures to capture images not obtainable at any other time. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and tripod. 

All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license because the tour will be stopping at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time.

NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 5:30 am (#34)

Duration: 3 hr

Carpool

Adult: $50 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Date and Time Allocated Remaining Adult: $50 N/A N/A
Sunday at 5:30 am (#34)150Full
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Additional Information

Tour spaces are limited.  Reservations by October 14th are strongly encouraged. 

Adults are over 17, youth 12-17, and children under 12 years.   Tours are held rain or shine. 

No refunds for cancellations after October 21, 2019. Cancellations before October 21st will be charged a $10 processing fee.