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Sandhill Crane Festival

November 4-6 · Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

November 4-6, 2016

Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

800-581-6150 ·

Featured Presentations

Overview of Sandhill Crane Natural History and Conservation Needs in the Pacific Flyway

Saturday, November 7, 2015
12:30-1:20 PM
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA

Gary Ivey with the International Crane Foundation will talk about the 3 Sandhill Crane subspecies that winter in California. He will discuss their life history and ecology, migration routes, and wintering and breeding areas. In addition, he will discuss their conservation needs on the wintering grounds, focusing on the California Delta.

Gary Ivey has worked with wildlife for over 35 years, concentrating his on waterbirds, waterfowl and wetland conservation. He worked as a biologist at several western National Wildlife Refuges for 18 years. He has worked for International Crane Foundation since 2007, serving as their lead for Sandhill Crane conservation and research in western North America. He studied wintering ecology of Sandhill Cranes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for his PhD at Oregon State University.

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


Delta Grandeur

Sunday, November 8, 2015
12:30-1:20 PM
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA

Join us for a photographic tour of the great California Delta by Rich Turner. The Delta is the crossroads linking California's largest rivers, the west coast's largest estuary, San Francisco Bay, and one of the world's largest and most complex water management systems. Always a dynamic landscape, over the last 150 years the Delta's mosaic of tidal and freshwater marshes, riparian woodlands and seasonal ponds has been transformed by levees, land reclamation, dredging, dams, water diversions, agriculture and urbanization into a huge network of interconnected river channels, sloughs, canals and islands.

With my photographs of the California Delta I have decided not to focus on the dark side, the political tug of wars that are going on over the land, the water, the ecology, and the economy. Rather, I focus on its beauty. When we see beauty we want to protect it. At least, that is my hope.  While the battle rages I want you to fall in love, knowing we defend what we love.

Now available, the book: Delta Grandeur The Rural Charms of Northern California's Inland Estuary - Collectors Edition with 119 photographs and 14 essays. Text by Rich Turner in collaboration with Christina Swanson, Ph.D., Director, Science Center, Natural Resources Defense Council.

Rich Turner began his photography career in the U.S. Navy photographing assignments from the back seat of supersonic jets and in exotic locations, including the Antarctica. His subsequent work as an award-winning photojournalist at the Roseville Press-Tribune (3 years) and the Stockton Record (16 years) newspapers led to opening his own fine art and commercial photography studio in 1990.

Documenting the environment in general and the California Delta in particular has been the interest of the award-winning photographer for over 40 years. Based in Stockton, California since 1974, he has employed his camera to capture the changing vistas and compelling character of vast natural resources just beyond his own back door. Forays into the Delta and beyond have resulted in his discovery of grand and stately vistas worthy of preservation.

Educating people about environmental issues is widely acknowledged to be a key factor in protecting the environment. What better medium to convey the overwhelming beauty of our surroundings than art? I have always enjoyed the awe-inspiring splendor of our planet and with a camera I have learned that there is a remarkable change that is brought about when exquisite light magically transforms our magnificent surroundings into something even more amazing.

Unfortunately, our beautiful and fragile environment is in peril on many fronts. I want to do what I can to document this fragile splendor and share it with as many people as possible, the hope being that we will all become better stewards of the planet that sustains us, says Turner.

In addition to chasing the light in natural surroundings, Rich Turner specializes in fine art photography for corporate and home décor as well as aerial and corporate-industrial photography for advertising and annual reports. Visit his web page at

Exhibitions of Turner's fine art photography have been held at:  California State Capitol - Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, San Francisco Public Library - San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum - Tidewater Gallery - Hutchins Street Square Gallery - UOP Reynolds Gallery - Alan Short Center Gallery - Fullerton Arboretum

Contact Rich Turner at 209.460.1050 or