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Sandhill Crane Festival

November 7-9 · Hutchins Street Square Lodi, CA

November 7-9, 2014

Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

800-581-6150 ·

Featured Presentations

The Necessity of Natural Encounter – A NaturalMedia Exploration

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA

Join us for a mixed-media presentation featuring Sandhill Cranes and other feathered and furry creatures from California's wetland and river habitats as they play, sing, dance, and raise their families. Through field recorded audio, video, and photographs and the spoken word "The Necessity of Natural Encounter" explores the natural world through new eyes, quiet minds and open hearts.

Presented by Sacramento-based photographer Lon Yarbrough, who is also this year's Festival Artist. You can view Lon's photographs at our Art Show and online at He also has a display in our Exhibit Hall.


The Mystery of Bird Song

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA

How do birds learn to sing such beautiful songs? And why do they produce so many different types of vocalizations? David Lukas will help answer some of these questions and share his insights into the magical world of bird song – from the ways we study bird song, to the anatomy of how birds produce sounds, to some of the social behaviors that explain common bird vocalizations.

David Lukas is a California naturalist and the author of 6 books, including “Sierra Nevada Birds”, “Sierra Nevada Natural History”, and most recently, “Bay Area Birds”, the first comprehensive guide to the status, life history, and distribution of all the birds that occur in the Bay Area ( David will be signing and selling his books for 1 hour before and 30 minutes after his presentation. He is also leading Tour #42, “Bird Vocalizations with David Lukas”, which is on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM.