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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 · info@cranefestival.com

Presentations and Workshops

 Saturday, November 2, 2013

10:30-11:00 – Beyond the Waters Edge: Salmon in the Mokelumne River
Crete Hall
Salmon support a wide variety of wildlife in and near the Mokelumne River, in addition to being an important sport and commercial species. Salmon numbers in the Mokelumne River have recently rebounded from record lows, but recovery to historical levels is still a work in progress. This presentation will introduce you to the Mokelumne River's salmon and some of the habitat restoration projects that benefit this key species. Sponsored by the Lower Mokelumne River Partnership, which is made up of representatives from East Bay Municipal Utility District, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service .
This is the companion presentation for Tours #12 and #37, “Salmon in the Mokelumne River”. You do not need to register for the tour to attend this presentation, which is free and open to all. However, if you want to participate in the tour, you must register for it.

 

11:00-11:50 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 prepare to be awed by their unique presence. Native Bird Connections will bring several live, non-releasable birds - possibly a R ed-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Eagle Owl, and others.

 

12:00-12:20 – Taiko Drumming
Crete Hall
Denis and James Kurata perform this ancient form of Japanese music in an exciting performance that is always a Festival highlight. Taiko drumming originated in Japan hundreds of years ago. The style of Taiko enjoyed today, which involves groups of drummers playing together, began in the 1950s.

 

Featured Presentation

12:30-1:20 The Necessity of Natural Encounter – A NaturalMedia Exploration
Crete Hall
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 www.naturalmedia.us. He also has a display in our Exhibit Hall.

 

12:30-1:15 – Crane Tales

Thomas Theatre
Journey with mother and daughter Sandhill Cranes Sandy and Marsha as they make their winter trip south, stopping by the Delta to share with you their incredible voyage. This family-friendly program highlights the amazing migration story of Sandhill Cranes using puppets, storytelling, and a fun activity. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Presented by Kristy Benner from the Micke Grove Zoo.

 

1:30-2:20 – The Secret Lives of Raptors
Patio off Kirst Hall
See 11:00 AM Saturday.

 

2:30-3:20 – PG&E's Avian Protection Program
Crete Hall
Did you know that PG&E has an Avian Protection Program, which helps make their electric system safer for birds? This includes raptor retrofits for utility poles, bird flight diverters, and public outreach such as their Owl Safe program. Presented by Mike Best, which has been the Manager of PG&E's Avian Protection Program since 2004. For more information, see http://www.pge.com/about/environment/pge/stewardship/protectingbirds/

 

2:45-3:45 – Owl Pellet Exploration!
Upstairs Classroom
Come learn about the barn owl and dissect an owl pellet to discover what it 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 17, sign-up for this free activity at the Oak Grove Nature Center table in the Exhibit Hall starting at 10 AM on Saturday.

 

3:00-4:30 –The Mighty Salmon
Kirst Patio

Follow the journey of salmon through games, crafts, and hands-on activities for children that will be used to explore the importance of salmon in the Mokelumne River, which runs through Lodi to the delta. Suitable for children from age 6 and up. Presented by the Lodi Lake Docents: Mary Fuhs, Melree Fuhs, Kathy Grant, and Virginia Moore.

 

3:00-6:00 – Native American Flute Circle
Thomas Theatre

Dan Ricketts from the Northern California Flute Circle will lead a gathering for all who enjoy playing and learning more about the Native Flute. The Flute Circle is open to everyone, from beginning to advanced or professional players. Sitting in a circle (sacred to native peoples), all musicians take turns playing, with tips and instruction along the way. Observers are welcome to attend.

 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

10:30-11:00 – Beyond the Waters Edge: Salmon in the Mokelumne River
Crete Hall
See 10:30 AM on Saturday.

 

11:00-11:50 – 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, bear, raccoon, eagle, owl, and other animals that were rescued, but could not be returned to the wild.

 

11:00-11:50 – ZenOptic Wetlands Dawn – Digital Capture At First Light
Thomas Theatre

Each day life begins anew in the wetlands as the sun rises, the sky warms and the Sandhill Cranes dance. Join this year's Festival Artist and photographer Lon Yarbrough for this multi-media presentation and discussion focused on the experience of wetland life at dawn and its ethical capture through photo, video, and sound digital recording. Details and techniques are available at www.NaturalMedia.us/dawn.htm

This is the companion presentation for Tour #29 on Sunday morning. You do not need to register for the tour to attend this presentation, which is free and open to all. However, if you want to participate in the tour, you must register for it.

 

Featured Presentation

12:30-1:20 – The Mystery of Bird Song
Crete Hall

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 (www.lukasguides.com). 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.

 

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

A medley of puppets and stories by local favorite Dorothy Maas, including the puppet plays “Lizard's Song” and “The Runaway Pancake” and a folding paper story "The Fox and the Crane". After the program the children are invited to play with the puppets and use the puppet stage and make origami cranes.

 

1:30-2:20 – Wild Things!
Patio off Kirst Hall

See 11:00 AM Sunday.

 

1:30-5:30 – 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 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 White-breasted Nuthatch. Suitable for ages 14 and older, class size is limited to 8 . There is a $25 materials fee, collected at the workshop. Please pre register by calling Jim Burcio at 925-754-4978 or stop by the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association table in the Exhibit Hall.

 

2:30-3:30 – The Private Lives of Sandhill Crane
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, where more cranes gather every spring than any other location in the any other location in the world

 

2:45-3:45 – Owl Pellet Exploration!
Upstairs Classroom

See 2:45 PM on Saturday. Limit 17, sign-up for this free activity at the Oak Grove Nature Center table in the Exhibit Hall starting at 10 AM on Saturday.

 

3:00-4:30 –The Mighty Salmon
Kirst Patio

See 3 PM on Saturday.