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Sandhill Crane Festival

November 6-8 · Hutchins Street Square Lodi, CA

November 6-8, 2015

Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

800-581-6150 · info@cranefestival.com

Presentations and Workshops

 Saturday, November 7, 2015

10:30-11:20 – 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, and other rescued animals that could not be returned to the wild. This presentation repeats on Saturday at 1:40 PM.

11:40-1:30 The Mighty Salmon
Kirst Patio
Follow the journey of salmon in the Mokelumne River using a watershed model, fish printing, and other hands-on activities. Suitable for children from age 6 and up. Presented by Lodi Lake Docents Kathy Grant and Virginia Moore.

12:00-12:20 – 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 18 years. Taiko drumming originated in Japan hundreds of years ago and is now performed all around the world.

 

Featured Presentation

12:30-1:20 – Sandhill Crane Natural History and Conservation Needs in the Pacific Flyway
Crete Hall
Gary Ivey with the International Crane Foundation will talk about the three Sandhill Crane subspecies that winter in California, including 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 and including some of his recent findings.

Dr. Gary Ivey leads Sandhill Crane conservation and research in western North America for the International Crane Foundation (www.savingcranes.org).

 

12:30-1:15 – 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.

 

1:40-2:30 – Wild Things!
Patio off Kirst Hall
See 10:30 AM Saturday.

 

2:00-5:00 Native American Flute Circle
Thomas Theatre
Dan Ricketts from the Northern California Flute Circle will lead a gathering for all who enjoy playing the Native Flute. The Flute Circle is open to all players, from beginning to advanced. Sitting in a circle (sacred to native peoples), all musicians take turns playing, with tips and instruction along the way. Observers are welcome.


2:40-3:30 – Birds of the Delta and Pacific Flyway
Crete Hall
Local birding expert David Yee will highlight some of the birds that use the California Delta and other areas of the Pacific Flyway. The Delta has had a long-standing reputation as one of the premier wintering locations in the west for enormous numbers of waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors. There is much more than Sandhill Cranes out there!

 

2:40-3:30 – 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 14, sign-up for this free activity at the Oak Grove Nature Center table in the Exhibit Hall starting at 10 AM on Saturday. This activity repeats on Sunday at 2:40 PM.

 

3:40-4:30 – Why Should I Care About Bats?
Crete Hall
Three live local bat ambassadors will be shared at this presentation that covers the incredible diversity of bats worldwide and locally. You will learn about some of the many special features of bats and their essential role in the environment. Presented by JoEllen Arnold of NorCal Bats, an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of bats in Northern California.

 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

10:30-11:20 – 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.

 

11:40-1:30 – The Mighty Salmon
Kirst Patio

Follow the journey of salmon in the Mokelumne River using a watershed model, fish printing, and other hands-on activities. Suitable for children from age 6 and up. Presented by Lodi Lake Docents Kathy Grant and Virginia Moore.

 

12:20-12:30 – 2015 Conservation Award
Crete Hall

We will present the 2015 Sandhill Crane Festival Conservation Award to Pete Ottesen for his extensive work in support of habitat conservation and conservation education.

 

Featured Presentation

12:30-1:20 – Delta Grandeur
Crete Hall

Join us for a photographic tour of the great California Delta by Stockton photographer Rich Turner. Now one of the world’s largest and most complex water management systems, the Delta has been transformed from sloughs and marshes by levees, land reclamation, dredging, dams, water diversions, agriculture, and urbanization. “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.”

Rich Turner's book Delta Grandeur The Rural Charms of Northern California's Inland Estuary, with 119 photographs and 14 essays, will be available to purchase and the author will be signing after his presentation. More of his photos can be viewed at www.turnerphoto.com.

 

12:30-1:15 – 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.

 

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

See 10:30 AM Sunday.

 

1:40-5:30 – 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 Greater Yellowlegs. Suitable for ages 14 and older, class size is limited to 8. For more information and to register during the Festival, stop by the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association table in the Exhibit Hall. As class size is limited, it's recommended that you register online early. Register Here.

 

2:40-3:30 – 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.

 

2:40-3:30 - Owl Pellet Exploration!
Upstairs Classroom
See Saturday at 2:40 PM.