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Sandhill Crane Festival

November 3-5 · Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

November 3-5, 2017

Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

800-581-6150 · info@cranefestival.com

Presentations and Workshops

Saturday, November 4, 2017

 

9:45AM-10:20AM – For the Love of Cranes
Crete Hall
The newest DVD from the Kachemak Crane Watch in Homer, Alaska features people who live with cranes in their yards and the artists who make a wide variety of art depicting Sandhill Cranes.

10:30AM-11:20AM – 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. This presentation repeats on Saturday at 1:40 PM.

10:30AM-11:20AM – Sandhill Cranes 101
Crete Hall

In this brief introduction to Sandhill Cranes, you will learn about their life history, behavior, migration routes, and why our California Delta is so important to cranes. Presented by Alan England, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Crane Preserve docent and long-time local Audubon Society member.

11:00AM-3:00PM – Painting Kindness Rocks
Upstairs Art Classroom

Painting Kindness Rocks is a fun, family-friendly activity for all ages and creates a positive impact on our community. Led by local volunteers, you and your family will paint Kindness Rocks that can be placed in public area for others to find. This is a simple way to share a random act of kindness with unsuspecting strangers. "One message at just the right moment can change someone's day, outlook, life." Kindness Rocks Project, thekindnessrocksproject.com

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

 

Featured Presentation

12:30PM-1:20PM – Sandhill Cranes of the Pacific Flyway
Crete Hall

Dr. Gary Ivey will talk about the Sandhill Crane populations that breed and winter in California and the broader Pacific Flyway. You will learn about the history, biology, migration routes, and wintering and breeding areas of the 3 Sandhill Crane subspecies that use the Flyway. In addition, he will discuss conservation needs on their wintering grounds, focusing on the California Delta, and sharing his most recent research results.

Dr. Gary Ivey works for the International Crane Foundation as a Research Associate and is an expert on Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway. He has worked with wildlife for over 35 years, concentrating on waterbirds, waterfowl, and wetland conservation. He studied nesting ecology of Sandhill Cranes for his Master’s Thesis and wintering ecology of Sandhill Cranes for his PhD, both at Oregon State University. In addition, Gary is the Past-President of The Trumpeter Swan Society and is leading efforts to restore breeding Trumpeter Swans to Oregon.
For more information about the International Crane Foundation, please visit their web site at www.savingcranes.org

 

12:30PM-1:15PM – 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.

1:30PM-2:05PM – For the Love of Cranes
Crete Hall

Dr. Gary Ivey will introduce this new DVD about Sandhill Cranes in Homer, Alaska. See 9:45 AM on Saturday.

1:30PM-6:00PM – Drawing Sandhill Cranes with John Muir Laws
Thomas Theatre

Using Sandhill Cranes, you will learn to draw by understanding what you see and training your eye to capture critical negative shapes, gestures, and angles. We will explore how to escape from your understanding of what you "should see" to accept what you do see and get that down on paper.
The lecture is from 1:30PM to 3PM in Thomas Theatre at Hutchins Street Square and is open to all, as space is available. Priority will be for the paid workshop participants. The field portion of the workshop is from 3 to 6 PM and is open only to paid participants. You can register for the workshop online in advance or at the registration table during the Festival (Tour #103). Participants should bring, at minimum, a sketchbook and pencil, as well as any other lightweight, portable drawing materials that they like to use.
Led by John Muir Laws, naturalist, artist, and author. Visit his website at johnmuirlaws.com to learn more about his art, nature journaling, and other classes.

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

See 10:30 AM Saturday.

2:10PM-3:00PM – The Ins and Outs of the UCD Hummingbird Research Program
Crete Hall

The UC Davis Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program is dedicated to studying and keeping hummingbirds healthy. Enjoy a presentation that will include attracting hummingbirds to your garden and an overview about the hummingbird research being done at UC Davis. For more information about the program, please visit hummingbirds.ucdavis.edu.

3:10PM-4:00PM – 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 Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats, an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of bats in Northern California.

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

10:15AM-10:50AM – For the Love of Cranes
Crete Hall
Sandhill Cranes in Homer, Alaska DVD. See 9:45 AM on Saturday.

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

11:00AM-11:50AM – Sandhill Cranes 101
Crete Hall

In this brief introduction to Sandhill Cranes, you will learn about their life history, behavior, migration routes, and why our California Delta is so important to cranes. Presented by Alan England, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Crane Preserve docent and long-time local Audubon Society member.

 

Featured Presentation

12:30PM-1:20PM – Extraordinary Ordinary Birds of California’s Oak Woodlands
Crete Hall
California’s oak woodlands are home at least 147 bird species, many of which are so common they are often dismissed as ordinary. But does the word “ordinary” apply to a species that constructs one of the most intricate nests in the world or the birds whose presence in California is a biogeographical mystery? What about the species whose members engage in simulated sex rituals every evening before bedtime?

Kate Marianchild, author of Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks, will begin her talk with the history and ecological importance of the vast corridors of Valley Oak woodland that once lined Central Valley rivers. She will then discuss and depict the marvelous survival strategies, behaviors, and social structures of some of the “ordinary” birds found in oak woodlands. Come hear fascinating details about the lives of Wood Ducks, woodpeckers, Wrentits and more, and croak along with a marshful of frogs as Kate tells the story of the chorus frogs and the Great Blue Heron.
Kate Marianchild lives in a yurt near Ukiah, surrounded by Acorn Woodpeckers, dusky -footed woodrats, and California newts, as well as manzanitas, buckeyes, and five kinds of oaks. When she is not giving talks, leading interpretive walks, or communing with nature, she swims, sings, camps, kayaks, and observes wildlife. More information, as well as the opportunity to purchase her book Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plants and Animals among California’s Oaks and close-focusing binoculars can be found at www.katemarianchild.com

Kate will be selling and signing her book before and after her presentation on Sunday at the Crane Festival.

 

1:30PM-5:30PM – 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 Mourning Dove. 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. Advanced registration is available online.

1:40PM-2:30PM – Wild Things!
Patio off Kirst Hall

See 10:30 AM Sunday.

2:00PM-2:50PM – 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.

3:10PM-3:45PM – For the Love of Cranes
Crete Hall

Sandhill Cranes in Homer, Alaska DVD. See 9:45 AM on Saturday.