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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 8, 2014

10:30-11:00 – Beyond the Waters Edge: Salmon in the Mokelumne River
Crete Hall
Salmon are an integral part of the fish and wildlife communities of the Mokelumne River ecosystem, in addition to being an important species for recreational and commercial harvest. 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 research, management actions, and 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 and Wildlife, and U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

This is the companion presentation for Tours #15 and #41, “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 learn their unique stories. 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 Saving Endangered Whooping Cranes – Another North American Iconic Species
Crete Hall
Join us for this timely presentation about the endangered Whooping Crane by Dr. Elizabeth Smith with the International Crane Foundation (ICF). From a low of 16 birds in 1941, the Whooping Crane has gradually rebounded to about 300 individuals in the Aransas-Wood Buffalo (AWB) population, the only remaining wild population. This precarious hold on recovery could be seriously compromised from a variety of dangers, and ICF's new program “Keeping Whooping Cranes Safe” is in full swing this year to mitigate shooting risks in the breeding and wintering grounds and along the migration routes. In the AWB population, the most overarching concern is diminishing freshwater inflows into the bays where the entire wild population overwinters.

Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Smith , ICF's Whooping Crane Conservation Biologist and manager of their Texas Whooping Crane Program.

 

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 a Zoo Education Specialist with the Micke Grove Zoological Society.

 

1:40-2:30 – The Secret Lives of Raptors
Patio off Kirst Hall
See 11:00 AM Saturday.

 

2:00-2:50 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, where more cranes gather every spring than any other location in the any other location in the world.

 

3:00-3:50 – Bird Feathers and Bones
Crete Hall
Have you ever found a bird feather or bone and wondered what you could learn from it? This talk by David Lukas will cover bird bones, feathers, and muscles and how they work together to help a bird fly and live in its environment. Expect to learn a bit about both the inner and outer workings of birds.

David Lukas is a California naturalist and the author of 6 books, including “Sierra Nevada Birds” and, “Bay Area Birds ( www.lukasguides.com ). He is also leading Tours #17 on Saturday and #39 on Sunday, “ Walk on the Wild Side with Naturalist David Lukas."

 

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 9, 2014

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

Thomas Theatre. Each day life begins anew in the wetlands as the sun rises, the sky warms and the Sandhill Cranes dance. Join 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 http://www.NaturalMedia.us/dawn.htm

This is the companion presentation for Tour #6 on Saturday 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.

 

12:00-12:25 – ‘If I Only Was A Crane' - Sing-Along with Dave Monterey
Crete Hall

Come listen and sing along with California Department of Fish and Wildlife interpreter Dave Monterey. He will be singing some familiar song melodies, but using his lyrics about Sandhill Cranes, other wild California critters, and the often entertaining CDFW Crane Tours.

 

Featured Presentation

12:30-1:20 – Influences on Sandhill Crane Habitat Suitability
Crete Hall

Sandhill Cranes of our region face some significant threats, as increasing amounts of suitable crane habitat have been lost to land conversions or incompatible management practices. Laura Shaskey, with Conservation Farms and Ranches (Staten Island), will share her research on Sandhill Crane habitat selection and will explain how this information can be used to guide crane-friendly land management practices. She will also discuss current crane research, monitoring, and habitat management occurring on Staten Island, a critical wintering area for cranes of the Delta region .

 

Laura Shaskey fell in love with Sandhill Cranes while conducting nesting bird surveys for the Forest Service. She is currently the Conservation Program Manager for Staten Island, which provides important foraging and roosting habitat for cranes wintering in the Delta.

 

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.

 

1:40-5:30 – Bird Carving Workshop for Beginners
Thomas Theatre

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 Canyon Wren. Suitable for ages 14 and older, class size is limited to 8. For more information, call Jim Burcio at 925-754-4978 or stop by the Pacific Flyway Decoy

Association table in the Exhibit Hall. Register online in advance here.

 

2:40-3:30 – California Bees & Flowers: A Selective Love Affair
Crete Hall

Welcome to the incredible diversity of California native bees. With 1,600 bee species in California alone (nearly 40% of the species in the U.S.!), native bees are an important part of California's natural history and essential to the health of our diverse ecosystems. Covering native bee ecology, bee-plant relationships, and the implications they have on habitat gardening, this talk will inspire you to encourage native bees at home. The audience will also learn about current UCB Urban Bee Lab projects, including the CA Statewide Urban Bee Survey and Farming for Native Bees.

Presented by Sara Leon Guerrero, who is a research assistant in the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab. She is project manager for the Lab's Farming for Native Bees project, which partners with small farmers in Brentwood and Ventura to install native bee habitat. To find out more about the many research interests of the Urban Bee Lab, please visit their website www.helpabee.org .

 

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

See 3 PM on Saturday.