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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

Tour Descriptions and Schedule

Below is a list of all available tours.  This page may be printed for your reference.  You may also download a Tour ScheduleAcrobat PDF.  Tour spaces are limited.  It is advised that you register early as tours fill up quickly.
To help you with your planning, you may also download a daily schedule for all Festival activities including tours, presentations and workshops.  Download a Friday, Saturday or Sunday schedule here.
You may register for a nature tour in advance either online, by phone at 800-581-6150, or by downloading the Registration Form and mailing it with your payment to:

Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival Association
P.O. Box 1616
Lodi, California 95241

For more information contact us at (800) 581-6150 or email info@cranefestival.com.

All tours start and end at Hutchins Street Square (125 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi), at the north entrance, off Oak Street.

A Friday Afternoon with the Sandhill Cranes and Paul Tebbel

This small group tour is just the one for those who want to enjoy a few hours with world-renowned crane expert, Paul Tebbel.  Beat the weekend crowds and move about the Delta to observe cranes resting, eating, dancing,  parenting, disputing territory, and the myriad of other fascinating and intricate behaviors that they display during the 'great winter rendezvous.'  The goal of this tour to bring you 'up close and personal' with the biology and natural history of "our" cranes through observation, and Paul's sharing of his 40 years of experience.  A senior interpreter from the Department of Fish and Wildlife will also provide information on Delta geography, historical use, and ecological change as part of this tour.  This "extravaganza" will explore the crane's daytime feeding grounds and conclude with the fly-in at a location where you will feel that you are in the middle of the roost.  Please be aware that there is limited space in the van, so bring only those things you can keep on your person.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  The tour ends in time for you to get back to Hutchins Street Square for dinner.

Friday at 2:30 pm (#2)

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

CDFW 12 passenger van

Adult: $50 - Youth: $40 - Child: $30

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $50 Youth: $40 Child: $30
Friday at 2:30 pm (#2)120Full

A Saturday Afternoon with the Sandhill Cranes and Paul Tebbel

NEW  This small group tour is just the one for those who want to enjoy a few hours with world-renowned crane expert, Paul Tebbel.  Move about the Delta to observe cranes resting, eating, dancing, parenting, disputing territory, and the myriad of other fascinating and intricate behaviors that they display during the “great winter rendezvous.”  The goal of this tour to bring you “up close and personal” with the biology and natural history of "our" cranes through observation, and Paul's sharing of his 40 years of experience.  A senior interpreter from Dept Fish and Wildlife will also provide info on Delta geography, historical use and ecological change as part of this tour.  This "extravaganza" will explore the crane’s daytime feeding grounds and conclude with the flyin at a location where you will feel that you are in the middle of the roost.  Please be aware that there is limited space in the van so bring only those things you can keep on your person. All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 2:30 pm (#19)

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

CDFW 12 passenger van

Adult: $50 - Youth: $40 - Child: $30

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $50 Youth: $40 Child: $30
Saturday at 2:30 pm (#19)120Full

Bacchus and Birds

This 3rd year tour, at the family (and dog) - friendly Durst Winery in Acampo, was a big hit the last two years!  The spacious grounds abound with mature trees, shrubs and perennials that have been “home” to a wide variety of resident and migrating birds for decades.  As you saunter about this very relaxing Gatsby-like environment, with a complimentary glass of Cassandra’s vintage and a homemade cookie, local birding experts will challenge (and assist) you to complete (and even expand) the bird list crafted especially for this tour.  Bring your lunch or buy something from the winery deli case (cookies provided)...and don't forget to greet Jack and Gracie (a new addition to the family) the friendliest winery dogs ever!  Wine tasting after the tour is on your own.  For more about the winery, visit www.durstwinery.com  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 11:50 am (#14)

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Car

Adult: $25 - Youth: $15 - Child: $10

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 Youth: $15 Child: $10
Saturday at 11:50 am (#14)2521

Bird Carving Seminar

Join master carvers from the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association to learn how to carve a bird from wood.  All 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 perching Mourning Dove.  There is a $25 online registration fee.  Register early as class size is limited to 8.  Suitable for ages 14 and older.  1:30 to 5:30 Sunday.

Sunday at 1:40 pm (#102)

Adult: $25 - Youth: $25 - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 N/A N/A
Sunday at 1:40 pm (#102)87-

Birdwalk Through the Wilderness

This tour is for all skill levels!  Bring your binoculars and enjoy a leisurely walk on flat ground through the old growth riparian habitat at Lodi Lake Wilderness Area with a local birding expert.  Learn the basics, or hone your skills in identifying the many birds that reside or frequent this outstanding area, which is also home to other species, including deer, beaver, fox, possums, and turtles, to name only a few.  This gem of a habitat is minutes away from the festival. All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 7:30 am (#9)

Sunday at 7:30 am (#32)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Car

Adult: $15 - Youth: $10 - Child: $5

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $15 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Saturday at 7:30 am (#9)159
Sunday at 7:30 am (#32)1511

Cosumnes River Preserve

This tour is a must for newcomers and a treat for returnees!  With experienced guides, you will explore  the beauty and vitality of the finest valley oak riparian forest and wetland habitat in California; viewing a wide variety of wildlife and bird species in this fabulous habitat, including "loafing and playing" Sandhill Cranes.  As the sun sets over Mt. Diablo and the Delta, you will be on-hand when the cranes start their fly-in!   Jointly managed by nine private and government agencies, Cosumnes River Preserve is a key link on the Pacific Flyway.  Get the 'back story' as you learn why its management is considered a model in conservation partnerships.  For more about the Preserve visit  www.cosumnes.org.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 3:25 p.m. (#22)

Sunday at 2:40 pm (#42)

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Bus

Adult: $30 - Youth: $15 - Child: $10

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 Youth: $15 Child: $10
Saturday at 3:25 p.m. (#22)3430
Sunday at 2:40 pm (#42)3836

Crane Fly-In

This tour takes center stage as the Festival highlight!  Sandhill Cranes spend their days eating and lounging in the surrounding fields.  At dusk, in large groups that can number from several hundred to several thousand, they converge on the flooded fields to roost for the night.   Often this spectacle of flight, vocalization and ground activity, is back-dropped by stunning sunsets behind Mt. Diablo.   Experienced volunteer docents from the Department of Fish and Wildlife will share the natural history of the cranes.  Book this tour early as they always fill up fast!  [The cranes determine end times for evening tours.]  For more information about DFW tours during the season go to cranetours@wildlife.ca.gov.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  The Friday tour will be back in time for the dinner at Hutchins Street Square.

Friday at 4:05 pm (#5)

Saturday at 4:10 pm (#26)

Saturday at 4:15 pm (#27)

Sunday at 3:20 pm (#46)

Duration: approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours

Bus

Adult: $30 - Youth: $15 - Child: $10

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 Youth: $15 Child: $10
Friday at 4:05 pm (#5)4439
Saturday at 4:10 pm (#26)3411
Saturday at 4:15 pm (#27)3416
Sunday at 3:20 pm (#46)3626

Crane Fly-In Staten Island

More fly-in opportunities!  Combine crane fly-in with birding Staten Island, a premier Nature Conservancy/Conservation Farms and Ranches location, to learn what the birds already know--this  is one of the best places in the Delta to spend the winter.  The fly-in here typically numbers into the thousands with both Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes. In addition, ducks, geese, Tundra Swans, Great Blue Herons, egrets and numerous other bird species take advantage of what Staten has to offer.   Experienced docents will highlight the history of Staten Island and its partnership with Cosumnes River Preserve.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  The Friday tour will be back in time for dinner at Hutchins Street Square.

 

 

Friday at 3:45 pm (#3)

Saturday at 3:30 pm (#23)

Sunday at 2:45 pm (#43)

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Bus

Adult: $30 - Youth: $15 - Child: $10

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 Youth: $15 Child: $10
Friday at 3:45 pm (#3)4436
Saturday at 3:30 pm (#23)349
Sunday at 2:45 pm (#43)3634

Crane Fly-In Woodbridge Ecological Reserve Shelter

Again, this tour will sell out early!  It has all of the excitement of the other fly-in tours in the area, but visitors will disembark the bus at the WER North Unit, where, in a smaller group, they will be treated to a presentation by the DFW docents and view the cranes (and other birds) from the comfort of the viewing shelter, which also contains maps, displays, and pictorials on the cranes and their habitats.  For more information about weekend tours, or to book a special tour for your group to this location during the "Crane Season" visit:  www.cranetours@wildlife.ca.gov.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  The Friday tour will be back in time for the dinner at Hutchins Street Square.

Friday at 3:55 pm (#4)

Saturday at 3:55 pm (#25)

Sunday at 3:10 pm (#45)

Duration: approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours

Bus

Adult: $35 - Youth: $20 - Child: $15

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $35 Youth: $20 Child: $15
Friday at 3:55 pm (#4)3823
Saturday at 3:55 pm (#25)3430
Sunday at 3:10 pm (#45)3630

Crane Roving with Gary Ivey

NEW The early bird gets the worm.  Join Gary Ivey, foremost expert on Lodi cranes, for an exciting early morning bus trip through our local sandhill crane country.  As a research associate with the International Crane Foundation, Gary brings a wealth of knowledge this tour.  Watch the cranes as they fly-out from their overnight roost and then join them again in the areas where they feed.  Listen to their haunting calls as you learn about their habits and environment.  Bring your camera and binoculars.  Stand in the early morning mist and discover the enchantment of this majestic bird.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 6:30 am (#6)

Sunday at 5:40 am (#29)

Duration: 4 hours

Bus

Adult: $30 - Youth: $20 - Child: $10

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 Youth: $20 Child: $10
Saturday at 6:30 am (#6)237
Sunday at 5:40 am (#29)2318

Cruising with Captain Morgan's Delta Adventures

This was such a popular tour last year, that there are five opportunities again this year to set sail from Tower Park Marina/Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort with Captain Frank Morgan.  Explore the abundant birdlife along the Mokelumne and San Joaquin Rivers from the open, or fully enclosed, luxury of the 55-foot double-decked Rosemarie.   In addition to the onboard crew an experienced naturalist will help you identify birds and mammals as you glide by Staten, Tyler and Brannan Islands  on the Mokelumne River.  Bring a lunch or snack (no drinks) and relax with your favorite adult or soft beverage from the onboard no-host bar.   For more about Captain Morgan's Delta Adventures visit www.captainmorgansdeltaadventures.com  For more information about Tower Park Marina and the campground visit www.towerparkresort.com.    All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Friday at 1:00 pm (#1)

Saturday at 10:00 am (#12)

Saturday at 2:00 pm (#17)

Sunday at 8:30 am (#34)

Sunday at 12:00 pm (#40)

Duration: 4 hours

Car

Adult: $55 - Youth: $45 - Child: $35

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $55 Youth: $45 Child: $35
Friday at 1:00 pm (#1)3426
Saturday at 10:00 am (#12)3431
Saturday at 2:00 pm (#17)3430
Sunday at 8:30 am (#34)3428
Sunday at 12:00 pm (#40)3430

Delta Birding Cruise

Cruise leisurely along the meandering waterways of the California Delta through prime Sandhill Crane habitat with local licensed boat operators and birder/naturalists.  The sky fills with cranes, swans, geese, and ducks, but don't forget to keep an eye on the banks for the many other birds and mammals that inhabit the Delta. Bring your binoculars and camera!  This tour ranks up there as one of the hardest tickets at the Festival to get your hands on!  Suitable for all ages, however, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Life jackets must be worn and are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own if you prefer.  Boats have an open canopy, but always be prepared for the elements.  The dock at Tower Park Marina/Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort adjoins the resort restaurant and other amenities.  For more info about the marina and the campground visit www.towerparkresort.comAll tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

 

 

Saturday at 7:00 am (#7)

Saturday at 9:40 am (#11)

Saturday at 12:20 pm (#16)

Saturday at 2:50 pm (#20)

Sunday at 6:10 am (#30)

Sunday at 8:50 am (#36)

Sunday at 11:20 pm (#39)

Sunday at 1:50 pm (#41)

Duration: 3 hours 10 minutes

Car

Adult: $45 - Youth: $25 - Child: $15

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $45 Youth: $25 Child: $15
Saturday at 7:00 am (#7)169
Saturday at 9:40 am (#11)1611
Saturday at 12:20 pm (#16)1615
Saturday at 2:50 pm (#20)160Full
Sunday at 6:10 am (#30)1611
Sunday at 8:50 am (#36)1614
Sunday at 11:20 pm (#39)1613
Sunday at 1:50 pm (#41)1614

For the Birds! Eco-Friendly Winery Tour

Go where only tour participants may venture!  The Turner Road Vintners has created a bountiful habitat for a variety of bird species, both native and imported, including a flock of Black Swans.  Grab a glass of complimentary wine and join resident manager John Devine on a most-informative walkabout around the grounds and the innovative eco-friendly water reclamation ponds. Bring your binoculars and your camera (this is a go-to destination for bird photographers!).    Participants must be 21 years or older.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 11:35 am (#13)

Duration: 2 hour 15 minutes

Car

Adult: $25 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 N/A N/A
Saturday at 11:35 am (#13)1511--

Kayak the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake with Headwaters Kayak

Lodi Lake has water and is awaiting your arrival!  The Lake and the adjoining picturesque Mokelumne River provide the rare opportunity for Crane Festival participants to enjoy a gentle twilight kayaking trip on Saturday or an early morning trip on Sunday.  Join Headwaters Kayak naturalist Bill Beckett as you look out for beavers, river otters and a wide variety of birds.  All kayaking equipment is provided including PFDs.   Although unlikely, always dress to get wet.   We recomment that electronic devices be in sealed "wet" bags or locked in the car.  Bring your water bottle and a snack!  For more info on Headwaters and other local kayak activities go to www.headwaterskayak.com    All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 2:15 pm (#18)

Sunday at 8:45 am (#35)

Duration: 3 hours

Car

Adult: $40 - Youth: $35 - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $40 N/A N/A
Saturday at 2:15 pm (#18)154-
Sunday at 8:45 am (#35)1515-

Mokelumne River Rendezvous

Take a light morning hike along the upper Mokelumne River as it spills from Camanche Dam, with  birding experts Liz West and Joanne Katanic, who will share their knowledge about the local landscape and help you scout 35+ species including bluebirds, night herons, several woodpecker species, mergansers, osprey and other raptors.  And as an added treat, keep an eye out for spawning salmon as they complete their journey from the Pacific Ocean! All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 7:05 am (#8)

Duration: 3 hours 55 minutes

Car

Adult: $20 - Youth: $10 - Child: $5

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $20 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Saturday at 7:05 am (#8)2013

Opening Night Dinner

Join us for a gourmet dinner served buffet-style as we celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival.  We will be honoring our Conservation Award winner for the year, plus we will hear from Gary Ivey with the International Crane Foundation.  Gary's talk, "Two White Cranes" will share his personal experiences working with Sandhill Cranes and some interesting crane characters he has gotten to know.

Dinner will be catered by Addy's Paella and includes: House Paella - chicken, shrimp, sausage, Vegetarian Paella, salad, bread, and berry crisp dessert.  Wine, coffee and iced tea are included.   Doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $35 per person.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Please make your reservation by October 31st.  Hope to see you there!

Friday at 7:00 pm (#101)

Adult: $35 - Youth: $35 - Child: $35

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $35 Youth: $35 Child: $35
Friday at 7:00 pm (#101)10875

Photographing Wild Birds with Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn was the Festival's 2015 featured photographer and one of our most popular presenters.  He says, “Birds in the wild are an intriguing subject for any photographer.  Making beautiful photographs of wild birds places requirements on the photographer and his or her equipment that are very different.“  Join Photographer Dunn for an early (but not too early) morning foray at the Turner Road Vintners to discuss equipment options for wild bird photography, and learn (and practice) some of the key skills and techniques to get good photographs.  This is only the second time photographers have had the chance to access this great bird habitat first thing in the morning.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 7:05 am (#31)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Car

Adult: $45 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $45 N/A N/A
Sunday at 7:05 am (#31)1513--

Photography for Beginners

NEW!  Are you a beginner or early-level amateur photographer?  Have you always wanted to take breathtaking shots of sandhill cranes and other waterfowl?  Then this is the tour for you.  Explore local marshlands with a CDFW docent, who is an amateur photographer, and learn more about these beautiful creatures.  Various topics and techniques will be covered, so bring your camera and long lenses.  Be sure to review your camera's manual so you are familiar with its features.  This is a great opportunity to learn how its functions can enhance your wildlife photography.  Enjoy this informal tour in an area not generally open to the public and discover what can be done with more than just your cell phone or pocket camera.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 3:20 pm (#21)

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Car

Adult: $30 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 N/A N/A
Saturday at 3:20 pm (#21)1513--

Raptors by Boat

This is the Festival’s most popular tour!  Enjoy your drive through the Sierra-Nevada foothills to Pardee Reservoir, where you will board the boat with EBMUD naturalists and biologists who will take you around the reservoir (which is closed to the public this time of year) to see early-arriving Golden and Bald Eagles, as well as other raptors, including osprey, that frequent the area.  This boat tour also offers uncommon bird species not seen on other tours, including loons, grebes, mergansers, and bufflehead ducks.   Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars!  Learn more about Pardee Recreational Area by visiting www.pardeelakerecreation.com  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 8:15 am (#10)

Saturday at 12:00 pm (#15)

Sunday at 8:15 am (#33)

Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes

Car

Adult: $40 - Youth: $30 - Child: $20

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $40 Youth: $30 Child: $20
Saturday at 8:15 am (#10)2014
Saturday at 12:00 pm (#15)2020
Sunday at 8:15 am (#33)206

River Bird Walk, Wine Tasting and Picnic with David Yee

Stroll picturesque vineyards and an old-growth riparian forest along the Mokelumne River with renowned birder David Yee (who knows this area like his own home).  Participants will scan the vegetation and skies looking for species to add to the Winery's monthly list (and maybe even the Festival list).  At the end of your walk, relax and talk birds with David on the Heritage Oak Winery patio while you enjoy Tom and Carmela's handcrafted wines and a delicious lunch from the popular Lodi Airport Cafe.    If you are lucky, the hummingbird feeders will be buzzing with various species.  Lunch, great wine, David Yee, and nature...what else is there? Round trip walking on the trail is approximately 2.5 miles, so bring your walking shoes and binoculars.  For more about the winery, visit www.heritageoakwinery.com (must be 21).  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  

Sunday at 10:05 am (#38)

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

Car

Adult: $35 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $35 N/A N/A
Sunday at 10:05 am (#38)2515--

Sandhill Cranes with John Muir Laws: Using shape, structure, and light to draw what you see

This workshop is not only about drawing Sandhill Cranes.  It is about your ability to draw anything improves when you understand what you see and train your eye to capture critical negative shapes, gestures, and angles.  We will start with a detailed look "under the hood" of the Sandhill Crane so we all have a rich understanding of the anatomy and structure.  Then we will learn how to make fast gesture lines from moving birds and how to fill these out to completed sketches.  We will also explore how to escape from your understanding of what you "should see" to accept what what you do see and get that down on paper.  This approach is not just a technique for drawing cranes, it applies broadly to any subject you may wish to draw.

Lecture from 1:30 to 3 PM in Thomas Theatre at Hutchins Street Square..  Field portion of the workshop from 3 to 6 PM.  Suitable for ages 14 and older.  Carpool to field site from Hutchins Street Square.

Led by John Muir Laws, naturalist, artist, and author.  Visit his website at johnmuirlaws.com to learn more about his art, nature journaling and his other classes.

Saturday at 1:30 pm (#103)

Duration: 4.5 Hours

Carpool

Adult: $35 - Youth: $35 - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $35 N/A N/A
Saturday at 1:30 pm (#103)3021-

Sunset Leisure Cruise on Lodi Lake

A tranquil Lodi Lake and the meandering Mokelumne River provide the rare opportunity for Crane Festival participants to enjoy a leisurely sunset patio boat ride. Join a local naturalist as you glide along viewing the lake's verdant scenery, resident birds, and wildlife (you might even catch a glimpse of a browsing deer or basking turtle).  A great way to end a busy day.   This gorgious waterway is only a few miles from the festival.  The tour is available on Saturday and Sunday evenings, but the capacity is only SEVEN!  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Saturday at 3:45 pm (#24)

Sunday at 3:05 pm (#44)

Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes

Car

Adult: $30 - Youth: $20 - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 N/A N/A
Saturday at 3:45 pm (#24)75-
Sunday at 3:05 pm (#44)77-

Sustainable Vines, Wines and Wildlife

The LangeTwins Family, winner of the Leopold Conservation Award, is all about sustainability; starting with the stewardship of the Mokelumne River and adjoining lowlands, to their vineyards, to their state- of-the-art winery.  Join a local naturalist, and fourth generation viticulturist, Aaron Lange, on a rare walking tour of their wildlife habitat areas and adjoining vineyards;  where you will see a variety of bird species and possibly even Sandhill Cranes moving overhead.  The tour will culminate in a visit to the family winery where adults can peruse the many fine vintages that have been personally nurtured by the family from the soil to the bottle.  Wine tasting is available at no charge with the purchase of a bottle or there will be a minimal fee. Dress in layers and bring your “dirt” shoes and binoculars!  For further information go to www.langetwins.com   All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.

Sunday at 9:30 am (#37)

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Car

Adult: $25 - Youth: $15 - Child: $10

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 Youth: $15 Child: $10
Sunday at 9:30 am (#37)2517

Wetlands at Dawn - a Photo Tour with Sean Wirth

NEW. There is no better time to experience the vibrant life of the wetlands than at dawn.  Join local crane conservation advocate and wildlife photographer Sean Wirth for an early morning photography session with Sandhill Cranes. Sean has worked in crane conservation in the Central Valley for the last eleven years.  He serves in leadership positions with Save Our Sandhill Cranes, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Council of Sacramento, and Habitat 2020.  Sean has travelled the world, photographing wildlife in the last great habitats on earth.  This early morning session will focus on some key crane behaviors that will allow a photographer to anticipate and set up for a great action shot, as well as useful camera settings to take the most advantage of early morning low light photography.  Information will also be provided as to the best places in our area, and techniques to use, to capture memorable images of this iconic bird. All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 5:30 am (#28)

Duration: 4 hr 30 m

Car

Adult: $50 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $50 N/A N/A
Sunday at 5:30 am (#28)1512--

Additional Information

Tour spaces are limited.  Reservations by October 20th are strongly encouraged. 

Adults are over 17, youth 12-17, and children under 12 years.   Tours are held rain or shine. 

No refunds for cancellations after October 23, 2017. Cancellations before October 23rd will be charged a $10 processing fee.