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Sandhill Crane Festival

November 7-9 · Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

November 1-3, 2013

Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

800-581-6150 · info@cranefestival.com

Tour Descriptions and Schedule

Online registration is now closed. There are still tour spaces available and you can register in person at the Festival. However, it is recommended that you come early to register as the remaining tours will fill quickly. Registration will be open at 2:00 PM on November 1 st , 6:00 AM on November 2 nd and 6:00 AM on November 3 rd . The registration table is located in the Rotunda at Hutchins Street Square, easily accessed from the north parking lot, off of Oak Street.

Below is a list of all Festival tours. This page may be printed for your reference. You may also download a Tour Schedule.

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.

Beginning Birding

Join an expert birder as you learn basic birding techniques in a fun and easy way in an old growth riparian habitat.  Lodi Lake's Nature Area is targeted by San Joaquin Audubon Society as the "best place" to see birds in the county.  Pick up some great tips on identifying songbirds and hawks that you can only get by birding with a pro!  Don't forget your binoculars.

Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (#10)

Sunday at 7:15 a.m. (#32)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $15 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (#10)120Full
Sunday at 7:15 a.m. (#32)158

Bird Vocalizations with David Lukas

This is a companion tour to the presentation by Festival keynote speaker, David Lukas on Sunday, 12:30 to 1:30.  One of the ways to identify bird species, or to interpret their behaviors, is by the vocalizations.  Join this expert in the old growth riparian habitat, and the residential area of Lodi Lake as he helps you to heighten your auditory senses (and perhaps hone your bird vocalization skills) while you put the principals in his presentation to work in the field.  Bring your binoculars to help see what you hear.  David will have a book signing before his presentation.

Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (#42)

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 N/A N/A
Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (#42)200Full

Birding Hot Spots

Join fellow experienced birders as you visit several local hot spots in search of the area's many resident and wintering birds.  The differing habitats provide a great variety of birds, from shore birds to wintering warblers.  Visit old growth riparian habitat, farm fields, and local ponds in an attempt to beat the single Festival tour record of 67 species. Binoculars, snacks and water are highly recommended.  There will be short walks at every stop. 

Saturday at 7:30 a.m. (#7)

Sunday at 7:00 a.m. (#30)

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

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Adult: $25 - Youth: $15 - Child: $5

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 Youth: $15 Child: $5
Saturday at 7:30 a.m. (#7)200Full
Sunday at 7:00 a.m. (#30)2012

Cosumnes River Preserve

This tour has been one of the best kept secrets of past Festivals!  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-out AND 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.

Saturday at 3:40 p.m. (#21)

Sunday at 2:40 p.m. (#43)

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

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Adult: $25 - Youth: $10 - Child: $5

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Saturday at 3:40 p.m. (#21)430Full
Sunday at 2:40 p.m. (#43)360Full

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, taking advantage of the Department's Sandhill Crane Preserve which is managed to ensure that cranes have suitable habitat when arriving for the winter.  Book this tour early as they always fill up fast!  [The cranes determine end times for evening tours.]

Friday at 4:10 p.m. (#2)

Friday at 4:20 p.m. (#3)

Friday at 4:30 p.m. (#4)

Saturday at 4:10 p.m. (#24)

Saturday at 4:20 .m. (#25)

Saturday at 4:25 p.m. (#26)

Sunday at 3:10 p.m. (#46)

Sunday at 3:20 p.m. (#47)

Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (#48)

Duration: approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours

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Adult: $25 - Youth: $10 - Child: $5

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Friday at 4:10 p.m. (#2)360Full
Friday at 4:20 p.m. (#3)400Full
Friday at 4:30 p.m. (#4)400Full
Saturday at 4:10 p.m. (#24)340Full
Saturday at 4:20 .m. (#25)360Full
Saturday at 4:25 p.m. (#26)360Full
Sunday at 3:10 p.m. (#46)3410
Sunday at 3:20 p.m. (#47)3621
Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (#48)343

Crane Fly-In Staten Island

More fly-in opportunities!  Combine crane fly-in with birding Staten Island 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 hundreds with both greater and lesser Sandhill cranes. In addition, ducks, geese, tundra swans, great blue herons, egrets and white-tailed kites take advantage of what Staten has to offer.   Experienced docents will highlight the history of Staten Island and its partnership with Cosumnes River Preserve.

Friday at 4:00 p.m. (#1)

Saturday at 3:45 p.m. (#22)

Sunday at 2:45p.m. (#44)

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

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Adult: $25 - Youth: $10 - Child: $5

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Friday at 4:00 p.m. (#1)400Full
Saturday at 3:45 p.m. (#22)400Full
Sunday at 2:45p.m. (#44)3624

Crane Roving

During the day Sandhill cranes may be vocalizing, feeding, dancing, flying or resting.  Often cranes "bounce" from one feeding field to another, offering good opportunity to observe behaviors not seen in the evening fly-in.  Bright sunshine makes it easier to view their mud-stained wings and bright red forehead, as well as compare adults with juveniles, and Greater Sandhill cranes with Lesser Sandhill cranes.  Department of Fish and Wildlife docents will take you to them!  Learn about the natural history of the cranes and the lands they call their winter home.

Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (#40)

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

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Adult: $25 - Youth: $10 - Child: $5

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (#40)3815

Crane Roving with Gary Ivey

Gary Ivey, Western Crane Conservation Manager for the International Crane Foundation, and expert on the Sandhill cranes of the California Delta, will be  your guide.  Get up-to-date information about the Sandhill cranes and the habitats that they frequent.  You can have all of your questions answered as he shares his crane expertise with you.  Travel the lands that the cranes call their winter home and see them vocalizing, feeding, dancing, flying or just loafing.  Often cranes hop from one feeding field to another, offering good opportunities to observe behaviors not seen in the evening fly-in.  Be there to witness the magic of the cranes.

Saturday at 11:45 a.m. (#15)

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (#35)

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

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Adult: $25 - Youth: $10 - Child: $5

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $25 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Saturday at 11:45 a.m. (#15)400Full
Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (#35)4010

Delta Birding Cruise

Take advantage of the Delta waterways as you cruise along through Sandhill crane habitat.  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 with the Crane Fly-in as the hardest ticket at the Festival to get your hands on!  Suitable for all ages, children are required to have parental supervision.  Boats have an open canopy, but always be prepared for the elements.  Docking from KOA/Tower Park Marina provides the opportunity to enjoy the restaurant and other amenities.  For more info about the marina visit www.towerparkresort.com.  The boats are provided by Seven Crown Resorts at Paradise Point.  For more information about Paradise Point Marina visit http://www.sevencrown.com/lakes/california_delta/paradise_point/index.htm.

 

Saturday at 8:00 a.m (#8)

Saturday at 10:40 a.m. (#13)

Saturday at 1:20 p.m. (#17)

Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (#23)

Sunday at 7:10 a.m. (#31)

Sunday at 9:50 a.m. (#36)

Sunday at 12:20 p.m. (#38)

Sunday at 2:50 p.m. (#45)

Duration: 3 hours 10 minutes

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Adult: $40 - Youth: $20 - Child: $10

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $40 Youth: $20 Child: $10
Saturday at 8:00 a.m (#8)210Full
Saturday at 10:40 a.m. (#13)210Full
Saturday at 1:20 p.m. (#17)210Full
Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (#23)210Full
Sunday at 7:10 a.m. (#31)211
Sunday at 9:50 a.m. (#36)200Full
Sunday at 12:20 p.m. (#38)210Full
Sunday at 2:50 p.m. (#45)210Full

Eco Friendly Winery for the Birds!

Turner Road Vintners continues to be a destination highlight among Festival goers.  Its innovative eco-friendly water reclamation ponds have created a natural habitat for a variety of birds.  Get a free taste of their wine as you get a taste of the birding benefits found here.  Past participants comments voiced a desire for more time at this location...Here you go!  Come and enjoy!  Participants must be 21 years or older.

Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (#16)

Sunday at 1:10 p.m. (#41)

Duration: 2 hour 15 minutes

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $20 N/A N/A
Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (#16)156--
Sunday at 1:10 p.m. (#41)157--

Kayak the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake

Lodi Lake  will be at water's capacity this year, with the adjoining picturesque Mokelumne River gently flowing along, providing the rare opportunity for Crane Festival participants to enjoy a twilight kayaking trip on Saturday or an early morning trip on Sunday.  A great way to start or end your day!  Join local guide Dan Arbuckle from Headwaters Kayak in Lodi as you look out for beavers, river otters and a wide variety of birds.  All kayaking equipment is provided  including PFDs, so grab a water bottle and snack and let's go!  Although unlikely, always dress to get wet, including your electronic devices.  For more info on Headwaters and other local kayak activities go to http://www.headwaterskayak.com

Saturday at 3:15 p.m. (#20)

Sunday at 7:30 a.m. (#33)

Duration: 3 hours

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Adult: $35 - Youth: $30 - Child: N/A

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $35 N/A N/A
Saturday at 3:15 p.m. (#20)150Full
Sunday at 7:30 a.m. (#33)151-

Mokelumne River Rendezvous

Join a light hike along the upper Mokelumne River as it spills from Camanche Dam, with local 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 Chinook Salmon as they complete their journey from the Pacific Ocean! 

Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (#6)

Duration: 4 hours

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $20 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Saturday at 7:00 a.m. (#6)204

Paddle the Cosumnes River Preserve with Current Adventures Kayak

Join kayaking expert and owner of Current Adventures-Kayak School & Trips, Dan Crandall, as you paddle the calm waters of the Middle Slough at Cosumnes River Preserve.  Be on the look out for wood duck, green and black-crowned heron, a variety of warblers, mallards and scrub jays.  You will see button bush and arroyo willows lining the waterways.  All kayaking equipment will be provided including PFDs.  This is a non-instructional tour and some kayaking experience is suggested.  Although unlikely, always dress to get wet, including your personal electronic devices.  www.currentadventures.com

Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (#18)

Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (#39)

Duration: 4 hours

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Adult: $45 - Youth: $40 - Child: N/A

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $45 N/A N/A
Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (#18)150Full
Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (#39)150Full

Patio Boat Leisure Cruise

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.   The tour is available on Saturday and Sunday evenings, but the capacity is only 7!

Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (#27)

Sunday at 3:35 p.m. (#49)

Duration: 2 hours

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 N/A N/A
Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (#27)71-
Sunday at 3:35 p.m. (#49)70Full

Photographing Wild Birds with Jim Dunn

As presenter/photographer Jim Dunn puts it, "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 at the Turner Road Vintners "sanctuary"  in this rare, small group,  sunset field opportunity  to discuss equipment options for wild bird photography, and to learn (and practice) some of the key skills and techniques to get good photographs.  This is a companion tour to the workshop on Saturday from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Thomas Theater.  The presentation is a prerequisite for this tour, and only those registered for this tour will be admitted to the presentation.  Bring your cameras and equipment !  This new addition to the Festival promises to be a sellout!

Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (#19)

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $40 N/A N/A
Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (#19)100Full

Picnic by the River

Tom and Carmela Hoffman are proud to host this tour to their Heritage Oak Winery.  Stroll picturesque vineyards and an old-growth riparian forest to their private beach along the Mokelumne River.  There you will enjoy a wine and cheese tasting sponsored by Heritage Oak Winery and a delicious lunch provided by Panera Bread.  A local birder will join the fun as participants scan the vegetation and skies looking for species to add to the Winery's monthly list (and maybe even the Festival list).    If we are lucky, the hummingbird feeders will be buzzing with various species.  Lunch, wine, nature...what else is there?  Round trip walking is approximately 2.5 miles, so bring your walking shoes and binoculars.  For more about the winery, visit www.heritageoakwinery.com (must be 21).

Saturday at 11:00 a.m. (#14)

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $35 N/A N/A
Saturday at 11:00 a.m. (#14)250Full

Private Lives of Cranes with Paul Tebbel

Led by crane expert, Paul Tebbel, this comprehensive morning-long small-group workshop on cranes will teach you many of the common vocalizations, body movements and other characteristics of the Sandhill cranes.  You'll learn to recognize juveniles, tell subspecies apart, distinguish between dancing and aggression behaviors to better understand and appreciate these magnificent cranes.  A light breakfast will be provided along with a crane behavior guide book.  Paul, who has been observing cranes since 1976, strongly recommends dressing in warm layers as it can be quite chilly before sunrise out in the Delta.

Saturday at 6:30 a.m. (#5)

Sunday at 5:30 a.m. (#28)

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

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Adult: $60 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $60 N/A N/A
Saturday at 6:30 a.m. (#5)80Full
Sunday at 5:30 a.m. (#28)80Full

Raptors by Boat

Enjoy your drive through the Sierra-Nevada foothills en route to Pardee Reservoir.  There you will meet James Jones, biologist for EBMUD, and search for early arriving Golden and Bald eagles, as well as other raptors that frequent the area.   This boat tour also offers uncommon bird species not seen on other Crane Festival tours, including loons, grebes, mergansers, and bufflehead.  Learn more about Pardee Recreational Area by visiting www.pardeelakerecreation.com

Saturday at 8:15 a.m. (#9)

Sunday at 8:15 a.m. (#34)

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

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Adult: $35 - Youth: $25 - Child: $10

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $35 Youth: $25 Child: $10
Saturday at 8:15 a.m. (#9)200Full
Sunday at 8:15 a.m. (#34)200Full

Salmon in the Mokelumne River

This new tour, sponsored by the Lower Mokelumne River Partnership, will focus on the fish which help support the vibrant fall bird populations on and near the River.   Visitors of all ages (especially children) wll be facscinated by what they see and learn at this unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery at Camanche Dam during the salmon migration.  Biologists from the East Bay Municipal Utility District will describe the collaborative habitat restoration efforts that have result in a record return of salmon to the Mokelumne River.  Participants in this tour are strongly urged to also attend the introductory presentation before the tour at Hutchins Street Square at10:30 to 11:00.

Saturday at 11:15 a.m. (#12)

Sunday at 11:15 a.m. (#37)

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $20 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Saturday at 11:15 a.m. (#12)2016
Sunday at 11:15 a.m. (#37)2013

You Are Now a Birder!

Get acquainted with one of the area's best-kept secrets.  Top birders frequent this "hot spot" for the variety of species.  Old growth riparian habitat along the Mokelumne River at the Lodi Lake Wilderness area provides great opportunity for migrating songbirds, accipiters, wood ducks and much more. David Yee, one of California's most respected birders, returns to lead this small group for a wonderful learning experience.  This tour is designed for returning Festival goers who are eager to join David again and move to the next level of birding skills.

Saturday at 9:00 a.m. (#11)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $15 Youth: $10 Child: $5
Saturday at 9:00 a.m. (#11)150Full

ZenOptic Wetlands Dawn Photo Tour with Lon Yarbrough

There is no better time to experience the vibrant life of the wetlands than at dawn.  Join a small and hearty group led by local craniac photographer, Lon Yarbrough, on this amazing photo opportunity.  Dawn begins well before the sunrise, when calls and song reveal the wetland's creatures.  As the sun rises you will experiment with high ISOS, long shutter speeds and wide open apertures to capture images not obtainable at any other time.  Details and techniques are available at www.NaturalMedia.us/dawn.htm.  There will also be a related presentation by Mr. Yarbrough following the tour from11:00 to 12:00 at Hutchins Street Square in Thomas Theatre.

Sunday at 5:45 a.m. (#29)

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

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

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $40 N/A N/A
Sunday at 5:45 a.m. (#29)100Full

Additional Information

Tour spaces are limited. Reservations by October 21st 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 21, 2013. Cancellations before October 21st will be charged a $10 processing fee.