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Sandhill Crane Festival

November 2-4 · Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

November 2-4, 2018

Hutchins Street Square · Lodi, CA

800-581-6150 · info@cranefestival.com

Tour Descriptions and Schedule

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

Tour spaces are limited.  It is advised that you register early as tours fill up quickly.

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, Paul Tebbel, and Gary Ivey

This tour is ideal for those who want to enjoy a few hours with nationally renowned crane experts Paul Tebbel and Gary Ivey.  Beat the weekend crowds and move about the Delta to observe cranes resting, eating and dancing during the “great winter rendezvous.”  You will be up close and personal with the biology and natural history of the cranes through observation, enriched by Paul's sharing of his 40 years of experience.  Gary Ivey, a research associate with the international Crane Foundation, is the foremost expert on Lodi cranes. Dr. Ivey earned his PhD studying winter ecology of the sandhill cranes in the Delta. This tourwill explore the crane’s daytime feeding grounds and conclude with the fly-in at Staten Island.  Participants are encouraged to bring a folding chair to relax in while watching the cranes fly in to their roosting area.  The tour ends in time for participants to get back to Hutchins Street Square for dinner. 

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 2:30 pm (#2)

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

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)200Full

A Saturday Afternoon with the Sandhill Cranes, Paul Tebbel, and David Moore

This tour is perfect for adults who want to enjoy a few hours with nationally renowned crane expert Paul Tebbel.  Move about the Delta to observe cranes resting, eating and dancing during the “great winter rendezvous.”  You will be up close and personal with the biology and natural history of the cranes through observation, and Paul's sharing of his 40 years of experience.  David Moore, a senior interpreter from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, will also provide information on Delta geography, historical use and ecological change.  This tour will explore the crane’s daytime feeding grounds and conclude with the fly-in at Staten Island.  The first 12 participants who wish to travel in a California Department of Fish & Wildlife minivan with a certified driver will have that option. Please be aware that there is limited space in the van so bring only those things you can keep on your person.  Otherwise, enjoy the comfort of your car or carpool.  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 (#23)

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

CDFW 12 passenger van & carpool

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 (#23)200Full

Bacchus and Birds

This tour at the family-friendly Durst Winery in Acampo has been a hit since its inception three years ago. 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 help you complete 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, 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 (#17)

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $27 - Youth: $17 - Child: $12

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $27 Youth: $17 Child: $12
Saturday at 11:50 am (#17)2518

Bird Carving Workshop for Beginners

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 California Quail.  Suitable for ages 14 and older, class size is limited to 8.  The workshop will be held in Thomas Theater at Hutchins Street Square.  For more information, please contact Jim Burcio (jburcio@comcast.net).  Advanced registration is available online; during the Festival, you can register at registration table in the rotunda.

Sunday at 1:30 (#102)

Duration: 4 hours

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

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 N/A N/A
Sunday at 1:30 (#102)88-

Birding Hotspots

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Leave the driving to us!  Join local birding experts on this ever-popular tour that features numerous resident and wintering birds in different habitats around the area.  Visit old-growth riparian habitat, farm fields, and local ponds in another attempt to beat the Festival record of 120 species.  There will be short walks at each stop.  Dress in layers and don’t forget your binoculars!  Water and snacks are also recommended.All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license because the tour will be stopping at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve.  Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 7:15 am (#35)

Duration: 4 hr

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: $17

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $37 Youth: $27 Child: $17
Sunday at 7:15 am (#35)2312

Birds from Shore to Shore

NEW  Are shorebirds of interest to you?  Then this is a tour you won’t to want to miss.  Join one of the Bureau of Land Management biologists at the Cosumnes River Preserve to explore some areas of the 2,000 acres of wetlands that are managed especially for these magnificent birds.  Expect to see Black-bellied Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher, and many other species.  You will learn about the management practices that bring these shorebirds back to this oasis year after year.  Don’t be surprised if you see Sandhill Cranes, raptors, geese, and ducks of all kinds along the way. Come dressed for walking in damp conditions and don’t forget binoculars and cameras.  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 12:25 pm (#20)

Duration: 3 hr

Carpool

Adult: $32 - Youth: $22 - Child: $12

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $32 Youth: $22 Child: $12
Saturday at 12:25 pm (#20)2218

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 in or frequent this outstanding area, which is also home to other species, including deer, beaver, fox, possums, and turtles.  This gem of a habitat is minutes away from the festival. Park on the street or pay a small fee for parking onsite. 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 (#10)

Sunday at 7:30 am (#36)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $17 - Youth: $12 - Child: $7

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $17 Youth: $12 Child: $7
Saturday at 7:30 am (#10)1515
Sunday at 7:30 am (#36)1515

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, including 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, the Cosumnes River Preserve is a key link on the Pacific Flyway.  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. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 3:25 p.m. (#26)

Sunday at 2:40 pm (#45)

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Bus

Adult: $32 - Youth: $17 - Child: $12

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $32 Youth: $17 Child: $12
Saturday at 3:25 p.m. (#26)3412
Sunday at 2:40 pm (#45)3833

Crane Fly-In

We are doing something NEW this year! Instead of taking busloads of people to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South, this tour has been changed to a limited carpool event.  We have reserved parking space and the viewing mound for an exclusive rendezvous with the Sandhill Cranes.  Avoid the crowds and listen as experienced volunteer docents from the Department of Fish and Wildlife share the natural history of the cranes. At dusk, in large groups that can number from several hundred to several thousand, the cranes 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. Book this tour early as it will undoubtedly fill up fast!  [The cranes determine end times for evening tours.]  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license.  Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time.For more information about DFW tours during the season go to cranetours@wildlife.ca.gov.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Friday at 4:05 pm (#5)

Saturday at 4:10 pm (#30)

Sunday at 3:20 pm (#49)

Duration: approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours

Carpool

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)328
Saturday at 4:10 pm (#30)3213
Sunday at 3:20 pm (#49)3230

Crane Fly-In Staten Island

More fly-in opportunities! This tour combines a crane fly-in with birding on 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 may be viewed.   Experienced docents will highlight the history of Staten Island and its partnership with the 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.

NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

 

Friday at 3:45 pm (#3)

Saturday at 3:30 pm (#27)

Sunday at 2:45 pm (#46)

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Bus

Adult: $32 - Youth: $17 - Child: $12

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $32 Youth: $17 Child: $12
Friday at 3:45 pm (#3)4423
Saturday at 3:30 pm (#27)3425
Sunday at 2:45 pm (#46)3633

Crane Fly-In Woodbridge Ecological Reserve Shelter

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 Woodbridge Ecological Reserve North Unit, where, in a smaller group, they will be treated to a presentation by Department of Fish and Wildlife docents. Visitors will be able to 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.  All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license.  Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table 20 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time.For more information about DFW tours during the season go to cranetours@wildlife.ca.gov.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Friday at 3:55 pm (#4)

Saturday at 3:55 pm (#29)

Sunday at 3:10 pm (#48)

Duration: approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: $17

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $37 Youth: $27 Child: $17
Friday at 3:55 pm (#4)3820
Saturday at 3:55 pm (#29)341
Sunday at 3:10 pm (#48)3636

Crane Roving with Gary Ivey and Doug Ridgway

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 to this tour.  Dr. Ivey earned his PhD studying winter ecology of the sandhill cranes in the Delta. Doug Ridgway is state Fish and Wildlife docent and photographer who will share information about the area and tips about wildlife photography. 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.  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.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license because the tour will be stopping at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time.

NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 6:00 am (#6)

Duration: 4 hours

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: $17

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $37 Youth: $27 Child: $17
Saturday at 6:00 am (#6)227

Cranes and Agriculture

NEW Join us for a two and a half mile walk along the Mokelumne River levee on Staten Island to see how agriculture and migrating birds can live in harmony.  Sally Shanks farmed this area for many years and will highlight agricultural practices that enhance wildlife habitat.  She will share her knowledge of wildlife-friendly levee and field maintenance. From the vantage point of the levee, which is not open to the public, you will see a wide variety of migrating birds in diverse settings.  Bus transportation will be provided with opportunities to see cranes in areas where they feed.   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 9:00 am (#12)

Duration: 3 hr 10 m

Bus

Adult: $37 - Youth: $27 - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $37 N/A N/A
Saturday at 9:00 am (#12)2315-

Cruising with Captain Morgan's Delta Adventures

This offering was so popular last year that extra tours have been added. Visitors will set sail from Tower Park Marina/Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort with Captain Frank Morgan and explore the abundant birdlife along the Mokelumne River from the luxury of the 55-foot double-deckedRosemarie.   In addition to the crew, an experienced naturalist will help you identify birds and mammals as you glide by Staten, Tyler and Brannan Islands.  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.comfor 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.

NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Friday at 1:00 pm (#1)

Saturday at 6:50 am (#7)

Saturday at 10:00 am (#14)

Saturday at 2:00 pm (#21)

Sunday at 8:30 am (#38)

Sunday at 12:00 pm (#43)

Duration: 4 hours

Carpool

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)3418
Saturday at 6:50 am (#7)3430
Saturday at 10:00 am (#14)3423
Saturday at 2:00 pm (#21)3427
Sunday at 8:30 am (#38)3426
Sunday at 12:00 pm (#43)3423

Delta Birding Cruise

Cruise leisurely along the waterways of the California Delta through prime Sandhill Crane habitat with local licensed boat drivers and birder/naturalists.  Cranes, swans, geese, and ducks can often be seen overhead, 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 is one of the hottest tickets at the festival. It is suitable for able-bodied adults and kids, but an adult must accompany their children.  Lifejackets must be worn and are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own if you prefer.  Boats have an open canopy; always be prepared for the elements.  Toilets facilities are dockside only. We set sail from the dock at Tower Park Marina/Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp-Resort. It adjoins the resort restaurant and other amenities.  For more info about the 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.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

 

 

Saturday at 7:00 am (#8)

Saturday at 9:40 am (#13)

Saturday at 12:20 pm (#19)

Saturday at 2:50 pm (#24)

Sunday at 6:10 am (#33)

Sunday at 8:50 am (#40)

Sunday at 11:20 am (#42)

Sunday at 1:50 pm (#44)

Duration: 3 hours 10 minutes

Carpool

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 (#8)1612
Saturday at 9:40 am (#13)1612
Saturday at 12:20 pm (#19)1614
Saturday at 2:50 pm (#24)1614
Sunday at 6:10 am (#33)1616
Sunday at 8:50 am (#40)1613
Sunday at 11:20 am (#42)1616
Sunday at 1:50 pm (#44)167

For the Birds! Eco-Friendly Winery Tour

Go where only tour participants may venture!  Turner Road Vintners has created a bountiful habitat for a variety of bird species, both native and imported, including a flock of Black Swans.  Enjoy a glass of complimentary wine and join resident manager John Devine on an informative walk 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 (#16)

Duration: 2 hour 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $27 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $27 N/A N/A
Saturday at 11:35 am (#16)1513--

Kayak the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake with Headwaters Kayak

Lodi Lake awaits 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.   Just to be on the safe side, always dress to get wet.   We recommend that electronic devices be in sealed "wet" bags or locked in the car.  Park on the street or pay a small fee for parking onsite. Bring your water bottle and a snack!  For more information on Headwaters and other local kayak activities go to http://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. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 2:15 pm (#22)

Sunday at 8:45 am (#39)

Duration: 3 hours

Carpool

Adult: $42 - Youth: $37 - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $42 N/A N/A
Saturday at 2:15 pm (#22)1511-
Sunday at 8:45 am (#39)1514-

Migrating Birds in the Tall Forest

NEW This year we have a unique opportunity to experience the Tall Forest at the Cosumnes River Preserve.  Dr. John Trochet, a well-known field ornithologist, will lead you deep into one of the finest riparian habitats left in California.  There you will see a rich variety of up to 90 resident and seasonal bird species.  Since this is an early morning tour, you may also see beaver, river otter, striped skunk, raccoon, coyote, squirrels, deer and other animals.  In spots the paths are nothing more than animal traces, so dress prepared to push through the underbrush and berry thickets.  Rubber knee boots are recommended because it is likely to be muddy and wet.  Serious birders will not want to miss this tour because the Tall Forest is generally closed to the public. Rain or shine, this will be an experience to remember.All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  Check in at the registration table at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour.NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 5:20 am (#31)

Duration: 5hr 40m

Carpool

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

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $30 N/A N/A
Sunday at 5:20 am (#31)1511-

Mokelumne River Rendezvous

Take a light morning hike along the lower Mokelumne River as it spills from Camanche Dam. Birding experts Liz West and Joanne Katanic 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.  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 7:10 am (#9)

Duration: 3 hours 55 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $22 - Youth: $12 - Child: $7

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $22 Youth: $12 Child: $7
Saturday at 7:10 am (#9)2017

Opening Night Dinner

Join us for our Opening Dinner and Silent Auction,as we kick off the 22nd annual Sandhill Crane Festival.  We will be honoring the recipient of this year’s Sandhill Crane Festival Conservation Award.  We will also hear from Paul Tebbel, whose presentation Why We Love Craneswill include photographs and video footage.

Dinner will be catered by Bueno Italiano Café of Lodi and includes: Smoked Tri Tip, Pesto Chicken, Ravioli with Meat Sauce, Marinara Tortellini (Vegetarian), Green Salad with Ranch or Maple Vinaigrette Dressing, Homemade Focaccia Bread, and Homemade Cannoli for Dessert. Coffee, Water, and Ice Tea are included. Hosted wine bar, featuring Lodi wines.

Doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $36 per person.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Please make your reservation by October 26th.  Hope to see you there!

Friday at 7:00 pm (#101)

Adult: $36 - Youth: $36 - Child: $36

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $36 Youth: $36 Child: $36
Friday at 7:00 pm (#101)12082

Photographing Wild Birds with Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn was the 2015 featured photographer and one of the festival’s 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 Jim for a morning foray at the Turner Road Vintners to discuss equipment options for wild bird photography, and learn some of the key skills and techniques to get good photographs.  This is only the third time photographers have had the chance to access this great bird habitat first thing in the morning. To see examples of Jim's photographs go to www.avian-images.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.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 7:05 am (#34)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $47 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $47 N/A N/A
Sunday at 7:05 am (#34)156--

Photography for Beginners

NEW  Are you a beginner or entry-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 Cosumnes River Preserve with a CRP docent who is an amateur photographer and regularly leads photo walks at CRP.   Basic photographic techniques will be discussed during a brief classroom session at Hutchins Street Square, and your camera user's manual will be necessary if you are unfamiliar with exposure settings other than "Auto".   Bring your longest lenses and a tripod, if you have one.  A tripod isn't a requirement, but can be very helpful for shooting standing and swimming birds.  Also, wear shoes and long pants appropriate for slightly muddy conditions.  To mitigate disturbance to the birds, carpooling from Lodi will be necessary.  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 3:05 pm (#25)

Duration: 3 hours 55 minutes

Carpooll

Adult: $32 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $32 N/A N/A
Saturday at 3:05 pm (#25)1515--

Raptors by Boat

This is the festival’s most popular tour.  Enjoy your drive through the Sierra foothills to Pardee Reservoir, where you will board a boat with East Bay Municipal Utility District naturalists and biologists. They 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.  NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday at 8:15 am (#11)

Saturday at 12:00 pm (#18)

Sunday at 8:15 am (#37)

Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $42 - Youth: $32 - Child: $22

Register For Tour

Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $42 Youth: $32 Child: $22
Saturday at 8:15 am (#11)200Full
Saturday at 12:00 pm (#18)200Full
Sunday at 8:15 am (#37)202

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 local 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.  At the end of your walk, relax and talk birds with David on the Heritage Oak Winery patio while you enjoy Tom and Carmela Hoffman's handcrafted wines and a delicious lunch from the popular Bon Appetit gourmet sandwich shop. 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 andbinoculars.  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.

Saturday at 10:05 am (#15)

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $37 - Youth: N/A - Child: N/A

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Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $37 N/A N/A
Saturday at 10:05 am (#15)2514--

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.  The tour is available on Saturday and Sunday evenings, but the capacity is only SEVEN! Toilet facilities are dockside.  Dress for the evening air and possible rain. Park on the street or pay a small fee for parking onsite. 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 3:45 pm (#28)

Sunday at 3:05 pm (#47)

Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $32 - Youth: $22 - Child: N/A

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Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $32 N/A N/A
Saturday at 3:45 pm (#28)70Full
Sunday at 3:05 pm (#47)74-

Sustainable Vines, Wines and Wildlife

The LangeTwins family, winner of the Leopold Conservation Award, is all about sustainability. This includes stewardship of the Mokelumne River and adjoining lowlands, their vineyards, and their state- of-the-art winery.  Join a local naturalist, and fifth-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 the conclusion of the tour. Normal tasting fees apply.  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. NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 9:30 am (#41)

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Carpool

Adult: $27 - Youth: $17 - Child: $12

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Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $27 Youth: $17 Child: $12
Sunday at 9:30 am (#41)2519

ZOptic Wetlands at Dawn - a Photo Tour with Lon Yarbrough

Experience the vibrant life of the wetlands at dawn with local craniac photographer Lon Yarbrough.  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. Dawn begins well before the sunrise, when calls and song reveal the wetland's creatures. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and tripod. All tours begin and end at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license because the tour will be stopping at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-passfor more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  Check in at the registration table at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour. You will be required to show your pass or license at that time.

NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunday at 5:30 am (#32)

Duration: 3 hr

Carpool

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

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Date and Time Available Remaining Adult: $50 N/A N/A
Sunday at 5:30 am (#32)1510--

Additional Information

Tour spaces are limited.  Reservations by October 15th 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 22, 2018. Cancellations before October 22nd will be charged a $10 processing fee.