Between October and February, Sandhill Cranes can be seen during the day feeding in fields throughout the California Delta. There is good viewing along Woodbridge Road, west of Interstate 5; on Staten Island Road, near Walnut Grove; and on the corner of Desmond Road and Bruceville Road in the Cosumnes River Preserve. In the evening they congregate in flooded fields at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, Staten Island, and the Cosumnes River Preserve.
Durning the spring and summer, the Greater Sandhill Cranes spread out in northern California and Oregon to raise their offspring. Lessers are spread out in Alaska and Siberia. Viewing the cranes becomes more difficult because the birds do not congregate in large numbers. Few people get to see the cranes hatching their young. Click here to see a parent tending to its newly hatched colt.
You are reminded that all visitors at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve are required to poses a valid Lands Pass or hunting or fishing license. Lands Passes can be purchased at https://wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass
You may be interested in knowing that other Sandhill Crane tours are available during the fall and winter. For more information about California Department of Fish and Wildlife tours during the season go to this CDFW website. For information about Sandhill Crane tours through the Cosumnes River Preserve, chick here.
Please mark your calendar for November 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2023. We will see you all for the 25th Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival Activities such as presentations, workshops, art show, merchandise and exhibit hall will be available again at Hutchins Street Square on Saturday and Sunday. Tours will be available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Please take time to explore this website to see examples of what will be available in 2023.
A calendar of all 2022 events during the festival is available, click here.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING AN OUTBREAK OF AVIAN FLU IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY. IF YOU FIND A DEAD BIRD, DO NOT HANDLE IT OR MOVE IT BECAUSE THAT COULD SPREAD THE DISEASE TO DOMESTIC AND OTHER BIRDS.
For 24 years, Lodi’s Sandhill Crane Festival has celebrated the return of the cranes. In partnership with the City of Lodi, the Festival tradition continues in November of 2021, welcoming an ever-growing circle of friends to our community to share the wonder of the Sandhill Crane … and so much more.
People return to our festival year after year because it is one of the best in California. It’s hard to say if that’s because of the excellent presenters and workshops, the many tours, the chance to shop in the exhibit hall, to view incredible art, or just to meet up with like-minded friends. One thing is certain; the Sandhill Cranes are the big attraction. This festival draws more people to Lodi than any other event.
2022 FESTIVAL INFORMATION
November 4-6, 2022
TICKET SALES LIVE
September 5, 2022
Hutchins Street Square
125 S. Hutchins Street
Lodi CA 95240
A hundred years ago these magnificent birds darkened the skies over marshes in the Delta. Today, their numbers have been reduced to thousands. Because of this, the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association takes great pride in our efforts to promote crane conservation through our festival. We invite you to explore the wildlife refuges and farmlands in our area to experience first hand one of nature’s spectacles.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Antigone canadensis
SIZE: 4.5 – 5 feet tall
WEIGHT: 6 – 12 lbs
Prairies, fields, marshes, tundra. Habitat varies with region, but usually nests around marshes or bogs, either in open grassland or surrounded by forest. Northernmost birds nest on marshy tundra. In migration and winter, often around open prairie, agricultural fields, river valleys.
Omnivorous. Diet varies widely with location and season. Major food items include insects, roots of aquatic plants; also eat rodents, snails, frogs, lizards, snakes, nestling birds, berries, seeds. May eat large quantities of cultivated grains when available.
Mated pairs are monogamous.
They build their nest in marshy areas.
Females lay 1-3 eggs.
Males do most of the long-term incubation.
Chicks hatch in about a month.
Both male and female raise the chicks
WATCH & LEARN
BECOME A MEMBER
Show your support and become a member of the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association. Enjoy many benefits including discounts on tours and merchandise.
Lodi Sandhill Crane Association gratefully acknowledges the support of these and others, whose generosity and commitment helps us to further promote Sandhill Crane conservation. For information on how to become a supporter, click here.
We also gratefully acknowledge the financial sponsors who support our Festival.
In addition, a special thank you to the tour leaders, presenters, exhibitors Hutchins Street Square staff and many volunteers whose assistance and support makes the Festival run smoothly.
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Farms & Ranches
Cortopassi Family Foundation
SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS
Anthony Gargiulo-Wildlife Sculptures Inc.
Out of This World Optics
California Watchable Wildlife
Chet & Dorothy Wilcox Bird Carvings