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
The 24th Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival is just two months away. Mark your calendars for November 5-6, 2022. A few tours take place on November 4, 2022. Activities such as presentations, workshops, art show, merchandise and exhibit hall can be enjoyed at Hutchins Street Square on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th.
Your safety is our primary concern. Currently San Joaquin County Health Department recommends the following precautions for events such as our festival.
Stay current with vaccinations and boosters.
Wear a mask in congested indoor spaces.
Practice social distancing when possible.
Please stay home if you are testing positive for COVID, are sick, have COVID symptoms, or have been recently exposed to a close contact with COVID. (We will give refunds for tours upon request(minus 3%).
Test if exposed.
Check back with this website a few days before the festival to see if any of the recommendations above have changed.
A calendar of all events during the festival is available, click here.
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
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.