Crane Association Announces 25th
Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival
Throughout September, Sandhill Cranes will be making their seasonal migration to Delta wetlands. In celebration of their return, the 25th Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival will be held at Lodi’s Hutchins Street Square on November 4th and 5th, with an opening reception on Friday, November 3rd.
Activities at Hutchins Street Square – including speakers and presentations, an art show, exhibit hall, silent auction and children’s activities – will be free and open to the public.
A variety of popular guided wildlife tours are also scheduled beginning Friday, November 3rd, through Sunday. Reservations are strongly recommended as tours fill quickly. For tour reservations and fees, visit www.lodisandhillcrane.org.
Bay Area artist Kathy Kleinsteiber has been selected as the featured artist for this year’s Festival. A signature member of Artists for Conservation, Ms. Kleinsteiber was chosen as AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for June of this year. Her art is permanently displayed at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and private collections throughout the US.
As part of the annual celebration, the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association is also staging the LSCA Student Art Exhibition. Students’ work will be displayed at the Lodi Public Library and the Lodi Community Art Center during the Festival and throughout the month of November. Both sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday of the Festival weekend.
Though Festival tours typically fill, organizers point out that the spectacular birds and a host of other species can be seen throughout the Season of the Crane from September into February at area refuges. Many naturalist-led viewing opportunities are available.
LSCA is a volunteer-run, non-profit membership organization. Those interested in membership or volunteer opportunities – or local opportunities to see the cranes – are encouraged to visit the LSCA website at www.lodisandhillcrane.org.
- August 31, 2023