About the Association

The Lodi Sandhill Crane Association (LSCA) is the premier non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization promoting the awareness and understanding of the magnificent sandhill cranes that have been wintering in the California Delta for thousands of years.

In 1996, a group of volunteers came together with the City of Lodi, the Lodi Chamber of Commerce and the California Department of Fish and Game (now Fish and Wildlife) to plan a celebration in honor of these magnificent birds that come “back home” every year. The first Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival was held in 1997. The Festival was such a success that it rapidly grew, drawing visitors from all over California, and beyond.

Eventually, the volunteers incorporated, forming the Association to foster a greater measure of outreach, with the Festival continuing to be the centerpiece activity the first weekend of every November.


The dates for the 2024 Sandhill Crane Festival are November 2nd – 3rd. A few tours will be available on Friday, November 1st. 



Jane Addams (Sacramento), Jay Bell (Lodi), Jill Cauthen (Lodi), Kathy Hieb (Lodi), Kathy Kellogg (Twain Harte), Howard Larimer (Woodbridge), Ken Nieland (Sutter Creek),  Mamie Starr (Acampo),

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