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 1995, 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 1996. 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 2020 covid pandemic precipitated the cancellation of the 2020 Festival, and presented the Association with new challenges to the Association’s commitment to link the mystery, joy and beauty of the cranes with the Lodi community and its visitors. In spite of what else happens in the world, September through February is the “Season of the Crane’ in the California Delta and the LSCA is striving in new directions to heed the call while preparations go forward for a 2021 Festival.

Watch this website for news about new membership opportunities and rewards; stimulating genre art, including a special outreach to students; creative education programs; links to other crane and related wildlife websites; ways to personally experience the cranes during their winter in Lodi; and breaking updates on the 2021 Festival.


Jay Bell, Jill Cauthen, Kathy Hieb, Howard Larimer, Ken Nieland, Sally Shanks, Mamie Starr, Emily Wells

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