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 2020-21 COVID pandemic precipitated the cancellation of the 2020 Festival, and presented new challenges to the Association’s commitment to link the mystery, joy and beauty of the cranes with the Lodi community and its visitors. During 2021, the festival was cancelled again, but the Association was able to offer limited tours and hosted an online art exhibition. In 2022, a modified festival was held at Hutchins Street Square, with COVID precautions in place. A limited number of tours, speakers and presenters were offered, and a limited exhibit hall, and art show completed the festival.
The dates for the 2023 Sandhill Crane Festival are November 4th – 5th. A few tours will be available on Friday, November 3rd.
LSCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jay Bell, Jill Cauthen, Kathy Hieb, Howard Larimer, Ken Nieland, Mamie Starr, Emily Wells