(0) A Crane Fly-Over with Paul Tebbel – October 22, 2021

Join Paul Tebbel at a private location to view Sandhill Cranes as they fly from their feeding grounds to their roosting marsh at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. You won’t want to miss this. Paul is widely known as one of the most knowledgeable people in the country, when it comes to Sandhill Cranes. You will see cranes feeding along Woodbridge Road before proceeding to a private viewing area. Watch them as they fly overhead. Learn to identify lesser and greater cranes. Increase your understanding of crane social behavior. Delight in the thrill of being so close to nature. This location is one of the best places in the Delta to view gorgeous sunsets behind Mount Diablo. We expect this tour to sell out quickly because Paul’s tours are so popular.

Adult: $50.00

Tickets available for purchase September 25, 2021

LAST DAY to purchase tickets is October 20, 2021

This tour begins at the north parking lot of the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve

From the north, exit Interstate 5 at Peltier Road and take the frontage road on the east side of the freeway south to Woodbridge Road. Turn right on Woodbridge Road and travel 2.5 miles.

From the south, exit Interstate 5 at Turner Road and take the frontage road on the east side of the freeway north to Woodbridge Road. Turn left on Woodbridge Road and travel 2.5 miles.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds (minus a $10 processing fee) are available if a participant cancels more than 2 weeks before the event. No refunds will be available within two weeks of the event or during the festival. A full refund is automatically issued for any events cancelled by event organizers.

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Mamie Starr
Retired from LUSD Planning
Mamie has many years of experience as docent with the CDF&W sandhill crane tour program. She is also on the Board of the WOW Museum.
Howard Larimer
Retired elementary school principal
Howard Larimer has a degree in biology and six years experience as a sandhill crane tour guide. He is a docent with CDF&W, volunteers as a naturalist at CRP, and assists with sandhill crane research at Staten Island.
paul tebbel
Paul Tebbel
Executive Director
Paul Tebbel is well known in the Lodi area for his knowledge and experience with sandhill cranes and their habitat. In his own words, “I’m a confirmed crane fanatic; having studied, watched cranes and taught the public about them for over 35 years.”

Meet and check in at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve North parking lot from 4:15 until 4:25.

The tour will drive to viewing areas along Woodbridge Road to watch the cranes feeding in open fields from 4:25 until 5:00.

The tour will caravan from Woodbridge Road to the fly-over area and set up for viewing from 5:00 until 5:20

Paul Tebbel will share his knowledge of Sandhill cranes and point out Sandhill Crane identification and behaviors as they fly-over from 5:20 until about 6:00.

This time will allow for crane viewing, photography, and enjoying the sunset. The greatest concentration of cranes will fly over near sunset.

We depart the viewing site and caravan to the highway while there is still a little light.

It is best to dress in layers.  The delta can be very cool in the morning and evening, but quite warm in the afternoon.

There is no food or water available on this tour, so participants are encouraged to bring a snack and a bottle of water if they like.

No, this tour does not require a Lands Pass.

Binoculars will be useful. A spotting scope may be less useful but may be brought along.

You should definitely bring your camera.

This tour requires walking up steep terrain and standing for over an hour. Customers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Yes there will be a port-a-potty available at the tour site. Nevertheless, everyone should use the restroom before the tour begins.

In general, it is not acceptable to bring dogs to the festival or on tours because they may interfere with other participants for disturb wildlife. Service animals must be handled so as not to disturb other people or wildlife.

There may be small farm dogs on the property.

There are many insects, including mosquitos in the delta, so long sleeve shirts and long pants are recommended. Insect repellent is recommended.

No, this is private property and trespassing is not permitted.

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