(1) Crane Fly-In WOODBRIDGE ECOLOGICAL RESERVE South #1 – October 23, 2021

This year we are offering a couple of free sandhill crane fly-in tours during October. Local naturalists will provide a guided tour and answer questions. Only those people who register will be able to participate.

At dusk, in large groups that can number from several hundred to several thousand, the cranes converge on the flooded fields to roost for the night. Often this spectacle of flight, vocalization and ground activity is back-dropped by stunning sunsets behind Mt. Diablo. Book this tour early, as it will undoubtedly fill up fast!

The purpose of these tours is to lessen the impact on the cranes by reducing the number of people viewing them at any one time. Also, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will probably not be able to offer free tours this year because of administrative limitations, so these LSCA tours will help fill that gap.

Attendance will be limited to those who register below. All adults and youth 16 and older are required to have a Lands Pass, or hunting license, or fishing license. A Lands Pass may be purchased at https://wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass.

Adult: Free
Youth: Free
Child: Free

Tickets available for purchase September 5, 2021

LAST DAY to purchase tickets is October 20, 2021

Meet your guides at 5:00 p.m. at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South at the west end of the parking lot, near the viewing mound.



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Carol Dozet
Retired CDF&W
Carol started volunteering for the CDFW Sandhill Crane Program in 1998 as a tour guide for the weekend tours, the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi and various other functions.
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.

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.

Yes, a Lands Pass, hunting license, or fishing license is required.  Information about how to purchase a Lands Pass can be found at https://wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass.

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Binoculars and a spotting scope may be brought on this tour.

You should definitely bring your camera.

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

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This tour is fully accessible and requires limited physical effort

This tour requires the ability to stand for at least an hour.

Yes, there is handicap parking available at the tour site.

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This tour site has hard surfaces with some unevenness and or slight inclines. It is wheelchair accessible to most viewing areas.

Yes, handicap accessible restrooms or port-a-potty is 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 or disturb wildlife. Service animals must be handled so as not to disturb other people or wildlife. On bus or boat tours, service animals must sit on their owner’s lap because of limited space.

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

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