(18) Crane Fly-In WOODBRIDGE ECOLOGICAL RESERVE South #3 – November 13, 2021

This year we are offering a couple of free sandhill crane fly-in tours in mid November. Local naturalists will provide a guided tour and answer questions.

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 (Click on PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW to make a reservation). 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 November 9, 2021

Meet your guides at 3:15 p.m. at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South at the west end of the parking lot, near the viewing mound.


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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Jane Adams
Jane has been a Sandhill Crane docent with CA Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2005 and in 2016 she began volunteering at the Ian Nicholson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Kearney, Nebraska, leading tours on the Platte River.
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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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