(322) TOUR – Crane Roving with Dr. Gary Ivey – November 4, 2022

If you have never had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Gary Ivey about Sandhill Cranes, you won’t want to miss this tour. Join Gary in a small group caravan around the delta to see cranes feeding in the fields. Meet with him at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve SOUTH UNIT for an orientation and then travel along Woodbridge Road to view the Sandhill Cranes. This roving tour will eventually end up at the Cosumnes River Preserve to watch for the evening fly-in. If you are looking to increase your knowledge about Sandhill Cranes in a small group setting with the opportunity to ask questions, this tour is for you.

Dr. Ivey works with the International Crane Foundation as a Research Associate and is an expert on Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway. He has worked with wildlife for over 40 years, concentrating his work on waterbirds, waterfowl, and wetland conservation. He studied nesting ecology of Sandhill Cranes for his Master’s Thesis and wintering ecology of Sandhill Cranes for his PhD, both from Oregon State University.

TOUR TIME: 4:00 p.m.

Join your guide at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve (South Unit parking lot) at 4:00 p.m.)

A Lands Pass or hunting or fishing license is required for this tour. Click here  for more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass. You will be required to show your pass or license.

You may be interested in knowing that other Sandhill Crane tours are available during the fall and winter. For more information about California Department of Fish and Wildlife tours during the season go to this CDFW website. For information about Sandhill Crane tours through the Cosumnes River Preserve, chick here.

Adult: $45.00
Youth: $38.00
Child: $18.00

Tickets went on sale online for purchase on September 5, 2022

Tour guides will receive a list of customers who have registered by October 30, 2022.

Customers who register online for a tour after that date must show the guide a hard copy or phone display of the email receipt. The receipt may go to your spam folder.

Unsold tickets will be available during the festival and can be purchased on this website.

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Meet your guides at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve SOUTH UNIT by 4:00 pm. Other procedures


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Cancellation Policy: Full refunds (minus a 3% processing fee) are available prior to a tour upon the customer’s request at A full refund is automatically issued for any events cancelled by the festival organizers.

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Dr. Gary Ivey
Research Associate
Gary Ivey works with the International Crane Foundation as a Research Associate and is an expert on Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway.

Check in with your guide at 4:00 p.m. at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve SOUTH UNIT parking lot.

We depart Cosumnes River Preserve.

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, this tour requires a Lands Pass. For more information go to

Yes, it is a good idea to bring one or all of these.

There are pot-a-potties at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve and Cosumnes River Preserve

The port-a-potties are handicap accessible

You will be driving, getting in and out of your car, and walking a short ways. You may have to walk on uneven ground and/or along narrow shoulders of the road

Parts of the tour is wheelchair accessible, but much is not

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. Dogs are not allowed at the Cosumnes River preserve.

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

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