TOUR #223 – Crane Roving with Dr. Gary Ivey #1 – November 3, 2023

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 or other location 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.

LANDS PASS REQUIRED: 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.

TOUR TIME: 4:05 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

DIRECTIONS: Drive West from Interstate 5 about 2 miles. Watch for the sign and parking lot on your left. Join your guide at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve (South Unit parking lot) at 4:05 p.m.) Be prepared for short walks and standing for thirty minutes at a time.

OTHER TOURS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST: 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: $50.00
Youth: $40.00
Child: $30.00

Book this tour beginning September 5, 2023

Tour guides will receive a list of customers who have registered by October 28, 2023.

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.

This map can be used to search for the best route to your tour from your current location. Drive time from Hutchins Street Square in Lodi, California to this tour is approximately 19 minutes.


Meet your guides: at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve SOUTH UNIT parking lot by 4:05 pm on Friday, November 3, 2023. You may need to stand for up to 30 minutes, walk short distances, and drive your vehicle between locations.

QUESTIONS REGARDING REGISTRATION: Contact the Registration Coordinator at or leave a message at (800) 581-6150. Notify the Registration Coordinator in advance if special accommodations are needed. Expect a response from the Coordinator within the week.




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

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

There is limited handicap parking available at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve and Cosumnes River Preserve, but there may not be handicap parking available at other stops.

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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