We are doing something exciting again this year! Instead of taking busloads of people to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South, this tour has been changed to a limited carpool event. We have reserved parking space and the viewing mound for an exclusive rendezvous with the Sandhill Cranes. Avoid the crowds and listen as experienced volunteer docents from the Department of Fish and Wildlife share the natural history of the cranes. 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!
LANDS PASS REQUIRED: All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license. Go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass for more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass. You will be required to show your pass or license when you check in with your guide.
TOUR TIME: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
DIRECTIONS: Drive West from Interstate 5 about 2 miles. Watch for the sign and parking lot on your left. Meet your guides at 5:15 p.m. at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South at the west end of the parking lot, near the viewing mound. You may want to bring a camp chair for your comfort.
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.
Book this tour beginning September 5, 2023
Tour guides will receive a list of customers who have registered by October 28, 2023.
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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Meet your guides at 5:15 p.m. at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South at the west end of the parking lot, near the viewing mound. (The NORTH unit parking lot will be on your right. Continue west for a few hundred yards. The SOUTH unit parking lot will be on your left.) PARK AT THE SOUTH UNIT.
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TOURS TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE.
Cancellation Policy: Full refunds (minus a 3% processing fee) are available prior to a tour upon the customer’s request at firstname.lastname@example.org. A full refund is automatically issued for any events cancelled by the festival organizers.
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