TOUR #2823 – Migrating Birds Walk in the Tall Forest – November 5, 2023

This year we have a unique opportunity to experience the Tall Forest at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Dr. John Trochet, a well-known field ornithologist, will lead you deep into one of the finest riparian habitats left in California. There you will see a rich variety of up to 90 resident and seasonal bird species. Since this is an early-morning tour, you may also see beaver, river otter, striped skunk, raccoon, coyote, squirrels, deer and other animals. In spots the paths are nothing more than animal traces, so dress prepared to push through the underbrush and berry thickets. This tour is appropriate for people who are sure-footed and able to walk several miles. Rubber knee boots are recommended because it is likely to be muddy and wet. Serious birders will not want to miss this tour because the Tall Forest is generally closed to the public. Rain or shine, this will be an experience to remember.

TOUR TIME: 5:10 – 11:00 a.m.


DIRECTIONS: The Cosumnes River Preserve is located on Franklin Road, which is East and parallel to Interstate 5. Take the Walnut Grove/Thornton exit on Interstate 5, turn left, then left onto Franklin Road. Half a mile beyond the Visitor Center, turn right on Desmond Road and cross the railroad tracks. Travel one mile to the corner of Desmond and Bruceville Roads. Meet your guide at the locked gate.  NOTE: Franklin Road between the CRP visitor center and Twin Cities Road may be closed for bridge repair.

Adult: $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 30 minutes.


Meet your guide at the corner of Desmond and Bruceville Roads at 5:10 a.m.


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. John Trochet
UC Davis Professor
Dr. Trochett works at the UC Davis Museum of Wildlife, Fish, Conservation Biology and is the foremost authority on the Tall Forest.

It is best to dress in layers.  The area can be very cool in the morning and evening, but quite warm in the afternoon. Knee high water proof boots are advised.

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.

No, this tour does not require a Lands Pass.

Binoculars and a spotting scope may be brought on this tour.  But a spotting scope is not advised. The wilderness area is fairly thick with trees, so a spotting scope may be of little use and difficult to carry.

You should definitely bring your camera.

This tour requires the ability to walk two to five miles over uneven terrain with thick brush and wet areas. 

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

There is no handicap parking available at the forest.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

In general, it is not acceptable to bring dogs to the festival or on tours because they may interfere with other participants for disturb wildlife. The Cosumnes River Preserve does not allow dogs.

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

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