Staten Island is located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. It is a 9,200-acre island that has formed between the north and south forks of the Mokelumne River. The property is owned by the Nature Conservancy and is part of the Cosumnes River preserve.
The island has been a wintering destination for Sandhill cranes on the Pacific-flyway for more than 40 years. During the fall and winter, Staten Island is home to hundreds of thousands of migratory waterfowl. In the spring and summer, the property is managed as a large scale farming operation. Corn, rice, potatoes, and other crops are grown.
Leave the driving to us! This tour combines a crane fly-in with birding on Staten Island, a premier Nature Conservancy/Conservation Farms and Ranches location, to learn what the birds already know - this is one of the best places in the Delta to spend the winter.
Leave the driving to us. This tour combines a crane fly-in with birding on Staten Island, a premier Nature Conservancy/Conservation Farms and Ranches location, to learn what the birds already know - this is one of the best places in the Delta to spend the winter. The fly-in here typically numbers into the thousands, with both Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes. In addition, ducks, geese, Tundra Swans, Great Blue Herons, egrets, and numerous other bird species may be viewed. Experienced docents will highlight the history of Staten Island and its partnership with the Cosumnes River Preserve.
Join us for a two and a half mile walk along the Mokelumne River levee on Staten Island to see how agriculture and migrating birds can live in harmony. Staten Island biologists will highlight agricultural practices that enhance wildlife habitat. From the vantage point of the levee, which is not open to the public, you will see a wide variety of migrating birds in diverse settings. There will be opportunities to see cranes in areas where they feed.