Our Sandhill Cranes are here! They, as well as a variety of ducks, swans, geese, and shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, and hawks patrol overhead.
Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve to hear a brief presentation of Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and conservation status. Then we might stroll the boardwalk in the Lost Slough Wetlands, enjoying views of the cranes, wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Afterwards, we may drive along Desmond Road and, finally, to Woodbridge Road or Staten Island, to see flocks of cranes fly in to roost for the night. Dress for changeable weather and bring binoculars. Scopes are helpful. From Sacramento, take I-5 south to the Twin Cities Road exit; go left (east) to Franklin Blvd; turn right (south) on Franklin and, driving through the Preserve, watch for the Visitor Center parking lot on your left. Further directions and maps are available at www.cosumnes.org. This is a great trip for beginners. Although our tours are always free, we would greatly appreciate any donations to help us pay our bills. If you have questions you can call 916-446-1392 for the latest information.
October 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 5:00 PM (The four October trips may not be able to start at the Visitor Center because it is undergoing remodeling work. At this time we do not know if the construction work will be completed in time. Therefore, in October, we will meet at the Visitor Center’s upper parking lot at the north end near the display.)
We assume the construction work at the Visitor Center will be completed by November so we will meet on the outside deck of the Visitor Center for the November, December and January trips. Further information about the Preserve can be found at http://www.cosumnes.org/contact/
November 26 and 27 at 3:30 PM Meet on the outside deck of the Visitor Center. (On November 5 and 6 we will be at the Lodi Crane Festival. Please do drop by our display table and say hello.)
December 24 at 3:15 PM Meet on the outside deck of the Visitor Center.
January 28 and 29 at 4:00PM Meet on the outside deck of the Visitor Center. (Jan 21 we will be at the Galt Winter Bird Festival. This is a free, family-friendly festival. We hope to see you there.)