From what she and her colleagues have been saying, it is clear the cranes are starting to gather together in groups. This is the first sign of an impending migration south. It will take them a few weeks to make it all the way down here, however, other groups of cranes in different locations may have left already. Listen and look up and you may see the first arrivals very soon.
We are eager to do our free crane viewing tours by the time the cranes are here in good numbers. As we have been doing the last few years, we hope to do tours the fourth Saturday and Sunday of each month from September through February. So keep checking our website and facebook for details and schedule. As usual we welcome your questions and comments. Working together, we can help assure a healthy future for these magnificent animals so that we can enjoy seeing them right here in our backyard for many decades to come.
Save Our Sandhill Cranes, in partnership with the Sacramento Audubon Society, will be providing free public tours starting at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center at 13501 Franklin Blvd, Galt CA. All tours will began at 3:30pm. While cranes will be the featured subject of our tours, we may get to see good numbers of geese, ducks, shore birds, and a few raptors, swans and migrants passing through. We conclud each tour with a viewing of the cranes sunset fly-in.
(Direct questions to Mike at email@example.com)
SOS CRANES RECEIVED AN AWARD
November 1, 2013
IN LODI at the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival
We are proud to announce that the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival Association awarded Save Our Sandhill Cranes its 2013 Conservation Award.
The award stated, "In appreciation for your ongoing work in haitat preservation and education to ensure a healthy future for Sandhill Cranes."
This recognition gives us the energy and encouragement to continue to strive to live up to the lofty expectations of our highly respected peers in the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival Association.
Prepare for Landing
Welcome to Woodbridge
drop your weary wings
eat, drink, dance, rest, breathe, bond, live
welcome back to your homeland
Our Only Hope
Cranes returning to the valley
their sphere of influence
constricted by vineyards and villains
of mass destruction
converting marshes and cornfields
to tracts of streets dripping with oil and greed
shutting out the flocks with curtains and glass
turning away the trumpets of nature
to some distant shrinking field
a token of heritage whose ability to touch,
to mesmerize, to provoke is our only hope
to save our last wilderness
The Call of Courage
roars from a sleepy, misty marsh
sun cracks a smile
as the courage of cranes commands
our attention of their wisdom
illuminated at day break
expousing the virtues of the Delta
Here is a brief article from International Crane Foundation web site describing their relationship to the tunnel project at Staten Island.
Here is some background information on the water tunnels and our cranes.
"New water tunnel route sets up conservation battle over Delta island"
was published in the Sacramento Bee on Sept 1, 2013 at
"The Public Eye: Water plan may shift Delta tunnels"
was published in the Sacramento Bee on Aug 16, 2013 at