Free Sandhill Crane Viewing Tours 2018-19
Once again we had a good season of free Sandhill Crane viewing tours last Fall and Winter. (Our tours are always free, but we appreciate donations.) We had over 200 guests this past season. It was a very successful tour season from September 2017 to January 2018. This is such a popular event we will continue it again beginning this Fall, but with a few changes. The main change is that we will start all tours on the outside deck of the Visitor Center of the Cosumnes River Preserve (13501 Franklin Blvd. Galt, CA 95632). After a brief talk about crane biology, behavior and conservation status we will drive to either the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve or Staten Island or do a short hike at the CRP. It will depend on where the cranes are. We scout the areas ahead of time to determine the best place to go for each tour. However, if the next Fall/Winter rains flood the Visitor Center parking lot or other events require it, we will change the meeting place. Check back here to confirm there is no change.
FREE CRANE VIEWING TOURS: October 2018 to January 2019
Our new crane season will begin Oct 27 and 28. See below for complete schedule. Dress for changeable weather; bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. Our tours usually end a few minutes after sunset. Once you arrive at the chosen viewing site no driving or hiking will be required. Sandhill Cranes will be the focus of our trips, but you may see other wintering birds as well. Ducks, swans and geese, as well as shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the Delta, and hawks patrol overhead. We begin with a brief presentation about Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and conservation status.
For directions either contact Mike at yogoombah[at]yahoo[dot]com, or use the following directions.
The tour schedule is as follows:
- October 27 and 28, 4:30 PM
- November 24 & 25, 3:15 PM
- December 22 & 23, 3:15 PM
- January 26 & 27, 4:00 PM
Private and custom tours can be arranged with SOS Cranes for small groups of 10 or more people, or school classes. Contact us for more information. We can also provide crane tours for Spanish speakers or French speakers.