Free Sandhill Crane Viewing Tours
Once again we had a good season of free Sandhill Crane viewing tours last Fall and Winter. We had over 200 guests this past season. We had a very successful tour season from September 2016 to January 2017. This is such a popular event we will continue it again beginning this Fall.
FREE CRANE VIEWING TOURS October 2017 to January 2018
The cranes are back in big numbers. Our new crane season will begin Oct 28 at the parking lot on the south side of West Woodbridge Road. We will meet near the metal benches at the west end of the parking lot. (Starting November 15, 2017 all visitors to DFW lands who do not have a fishing or hunting license will need to buy a Lands Pass. Information can be found at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. This will only apply to our trips to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, not to Staten Island.)
For directions either contact Mike at yogoombah[at]yahoo[dot]com or use the following directions. The Woodbridge GPS address is 38°09’44.2″N 121°24’52.1″W. For you Google mappers the street address is 11154 W. Woodbridge Rd. Lodi, CA 95242
Directions to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve: From Sacramento / North, take Interstate 5 south to Peltier Road. At the bottom of the exit, turn left to Thornton Road where you will go right. Continue on Thornton until the stop sign at the corner of Woodbridge road. At this point Woodbridge Road goes under the I-5 freeway. Make a right hand turn and travel west for approximately 2 miles to the turnout and lookout point of the reserve on the left hand side of Woodbridge road
From Stockton / South, take Interstate 5 north to Turner Road. At the bottom of the exit, turn right to Thornton Road where you will turn left. Continue on Thornton until the stop sign at the corner of Woodbridge Road. Make a left hand turn and travel west for approximately 2 miles to the turn out and lookout point of the reserve on the left hand side of Woodbridge Road.
Directions to Staten Island: Take I-5 to the Thornton/Walnut Grove exit and proceed west towards Walnut Grove. Go about 3 1/2 miles where you will turn left (south) towards the big silo. The turn is just past a green sign that says, “Staten Island.” We will meet at the base of the silo.
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.
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. Please park facing the road so that when you leave your headlights will not face the cranes.
The tour season is as follows:
October 28 4:50 PM at Woodbridge
November 25 & 26 3:20 PM at Woodbridge
December 23 & 30 3:20 PM at Staten Island
January 27 & 28 3:40 PM at Staten Island
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.