Free Sandhill Crane Viewing Tours a Success in 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 through January.  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 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 through January

Our crane season begins in October and typically runs through January.  Check back here as we get closer for specific dates and times. 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:

  • TBD

Private Tours

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.