The Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival is celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary at Lodi’s Hutchins Street Square on November 3, 4, and 5th. The event’s popular guided wildlife tours begin Friday, November 3rd, and are scheduled through Sunday the 5th. Reservations are strongly recommended as tours fill quickly. For a list of tours, including space availability and fees, visit www.lodisandhillcrane.org.
Though a range of wildlife tours are scheduled during the Festival, organizers with the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association (LSCA) want to assure the public that the Sandhill Cranes will be in the Lodi area into February, with many local viewing options. The spectacular birds can be seen throughout the “season of the crane” at area refuges and many naturalist-led tours are available. Details are available on the LSCA website.
Sandhill Crane Festival activities at Hutchins Street Square – including speakers and presentations, an art show, exhibit hall, silent auction and merchandise sales – are free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.
As part of the annual celebration, the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association is also staging the LSCA Student Art Exhibition throughout the month of November. Students’ work will be displayed at the Lodi Public Library and the Lodi Community Art Center. Both sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday-Sunday of the Festival weekend.
LSCA is a volunteer-run, non-profit membership organization. Those interested in membership or volunteer opportunities are encouraged to visit the LSCA website at www.lodisandhillcrane.org.