Sandhill cranes are filling the skies around Lodi as they return for their annual migration, and there is much in store for visitors at the Sandhill Crane Festival starting Friday and continuing through Sunday.
The majestic sandhill cranes started arriving in September and they come from as far away as Siberia.
The Delta and the Lodi area is their winter home where they feed and roost in the fields.
Kathy Grant with the festival says bus tours will be continuous from sunup to sunset to give visitors the best experience at seeing the birds which stand about 4 feet tall with wingspans of over 6 feet.
“They come back from foraging all day, then they land in the shallow water where they roost overnight. The mixture of beautiful sunset, they’re very noisy, they fill the sky and they come in by the thousands,” Grant said.
Hutchins Street Square in Lodi is home to the festival which also includes a wildlife art exhibit, lecturers, and activities for kids.