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Sandhill Crane Festival Returns To Lodi This Weekend

Nick Ut / AP Photo

Over 500,000 sandhill cranes fly in the Platte Rivers's near Fort Kearny State Historical Park. The Sandhill Cranes fly from southern wintering grounds to northern breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia.

Nick Ut / AP Photo

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. 

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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