During the Sandhill Crane Festival, you can sign up for a
variety of tours at the registration table or online at
www.cranefestival.com. The registration table will be open at
Hutchins Street Square from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Below is a list of other events that are mostly free and all
take place at Hutchins Street Square.
Reception: Celebrate the opening reception of
the crane festival with an art show, Lodi wines from Woodbridge
Uncorked wineries and hors d'oeurves. The Campbell Creek Gang will
play bluegrass and traditional fiddle music. — 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Crane dance workshop: Learn folk and cultural
crane dances and watch a student perform a Japanese crane dance.
Open to adults and children ages 5 and older — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Wild Things!: Come meet wild animals like
raccoons and eagles. — 11 to 11:50 a.m., patio of Kirst Hall.
Native American flute performance: Listen to
the Dan Ricketts perform this unique instrument. — 11:50 a.m. to
12:20 p.m., Exhibit Hall.
Nature printing for kids: Children can go do
nature printing artwork during the festival. — 12 to 4 p.m.,
upstairs classroom number 2.
Birds of Alaska, birds of California: See a
video of California birds breeding in the wild Alaskan tundra. —
12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., Crete Hall.
Sandhill Crane behavior: Find out how cranes
use body language, vocalizations and dancing to communicate with
each other. — 1:30 to 2:20 p.m., Crete Hall
Wild Things!: 1:30 to 2:20 p.m., patio off
Photography: Birds in action: Talk with
wildlife photographer Michael Corlew to learn how, what, when and
where to get pictures of the birds in action. — 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.,
How to attract birds to your garden, but not turkeys and
deer: Receive tips from Steve Stocking, who is a retired
botany professor. — 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Crete Hall
Owl pellet exploration: Children can dissect an
owl pellet to find out what the bird has eaten by matching up bones
to a small mammal bone chart. Parents should accompany children
under 11, and participants need to sign up at the Oak Grove Nature
Center table starting at 10 a.m. — 2:30 to 3:20 p.m., upper
classroom number 1.
You can play the Native American flute: Dan
Ricketts will teach participants how to make a nice sound on your
flute. There will be 10 flutes available, or people can bring there
own. — 3 to 4:40 p.m., Thomas Theatre
The wonder of bats: Meet live bats and learn
about myths surrounding them. — 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Crete Hall.
The secrets lives of raptors: Learn about their
behaviors and meet some hawks and owls. — 11 to 11:50 p.m., patio
off Kirst Hall.
Nature printing for kids: 12 to 4 p.m., patio
off Kirst Hall.
Taiko drumming: Learn about Japanese drumming
as Denis, Linda and James Kurata perform a song. — 12 to 12:20
p.m., Crete Hall.
Conservation of Sandhill Cranes in California's
Delta: Learn about the origin of the cranes and their
wintering habits in the California Delta. He will also discuss
threats to cranes and ways to preserve their habitat. — 12:30 to
1:20 p.m., Crete Hall.
Miss Dorothy presents: Children can listen to
stories, play with the puppets and make origami cranes. 12:30 to
1:15 p.m., Thomas Theatre.
Owl pellet exploration: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Decoy carving workshop for beginners: Learn how
to carve bird decoys from wood. All of the materials, including
carving knives and a study guide will be provided, and the workshop
costs $25 for the materials. Register by calling Jim Burcio at
925-754-4978 or go to the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association table in
the Exhibit Hall. — 1:30 to 5 p.m., Thomas Theatre.
The dazzling dragonflies of the Central Valley:
Learn about the most commons species of insects near Lodi and why
they are beneficial. — 1:30 to 2:20 p.m., Crete Hall.
Build a pond for wildlife: Discover ways to
build a backyard pond that will attract indigenous animals, like
Great Blue Herons — 2:30 to 3:50 p.m., Crete Hall.
The secret life of raptors: 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.,
patio off Kirst Hall.