The Sandhill Crane Festival has a variety of tours for bird watchers, kayakers and photographers to enjoy wildlife from Lodi Lake Nature Area to the Delta. All of the tours depart from the festival at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St. Below are the tours that still have more than one space available, as of Tuesday at 5 p.m. To register for a tour, go to www.cranefestival.com/tours.
Beginning Birding: An expert birder will teach newbies how to identify song birds and hawks while strolling through Lodi Lake Nature Area, which the San Joaquin Audobon Society has named the best place to view birds in the county. When: 7:15 a.m. Sunday. Cost: $15 adult, $10 youth and $5 child.
Birding Hotspots: Participants visit local hot spots, including an old-growth riparian habitat, farm fields and local ponds, to see shore birds and wintering warblers. When: 7 a.m. Sunday. Cost: $25 adult, $15 youth and $5 child.
Cosumnes River Preserve: The tour will include a discussion of why the preserve is a key link on the Pacific Flyway, and shorebirds, waders, raptors and the Sandhill cranes will be on display. When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:40 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $25 adult, $10 youth and $5 child.
Crane Fly-In: Every year, this tour is the festival highlight as several hundred to several thousand cranes fly into the Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve with the sun setting behind Mt. Diablo. When: 4:30 p.m. Friday, 3:45 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Crane Fly-In Staten Island: Enjoy not only Sandhill cranes, but also ducks, geese, tundra swans, great blue herons, egrets and white-tailed kites who winter at Staten Island on this tour. When: 4 p.m. Friday and 3:25 p.m. Sunday.
Crane Roving: Follow the cranes as they head out into the fields to feast during this tour. Cranes often will dance, rest and do other behaviors people often do not see during the fly-in. When: Noon Saturday.
Crane Roving with Gary Ivey: A representative for the International Crane Foundation will give up-to-date information on the cranes while participants watch the birds feed, dance, vocalize and fly. When: 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Current Adventures Kayak with Dan Crandall: Join the owner of Current Adventures Kayak School and Trips on the Middle Slough of Cosumnes River Preserve to see wood duck, green and black-crowned herons, warblers, mallards and scrub jays. When: 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Eco-Friendly Winery for the Birds: Turner Road Vintners will give tours of the eco-friendly water reclamation ponds at the winery and provide wine tastings. When: 1 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
Mokelumne River Rendezvous: Local birders Kathy Schick and Liz West will lead a light hike along the upper Mokelumne River near Camanche Dam and attendees will learn to spot more than 35 species, including the bluebirds, night herons, osprey and raptors. When: 7 a.m. Saturday.
Paddle the Delta with Headwaters Kayak: Spend an afternoon kayaking the Delta learning about native plants and animals on the Mokelumne River. When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
ZenOptic Wetlands Dawn Photo Tour with Lon Yarbrough: Enjoy native bird habitats at dawn with an experience and learn how to experiment with high ISOS, shutter speeds and wide open apertures. When: 5:45 a.m. Sunday.