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Address: Woodbridge Road, Lodi, CA
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Abundance of waterfowl!

Sandhill Cranes are the highlight here! We saw about 500 this evening flying in the vicinity. A few landed in the large water body off of the formal viewing area adjacent to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sandhill Cranes are the highlight here! We saw about 500 this evening flying in the vicinity. A few landed in the large water body off of the formal viewing area adjacent to the road, presumably to roost overnight. They prefer shallow bodies of water for roosting so that four legged predators will have to splash in the surrounding water to... More 

Thank Skytrekker
Alameda, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My spouse and I love to come here at any time of year, but right now (late October) is the beginning of the winter migratory bird season, and with that comes the beautiful and exotic sandhill cranes. The ideal times to really observe the cranes are dawn and dusk. In the morning, come before the actual sunrise. Sit quietly and... More 

1 Thank Jill T
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

I've watched these cranes wintering in Lodi a few times. Last year (2014), I returned for another view of these wonderful ancient birds flying in for the night, then watch them waking up to get ready to fly out for the day to forage for food in nearby fields. I've planned to return again this year with friends who came... More 

Thank Sontay44
Jackson, California, United States
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161 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Sometimes you can see the cranes here, but better yet, drive to the end of the road in winter to see a lot more along with many other birds. Be careful driving, though, it's a narrow levy road with deep ditches! Best time to go is near sundown as the crane flock in to settle down for the evening.

Thank Larry A
El Sobrante, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I was on January.2015, encountered an Auburn group that where open to share the ranchers volunteers explanations, but when they moved to another site called "North" to view the Sandhills Cranes they were very assertive of been members and not welcoming me, I was by myself, to go with them. Even nature is manipulated into exclusiveness, memberships, permits and while... More 

Thank Elian W
Reno, Nevada
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Watching the flocks of sandhill cranes fly in at dusk is an awesome sight and one that is not to be missed. If you are in Lodi in Nov/Dec, make sure to put this on your list of things to do. Go at dusk, bring a chair and some wine, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

2 Thank angelika711
Montara, California
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Absolutely spectacular!!!! As dawn breaks the birds wake up and start to chortle and then they fly off in waves. At dusk they fly in in waves. Fabulous experience!

2 Thank jeanik2014
Charleston, South Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

Got there early afternoon Oct. 14, and there were a good number of Sandhills Cranes, mallards, etc already on the water. Waited and waited, and just as the sun was going down, the birds came in by the hundreds! One of the most beautiful and spectacular things we have ever witnessed. And they just kept coming and coming. We came... More 

1 Thank SlomoRootlinger
Sacramento, CA
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92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

There is a good flock of Sandhill Cranes that come to the preserve each evening at dusk to roost for the night. It is an amazing sight to see these huge birds coming in for the night.

2 Thank NOJORV
Melbourne, Florida
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103 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

First of all, I have to premise this review with the fact that I'm in Florida, and I have these cranes in my yard on a daily basis... Having said that, it was still interesting to see that many cranes congregating in one place. I hadn't realized that these beautiful birds migrated as the ones we have don't. This is... More 

1 Thank DeborahFL

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