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Address: Woodbridge Road, Lodi, CA
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Easy access for seeing Sandhill crane and other migratory fowl in winter

This year, the cranes returned early from an early winter in the arctic. I had not been for several years but glad I went there this afternoon. My friend from Serbia wanted to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Jackson, California, United States
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Jackson, California, United States
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165 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This year, the cranes returned early from an early winter in the arctic. I had not been for several years but glad I went there this afternoon. My friend from Serbia wanted to see "nature" and we were not disappointed! Many simply park at one of the two parking lots near I-5, but the cranes and other waterfowl seldom get... More 

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Albion
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I appreciate the dedicated docents who made the experience terrific - very informative and the cranes are exquisite.

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Thank Shirley F
Oakland, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's just a little out of the way from town, and it's a pretty unique site, but i wouldn't go out of my way to see it. If you're in the are, swing by, take some pictures and have a picnic.

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Thank Dianah R
San Francisco, Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Go with the understanding that this is wildlife viewing in nature, not a zoo. This would be great if the crane fly-in had been all it could be... unfortunately, they chose to go elsewhere to sleep that night, so it was less thrilling than it would be on a different night. But I'd be willing to come back to try... More 

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Thank SFSusanW
California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

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 

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

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 

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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 

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Jackson, California, United States
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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.

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El Sobrante, California
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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 

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Reno, Nevada
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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!

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