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Address: Woodbridge Road, Lodi, CA
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Visit Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi

Watch for the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi held the first weekend of November each year. This year is the 20th year! Great for birders and families. At the reserve you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
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Lodi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Watch for the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi held the first weekend of November each year. This year is the 20th year! Great for birders and families. At the reserve you can watch the cranes fly in for the night.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Not every visit can be as perfect as ours but our experience at the Isenberg Reserve was extraordinary. We arrived shortly before sunset on a lovely clear evening. The cranes were flying back to the wetlands from feeding grounds by the many hundreds in large flocks, forming wide, single row formations. We could hear them almost before we first spied... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

This is an easy place to usually be able to see the sandhill cranes quite up close - and a good pair of binocular bring them even closer. While we were there in early February at dusk, we saw a few flocks of them coming in for the night, huge noisy flocks of snow geese and white-fronted geese settling in... More 

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Jackson, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

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 January 5, 2016

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

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Oakland, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 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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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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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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