View Sandhill Cranes in Lodi, CA

Surrounded by thousands of acres of nature preserves, Lodi is paradise to avid birders and nature lovers.

Wildlife in the Wetlands

This river-rich basin, coupled with marshes teeming with life, is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. During the winter months, the Sandhill Crane arrives, offering individuals an opportunity to view this magnificent bird.  With heights of up to 4 feet tall and a wingspan ranging 6 to 8 feet, these beautiful birds are quite spectacular to see and capture the attention and heart of even the most novice birder! 

Finding Waterfowl in the Winter Marshes 

Lodi celebrates the arrival of the Crane with the Sandhill Crane Festival each November. This unique festival offers visitors nature-related educational classes, bus tours and entertainment. Visitors can self-view or sign up for one of many bird watching excursions offered by our local Fish and Game office.  The Woodbridge Ecological Reserve (AKA Isenberg Crane Reserve) offers great areas to view the cranes and other fowl. The Cosumnes River Preserve is another favorite among visitors and offers year-round hiking trails along its scenic river.

Other Lodi Bird Varieties

While in Lodi visitors are likely to see many other birds including the:

  • Pacific Pied-billed Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Western Flycatcher
  • ...and many species of hawks, quail, pheasant, egrets, teals, ducks, geese and woodpeckers.


Sandhill Cranes wintering in Lodi, CA


The Sandhill Crane Festival Website’s Viewing Tips:

Limit Your Movement

While feeding, some cranes will be on the lookout. Your close movement will cause the flock to fly away, using valuable energy reserves. Keep your distance to at least 400 yards.

Be Quiet

While there may only be a few watching for you, they will all be listening for you.

Be Patient

Once you get a good view, sit tight and you're likely to see some interesting behavior.

cranes in the Cosumnes River Preserve

Guided Trips

The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers winter guided trips to see sandhill cranes with the aid of a spotting scope donated by Leupold & Stevens. Visit the website for more information about viewing the sandhill cranes in Lodi. While in Lodi, visitors can taste at one of our 85+ wineries or dine at any of our tantalizing restaurants.  Whether you are coming to Lodi for fun, romance or relaxation, you will find one incredible experience awaits you!  Call 800-798-1810 or email the Downtown Visitor Center at today for your free Visitor Guide.


Revised: October 2018

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