Sandhill Crane Festival, Nov 6-8, 2009
There are several events of interest to birders at this year's Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi.
Saturday's featured speaker will be Paul Bannick, an award-winning photographer, whose presentation "The Owl and The Woodpecker: Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds" will look at the way owls and woodpeckers define and enrich their habitats and how their life histories are intertwined. His photographs, including many from his 2008 book, can be viewed at www.paulbannick.com. The San Joaquin Audubon Society is a major sponsor of Paul Bannick's presentation.
Sunday's featured speaker will be Paul Tebbel, who has worked with cranes since 1976, including 11 years as the director of Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River in Nebraska. His video presentation "Sandhill Crane Behavior" will help the audience better understand crane body language, vocalizations, and other behaviors.
Admission to the Festival is free, including the Friday evening reception, where Dan Gifford of CDFG will be recognized with the Festival's annual Conservation Award. Free events on Saturday and Sunday include a variety of presentations, workshops, and kids activities, the Art Show, and Exhibit Hall. The Festival will be held a Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins Street in Lodi. Directions and more information about the Festival can be found at www.cranefestival.com or by calling 800-581-6150.
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