Free trips in the delta to view the Sandhill Cranes coming in to roost for the evening are run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Of course they also look at the wintering waterfowl and other birds in that habitat. They begin at either Woodbridge Road or Staten Island and meet in the late afternoon on the last weekend of each month. Current information is at http://soscranes.org/visit-the-cranes/free-tours/. The Coordinator is Mike Savino, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUCKS (AND MORE) IN SCOPES
It's the height of the winter season and an excellent time to see all the wintering waterfowl, plus Sandhill Cranes, shorebirds and raptors which use the seasonal wetlands at the Cosumnes Preserve. CRP docents have a row of spotting scopes set up, including lower ones for children, giving you excellent views of the many colorful ducks, other waterfowl, shorebirds and more.
Microscopes and hand lens provide close-up looks at “Duck Soup”, dishes of water dipped from the pond full of water fleas, rat-tailed maggots, scuds and other squiggly things that provide the protein the birds are feeding on.
The Preserve is a quick drive from Sacramento – south on I-5 to Twin Cities Road; left (east) on Twin Cities for 1 mile; then right (south) on Franklin Blvd. The viewing area is in the first parking lot on your right as you drive into the preserve. Steady rain or flooding cancels event.
Come any time between 10am and 2pm on the following dates: Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Also on New Year's Day, January 1.