Woodbridge crane tour to be Saturday
WOODBRIDGE — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a Crane Tour from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, 11154 W. Woodbridge Road, Lodi.
The bird tour meets 90 minutes before sunset at the South Site, where docent guides greet attendees and give a presentation.
The tour involves very little walking and guests are encouraged to bring a camp chair, dress warmly and bring binoculars or spotting scopes for up-close viewing. Docent guides are trained in crane ecology and may take the group down Woodbridge Road in car caravans to see cranes and other wildlife using the grain fields and marshes along the road.
Tours usually conclude a half-hour after sunset, with the anticipated fly-in of the cranes at the North Site, where a viewing shelter hides viewers from the incoming birds.
The CDFW reminds all attendees 16 years and older to obtain a CDFW Lands Pass or a current fishing or hunting license. Full tour access is not allowed without the presentation of the document. For more information, visit www. wildlife.ca.gov/Regions /3/Crane-Tour.