Visit Cosumnes River Preserve to experience sandhill cranes

By From page B10 | January 02, 2013

Enjoy the Cosumnes River Preserve during a hike and sandhill crane sunset experience on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. offered by the American River Conservancy.

This all-inclusive trip includes transportation from Coloma, lunch, hikes and an amazing sandhill crane adventure.

The day will start with a guided 3 plus mile hike of the preserve that is located primarily on raised levees that wind through a variety of habitats, including buttonbush thickets, native grasslands, and valley oak riparian forest along the Cosumnes River.

The group will then enjoy a brief presentation of sandhill crane behavior, biology and conservation status.

Then the group will stroll the nearby wetlands enjoying views of the cranes, wintering waterfowl and shorebirds.

Near sunset everyone will attempt to experience a dramatic crane fly-in which may necessitate a short drive depending on where they have been roosting at night.

Sandhill cranes are the focus of this trip but participants will see ducks, swans and geese, shorebirds that feed in the same flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, as well as hawks patrolling overhead.

The trip is rain or shine. Responsible teens and older are welcome.

Pre-registration and payment are due by Jan. 21. Cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members.

For more information e-mail [email protected] or call 530-621-1224.

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