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Sandhill Crane Nature Journaling Field Trip with John Muir Laws

December 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm PST

sandhillPrepare yourself for a primeval experience. Join John Muir Laws, Kate Rutter, and the SF Bay Area Nature Journal Club for a field trip to the Sacramento Valley to draw and study the Sandhill Cranes that migrate to the area for the winter. We will meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor’s Center and explore wetlands through the morning. In the afternoon we will head to Staten Island Road to watch the fly-in of vast numbers of cranes before nightfall. Though the program ends at 4:00 PM, sunset will be at 4:45 PM, this is often a magical time with the cranes. Consider leaving yourself a little wiggle room in your schedule should you want to stay and sketch a little more.

Need a few tips on drawing cranes before you go? Check out this video and these three blog posts: basic crane lines, crane anatomy, and painting cranes in the landscape, 

Bring your journaling supplies, a portable stool, binoculars and spotting scope (if you have one), a potluck lunch treat to share and you own bowl and spoon. Dress in layers as it may be cold. 

This is a fundraiser for the Wild Wonder Foundation. $25 suggested donation, no registration necessary. If rain is a possibility, check this listing on the morning of the event to see if the trip is canceled or diverted to another (dry) location.

See map below and here is additional info on directions.


December 10, 2023
10:00 am – 4:00 pm PST
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Wild Wonder Foundation
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13501 Franklin Blvd. Galt, CA 95632
Galt, California United States
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