Big, noisy and easily identified, sandhill cranes create a substantial amount of interest every winter when they can be seen in the fields south of Sacramento. Their large size and conspicuous behavior also makes them an excellent species to observe when exploring the ways birds communicate with one another.
Join crane biologist, Paul Tebbel, for a presentation about our sandhill cranes which spend the winter in the delta. In addition to discovering facts about crane migration and nesting, you’ll learn to recognize juveniles, tell subspecies apart, distinguish between dancing and aggression and many other details that will help you better understand and appreciate the behavior of sandhill cranes and many other birds.
You’ll also receive instructions on how to make your own trip down to see the cranes (including a map of where to see them)!
Paul Tebbel has been working with cranes both professionally and as his personal passion since 1976. From 1995 to 2006, Paul was the manager of Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River where nearly 60,000 cranes roost every night during their spring migration. Paul has given presentations on cranes to audiences in Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and California. He is officially retired from regular employment (including 7 years as Executive Director of Effie Yeaw) but stays very busy working to save cranes.