For the Birds


One of North America’s largest birds, Sandhill Cranes, over-winter in the Delta area, about 90 miles northeast of San Mateo County.  From November through February they can be viewed, along with other waterfowl, raptors and shorebirds, opens a new window, at various ecological reserves.  Free guided tours are led by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, opens a new window and Save Our Sandhill Cranes, opens a new window.  Self-guided tours , opens a new windoware also available.  Children are welcome.

Want to explore further?  Check out BirdWatching magazine, opens a new window through San Mateo County Libraries' Zinio eMagazines, opens a new window subscription or one of the resources below.  If you do go, take time to visit Locke, the historic Chinatown of the Delta.

Sandhill Cranes


On Ancient Wings

Locke and the Sacramento Delta Chinatowns

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