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 shorebirdsopens a new window, at various ecological reserves. Free guided tours are led by the California Department of Fish and Wildlifeopens a new window and Save Our Sandhill Cranesopens a new window. Self-guided tours opens a new windoware also available. Children are welcome.
Want to explore further? Check out BirdWatching magazineopens a new window through San Mateo County Libraries' Zinio eMagazinesopens 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.