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    • 21 Dec 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Lodi, CA
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    Join us on December 21st for a special outing to celebrate Winter Solstice and view the magic Sandhill Cranes (and swans, geese, ducks, and maybe an owl or two). As an added bonus to our annual trek with Kathie Kinzie and Pam LoPinto, we have reserved a limited number of spots for a  special docent-led Sandhill Crane tour to an area that is not open to the public. The tours sell out quickly but we managed to secure slots.

    • What we'll do

    Caravan in the Lodi area to look for Sandhill Cranes, swans, geese, ducks, and other fine feathered friends! No birding experience needed; just come and enjoy the group and the scenery. We'll caravan to prime locations including Consumnes River Preserve and Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. One highlight of the day will be the magnificent "fly-in" at dusk, where we will be guided by CA Department of Fish and Wildlife staff to an area not open to the public where the Sandhill Cranes fly in to roost.

    • What to bring

    Bring lunch and snacks, warm clothes, thermos with hot beverage, binoculars if you have them, chair if you like to sit.

    • Important to know

    No dogs. We will not be hiking; this is a drive, get out and look at cool birds, get back in your car, and drive outing. Meet to carpool at Rockridge BART at 11:00 AM or at the fruit stand at the intersection of Highways 12 and 160 at 12:30. Or if you just want to experience the fly in, meet at the South Site for the docent tour at 3:20. (Directions for and instructions to the South Site will be sent once registration is confirmed.)


    You will need a California Land Pass to access the restricted area ($6 per person). The trip leaders will secure the Pass once you have registered and paid the fee.

    The Crane Tours sell out. Please do not sign up then fail to show up, you will have deprived someone of a very unique opportunity. 

    Registration opens November 1st.  To register, CLICK HERE!

    Please see below for information regarding the docent led portion of the Sandhill Crane tour.

    Sandhill Crane Wetland Tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve (a.k.a. Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve)

    CDFW invites you to come out on a tour, in Lodi, during the “Season of the Sandhill Crane." The season begins with the arrival of the sandhill cranes into the Delta and Central Valley in about late September, where they will spend the fall and winter months. Tours consist of viewing sandhill cranes and other unique wintering waterfowl, hearing a presentation on sandhill cranes and their Reserve habitat, and viewing the cranes' impressive, nightly behaviors at a location that is only open to the public during these special tours.

    CA Dept of Wildlife Description

    Tours meet 90 minutes before sunset at the South Site where docent guides meet attendees and give a presentation. Tours involve very little walking so you may want to bring a camp chair if you would like to sit and view the birds. It is recommended that you dress warmly, especially during the winter months as it can be damp and chilly. It is suggested that you bring binoculars and/or spotting scopes for up-close viewing but, you can easily enjoy the cranes with unaided eyes and ears. You may want to bring a light snack and water for your tour.

    Portable toilets are on site. The one at North is ADA compliant.

    • 14 Feb 2020
    • 16 Feb 2020
    • Clair Tappan Lodge

    Join the Rainbow Sierrans Winter Getaway at Clair Tappaan Lodge over the President's Day Holiday Weekend.  Nestled in the woods on historic Donner Pass at 7,000 feet, Clair Tappan Lodge offers a rustic mountain retreat for our snow bound adventurers.  Follow in the footsteps of Sierra Club volunteers, who built the lodge in the 1930's, and enjoy snowshoeing, skiing and sledding Saturday and Sunday, while we enjoy warm, cozy bunks in our own dorm room at night- you might even find time to enjoy a dip in the hot tub.  Breakfast, lunch (packed up for our outings) and dinner are all included in the price.  Official trip nights are Friday and Saturday, Feb 14 and 15.  You can also reserve Sunday night, Feb 16, as well if you want.  We will plan on group snow activities on Saturday and Sunday. Price per person (including Sierra Club discount, all meals and taxes) is $91.52 PER PERSON/PER NIGHT ($183.04 for 2 nights, $274.56 for 3 nights) Signup Instructions: Details about how to secure your spot will be made available in mid-December to the Rainbow Sierran membership by email.

    • 27 Mar 2020
    • 29 Mar 2020
    • Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, CA 94965
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    Calling all families!  Would you and your children like to join us for the second LGBTQ Family Campout from March 27 to 29 (Friday to Sunday) at Slide Ranch in Marin County? 

    Activities include:
    Goat milking
    Tide pooling
    Hiking (see * below for details)
    Feeding chickens & collecting eggs
    Cheese making
    Bread making

    We encourage you to invite other Rainbow Sierrans/Sierra Club families that might be interested.

    *We will hike and explore coastal scrub habitat including native plants (lupine, coyote brush and coastal sage, e.g.) and animals (rabbits, bobcats, coyotes, lizards, quails, pelicans, turkey vultures, hawks, e.g.). On the rocky shore, we will observe a unique, ever-changing ecosystem of tides and fascinating tide pool organisms, algae, and marine species including seals and whales.

    The cost will be $40 per person for the weekend ( Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) and includes all programming listed above on Saturday. There will be access to a rustic kitchen, dishware and a composting toilet. Participants will be responsible for bringing their own tents, sleeping bags, and food. We will arrange for a potluck on Saturday. We will also have a campfire circle Saturday evening that includes music making and singing.

    We encourage you to invite other Rainbow Sierrans/Sierra Club families that might be interested.  

    Signup Restrictions: This outing is designed for families with children.

    We look forward to playing with you in March at Slide Ranch. A big thank you to the families who contributed and participated in the very fun First Annual Rainbow Sierran Family campout at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. 

    Rainbow Sierrans Family Section

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