Seeing the migratory Sandhill cranes in their winter home is one of the most beautiful sights in nature, and the Cosumnes River Preserve is one of the best places to see them!
Just 30 minutes south of Sacramento, the wetlands, tidal sloughs, and riparian forests provide one of the Central Valley's crucial links in California's flyway for thousands of the millions of these magnificent birds returning from the Pacific Northwest and as far away as Siberia.
They're back! Join us for our 3rd annual visit to the Cosumnes River Preserve. Let's gather on the porch of the Nature Center and head out on the trail by 3:30 pm. The 1-1/2 mile boardwalk and wetland trail loops back to the Nature Center. We'll stop along the trail at the lookout point to share stories about birds in folklore - choose from samples or bring one of your own. Sunset is at 4:47 pm and our walk is timed to view the cranes returning from the fields to the preserve at dusk.
Bring your own snack or drink if you wish because food is not for sale at the preserve, but there are benches and picnic tables. Don't forget your camera and binoculars.
“When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the “newness,” the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.” —Thomas Merton, "New Seeds of Contemplation," (New Directions, New York, 1961)
A great resource is Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts edited and/or translated by D. L. Ashliman, University of Pittsburgh ©[masked]
Photo Above: Detail of a painting by Susan Seddon Boulet [masked])
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