Mythic Adventure: Cosumnes River Preserve & Birds in Mythology

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Mythic Adventure:  Cosumnes River Preserve & Birds in  Mythology

Time: November 25, 2012 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: Cosumnes River Preserve
Street: 13501 Franklin Blvd.
City/Town: Galt, CA
Website or Map:…
Event Type: myth, story-telling, nature-walk
Organized By: Jeanne Andrews
Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2012

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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.

Let's meet at 3:00-3:15 pm on the porch of the Nature Center and head out on the trail by 3:15 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.  Sunset is at 4:51 pm and our walk is timed to view the cranes returning from the fields to the preserve.

  • 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.  There's also a telescope on the porch of the nature center.
  • Please bring a brief example of the use of the crane or birds in myth, story or legend that we can share along the walk, if you'd like!  I will have samples available as well.

Note: Rain cancelled the previous post for the 17th, the event is updated to be 11/25.


The Sandhill crane:  Standing 4 feet tall with a wing span of up to 7 feet, known for their constant talk and beautiful calls, they mate for life, fly in families a mile high in the sky, and "return to within a mile or so of the same area every year," says Mark Ackerman, Wildlife Biologist at the preserve.

"The crane dance associated with courtship can occur at any age and season and is generally believed to be a normal part of motor development for cranes and thwarts aggression, relieves tension, and strengthens the pair bond...  A Miocene crane fossil, thought to be about ten million years old, was found in Nebraska and is structurally identical to the modern Sandhill crane, making it the oldest known bird species still surviving." ~ International Crane Foundation

The crane in myth: The crane has been a symbolic bird in many cultures since prehistoric times as documented at the Neolithic site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey and even earlier in Paleolithic paintings and figurines.  Every land the crane is found, so are myths and tales they inspire.

A great resource is Dr. Kathleen Jenks' "Myth*ing Links," including her page "Animal Guides: Creatures of earth, air & water who share their wisdom & humor with humans."

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