Whooping Crane Festival 2013

Mark your calendars!

Reserve the weekend of September 13-15 and come join the Operation Migration Team and fellow Craniacs in the Green Lake, Berlin and Princeton, Wisconsin area and help us celebrate all things Whooping crane.

The jammed packed weekend begins Friday the 13th with a special outing to visit the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge where you are almost certain to see at least one Whooping crane.

Friday evening join us for a lovely dinner at the Tuscumbia Country Club in Green Lake and attend the after dinner session featuring Kenn Kaufman as he presents his newest program: BIRD FLIGHT AS SCIENCE AND MAGIC – which will describe through stunning photography the basics of how birds fly and reveal the surprising ways that flight defines the lifestyles of many different kinds of birds.

For those not yet familiar with Kenn, he burst onto the North American birding scene as a teenager in the 1970s; hitch-hiking all over the continent in pursuit of birds, an adventure later chronicled in what has become a classic among birders Kingbird Highway – The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder.

After working as a leader of nature tours to all seven continents, he made a transition into a career as a freelance writer and naturalist.  Kenn is now a field editor for Audubon magazine, and writes regularly for every major birding magazine.

Saturday morning at sunrise and weather permitting, everyone is welcome to visit one of the public viewing areas near the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area for an opportunity to watch the Class of 2013 go through their paces with our aircraft.

The Crane Festival gets underway on Saturday, at 9am at the Berlin Conservation Club with a pancake breakfast hosted and sponsored by the Berlin Rotary Club.

Following breakfast the exhibits and activities will be in full swing.

• Participate in the Silent Auction featuring many cool and valuable items

• Check out the vendors and exhibitors in the vendor area

• Attend one or all of the informative speaker’s sessions

• Enjoy a Brat or Burger cooked up by the Berlin Rotary Club and beverages served by the Berlin Conservation Club

If you’re not exhausted by Sunday morning, you have another opportunity to watch the newest class of Whooping cranes during their training session and afterwards a day trip to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI is on the agenda!

There’s lots to see and see in the area so why not make it a weekend outing?!? Click here to read more details and to REGISTER – We hope to see you there!

Vendors & Exhibitors! If you would like to participate in the Crane Festival please contact Jana Lood: jlood(AT)sbcglobal.net

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  1. Frances Leonard July 28, 2013 12:07 pm

    Do you have more details about the visit to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge? Bus or meet at the Refuge? What time?

    • Heather Ray July 28, 2013 1:28 pm

      yes, everyone will meet at the Necedah Refuge Visitors Information Center at 10am. This is a drive yourself visit to the refuge, however if needed we can put you in touch with others that may be interested in carpooling. The day should wrap at 3pm.

      • Frances Leonard July 29, 2013 11:15 pm

        Thank you for clarifying.

  2. Margie Tomlinson July 23, 2013 5:06 pm

    Where can one get a copy of Kenn Kaufman’s book Kingbird Highway?