Patuxent’s Magnificent Whooping Crane Month of May

The Friends of Patuxent Refuge invite you to celebrate the Whooping crane during Magnificent Whooping Crane Month. Admission is FREE and many fun, family activities will be taking place, including:

    • Kids’ Day (all ages welcome) Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Puppet Shows, Story Times, Crafts, Activities, and More!
    • Whooping Crane Observatory Tours on Sundays (May 10, 17, 24, 31), from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Registration is required; call 301-497-5887 for reservations.)
    • Whooping Crane Presentations on Saturdays May 2 by Dr. John French, Branch Chief at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; May 16 by Ken Lavish, Volunteer Crane Technician; May 23 by Brooke Pennypacker of Operation Migration; May 30 by Dr. Glenn Olsen, Veterinarian, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. All presentations will begin at 1:30 p.m.
    • Measure Up Activity – discover how tall you are compared to the height of a Whooping Crane; see if “your wingspan” is as wide as a Whooping Crane’s.
    • Whooping Crane Videos – watch these endangered birds and see them dance!
    • Exhibits featuring Whooping Cranes and efforts to save them from extinction.

Join us on May 9 as we observe two notable days in May on Patuxent’s Kids’ day – International Migratory Bird Day and Endangered Species Day.

Location: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708, just off Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 197, see detailed directions here. Call 301-497-5887 for more information and special accommodations.

Coordinated by the Friends of Patuxent Adopt A Whooper Committee.  Contact person:  Ken Lavish; 301-384-4557; devish@verizon.net.  All programs and activities are FREE; donations to the Adopt A Whooper Program are greatly appreciated and tax deductible!

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