2015 Whooping Crane Festival!

The Whooping Crane Festival committee has been hard at work behind the scenes to get everything in place for the 2015 Whooping Crane Festival and registration is now open!


Mark your calendars for September 10 – 13 and help celebrate the return of this incredible crane to Green Lake, Marquette and Dodge Counties in Wisconsin.

Check out all the activities we have lined up this year! 

Join us for the Whooper Welcome bash at Reilly’s Bar & Pub on beautiful Green Lake on September 10th.

On Friday, visit Horicon Marsh and participate in a guided bus tour following brunch. There are even pontoon boat tours of the marsh scheduled for Sunday!

Meet old friends and make new ones at the Festival kick-off dinner, which will be held in the Arboretum Room at Royal Ridges Banquet Facility in Ripon, Wisconsin on Friday, September 11th.

Here we’ll celebrate cranes and other birds with featured speaker Stan Tekiela, naturalist, wildlife photographer and author. Stan is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Birds of Wisconsin, Illinois, etc. Field Guide, Wildflowers of Wisconsin, Illinois, etc., and Trees of Wisconsin, Illinois, etc. Over the past three decades Stan has authored more than 130 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti.

Stan’s talk will present ‘Uncommon Facts about Common Birds’

Royal Ridges is located across from Comfort Suites – Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the discounted rate of $83/night. To take advantage of the discount, mention ‘Crane Festival’ when making your reservations. Phone: (920) 748-5500

Take in one of the early morning training sessions with the Class of 2015 cranes (weather permitting of course). Don’t forget your camera!

At Saturday’s festival, browse the many silent auction items, attend one or all of the speaker sessions, visit the vendor and artisan booths and bring the kids to see children’s entertainer David Stokes as he introduces his collection of critters that share the wild with cranes!

Saturday evening after the festival, we’ll meet at Princeton’s VFW Hall to swap stories and laughs at a pizza party catered by Christiano’s – be sure to brush up on your crane trivia for the chance to win prizes!

Sunday, paddle down the Fox River in a replica voyageur canoe while learning about the history of the river and seeing the wildlife it attracts. Or join OM volunteer Tom ‘Tume’ Schultz on a guided bird walk in beautiful White River Marsh, home to much more than Whooping cranes (as if that isn’t enough!).

Now you can see how busy our volunteer committee has been coordinating all the activities the 2015 Whooping Crane Festival has to offer! Space is limited for some of the sessions, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

See you at the Festival! WHOOP!

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  1. Maxgreenwing June 4, 2015 6:23 pm

    My sister, KC is coming (clap) 🙂

  2. Ann Gillis June 4, 2015 9:30 am

    It will be soo much fun to see craniacs again and to meet new ones and to see the 2015 colts flying (weather permitting, of course).

    • Heather Ray June 4, 2015 9:34 am

      Yay! Anne is coming!

  3. Maxgreenwing June 4, 2015 8:58 am

    I forgot to register for Thurs. the 10th @ 6pm get together. I’ve already submitted my registration form and paid. How do I get the “spot” for the 10th? HELP Thank you

    • Heather Ray June 4, 2015 9:35 am

      Max, can you call the office? 800-675-2618

      • Maxgreenwing June 13, 2015 1:16 pm


  4. Maxgreenwing June 4, 2015 8:12 am

    Will there be chances to be in the blind to watch training?

    • Heather Ray June 4, 2015 9:35 am

      yes, please email Doug Pellerin to reserve your spot (Doug is away on vacay for another week) pelican0711@gmail.com

  5. Alfred Padilla June 3, 2015 9:54 pm

    My wife and I have some items we want to offer at the festival auction. Who do we contact? Thank you

    • Heather Ray June 4, 2015 5:49 am

      Al, I’ll have Jo-Anne get in touch with you. Thanks very much!

  6. Maxgreenwing June 3, 2015 8:21 pm

    registering 🙂
    Going to be great fun to see everyone again

    • Heather Ray June 4, 2015 5:49 am

      Yay! Max is coming!

      • Maxgreenwing June 4, 2015 8:11 am