Registration for the September 10 – 13 Whooping Crane Festival in Green Lake County, Wisconsin is filling up quickly. Reserve your spot soon!
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. (Limited spaces left)
On Friday, visit Horicon Marsh and participate in a guided bus tour following brunch (12 spots left). 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!
Saturday’s festival will take place at the Princeton High School, located at Hwy 73 and Old Green Lake Rd. 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!).
See you at the Festival! WHOOP!