Go To Jail…

Go directly to jail. Do not pass go… That’s where the now 20-year old Trey Joseph Frederick of Beaumont, TX is heading, because surprise, surprise… He violated the terms of his parole.

In October 2016 Frederick’s original probation sentence handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn, was five years in length. Frederick had pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act after he was convicted for shooting two Whooping Cranes on Blair Road in Jefferson County in January 2016. 

Yesterday, Frederick returned to federal court because he violated his probation terms by using an AR-15 assault rifle to hunt from a roadway in Jefferson County.

Frederick’s probation terms specifically prohibited him from owning or possessing firearms, or any kind of dangerous weapons. He is also not allowed to fish or hunt anywhere in the United States.

During his court appearance yesterday, U. S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn sentenced Frederick to 11 months incarceration to be followed by a one year term of supervised release.

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Ouch!

I normally don’t have a cruel streak. I’m a nice person, I empathize too much probably. So, I am kind of ashamed to admit how interesting and funny I think it is that #3-17 has been like a watch dog attacking the new person in the yard! 

The first time Doug Pellerin joined us on an outing with the young cranes, you could see the thought bubble above #3’s head “I don’t know you – Game on!” He went after Doug and his puppet. He pounded Doug in the ribs, leg and butt, every chance he got! He did not come round and buddy up the following Thursday either. Poor Doug got the same treatment again. We thought it was the puppet Doug uses. 

To give you some idea of what this might feel like – imagine being poked – really hard – by chopsticks!

We try to turn away and just disengage when this happens. One does not want to teach or encourage aggression. So Poor Doug is feeling like a poking bag.

This past Monday Dr. Barry Hartup, ICF’s veterinarian and his residents (whom Brooke will introduce you to in his next post) came to give the birds their Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus immunizations and collect poop samples to check for parasites. Our little watch dog #3-17 attacked again. He went after the tech that was using MY puppet… So much for the puppet theory. 

Today #1-17 joined the Wham On Doug club. I figure this is a good thing (not for Doug), we want them to be wary birds. If they stay away from what they don’t know, and wail on something strange that is too close it increases their chances of making it. I really want them to make it.

So sorry Doug, I am giggling silently while you weave and dodge.

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Ch ch ch ch changes…

The youngest of our whooping crane chicks, #8-17 is now 70 days old. She is the smallest also, a tiny girl.

She has been the most timid of the birds, definitely at the bottom of the pecking order. She submissively ducks her head when another bird gets too close. 

Though little, she is a smart girl, on buggy mornings, as we walk the runway she has learned that if she lays down in the tall vegetation it keeps the bugs off her legs.

Young whooping cranes 8-17 and 2-17 hunker down in the tall grass to protect their legs and escape the biting insects. Photo: Colleen Chase

Last week we lost sight of her briefly. Before we went into the marsh to find her Brooke whispered to me to watch where I walked, she would be so hunkered down we had to be careful to not step on her. Well, Brooke found her and she followed him happily getting her fair share of grapes, which are used as positive reinforcement. They only get one if they come to the costume.

In the past week she has gotten really grabby when it’s grape time. I think she has gotten tired of other birds stealing her share of the treats. But, even though she’s gotten grabby with the grapes she’s still been submissive. Until yesterday morning, we were about to head back to the pen, and everybody was at the South End of the runway coming out of the marsh. We couldn’t believe our eyes when our mousey little timid girl took a swipe at number 7-17 poked her hard in the back because she was in her way!

It’s so much fun to watch a baby of any species grow up and change and change is happening!

whooping cranes 3-17, 8-17 and in the background 7-17, out for some exploration and exercise. Photo: Colleen Chase

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Man Sentenced for Shooting Whooping Crane

Lane Thibodeaux, 21, of Gueydan, Louisiana was sentenced by Federal judge Carol Whitehurst to serve 45-days in jail and pay a fine of $2500. If the fine is not paid in full within a year, he could return to jail for an additional 6 months.

Thibodeaux pleaded guilty late last week to five charges related to shooting and injuring a whooping crane that ultimately had to be euthanized.

The bird, which was first released by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in January 2014, was found in November of that year near Gueydan, with a gunshot wound to the leg. The crane was transported to LSU Veterinary School, but could not be saved.

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2017 Whooping Crane Festival in Princeton, Wisconsin

The festival takes place the second weekend in September with activities getting underway Friday, Sept. 8th with a field trip to nearby Marsh Haven Nature Center near Horicon Marsh. Your field trip will include a presentation about Birds, Bees and Your Yard followed by lunch and a boardwalk stroll. Bus transportation to/from is provided.

Friday evening the festival kick-off dinner gets underway at 6pm at the American Legion Post 306 in Green Lake, Wisconsin. We’ll have a fantastic buffet dinner, followed by a presentation by Operation Migration’s CEO Joe Duff. 

Saturday, Sept. 9th brings the all day FREE festival for all ages at the Princeton School. Kids can take part in one of the interactive and informative sessions with David Stokes – the snake, turtle, frog man. Kids can also build their own birdhouse, have their face painted or take part in some of the other fun activities. 

We have a fabulous speakers line-up this year for the adults, so check it out and make plans to attend one or all of the sessions throughout the day.

NEW this year! We’re thrilled to offer a Nature Photography Workshop! 

Love taking photos of birds? Butterflies? Flowers? Mystified by the camera settings? This workshop is for you! Check out the details and register here. Space is limited.

Arrive early and take part in the pancake breakfast put on by the Princeton School students. The hotcakes start flipping on the griddle at 8am!

Stay for lunch and enjoy many local food offerings, including brats, cheesecake and many other favorites. Place bids on the silent auction items lining the school hallways! (Winning bids will be announced at 2:30pm).

The Vendors Marketplace will open at 8am and what a great opportunity to support local artisans and get your holiday shopping started! If you’re a vendor and would like to reserve a booth, we still have a few spaces left but you had better hurry. Please email: cranefestival@operationmigration.org

Saturday evening we’ll see a Crane Trivia re-match! The VFW Lodge in Princeton will be the place for this epic brain battle. Will team OMG win back the title from team Chix’s Chicks? Beforehand, we’ll relax and enjoy pizza, pasta and salad from Christiano’s.

Be sure to pre-register for this as space is limited.

CHECK out all the events taking place in and around beautiful Princeton, Wisconsin during the Whooping Crane Festival – September 8 – 10, 2017 – we hope to see you there!

Amazon Prime Day

The 3rd annual Amazon Prime day with special deals for all Prime members begins tonight at 9pm ET. We wanted to remind you before you head over to Amazon, to please use this link and Operation Migration will receive a portion of your purchases.

Since the AmazonSmile campaign kicked off, Operation Migration has received: $3,015.24 So you can see that it all adds up. 

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to Operation Migration-Usa Inc. Shop for great deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/16-1560518

 

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Operation Migration began working closely with the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center back in 1995 when we first raised Sandhill cranes to determine if our aircraft guided reintroduction technique could be applied to a crane species. Dr. George Gee was head of research and one of my first mentors. 

David H. Ellis, Ph.D. (Ret) Research Zoologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

I met many of the crane crew members on a trip out to Arizona with Dr. David Ellis. David was a biologist at Patuxent (retired) and is a leading avian expert, particularly of raptors. He traveled the world, fought international conservation battles and wrote several books and over a hundred research papers. Ever the adventurer, David was experimenting with a variety of methods to teach migration. He and a team of young, enthusiastic biotech’s were attempting to lead a small flock of Sandhill cranes from Flagstaff, AZ to New Mexico. The juvenile cranes were imprinted on the handlers and had been conditioned to follow an old army surplus ambulance while one of the techs perched in the rear door blowing a whistle and another drove down the back-roads trying to maintain 35 miles per hour – corners and all. That was one of David’s least wild adventures and you can follow this link if you care to read his book “Wings Across the Desert.” 

The point of that story is that those young biotech’s became the first whooping crane migration crew. They spent the summer in Wisconsin and the fall shepherding, first Sandhills then Whooping cranes to Florida in the years when we had 18 to 20 cranes per season. 

Patuxent was a founding member of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership and people like Dr. Glenn Olsen, have been involved since the beginning. Every spring we provided experienced crane handlers to help raise the chicks and condition them to follow our aircraft. 

Recently it was announced that the USGS, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center crane ecology program is closing. Within a year, all of the captive cranes will be relocated but so far it is not known where. It is difficult to know how this will effect both the Eastern Migratory Population and the Louisiana Non-Migratory flock, however, there are four other captive breeding facilities.

The International Crane Foundation is in Wisconsin, Audubon Center in Louisiana, the San Antonio Zoo in Texas and the Calgary Zoo in Canada. Plus there are a few other facilities interested in becoming a Whooping crane propagation sites.

From our perspective, it is a terrible loss of an agency that made a longstanding commitment to crane conservation. Especially as Whooping cranes are still critically endangered. However, we understand the difficulties of budget cuts.

We will keep you posted as we learn more.

Call For Auction Items!

The 2017 Whooping Crane Festival is just around the corner, and with it comes one of OM’s most exciting fundraising campaigns, our annual auctions. We are excited to announce that most auction items will be posted ONLINE! At the Festival’s Friday night dinner we will feature a few super-special items, then have those items too unwieldy to mail available for fast and furious bidding at Saturday’s Festival. Because we know that not everyone can attend the Festival in Princeton, Wisconsin, we will conduct the online auction on our Facebook page.

How can you help make our auctions successful? I’m glad you asked! You can help in three ways. First, if you have an item you’d like to donate, we’d be thrilled to accept it. Second, you can help us by thinking of businesses who might be interested in making a donation. Lastly (and most importantly), you can BID BID BID when the auctions open! 

To donate an item, click here. Fill out the online form and click “Submit.” Then, just ship or mail your item to the Princeton Chamber of Commerce (104 E. Main St., Princeton, WI 54968). 

Once we have received your item, the auction committee will assign it to the auction it best suits. No single item will appear in multiple auctions, and the auction committee reserves the right to make this determination. For example, most of the items that are light weight and easily mailed will be assigned to the online auction. Heavy and bulky items will be featured in one of the auctions held on Festival weekend so that they can travel home safely with the winning bidder.

If you come up with businesses that might be interested in making a donation, email the information to me at jbellemer(AT)operationmigration.org, including the name of the business, the address, and a brief description of what they do and/or what you think they might offer. I’ll then send a solicitation letter to the business explaining OM’s mission and the auctions.

Below are some FAQs that hopefully will answer your questions. If not, feel free to email me!

HOW DO I DONATE AN ITEM? Use our online form to tell us about your item and then ship it to the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at 104 E. Main St., Princeton, WI 54968.

CAN I DECIDE WHICH AUCTION I’D LIKE MY ITEM FEATURED IN? While we wish we could offer that option, it simply isn’t feasible due to the many items and the amount of work we have to do. The auction committee will decide which auction is best suited for your item in the best interest of OM.

CAN I SUGGEST AN OPENING BID FOR MY ITEM? The only opening bids that will be set are to cover postage costs for items that will be mailed to the winners. Otherwise, we can run afoul of IRS rules and regulations. (see next question/response)

WILL I RECEIVE A TAX DEDUCTION RECEIPT FROM OM? No, OM cannot issue tax receipts for goods donated without running into IRS rules about “fair market value”. The IRS states that to issue a tax-deductible receipt for a donated item “Fair Market Value” must be determined by obtaining three appraisals for each item. As you can imagine, this simply isn’t feasible.

WHAT IS THE CUTOFF DATE FOR SENDING IN MY ITEM? Our cutoff for receiving items is August 19th. This allows us enough time to inventory the items, determine which auction they go in, photograph them, and write descriptions. As you can imagine, we have a lot of work to do and cannot leave many items until the last minute. On a case-by-case basis we can make exceptions, such as if we make other arrangements for your item because it is being driven to Wisconsin. Other than that, August 19th!

WHEN ARE THE AUCTIONS? The Whooping Crane Festival will be held the weekend of September 9th, 2017. There will be a dinner on Friday night, 9/8, at which there will be a silent auction featuring a small number of items. On Saturday, at the all-day Festival, items unsuitable for mailing will be auctioned. The online (Facebook) auction where most items will be featured will open on Saturday, 9/16 and close at noon on Saturday, 10/7 (3 weeks).

WHAT IF I DON’T USE FACEBOOK – CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE ONLINE AUCTION? Facebook is our best online venue as there are large numbers of supporters communicating regularly there. To bid on Facebook, you can either set up an account there temporarily, just for the auction, and then close it afterwards, or have a friend who DOES use Facebook submit your bids.

WHAT IF MY ITEM DOESN’T SELL AT ONE OF THE AUCTIONS? Occasionally we are unable to contact someone who posted a winning bid. In that event, we will simply hold onto the item for next year’s auction.

Any other questions can be emailed to JBellemer(AT)operationmigration.org.

Aerial Survey Results

Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan was able to get a flight in yesterday over the original reintroduction area and found the following whooping crane chicks still alive:

W3-17 with 24 & 42-09  in Adams Co. (approx. 61 days old)
W7-17 with 14 & 24-08 Juneau Co. (approx. 36 days old)
W11-17 with 1-10 & W1-06 (approx. 34 days old)
W13-17 with 29-09/12-03 Juneau Co. (approx. 31 days old)
W14-17 with 9-03/3-04 Juneau Co. (approx. 31 days old)
W15-17 with 37-07 Juneau Co. (approx. 31 days old)
 
Sadly, it seems refuge staff collected the predated remains of number 20-14 on July 3rd. This 3 yr. old parent reared whooping crane was the mother of wild hatched crane chick #W15-17. 
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Ima Crane Stands UP for Cranes

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Viewing Blind Visits

We’re thrilled to let you know that once again, we’ll be inviting visitors to the viewing blind at White River Marsh!

The blind is located close to the pensite where there are currently seven young-of-year cranes being costumed reared in preparation for release this fall.

Visitors can visit the blind on Thursday morning but must be on site and ready to head out to the blind by 6am. Don’t forget your camera!

If you’d like to reserve your spot – contact Doug Pellerin at 920-923-0016 

Here are some photos that Rich Smith captured from the viewing blind last week!

Developing a Routine

I have been in Wisconsin for two weeks and the crane chicks have been here for a week and a half. We are developing a routine.

On weekdays Brooke and I go out early, 6 am-ish. We open the doors, cross our fingers that numbers 2-17 and 7-17 will cooperate today, and out they come. The other five are pretty trustworthy and happy to follow us. Cranes 2 and 7 are getting better. 

Whooping crane colt #2-17.

These birds prove the old cliche “The grass is greener on the other side of the fence” like it’s their job. Number 1-17 will follow us for a bit then you can see his head turn and look longingly toward the marsh. He sees us waving, flapping and bobbing our puppets and decides “screw it” and off he goes. Soon others follow.

There are somethings that Whooping Cranes need to be taught, like a migration route and maybe even to roost in water. That’s why the decoy lovingly known by craniacs as Dummy Mummy hangs in the shallow water near the dry pen. One thing they don’t need to be taught is to forage. The first walk #1-17 went on when he was about 5 days old, he found every earthworm in his path. He can now sniff one out at 50 yards. They all look at that marsh as a giant treasure hunt! 

We keep our eyes on them, counting over and over. So far, last Friday is the only time we got a bit sweaty, thinking #7-17 had slipped away behind some willows and out of sight. Brooke found her in the cattails and it sure looked like she was happy to be found. She followed him back to the pen area as fast as those long legs could go.

After we get them back into the pen we give them the once over and make sure they have food in the feeders. We then turn on the hot wire and leave them to forage in the huge new pen. With two ponds and lots of vegetation to explore they are happy colts.

After we leave the chicks we track the adult whooping cranes in the area, 5-12 is with 30-16, 4-14 (aka Peanut) and 11-15 are chums and 4-13 is with 10-15 are all nearby. A few times a week we go further and check on 42 & 24-09 and their chick W3-17. Brooke has had to haze them away from a busy road a few times. I know I hold my breath every time we go there and Brooke turns a pretty shade of blue till he spots the chick and finds it still alive. This pair has never fledged a chick before and all of us love it, it’s nearly the same age as our chicks. When we can’t spot it there is more breath holding till Bev does her crane flight and Brooke gets the phone call or I get a text saying she has seen it and it’s alive. Then, you can feel every muscle in your body relax… till the next time.

The wildlife between the pen and camp makes the drive back and forth really enjoyable. We have a Sandhill family close to camp and one near the pen.

There are tiny rabbits everywhere right now. Turtles are nesting and have to be helped to the other side of the road on occasion. Goldfinches streak around like liquid Sunshine.

And then, there is the wildlife in camp. I put a bird feeder right by the front door in the hopes of bird watching from my trailer. The cats and I both love watching out the window or screen door. I was hoping for Brooke’s Pheasant Phred. So far I have not seen Phred, but have attracted the cutest Chipmunks and a mama Skunk and her 5 kittens.

The bird feeder has now been moved away from my front door! I look around very respectfully when I open the door and so far so good, I have not gotten sprayed. 

And last but not least, since this is a bird project, we are also monitoring the Robin family and her little ones who’s nest is on the power pole in camp. 

 

It’s been a nice first week!

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EMP Update Time!

July 1, 2017 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month, nesting season has come to an end. A huge thank-you to the staff of Operation Migration, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Natural Resources, the International Crane Foundation, and all of the volunteers who help us keep track of the cranes throughout the year. We appreciate your contribution to the recovery of the whooping crane eastern migratory population.

Population Estimate

The current maximum population size is 97 (44 F, 51 M, 2 U). This does not include 2017 wild-hatched chicks. As of 1 July, at least 84 Whooping Cranes have been confirmed in Wisconsin, 1 in Minnesota, 2 in North Dakota, 1 in Michigan, and 1 in Kentucky. The remaining birds’ locations have not been reported during June. See maps below.

Reproduction

This year, there were 37 confirmed nests by 26 pairs in Juneau, Adams, Marathon, St. Croix, and Green Lake counties, Wisconsin. Eighteen chicks have hatched from four first nests and ten re-nests. Six wild-hatched chicks are still alive as of 1 July.

2017 Wild-hatched chicks

Chicks in bold are currently alive.

W1-17 hatched ~30 April to parents 5-11/12-11 in Juneau Co, WI and was last seen on 7 June.

W3-17 hatched ~4 May to parents 42-09/24-09 in Adams Co, WI.

W5-17 hatched ~8 May to parents 7-11/3-11 in Adams Co, WI. The adults were seen without the chick on 8 June.

W6-17 hatched ~23 May from a re-nest of parents 36-09/18-03 in Juneau Co, WI. W6-17’s carcass was recovered on 12 June and we suspect predation was the cause of death.

W7-17 hatched ~30 May to parents 14-08/24-08 in Juneau Co, WI.

W8-17 hatched ~30 May to parents 14-08/24-08 in Juneau Co, WI and was last seen ~14 June.

W9-17 hatched ~30 May to parents 8-04/W3-10 in Juneau Co, WI and was last seen ~13 June.

W10-17 hatched ~30 May to parents 8-04/W3-10 in Juneau Co, WI. Its carcass was recovered 11 June and we suspect predation was the cause of death.

W11-17 hatched ~2 June to parents 1-10/W1-06 in Juneau Co, WI.

W12-17 hatched ~5 June to parents 9-05/13-03 in Juneau Co, WI. Its carcass was recovered 21 June and we suspect predation was the cause of death.

W13-17 hatched ~5 June to parents 29-09/12-03 in Juneau Co, WI.

W14-17 hatched ~5 June to parents 9-03/3-04 in Juneau Co, WI.

W15-17 hatched ~7 June to parents 37-07/20-14 in Juneau Co, WI.

W16-17 hatched ~15 June to parents 2-04/25-09 in Juneau Co, WI. Its carcass was recovered 25 June.

W17-17 hatched ~15 June to parents 2-04/25-09 in Juneau Co, WI. Its carcass was recovered on on 26 June.

W18-17 hatched ~15 June to parents 10-09/17-07 in Juneau Co, WI and was last seen on 22 June.

Parent-Reared 2016 Cohort

29_16 (M) and 39_16 (M) spent all of June in Ward County, North Dakota.

30_16 (M) continued to be in in Green Lake Co, WI with 5_12 (M).

31_16 (M) spent the beginning of June in Stephenson Co, IL until he moved to Winnebago and then Outagamie Co, WI mid-month.

33_16 (F) spent most of June in Iowa before moving north to Murray Co, MN.

69_16 (F) spent all of June with 65_15 (F) in Fond du Lac County, WI.

70_16 (M) spent all of June in Knox County, KY.

71_16 (F) moved from Walworth Co, to Winnebago Co, WI.

It’s AUCTION Time!

The 2017 Whooping Crane Festival is just around the corner, and with it comes one of OM’s most exciting fundraising campaigns, our annual auctions. We are excited to announce that most auction items will be posted ONLINE! At the Festival’s Friday night dinner we will feature a few super-special items, then have those items too unwieldy to mail available for fast and furious bidding at Saturday’s Festival. Because we know that not everyone can attend the Festival in Princeton, Wisconsin, we will conduct the online auction on our Facebook page.

How can you help make our auctions successful? I’m glad you asked! You can help in three ways. First, if you have an item you’d like to donate, we’d be thrilled to accept it. Second, you can help us by thinking of businesses who might be interested in making a donation. Lastly (and most importantly), you can BID BID BID when the auctions open! 

To donate an item, click here. Fill out the online form and click “Submit.” Then, just ship or mail your item to the Princeton Chamber of Commerce (104 E. Main St., Princeton, WI 54968). 

Once we have received your item, the auction committee will assign it to the auction it best suits. No single item will appear in multiple auctions, and the auction committee reserves the right to make this determination. For example, most of the items that are light weight and easily mailed will be assigned to the online auction. Heavy and bulky items will be featured in one of the auctions held on Festival weekend so that they can travel home safely with the winning bidder.

If you come up with businesses that might be interested in making a donation, email the information to me at jbellemer(AT)operationmigration.org, including the name of the business, the address, and a brief description of what they do and/or what you think they might offer. I’ll then send a solicitation letter to the business explaining OM’s mission and the auctions.

Below are some FAQs that hopefully will answer your questions. If not, feel free to email me!

HOW DO I DONATE AN ITEM? Use our online form to tell us about your item and then ship it to the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at 104 E. Main St., Princeton, WI 54968.

CAN I DECIDE WHICH AUCTION I’D LIKE MY ITEM FEATURED IN? While we wish we could offer that option, it simply isn’t feasible due to the many items and the amount of work we have to do. The auction committee will decide which auction is best suited for your item in the best interest of OM.

CAN I SUGGEST AN OPENING BID FOR MY ITEM? The only opening bids that will be set are to cover postage costs for items that will be mailed to the winners. Otherwise, we can run afoul of IRS rules and regulations. (see next question/response)

WILL I RECEIVE A TAX DEDUCTION RECEIPT FROM OM? No, OM cannot issue tax receipts for goods donated without running into IRS rules about “fair market value”. The IRS states that to issue a tax-deductible receipt for a donated item “Fair Market Value” must be determined by obtaining three appraisals for each item. As you can imagine, this simply isn’t feasible.

WHAT IS THE CUTOFF DATE FOR SENDING IN MY ITEM? Our cutoff for receiving items is August 19th. This allows us enough time to inventory the items, determine which auction they go in, photograph them, and write descriptions. As you can imagine, we have a lot of work to do and cannot leave many items until the last minute. On a case-by-case basis we can make exceptions, such as if we make other arrangements for your item because it is being driven to Wisconsin. Other than that, August 19th!

WHEN ARE THE AUCTIONS? The Whooping Crane Festival will be held the weekend of September 9th, 2017. There will be a dinner on Friday night, 9/8, at which there will be a silent auction featuring a small number of items. On Saturday, at the all-day Festival, items unsuitable for mailing will be auctioned. The online (Facebook) auction where most items will be featured will open on Saturday, 9/16 and close at noon on Saturday, 10/7 (3 weeks).

WHAT IF I DON’T USE FACEBOOK – CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE ONLINE AUCTION? Facebook is our best online venue as there are large numbers of supporters communicating regularly there. To bid on Facebook, you can either set up an account there temporarily, just for the auction, and then close it afterwards, or have a friend who DOES use Facebook submit your bids.

WHAT IF MY ITEM DOESN’T SELL AT ONE OF THE AUCTIONS? Occasionally we are unable to contact someone who posted a winning bid. In that event, we will simply hold onto the item for next year’s auction.

Any other questions can be emailed to JBellemer(AT)operationmigration.org.

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