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Festival of the Cranes

Festival of the Cranes

Festival of the Cranes  

Saturday, January 11, 2014 

  

Schedule of Events 

6 AM 

Sunrise Breakfast at the Refuge:  The early birders get the biscuits!  Come out and enjoy a good breakfast with other hearty souls in the Visitor Center classroom before joining Refuge Manager Dwight Cooley on an early morning birding walk.  Watch the cranes and other waterfowl arriving in the fields to begin their day of feeding and loafing.  The Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association will be providing and serving the Chick-Fil-A biscuit, breakfast pastry, coffee and orange juice.  The $5.00 cost per person will benefit future refuge programs.  (Classroom) 

All Day       

Visit the Observation Building to view thousands of Sandhill cranes along with several Whooping cranes, ducks, geese, raptors and perhaps a bald eagle from the comfort of the heated building.  There are bleachers and spotting scopes available along with volunteers and staff standing by to answer all your questions. 

9 AM       

Hope Takes Wing: film by and about Operation Migration, chronicles the history of the Whooping crane and highlight reintroduction methods developed by Operation Migration, Inc., a small Canada/U.S. based nonprofit organization.  Combined with the support of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, Operation Migration is working hard to safeguard this 60-million-year-old species from extinction.  See how this dedicated team uses ultralight aircraft, ingenuity, and a bit of extreme science to restore a migratory population of Whooping cranes to the eastern half of North America, an area from which these birds were wiped out more than a century ago.  Follow along on a 1,200 mile ultralight-guided journey as Operation Migration pilots lead a young flock of Whooping cranes from Wisconsin to Florida and, ultimately, toward survival of the species.  56 minutes.      (Auditorium) 

10:15 AM   

International Crane Foundation Presentation with Joan Garland:  The elegant Whooping crane is on the verge of an extraordinary comeback after nearly becoming extinct due to human activities.  In 1941, the last migratory flock was reduced to only 16 birds.  A reintroduction project is currently underway to restore a migratory flock of Whooping cranes to eastern North America.  Now in its 13th year, the project is being undertaken by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, a team of non-profit and governmental agencies (including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), whose founding members include the International Crane Foundation (ICF).  ICF works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland ecosystems on which they depend.  ICF is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving the threats to these beautiful birds.   

Joan Garland is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the ICF in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  She has worked at ICF for 14 years and is one of the Chairs of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, the team of non-profit and government agencies reintroducing the Whooping crane to eastern North America.  Joan has accompanied the ultralight-led Whooping crane migration down to Florida.  She also works on crane conservation education programs in Texas, northeastern China and Russia.   (Auditorium)   

11:30 AM   

Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center Presentation: The Southeastern Raptor Center presents their educational program to teach about birds of prey.  You can see these birds up close while learning about habitats, conservation and ecology.  Hawks, eagles, falcons and owls will educate and excite audiences of all ages.  (Auditorium)  

11 AM - 1 PM     

Domino’s Pizza Lunch: With drink and desert, sponsored by WWRA  $4.00 (one slice) per person or $6.00 (two slices) per person.    Have a good lunch and help support the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association.   (Classroom)  

1 PM         

Hope Takes Wing: film by and about Operation Migration, chronicles the history of the Whooping crane and highlight reintroduction methods developed by Operation Migration, Inc., a small Canada/U.S. based nonprofit organization.    56 minutes.   (Auditorium) 

2:15 PM      

International Crane Foundation Presentation with Joan Garland: The elegant Whooping crane is on the verge of an extraordinary comeback after nearly becoming extinct due to human activities.  In 1941, the last migratory flock was reduced to only 16 birds.  A reintroduction project is currently underway to restore a migratory flock of Whooping cranes to eastern North America.  ICF is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving the threats to these beautiful birds.   

Joan Garland is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the ICF in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  She has worked at ICF for 14 years and is one of the Chairs of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, the team of non-profit and government agencies reintroducing the Whooping crane to eastern North America.    (Auditorium)     

3:30 PM       

Auburn University Southeastern Raptor Center Presentation: The Southeastern Raptor Center presents their educational program to teach about birds of prey.  You can see these birds up close while learning about habitats, conservation and ecology.  Hawks, eagles, falcons and owls will educate and excite audiences of all ages.  (Auditorium)  

5 PM          

Wrap Up and Close 

Last Updated: Jan 02, 2014
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