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Festival of the Cranes

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Festival of the Cranes 
Saturday, January 10, 2015 

Tentative Schedule of Events 

6:30 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 to the Observation Building. 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 Jack’s sausage biscuit, breakfast pastry, coffee and orange juice. A $5.00 donation per person will be accepted and appreciated and will benefit future refuge programs. (Classroom)

All Day The Observation Building
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 – 11 AM Children’s Activity in the Classroom

9 AM Hope Takes Wing
A 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)

10:00 AM Crane Tales Around the World with Brian “Fox” Ellis
From the mystical Japanese Crain Maiden to the true stories of the Whooping Cranes recovery, from the Cherokee story of Crane and Hummingbird to the Paleolithic fossils of Platte River crane migrations, learn about the rich lore of these amazing birds. Through poetry and song, facts and legends, Brian “Fox” Ellis celebrates all things crane! (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 Domino’s Pizza Lunch with drink and desert, sponsored by WWRA.
THUR A $5.00 donation per person will be accepted and appreciated and will benefit future refuge
1 PM programs. Have a good lunch and help support the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association. (Classroom)

12:45 PM Birding with Audubon
Join John James Audubon, as portrayed by Brian “Fox” Ellis, on a unique bird watching adventure as he regales listeners with his in-depth observations of the species we happen to see along the trail. Long before Stokes and Sibley, Audubon published several pages of field notes for all 435 species of birds that he painted, an “Ornithological Biography,” that totals several thousand pages. (Atkeson Cypress Trail)

1 PM Hope Takes Wing
A 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 PM Adventures with John James Audubon
Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays Audubon in a dynamic performance that engages listeners in scientific inquiry and natural history, art appreciation and ornithology. Come spend an hour in the studio of one of America’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artist. Listen to tales of his adventures in the wilds of America! (Auditorium)

3:30 PM 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)

5 PM Conclusion of Event

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