The 2019 Festival of the Cranes Returns in 2019!
Over 14,000 Sandhill Cranes along with several pairs of Whooping Cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur. Despite the ongoing government shutdown, this year’s Festival of the Cranes will go on! In celebration of these long-legged and long-necked birds, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association hosts a two day event offering a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for experienced birders and anyone who would like to learn more about birding and other wildlife that call the Refuge home.
Set for January 12-13, 2019, Festival of the Cranes takes place at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, and along with two days of nature walks, live raptors and special programs, there are additional activities just for kids.
Now in its sixth year, Festival of the Cranes has become a popular weekend activity for families near and far. During the two day event, guests are invited to 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 questions.