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                                                                      Photo Courtesy David Gluckman 



 The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

March 28, 29, 30 2014  

Othello, Washington


We are excited to announce our Friday night speakers will be:

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Sarah Swanson  and Max Smith      

Authors of Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest!



Saturday Keynote Speaker will be:


Noah Stryker  


Saturday Noah will give a talk on his adventures in Antartica with Penguins

Author of   Among Penguins 

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and his newly released book The Thing With Feathers


Saturday Night at the Banquet

"Bird World: Insight for humans from the amazing lives of birds"

Birds aren’t people, but just how different are they from us? They have the same basic requirements we do: food, shelter, reproduction. And they can do some amazing things! Approaching bird behavior from new and surprising angles, Noah Strycker explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, self-image in magpies, life-long loves of albatrosses, particle physics of starling flocks, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and how we can relate. With humor and wit, and drawing deep from cutting-edge science and anecdotes from the field, Strycker’s presentation will leave you with renewed inspiration about our close connections with birds.


Also featured will be: Richard Scheurman and John Clement 

Harvest Heritage, Agricultural Origins and Heirloom Crops of the Pacific Northwest.



Grant County Conservation District

1107 South Juniper Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837



The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival began in 1998, sponsored by the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service).  Since the beginning the Festival has been financially supported by the City of Othello through tourism development funds (hotel/motel taxes) and logistically supported by the Othello School District and Othello Community Schools, reimbursed by Festival registration fees.

The Sandhill Crane Festival Committee plans, organizes and conducts the festival.  The Committee includes Grant Conservation District staff, Othello citizens plus residents from the neighboring Columbia Basin communities of Ephrata, Moses Lake and Royal City.


The Festival has many tours for crane viewing along with specialty tours.  Specialty tours have included Columbia National Wildlife Refuge/Potholes area wildlife tour, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands geology tour,  Lower Grand Coulee birding tour and Wahluke Slope/Shrub Steppe birding tour.  Pre-registration is suggested to reserve your seat as some fill up quickly.

With admission price into the Festival on Saturday, you may attend free lectures which are repeated throughout the day.  Lectures given in the past have included falconry, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands, Woodland Park Zoo, Grouse of Washington, Othello History within the Drumhellar Channeled Scablands, Shrub-Steppe Flora and Fauna, Owls of Eastern Washington and Spring Migration in the Columbia Basin.





Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 08:24