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Welcome to the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival PDF Print E-mail



                                                                      Photo Courtesy David Gluckman 


 The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

 Othello, Washington


Grant County Conservation District

1107 South Juniper Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837





19th Annual Festival held March 18, 19, 20, 2016 

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Events

OTHELLO, Washington – February 4, 2016 – The 19th annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival invites you to the spring return of the Sandhill Cranes to the Columbia Basin and the Columbia Basin National Wildlife Refuge.  This three-day festival will be held March 18, 19, 20, 2016.  The highlights of the festival are the tours to view the cranes, the distinctive volcanic geology, the lectures at the Othello High School, children's programs and the art contest.  Also, don't miss the WSU Raptor Club live birds, Smokey Bear and Jimmye Firefighter.  Please join us for the day or weekend.

The Festival starts Friday, March 18th, at Stevens Funeral Home.  Pre-register for a variety of specialty and Crane tours.  Have a Spaghetti dinner at the Eagles Lodge, 127 E Larch Street for $10.  Come enjoy a FREE entertaining lecture with the Central Washington University Geology Department, Nick Zentner on "Central Washington is Disneyland for Geologist."

Saturday is the main Festival day for the whole family held at the Othello High School Gym.  Pre-register for specialty tours including a Biking for Cranes tour or the popular Ice Age Floods and the Channeled Scablands tour and morning or evening Crane tours.  Starting at 9 AM and ending at 5 PM, enjoy a variety of lectures ranging from wildlife, Ag, insects to geology, all are free with Paid Admission into the Festival.  The theme this year is "Birding, the Next Generation".  Every hour there will be entertaining lectures for children.  Featured Noon speaker is high schooler Lorenzo Rohani who will talk on his book "A Kid's Guide to Birding" and 4 PM featured speaker Dave Showalter on his new book "Sage Spirit".  All day, enjoy our Children Activities ranging from face painting, binocular making to mask making with a prize at the end of the activities.  Winged Migration movie will be showing at Reichert's Showhouse in the afternoon.  Food service is available starting with the Othello Rotary breakfast, Othello Senior Center lunch and ending with Classy Country Catering by Marie Borth at the Banquet and Silent Auction.  Featured speaker is David Moskowitz on his book "Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest".

Sunday pre-register for our specialty tours and crane viewing tour in the morning.  Visit our newly designed Othello Sandhill Crane Festival website in February for more information on the events at othellosandhillcranefestival.org or call 1-866-726-3445.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 10:03