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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


The Festival is HERE!!!

FRIDAY held at Stevens Funeral Home, 511 S 7th - 2 Seats on the Birding Columbia NWR Tour and 9 Seats at the 5:30 Crane Viewing Tour and at 8:15 PM a FREE lecture by Roy W. Lowe on Seabird Conservation on the Oregon Coast.

SATURDAY held at Othello High School, 340 S 7th - 6 Seats 7:30 AM Crane Viewing; 26 seats 8:00 AM Crane Viewing; 20 Seats 8:30 Crane Viewing; 7 Seats Ground Squirrel Tour; 20 Seats 5:30 PM Crane Viewing and 7 Spots for the Banquet.

Saturday is our Main Festival Day. This is the day we have tours, vendors, WSU Live Raptors, 6-7 lectures running every hour on multiple topics, Rotary Breakfast from 6:00-11:00 AM, Senior Center has a baked potato bar and fresh soups, Othello High School has boxed lunches and concessions, Children's Activities for all ages and the Banquet at 7:30 with guest speaker Scott F Burns on Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods.

SUNDAY is held at the Othello High School with only tours. The following tours are available: 7:30-3:15 2 seats Lower Crab Creek; 8:00-11:00 AM Columns and Camera Tour; 8:15-4:00 Palouse Falls Tour; 8:45-10:45 AM Crane Viewing and 9:00-3:00 Ice Age Floods Geology Hike.

We will not be answering our phones but come and enjoy the Festival.

For more information visit the Chamber of Commerce, 33 E Larch Street for maps or general information.





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 Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:18