Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
April 5 — April 7
Various times each day
This event is over.
Othello High School
Spring means the return of sandhill cranes to central Washington, and the Othello community is preparing to host the sixteenth annual festival to celebrate.
Hundreds of people from all over the Northwest attend the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival every spring, which features lectures, tours, and activities for families. The event is usually sponsored in late March, but organizers moved it to the first weekend in April this year to accommodate speaker schedules.
Events kick off on the afternoon of April 5th with boat tours on Potholes Reservoir and a “biking for cranes” tour. Visitors will enjoy featured speaker Dr. Richard Johnson, an ornithologist from WSU, on Friday night.
Saturday’s events include tours of burrowing owl/ground squirrel habitat, tours that feature geology shaped by prehistoric flooding, tours of prime crane viewing locations, and dozens of lectures at Othello High School. Lecture topics this year will cover everything from crane biology to wildlife photography. (For a full listing of speakers, tours, and events, please view the brochure on our Web site.) Idie Ulsh will be the banquet speaker on Saturday night during the silent auction.
Vendors, children’s activities, and the opportunity to view raptors up close and in person will be also available throughout the day on Saturday, April 6th. More tours will be available on Sunday.
The Othello farming community plays a central role in supporting crane migration each year. Cranes and other migrating birds feast on corn and grain left over from last year’s harvest, and some fields are left open through the migration season to allow birds the chance to rest during their travels.
For more information about tours, lectures, and activities at the Festival, please visit www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org or visit us on Facebook. Please remember that our tours fill up quickly, so register today!
For more information, contact Marie Lotz at 509-488-2802