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See the 2015 Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival Schedule HERE!

The 2015 Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival will take place at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge on August 28, 29 and 30, 2015. There will be activities for the entire family all weekend, including several lectures, workshops, walks, talks, and plenty of good food!

Dr. Sammy King
Dr. King from Louisiana is our featured speaker this year. He is the leader of the Louisiana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and an Associate at Louisiana State School of Renewable Natural Resources. He has been involved in Whooping Crane reintroduction in Louisiana and is well acquainted with the Whooping Crane story. He also is involved in wetlands restoration.

Dr. King will give a lecture "Forest and Wetland Change in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley" at Murie Auditorium at 3:00 PM Friday, Murie Building, West Ridge at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Friday night he will also present "Visit Louisiana's Wilds" outside on the big barn at 10:00 PM. On Saturday he will present "The Whooping Crane at 7:30 PM at the Wedgewood Resort's Taiga Center, 212 Wedgewood Drive. (Please park at the Antique Auto Museum.) Suggested donation is $5.00 for this event.

Julie Hammonds
Julie is speaking Friday at 7:30 PM on "Nature Writing," Saturday at 2:00 PM and on Sunday at 1:30 PM she will lead a "Writer's Workshop." There will be opportunities (but no pressure) to plant the seeds of a first draft and make solid plans for finishing and revising it. You'll hear and learn what one writer keeps in mind when she writes about wildlife. Workshop speaker Julie Hammonds is the associate editor and staff writer for Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine, a publication of the Arizona Department of Fish and Game, and has written about Arizona's Sandhill Cranes, some of whom summer in Alaska.

"If seeing sandhill cranes makes you want to share your experience, this workshop will provide a collaborative, structured environment for learning about, and doing, wildlife writing."

Stephen Cysewski
Stephen will lead a photo walk Friday night at 7:30 PM called "What the Heck is There to Photograph at Creamer's Field?" Stephen has been walking Creamer's Field most mornings, during all seasons, for the last five years. He has posted many Creamer's Field photographs at his web site, Wandering in Alaska, Stephen Cysewski Stephen is a Professor of Computer Applications, Emeritus, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Stephen's experience is that even after all the walks on the same trails he sees something different and worth photographing each day. As we walk we will discuss the photographic opportunities at Creamer's Field. "The walk will be limited to eight people and will take about two hours. We will explore and discuss the many ways of experiencing Creamer's Field. We might discuss Why and What to photograph. It is possible, with persistent questioning, that we might even sneak in a little How to photograph! Please bring a camera and dress appropriately for the weather. We will go on the walk no matter what the weather."

Randall Compton

New to the festival this year will be a guest artist. Our own Randall Compton will be the first of our guest artists who highlight the refuge in their work. Randall is known for his brilliant depictions of Alaskan scenery and wildlife, specifically Alaskan birds. Known as an avid falconer, his work depicts many aspects of this passion. Randall makes his home in Fairbanks with his wife and children. Randall has donated artwork to us for the festival this year. A giclee print is being raffled and another original painting that we used for our Crane Fest posters this year will be sold at our silent auction. Both are beautiful!

You can view the entire 2015 Festival schedule at the link above.

Dr. Sammy King

Julie Hammonds

Stephen Cysewski

Randall Compton

FRIDAY - August 28, 2015 3:00 PM ~ Murie Auditorium, University of Alaska Campus, West Ridge, Murie Building

FRIDAY - August 28, 2015 6:00 PM ~ Guest Reception and Picnic

A Potluck Picnic for the Members of Friends of Creamer's Field with our featured guests. Come and renew your membership or join now! Bring your favorite potluck side dish and join us for dinner with the Cranes, under the tent by the Farmhouse at Creamer's Field

FRIDAY - August 28, 2015 7:30 PM ~ Workshops

Nature Writing with Julie Hammonds

What the Heck is There to Photograph at Creamer's Field? Photography and nature walk with Stephen Cysewski

FRIDAY - August 28, 2015 10:00 PM ~ The Broadside Theater presents:

"Visit Louisiana Wilds" with Dr. Sammy King. FREE outside theater on the side of the big barn, weather permitting. Dress warmly. Popcorn will be available for donations!

(NOTE: If you are in a photo on any of our pages and wish to have it removed, please contact us HERE.)

Come to the Farmhouse to purchase gifts for your nature-loving friends!

Purchase a copy of the Mark D. Ross "Field Sketches: The Alaska Wildlife Almanac Through the Seasons..." book.
It has his field sketches, including those that were seen in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner during the years 2000-2014. Some sketches are also in color! Get one NOW!

Give your family and friends a Gift Membership to "Friends of Creamer's Field" and share our local refuge with everyone!

Come and shop for other gift ideas! Call 452-5162 to see if we are open. If we are in the building, the Visitor Center Gift Shop is open!

Some of our items include a select variety of Folkmanis Puppets, Peeps Birds, Baseball caps, Nature books, Creamer's Field t-shirts,
mugs, artwork, cards, CD's and more. Check us out for gift-giving to your nature-loving friends. Receive a 10% discount on most items when your membership card is shown! (We accept cash. checks, VISA and Mastercard.)

Thank you for coming to our Events in 2014 and for supporting our programs!

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A Creamer's Field PSA was made by KTVF Channel 11 Broadcast Academy students in 2014.

Click HERE to view the video!

(Right click the link and choose from the menu "Save Link As" to keep your own copy!)

*A way you can support Friends of Creamer's Field*

Do you receive an Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend? Consider making a donation from your PFD next year! When you apply for your PFD next year be sure to designate a donation to Friends of Creamer's Field through the Pick.Click.Give. Program! And a big THANK YOU to the 109 donors who gave us over $6000 in 2014!

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Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge includes almost 2000 acres, of which 150 acres lie within the city of Fairbanks, Alaska. The fields, woods, and wetlands are managed by the Alaska State Department of Fish and Game. The farmhouse, barns, and 12 acres are listed in the National Register of Historic Places of the National Park Service.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game ~ Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Overview

Friends of Creamer's Field
1300 College Road
P. O. Box 81065
Fairbanks, AK 99708
(907) 452-5162 Email Us

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Memberships and donations are tax deductible (Tax ID# 92-0137107). As a member you receive our Field Notes newsletter, 10% discounts on our items sold in the Visitor Center gift shop, an invitation to our annual member picnic, and more!
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