Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival 2013
Tanana Valley Crane Festival
August 22-25, 2013
   at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska
For more information, call (907) 452-5162 or email Friends of Creamer's Field

   2013 - Crane Festival Schedule

Thursday, August 22

Friday, August 23

    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Membership Picnic - Potluck Picnic for Friends of Creamer’s Field members with the Forsbergs. A short annual membership meeting will occur.
    10:00 pm - "Great Plains – America’s Lingering Wild" -on the BroadSide Theater of the Creamer's Field Barns - presented by Michael Forsberg

Saturday, August 24

    8 am - 10 am - Bird Banding Open House Join the Alaska Songbird Institute to see songbirds up close and meet ASI's staff and board. Follow signs from the Farmhouse.
    10 am - Nature walk with Michael Forsberg and local naturalists
    11:00 am- 1:30 pm - Brunch with the Cranes at the Farmhouse. Enjoy good food and live music under the tent. ($10 donation per person/$8 for members).
    11:00 am- 1:30 pm Book and Poster Signing - with Mike Forsberg and local authors
    11:30 am - Crane Calling Contest - Try calling cranes, for kids and adults. Prizes
    12 noon - Kids Crane Walk Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk with kids of all ages.
    1:30 pm - Poetry Workshop Be inspired, led by Cindy Hardy, for all ages and abilities.
    3 pm - Poetry Walk. Follow the Poetry Walk and hear poets read their poems.
    4 pm eBird Workshop. AK Audubon's Beth Peluso will show you how to use eBird.
    5 - 7 pm - Tex-Mex Dinner - Celebrate the Cranes wintering grounds with food and music from south of the border. Dance if you like! $10 / person donation supports Camp Habitat.

    7:30 pm- Michael Forsberg presents:

    "From Cranes to Plains, A Photographer'sJourney
    Connecting Water, Wildlife, and Landscape in the Heart of the Continent
    in Wedgewood Resort's Taiga Center, 212 Wedgewood Drive,
    located next to Antique Car Museum. ($5 donation suggested).

Sunday, August 25

    8 am - Local Birding Hotspots - Join Jim DeWitt for a carpooling tour of Fairbanks' best birding hotspots. . Be prompt or the tour will leave without you!
    10 am - Cranes, Coffee, and Croissants - Join Creamer's Field naturalists for a coffee, and a bun followed by nature walk among the cranes. ($5 donation suggested)
    12 (noon) to 2 pm Drawing Cranes Workshop - Capture Cranes on paper with artist/naturalist with Mark Ross. Bring pencils and sketchpad.
    1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm - Bird Research Talks - Bird researchers will share gems from their work - inside the Alaska Fish and Game Building
    •     1 pm - Crane Family Ties - George Happ
    •     2 pm - Growing up at Creamer's Field - Students from the ASI High School Internship Program
    •     3 pm - The Cranes of Creamer's - John Wright
    3 pm Kids Hopper Hunt - What are those cranes eating? A walk for kids of all ages.
    4 pm Live Birds of Prey - Loal falconer Randall Compton will bring magnificent live birds of prey and share their experiences.
    5 - 6 pm Ice Cream Social, Raffle Drawing, and Silent Auction Conclusion - Enjoy ice cream with crane-berry toppings and music you can dance to. The Ice Cream is complimentary for all festival voluteers, others make a donation ($5).
    Raffle ticket drawing for the Crane Art Tile will occur at 5:30.
    The silent auction will close at 6 PM.

Ongoing Events

    Silent Auction
    A fabulous assortment of items is on display and up for your silent bid during the festival in the Farmhouse Visitor Center. Proceeds help to make the Sandhill Crane Festival possible. All items will close at 6PM on Sundaymand may be claimed at that time or later. The silent auction is available during the festival whenever the Farmhouse Visitor Center is open.
    Crane Poetry Walk
    Poems by local writers are displayed along the Farm Road Trail. The trails at Creamer’s Refuge are always open

11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday

    Crane Watch
    Drop by the viewing platforms at Creamer’s Field. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available and naturalists from Arctic Audubon will help you identify birds and share natural history information.
    Crane Crafts
    The Craft area outside the farmhouse will have materials and helpers for craft projects for folks of all ages including: mobiles, origami, track casting, masks, weaving and puppets.
    Crane Page Coloring
    Crayons and colored pencils are provided to color the page created annually by Mark Ross for the Festival. Completed pages earn a prize and will be displayed.

    Give Wild Birds a Chance
    Please use common sense while you enjoy watching birds.
    Avoid activity that stresses birds or causes them to move away or take flight.

    Please leash all dogs.