Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival 2014
Tanana Valley Crane Festival
Schedule for August 22-24, 2014
   at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska
For more information, call (907) 452-5162 or email Friends of Creamer's Field
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      Crane Fest Raffle tickets for Karin Franzen Fiber-art Quilt (right)
at Two-Street Gallery and the Creamer's Field Farmhouse

                                                Click here to enlarge view of quilt

Friday, August 1

    5 - 7 PM-- About Creamer's - First Friday Art Show

Monday, August 18

    6 PM - 8 PM -- We may offer a "Crane Costume Workshop"

Friday, August 22

    3 PM - 4 PM - John Marzluff presents a seminar on "Neuroecology of Fear Learning in American Crows" in the Murie Auditorium on the West Ridge of UAF.
    6 PM - Marzluff Reception and Membership Picnic - Potluck Picnic for Friends of Creamer’s Field members with John and Colleen Marzluff. A short annual membership meeting will follow the picnic.
    7 - 9:30 PM - Workshops
    • Photography with Ronn Murray
    • Other choices
    • Other choices
    10 PM - "Ten Commandments that Allow us to Live Better Among the Birds" - on the BroadSide Theater of the Creamer's Field Barns - presented by John Marzluff

Saturday, August 23

    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 John Marzluff and local naturalists
    11 AM - Kids Crane Walk Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk with kids of all ages.
    11 AM - 1 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 AM - 1 PM - Book and Poster Signing - with John Marzluff and local authors
    12 noon - Crane Calling Contest - Try calling cranes, for kids and adults. Prizes
    12:30 PM - Cranes on Parade - Costumes and puppets - Vote for your favorites.
    2 PM - Poetry Workshop Be inspired, led by Cindy Hardy, for all ages and abilities.
    3 PM - Kid's Walk (provisional scheduling).
    3:30 PM - eBird Workshop. AK Audubon's Beth Peluso will show you how to use eBird.
    5 PM - 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 - John Marzluff presents:

    "Gifts of the Crow"
    in Wedgewood Resort's Taiga Center, 212 Wedgewood Drive,
    located next to Antique Car Museum. ($5 donation suggested).

Sunday, August 24

    8 AM - Local Birding Hotspots - A carpooling tour of Fairbanks' best birding hotspots. Be prompt or the tour will leave without you!
    9:30 AM - Run with the cranes - Details to follow!
    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) - 2 PM - Drawing Cranes Workshop - Capture Cranes on paper with artist/naturalist Mark Ross. Bring pencils and sketchpad.
    1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM - Bird Research Talks
          Bird researchers will share gems from their work in the conference room
          of the Alaska Fish and Game Building
    •     1 PM - Japanese Cranes in Hokkaido - John Wright
    •     2 PM - Crane Nesting Behavior - Christy Yuncker Happ and George Happ
    1 PM - Kid's Crane Walk - Join a naturalist on a walk for kids of all ages.
    2 PM - Hopper Hunt - What are those cranes eating? A walk for kids of all ages.
    4 PM - Live Birds of Prey - Local falconers Dave Lorring and Randall Compton will bring magnificent live birds of prey and share their experiences.
    5 - 6 PM - Ice Cream Social 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 Karin Franzen Quilt will occur at 5:30.
    The silent auction will close at 6 PM.

Ongoing Events - all weekend

    Quilt Raffle
    Raffle tickets will be sold at the Farmhouse Visitor Center.
    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 Sunday and 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.
    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. 11 AM to 5 PM daily
    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.