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Crane Festival 2013

09/13/2013 06:00 AM - 09/15/2013 05:00 PM CST


  • Free


various locations in and around Berlin, WI.
SAT. FESTIVAL: Berlin Conservation Club W898 Whiteridge Rd.,
Berlin, WI 54923


A weekend long schedule of events for Craniacs!


 Crane Festival 2013

Save the dates: September 13-15

In addition to Saturday's crane festival, other events/outings will be taking place on Friday, Sept. 13th and Sunday, Sept. 15th 

GETTING AROUND (view maps)

Friday, Sept. 13th 10am - 3pm - Meet at the Visitors Information Center of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge - visit the location where the Whooping crane reintroduction began in 2001. $10 pp includes box lunch. SORRY - THIS TRIP IS FULL AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRANTS

Friday evening - Join us for a dinner at the Tuscumbia Country Club! where we will dine with featured speaker Kenn Kaufman!​

Exclusive Silent Auction items will be available. $50 pp with a portion of each ticket going to the Class of 2013 Whooping cranes. Cocktail hour: 6pm - cash bar. Dinner 7pm 

Kenn Kaufman: A lifelong passion for birds and nature captured Kenn Kaufman at the age of six and has never let go.  Kenn burst onto the North American birding scene as a teenager in the 1970s, hitch-hiking all over the continent in pursuit of birds, an adventure later chronicled in his cult-classic book Kingbird Highway.  After working as a leader of nature tours to all seven continents, he made a transition into a career as a freelance writer and naturalist.  Kenn is now a field editor for Audubon magazine, and writes regularly for every major birding magazine.  Most of his energy currently goes into book projects, including his own field guide series, Kaufman Field Guides, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company of Boston. This series now includes volumes on North American birds (in both English and Spanish), butterflies, mammals, insects, and advanced birding, plus a new volume on the nature of the New England states.  His other books include Lives of North American Birds and Flights Against the Sunset.  In 2005 he moved from Arizona to northwestern Ohio, where his wife Kimberly is executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

On Friday evening, following dinner, Kenn will provide a presentation titled: Bird Flight as Science and Magic -- There are a million reasons why birds are so appealing to humans, but a major aspect is the fact that birds can fly -- most of them, anyway.  For many people, the flight of birds may symbolize the ultimate freedom.  But what does flight mean for the birds themselves?  In this heavily illustrated program, Kenn Kaufman will describe the basics of how birds fly, and will talk about the surprising ways that flight defines the life styles of many different kinds of birds.

 Saturday, Sept. 14th - Festival begins at 9am with a breakfast provided by the Berlin Rotary Club. Check out the vendors in the marketplace; bid on Silent Auction items; attend one (or all) of the speaker sessions!

  • Pat Fisher 9:30 to 10:30 - Raptor Rehabilitation: The programs 'Fisher' offers are "up close and personal" as she educates with birds 'on the glove.' The birds make learning a personal experience and are the best way to present wildlife education. Check out The Feather!

  • Michelle Taliaferro 11:00 to Noon - Natural Selection in Darwin's Finches in Response to a Parasitic Fly (Philornis downsi). Join craniac and biologist Shelly Taliaferro as she describes her experience in Galapagos, as a volunteer researcher, studying natural selection in Darwin's tree finches in response to a parasitic fly (Philornis downsi). This fly, which lays its eggs in the nest of finches, and whose larvae feed, at night, on the blood and tissues of bird hatchlings, has been described as "the biggest threat to all land birds within the Galapagos archipelago." Due to their unique nest structure, Darwin's finches seem especially-favored targets of the parasitic fly. For the finches, this parasite is of particular concern, as several finch species have been declared "critically endangered." The high rate of hatchling mortality attributed to Philornis larvae is exerting a strong selection pressure and is altering finch reproductive behavior, thereby driving evolution in these bird species. Shelly describes her experience as follows, "The opportunity to work in the Galapagos with Darwin's finches, witnessing evolutionary forces firsthand was a biologist's dream come true!" Come share her experiences and learn what is being done in an effort to stop the biggest threat to Galapagos land birds in this informative talk!


  • John French 1:00 to 2:00 - USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: 


  • Tom Schultz 2:30 to 3:30 - Wisconsin Society for Ornithology:  There Are OTHER Birds at White River Marsh, Too - Tom has become an expert in the identification of North American birds, and is active in the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, where he serves as vice president and as co-chair of the field trip committee. From 1994 to 2000 he served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas project, and was also a Regional Coordinator. In addition, he was the photo editor for the resulting book, and authored a number of species accounts.


  • Joe Duff 4:00 to 5:00 - Operation Migration: Joe is the co-founder and CEO of Operation Migration. While there are not very many humans who can include 'flying with birds' on their list of accomplishments, if one were ranking them on the number of hours and species, Joe would be at the top of the list. Since 1993, Joe has logged hundreds of hours, guiding Canada geese, Sandhill cranes, Trumpeter swans and of course Whooping cranes along pre-determined migration routes in his small aircraft. Come listen to Joe as he recounts his adventures with humor and incredible images.

Sunday, Sept. 15th - Attend a Craniac tour of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI. Tickets $20 Meet at ICF at 10am

To Register for any/all of the festival activities visit the registration page. 

VIEW a Photo Gallery from the 2012 Whooping Crane Festival!


 To plan your accomodations please visit Green Lake Chamber of Commerce Lodging page or Ellison's Gray Lion B & B in Princeton or the Riverview B & B in nearby Neshkoro, WI

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