33rd Annual Fall Crane Fest at Crex will teach visitors more about historic cranes

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  1. By Northwest Region September 10, 2015

    Contact(s): Kristi Pupak, DNR wildlife conservation educator, 715-463-2739

    GRANTSBURG, Wis. - Join the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Crex Meadows for the 33rd Annual Fall Crane Fest Oct. 10 at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitors Center.

    This year's event will highlight thousands of Sandhill Cranes that migrate to the property each October, and activities include a crane count, wild rice flapjacks, and an evening crane tour. Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitors Center is located at 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, Wis. 54840.

    The schedule for Fall Crane Fest is as follows:

    • Crane Count, 6:30-9 a.m. - Training session in the morning for crane counters. Help volunteer to count cranes throughout wildlife area. Tally sheets will be collected. Pre-registration required.
    • Mess Hall Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 8-11 a.m. - Help the FOC raise money for a new Multi-Purpose Building. Enjoy a pancake breakfast with the unique ingredient of wild rice and pure maple syrup. Donations will be accepted.
    • Crane Tour, 5-6:30 p.m. - Meet at the Visitor Center then car-pool through the wildlife area to watch the Sandhill Cranes fly in from their day-time feeding grounds to their nightly roosting grounds. Pre-registration required. Limited to 30 participants. First 10 people may reserve space in the van.
    • "Crane Connection" Presentation, 7-8 p.m. - Please join USFWS Wildlife Biologist, Dave Fronczak, as he presents his research and findings about the Eastern Population of Sandhill Cranes. A brief overview of historical work in Wisconsin will be discussed. Baked goods and coffee will be provided.

    The Friends of Crex also sponsor a Crex Crane Fest Medallion Hunt, which gives participants an opportunity to purchase a $5 button from Sept. 19 to Oct. 10. A medallion will be hidden on the Crex Meadows property, and clues will be given each Tuesday and Friday until Oct. 9. One grand prizewinner will receive $100 and will get to keep the medallion. You must purchase a button to be eligible for the grand prize.

    Lodging is available at Luther Point Bible Camp for a small rental fee. To reserve a cabin, call 715-689-2347 or send a quick email to [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Those interested in providing a donation to this year's event can do so in the form of staffing help at the pancake breakfast and providing maple syrup, egg bakes and baked desserts.

    Wildlife conservation education programs are supported by Friends of Crex Meadows. For more information, visit www.crexmeadows.org [EXIT DNR].

    Last Revised: Thursday, September 10, 2015