Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Announces 2020 Theme
"The Sounds of Spring."Travel & Leisure
The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announced the 2020 theme as “The Sounds of Spring.” The 23rd annual festival will be held March 20, 21, and 22, 2020 in Othello, Washington. With the celebration of the spring migration of the Sandhill cranes, the festival offers a variety of events for the whole family to enjoy and learn. Online registration opens on February 1, 2020. Some tours sell out quickly, so check the website early!
Guided tours to view the Festival’s namesake, the Sandhill crane, in the wild and tours highlighting the unique geology of eastern Washington are mainstays of the Festival each year. This year’s Festival will highlight presentations on a variety of Pacific and Inland Northwest wildlife, not only migratory and but also year-round residents. Photography, biotechnology, unmanned aerial systems (drones), and fire’s role in the ecosystem are also highlights of the 2020 Festival.
The Children Activities Committee will have fun activities for kids, such as faux binoculars to use for “birding” in the gym by finding pictures of various birds, origami folded crane mobiles, live ladybugs as an educational tool, mask making, and many other activities. As always, we will have a free photo booth to take your picture with a digitized Sandhill crane in the background to take home as a souvenir.
Best of all, a single general admission ticket ($5 for seniors, $10 for adults, children under 12 are free with a paid adult or senior) gets you into the Festival on Saturday and covers all lectures and events held at Othello High School, exclusive of viewing tours.
Lectures are offered only on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Friday evening and Sunday morning host tours only with the exception of a Friday night keynote address at Othello High School which is free to attend and open to all.
Visit the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival website in January for more information on the events at othellosandhillcranefestival.org. Online and telephone ((509) 989-5606) registration opens February 1, 2020.