Monday Morning Blogging: The Whooping Crane Festival

Operation Migration teams up with the Princeton (WI) Chamber of Commerce to present the 2015 Whooping Crane Festival this week. There are lots of fun events scheduled, beginning with Thursday night’s welcome dinner at Reilly’s Bar and Pub on Green Lake, and concluding Sunday with a bird walk at White River Marsh and Birding by Boat at Horicon Marsh, beginning at 11 a.m.

You can learn all the details here, but the heart of the Whooping Crane Festival is Saturday with talks and exhibits set up at the Princeton School. The purpose of this post is to acquaint you with who is speaking.

Stan Tekiela is the creator of a popular series of state-specific Field Guides to birds, wildflowers, and trees.

Stan Tekiela is the creator of a popular series of state-specific Field Guides to birds, wildflowers, and trees.

Naturalist, writer, and wildlife photographer Stan Tekelia, is the after-dinner speaker for Friday’s Kickoff dinner which will be held in the Aboretum Room of the Comfort Suites of Royal Ridges.  Stan has authored over 100 field guides, nature appreciation books, and wildlife audio books.

Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States, and has just returned from a two-week photography trip to Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota, is a well-known columnist and radio personality and has given hundreds of talks and presentations.

Saturday Speakers at the Whooping Crane Festival

Operation Migration pilot Joe Duff, who has spent 15 years training and flying with whooping cranes, as well as talking and writing about them, will share some of those adventures with his trademark humor, and plenty of images. Joe is the co-founder of Operation Migration.

Other Saturday programs will include Pat Fisher of The Feather,  who will present a program on Raptor Rehabilitation, from 9 – 10 a.m.  The Feather is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for orphaned and injured avian wildlife. Rob Zimmer, syndicated Wisconsin outdoor and garden writer, will present a program on Gardening for Wildlife, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Finally, in a  “kids of all ages” program, Wisconsin educator/entertainer will present three 45-minute shows; they will begin on-the-hour at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.  David is a Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education Teacher of the Year, and also an “Aldo Leopold award winner.”

Here is one of Stan Tekiela’s images, most appropriate for this Whooping Crane Festival:  “Whooping Crane pair on Foggy Morning”

Happy Fest days to participants and attendants – one and all!


One thought on “Monday Morning Blogging: The Whooping Crane Festival

  1. Funny to see your post this morning. As we drove out of Michigan yesterday, we were on I-75 near Monroe. I casually remarked to John, “I think I saw a whooper back there.” “I thought so too,” was his reply. It was probably just an enormous egret, but at the time, we both thought it was a crane. Bright white and huge. Doubtful, eh?

    We are hoping to see them in TX again this winter. It sure was a thrill last year.

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