The 2019 theme of the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is “Elegant Travelers on a Journey.” Kurt Braunwart, co-chair of the festival, says, “I have been involved with the festival for almost 20 years and it always amazes me how every year there is something fresh and new about nature and the local area. Even as locals, we are often surprised to see what interesting blends there are between wildlife and farming in the Columbia Basin,” In addition to a full slate of outstanding speakers focusing on area geology, ice age floods, a variety of cranes, and various animal migrations, the festival is also excited to have Wolf Haven International present for the first time ever. Based out of Tenino, WA, outreach coordinator Chris Montero will feature skull replicas, prey antlers, and a couple of life sized wolf cutouts at their table. Mr. Montero is an experienced naturalist guide, environmental interpreter, field technician, scientific illustrator and for the last eight years has been teaching wildlife and conservation for National Geographic Student Expeditions in Ecuador, Brazil, Australia, Belize and more recently in the Canadian Arctic.
Visit the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival website in February for more information on festival events at othellosandhillcranefestival.org.