Events with Friends of MCRWR
Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges help provide many special events throughout our complex of wildlife refuges. All events are free, unless specified, and open to the public.
Our environmental education programs immerse children, adults and families in nature and help inspire them to love and care for the earth.
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18th Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
March 27-29, 2015
We are looking for Speakers, Guides, Volunteers and Vendors!!!
Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested! We are excited to begin planning and preparing for the best year ever! If you know of anyone that may also be interested please feel free to forward this to them or send us their contact information and we will send them a personal invitation as well!
A special Thank You to all of our past Speakers, Guides, Volunteers, and Vendors! We could not have made it all these years without your valuable knowledge and hard work! We are excited to welcome some new comers this year! New ideas and fresh topics are always a welcome pleasure!
Contact Cindi or Marie at 509-765-9618, or email us:
The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival began in 1998, sponsored by the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service). Since the beginning the Festival has been financially supported by the City of Othello through tourism development funds (hotel/motel taxes) and logistically supported by the Othello School District and Othello Community Schools, reimbursed by Festival registration fees.
The Sandhill Crane Festival Committee plans, organizes and conducts the festival. The Committee includes Grant Conservation District staff, Othello citizens plus residents from the neighboring Columbia Basin communities of Ephrata, Moses Lake and Royal City.
The Festival has many tours for crane viewing along with specialty tours. Specialty tours have included Columbia National Wildlife Refuge/Potholes area wildlife tour, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands geology tour, Lower Grand Coulee birding tour and Wahluke Slope/Shrub Steppe birding tour. Pre-registration is suggested to reserve your seat as some fill up quickly. With admission price into the Festival on Saturday, you may attend free lectures which are repeated throughout the day. Lectures given in the past have included falconry, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands, Woodland Park Zoo, Grouse of Washington, Othello History within the Drumhellar Channeled Scablands, Shrub-Steppe Flora and Fauna, Owls of Eastern Washington and Spring Migration in the Columbia Basin.