Early registration for the annual Whooping Crane Festival scheduled for February 19th – 22nd closes on Monday, February 9th. Please go to www.whoopingcranefestival.org to reserve the activities of your choice as several tours are already full! As the festival has grown over the years, so has the variety of nature related activities and experiences, and this year is no exception.

Opportunities for birding field trips and workshops, and a variety of photography workshops and trips are still available. Professional photographer Larry Ditto will assist and teach several workshops from novice to expert in a variety of different settings including many field trips to put your techniques to the test.

Among the expert speakers are Cecilia Riley (Gulf Coast Bird Observatory) who will talk about conservation and birds, and Jace Tunnell (Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve) who will show off the newest addition to The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, the Estuary Explorium. Joe Duff (Operation Migration) will discuss his work guiding Whooping Cranes behind ultralight aircraft. Rounding out the festival are additional experts from the International Crane Foundation who will discuss a variety of topics regarding Whooping Cranes.

The festival is sponsored by Cheniere, Eagle Optics, HEB, Port Corpus Christi and Swarovski Optik, as well as many local partners and is proud to be a nature-related and educational festival which stands out as “one of a kind,” focusing on conservation and recovery of one of our most endangered species.