The 22nd annual Whooping Crane Festival opens Thursday, February 22 in Port Aransas, Texas. Festival events will run daily February 22-25. The festival is open to birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves the outdoors and nature-related activities.

World renowned crane expert, Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder of the International Crane Foundation, will be one of the featured speakers, along with representatives from Operation Migration, Wood Buffalo National Park, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and more. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to take guided boat tours to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to view the world’s last naturally-occurring population of Whooping Cranes on their wintering grounds. Additional festival activities include birding and nature boat and bus tours, interactive workshops and seminars, a painting and wine tasting class, and a free nature-related trade show.

For more information and online registration, visit Online registration closes at 12:00 p.m. CT on February 19. Onsite registration will open on February 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Port Aransas Civic Center and run daily through the festival.

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