Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Announces 2020 Keynote Speakers

January 15, 2020


The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival has announced the Friday, March 20th and Saturday March 21st keynote speakers.  The 23rd annual festival will be held March 20, 21, and 22, 2020 in Othello, Washington.  With the celebration of the spring migration of the Sandhill cranes, the festival offers a variety of events for the whole family to enjoy and learn.  Online registration opens on February 1, 2020.  Some tours sell out quickly, so check the website early!


Our Friday evening keynote speaker will be Sarah Koenigsberg, director of Tensegrity Productions in Walla Walla, WA.  She is a filmmaker, photographer, and educator whose work focuses on stories of art, environment, and community in the American West.  Her films and teaching cross disciplines, illuminating the power of storytelling as a medium through which to explore complex science and policy issues.  Sarah will be showing her 50 minute 2018 documentary “The Beaver Believers” beginning at 8:15 p.m. in the north gymnasium of Othello High School (340 S 7th St., Othello, WA  99344) to be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker herself.  The documentary examines the habitat restoration potential of the reintroduction of beaver in the American West.  This presentation and film screening are open to all and completely free.  No tickets or pre-registration are required.


Our Saturday evening keynote speaker will be Dr. Kaeli Swift, a corvid researcher with the University of Washington in Seattle.  Her keynote address will focus on her post-doctoral work where she studied the caching behavior of Canada jays in Denali National Park.  Dr. Swift is an educator and blogger with wide reach.  You can read her popular science articles on her blog,  You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at the @corvidresearch handle.  Video, audio, and print reports of her research have been featured by: National Geographic, PBS, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Ologies podcast, Science Friday and many others.  This keynote address will be delivered during our Saturday evening banquet, to include an all-you-can-eat buffet style dinner including dessert and a coffee bar.  The talk will be held in the corridor of Othello High School.  Banquet tickets are $35.00 per person.



Visit the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival website in mid-January for more information on the events at  Online and telephone ((509) 989-5606) registration opens February 1, 2020.


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