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2023 Press Release & Registration Opens on February 6th at 6AM PST

OTHELLO, Washington – January 6, 2023


The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announced the 2023 theme as “Silver Anniversary, Celebrating Our Annual Visitors.” The 25th annual festival will be held March 24-26, 2023 in Othello Washington. We are excited to be celebrating our 25th year!


The festival will be in the same locations as last year. The lectures will be held at the Othello Nazarene Church, 835 S 10th Ave, Othello, WA. The Church is next door to McFarland Middle School where we will have the children’s art projects, vendors, a photo booth, the Rotary breakfast, and art contest display. We will be utilizing both facilities. Food trucks will be available onsite at lunchtime.

Online registration opens on February 6, 2023 and will be available on the website.

Cathy Nowak will be one of the featured speakers on Saturday, March 25, at 7:30pm. Cathy will be speaking about “Sandhill Crane Nests - Experience Matters,” with both words and photos. Dr. Kaeli Swift will be the other featured speaker on Friday, March 24, at 7:30 pm. Swift will explore commonly asked questions about crows, how crows have co-evolved with people, and what crows and other corvids can teach us about the nature of intelligence. Masks will be required at this lecture.


Other lectures on Saturday, March 25, will address cranes, birds, Ice Age Floods, the Drumheller Channels, and much more.


We are planning tours by bus, bike, boat, car, and foot. Guided crane viewing tours will be back, with self-guided tours as an option as well. Some tours will be available over two weekends.

The Children’s Art Activities will have fun projects for kids such as binoculars made of toilet paper rolls to use for “birding” adventures. Origami folded crane mobiles, mask making, and many other activities will be offered. We will again have the free photo booth to take your picture with a digitized Sandhill crane in the background to take home as a memento.


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.


Visit the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival website for more information on the events at Website: othellosandhillcranefestival.org.

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