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Cranes and Colors



October 15, 2023 $135
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Cranes and Colors

Every October Sandhill Cranes gather by the thousands in southwest Michigan. This is said to be the second largest gathering of these birds in the U.S. They come flying and soaring in to the wetlands in the Baker Sanctuary, the air filled with that distinctive, almost prehistoric cry. Join us for a unique experience of getting an up-close look at the magnificent Sandhill Crane Bird Migration near Marshall, MI.

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Our day begins with a visit to "Crane Fest" hosted by the Battle Creek Kiwanis Club. Crane Fest has truly become one of Michigan’s gala artistic and environmental events. Visit Artist Village, featuring Michigan’s best nature artists displaying and selling their work. Artists, vendors, nonprofits, and other outdoor-minded groups offer an array of thought, wares, and tastes intended to enhance your afternoon experience. There will also be a "live birds of prey" program and other exhibits.

Take a Guided Nature Walk with a local naturalist as we explore the nature trails, seasonal birds, and wildlife. (This is is an optional 45 minute walk that will not be strenuous, but you will need to wear proper footwear and attire to participate.)

We will take a break from the festival for an early included dinner at the famous Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall.

After dinner, return to the park to watch the birds fly in and out of the area in huge flocks as the sun sets. Each evening in October, just before dusk, these majestic cranes leave their favorite feeding fields and head to Big Marsh Lake.

Please note: This event is held rain or shine.