Sunday's for the Birds: Whooper Update: Fun, Feathers, Festival!

September is an exciting month for Operation Migration. The annual Whooping Crane Festival's just right around the corner; September 13-15 in Berlin,Wisconsin. There's still time to register. Events included:
Friday night dinner at the Tuscombia Country Club. Kenn Kaufman, author of Kingbird Highway - The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. Kaufman will give a presentation entitled Bird Flight as Science and Magic;
At sunrise on Saturday morning (weather permitting), guests will be able to watch the Class of 2013 undertake their morning flight training at White River Marsh Wildlife Area (I had an opportunity to view the class of 2010 when they were training at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. This was my best birding experience ever. I was in tears.);
Head back to Berlin for a pancake breakfast at 9:00 and the beginning of the festival: peruse the vendor area, attend speaker sessions, bid on silent auction items;

Sunday morning offers another chance to see the chicks fly;
Join in the day-trip to see all 15 species of cranes at the International Crane Foundation in nearby Baraboo, WI.

Also a reminder: The whoopers will complete their training and be on their way south to Florida in less than six weeks. You can log-on to Operation Migration's website to watch their daily progress.
If you wish, you can support OM by purchasing Mile Markers to help fund the program. Distances begin at 1/4 miles.