Thank you to everyone who attended the 18th Annual Sandhill Crane & Art Festival, “CraneFest,” on October 13 & 14, 2012.
The Kiwanis Youth and Conservation Area, overlooking Baker Sanctuary, will be open for crane-viewing on the following days:
- October 20 & 21
- October 27 & 28
- November 3 & 4
- November 10 & 11
Viewing of the Sandhill Cranes from the Kiwanis property takes place between 4 and 7 pm. The property is not open on weekdays.
The street address for the Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area is: 22300 15 Mile Rd Bellevue, Michigan 49021
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Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13
The Sandhill Crane and Art Festival, “CraneFest XIX,” begins at Noon on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The festival is held at the Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area, adjacent to the Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary.
CraneFest would not be possible without our generous partners, the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek. The use of the Kiwanis Youth and Conservation Area makes it possible for visitors to see the cranes fly in and experience other intriguing wildlife in Big Marsh Lake. Although most of Big Marsh Lake lies within Michigan Audubon’s Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary, the wetland is not visible from the sanctuary itself. The Conservation and Youth Area, which is adjacent to Baker Sanctuary, provides a great overlook of Big Marsh Lake and is an ideal location for nature hikes and casual wildlife study.
Michigan Audubon thanks everyone that attended CraneFest in 2012. We hope you had an enjoyable experience, despite the weather. Set your calendars for October 12 & 13, 2013 when the 19th Annual CraneFest is scheduled to take place again at the Kiwanis Youth and Conservation Area overlooking Baker Sanctuary and Big Marsh Lake.
October through November
Sandhill Crane viewing takes place at locations throughout southern lower Michigan. We recommend visiting Haehnle Sanctuary in Jackson County and the Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary in Calhoun County. Both properties are owned and managed by Michigan Audubon.
Fall Crane Viewing Details:
The Sandhill Cranes at Haehnle Sanctuary are usually a quarter-mile in the distance. Binoculars or a spotting scope are highly recommended for watching the birds are this site.