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CRANEFEST LOCATIONS

Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area 

22300 15 Mile Rd
Bellevue, MI

From I-69 turn west on N Dr. North (Exit 42). Follow N Dr. North .5 mile to the blinker at Cornwell’s Turkeyville. Turn north (right) onto 15-1/2 Mile Rd. Go 3.4 miles, joining 15 Mile Rd. along the way.

The Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area is the festival site for the Sandhill Crane and Art Festival, “CraneFest,” on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, 2014.  Crane viewing will take place both days of the CraneFest event, though crane activity begins to peak near dusk. Guided nature walks and self-guided exploration of the festival site offer chances to see a wide range of bird and wildlife species throughout the day.

Convis Township Hall

19500 15 Mile Rd
Marshall, MI

From I-69 turn west on N Dr. North (Exit 42). Follow N Dr. North .5 mile to the blinker at Cornwell’s Turkeyville. Turn north (right) onto 15-1/2 Mile Rd. then take a slight right onto 15 Mile Rd., destination will be on the right.

The Convis Township Hall is the site for the the fundraising event the Birders’ Soiree which occurs each year the Friday before CraneFest.

Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary

21145 15 Mile Rd
Bellevue, MI

Baker Sanctuary is located in central southern Michigan less than 50 miles from the Indiana and Ohio state lines. It is northeast of the intersection of I-69 and I-94 in Convis Township in north-central Calhoun County, 10 miles north of historic Marshall, 12 miles east of Battle Creek, and only minutes from Bellevue and the nearby picturesque college town of Olivet.

Baker Sanctuary is the second-largest property in the Michigan Audubon bird sanctuary network. Self-guided opportunities to explore Baker begin at the Meadow and Marshland Trailhead, which is located on the East side of 15 Mile Road.  Approximately 2 miles of mowed trails are available and are considered easy walking with minimal elevation change.

What to Bring: comfortable walking/hiking shoes, rain coat, sweatshirt or medium-weight jacket, reusable water bottle, optics, and cameras. It can be quite cool mornings and evenings so be sure to dress in layers.

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