Whooping Crane Festival

Whooping Crane Festival
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

The Whooping Crane Festival, on September 10, will really put the “special” in Princeton’s special events schedule. Beth Pelland, director of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, is involved in the planning and shares her enthusiasm, saying, “This is a wonderful event.” Whooping cranes (Grus americana), once nearly extinct, are making a comeback due to the congressional Endangered Species Act and many concerned citizens.

In 1937, there were only about 27 birds. Today they number about 600. Princeton plays a part in this success story, making the whooping cranes’ story a reason to celebrate in a big way. One of only two populations, these elegant five-foot birds with a wingspan of seven to nine feet make central Wisconsin their summer home and winter in the southeastern United States. The other population summers in northwestern Canada and winters along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The entire festival is packed with activities for all ages and interests. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, birding walks, special speakers, a marketplace, potential crane-viewing sites, and more. Events will be held all over town and in nearby communities; children’s activities and food will be available throughout; and parking is plentiful and free.

With the ultralight program ending, this will be a transition period, and the Whooping Crane Festival Committee, led by Carol Bielski, is looking forward to a fun year filled with many new traditions and events.

Green Lake County’s scenic beauty boasts rolling farmlands and glaciated hills and vales. Area pastimes include biking on excellent trails, hiking, boating on historic lakes, canoeing and kayaking, world-class golfing, museums, historical societies, unique shops, guided fishing trips, and so much more. Lodging and restaurants are legendary.

The festival is sponsored by the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, Operation Migration, local bird lovers, and other nonprofit organizations. Additional information may be obtained at princetonwi.com or by calling the Chamber at (920) 295-3877. You can also visit operationmigration.org or call Operation Migration at (800) 675-2618.

Provided by the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce .