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Whopping Crane Festival in Princeton, Sept. 11-14
Posted by Gary Haas on August 28th, 2014
An exciting fun-packed weekend full of festivities along with exploring nature at it’s finest are all part of the 2014 Whooping Crane Festival held September 11-14, 2014. Bring a full array of activities to the Princeton and surrounding area, Cranefest is a one-of-a-kind event families and festival goers and nature lovers do not want to miss.
As the events and festivities are finalized, information will be regularily posted on the Princeton Chamber website along with Green Lake Country Visitors Bureau site.
The festival celebrates and supports the ongoing efforts to save the endangered Whooping crane from extinction. Since 2001, Operation Migration, a U.S./Canadian non-profit organization, has worked with the other founding members of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership to restore a migratory population of these endangered cranes to the eastern half of North America. Using light aircraft, the Operation Migration team guides young Whooping Cranes on their first migration from Wisconsin to Florida each fall.
From 2001 to 2010, the northern anchor of the migration was at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in north central Wisconsin. In 2011, rearing and training of the whooper chicks moved to the White River Marsh Wildlife Area, administered by the Wisconsin DNR, located north of Princeton. This effort is unique in the world and represents the cutting edge of avian wildlife conservation.