Birds flock to Creamers Field for 24th annual Sandhill Crane Festival

Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 4:01 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -With fall migration season almost upon us, birds of all kinds are flocking to Creamers Field, and you can join them as part of this annual wildlife festival.

From August 20th through the 22nd, the 24th annual Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane festival is taking place at Creamers Field. At the event participants can engage with the wildlife in a number of novel ways, and get a first hand look at research conducted by the waterfowl refuge. From taking part in bird banding and release, to a nature walk among the cranes, a crane calling contest for all ages, and a close-up look at the work of local falconers, this festival offers fun and educational activities for the whole family.

Mark Ross, Creamers Field Waterfowl Refuge wildlife biologist described the status of migration through the field. “The birds are gathering here for fall migration. Today we had a count of about 800 cranes and 800 Canada geese, and the numbers will be building probably for another week. The maximum numbers will probably be around 2000 cranes and 2000 Canada geese, along with a variety of other ducks and geese. Also, birds of prey will be coming in because where the flocks gather, there will be hunters. Bald eagles are making daily forays in here, and some of the peregrine falcons and smaller birds of prey are showing up also,.”

The festival began at 8 a.m. Friday at Creamers Field. For more information visit Creamers Field’s website here.

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