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CraneFest planned in Bellevue Oct. 12-13

From noon to dusk Oct. 12 and 13, the 25th annual CraneFest will celebrate the migration of the sandhill crane in Michigan.

The event will feature guided nature hikes, activities for kids, live animal exhibits, food vendors, nature-themed artisans, conservation organizations, and concludes with the highlight of the day, optimal viewing of Michigan’s largest bird coming in to roost for the night.

Sandhill cranes will fly in to and out of the marsh all day.

More than 2,500 cranes were viewed each night during the 2018 event.

Sandhill cranes have existed for more than 2.5 million years. They measure up to 5 feet tall with wings spanning 6 feet.

In the 1930s, habitat destruction and hunting left only 17 pairs of sandhill cranes in Michigan. Today, conservation efforts have led to a steady increase in populations with an estimated 30,000 cranes living in Michigan in warmer months.

Admission to CraneFest is free. Parking is $7.

The festival will take place at the Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area, 22300 Fifteen Mile Road in Bellevue.

 

 

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