Here is a description of the festival taken from http://www.whoopingcranefestival.org. You can visit the site for information on events.
This festival in its 22nd year is a one of a kind event, focused on the Whooping Crane, the rarest of cranes and one of the most endangered birds in the world.
The Whooping Crane population is at a record high –an estimated 431 cranes wintered at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge last year. This summer, a record 63 Whooping Crane chicks fledged on the cranes’ breeding grounds at Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada. The Whooping Crane Festival celebrates the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat. The Texas Coastal Bend is the only place where you can see the world’s last naturally occurring population of Whooping Cranes.
World-renowned crane expert, Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder of the International Crane Foundation, will be one of the featured speakers, along with representatives from Wood Buffalo National Park, Operation Migration, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and more. Festival activities include boat tours to view the Whooping Cranes, interactive workshops and seminars, birding and nature boat and bus tours, a painting and wine tasting class and a free nature-related trade show.
A whooping Crane
Visitors from all over the country come to Port Aransas for the festival
The registration desk with a hanging quilt depicting the T-shirts from 20 festivals.
This year’s shirt
The Whooping Crane chicks are hatched in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada.
Representatives of the International Crane Foundation
Information on the Estuaries program and how to keep the Gulf beautiful.
An overall shot of the room. There were just too many booths to feature here. There were gifts, art, jewelry and more.
The famous King Ranch was represented offering birding tours.
Information for birders on the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.
The Port Aransas Animal Rehabilitation Keep was well represented.
Fisherman’s Wharf is represented offering tours to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, home of the Whooping Cranes. This is a model of the Wharf Cat, the boat used for the trip.
If you blow up this photo, you can see which birds have been spotted so far.
A picture of the Wharf Cat and bird enthusiasts waiting to board for the tour.
The captain surveying the landlubbers.
Another event that is part of the Whooping Crane Festival is the Wine and Art workshop at the Arts Center
There are wine and snacks too.
Everyone works on their individual rendering of the same piece. Here an artist is drying the background to get ready for the foreground.
Did I mention there was wine?
The artist instructor is demonstrating the application of the foreground.
Here is what each participants piece will look like.
I hope you enjoyed the walk around. It was good to see everyone enjoying themselves.