As Sandhill Cranes begin to arrive on Galveston Island to spend the winter, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council opens registration for Holiday with the Cranes, Dec. 9 – 10, 2017. Holiday with the Cranes is an island experience that offers nature enthusiasts a unique opportunity to spend a weekend observing and celebrating the flocks of Sandhill Cranes that migrate to Galveston each winter. Events include indoor and outdoor nature activities and presentations, combined with the ambiance of historical Galveston Island. The impressive three-to-four-foot tall Sandhill Cranes, known for their size and the bright red cap atop their heads, arrive in Galveston late October and depart late February through early March. There are 15 species of cranes around the world and only two are found in North America, the Whooping Crane, which is endangered, and the most abundant, the Sandhill Crane. Come find out just what it is that makes a crane a crane and enjoy observing the Sandhill Cranes and other resident and wintering birds.Activities include two Dawn Patrols, Coffee & Cranes with Jim Stevenson, East End Winter Coastal Birding Field Trip, and Winter Birding on Isle's West End. For all of the details and to register, go to www.GalvestonNatureTourism.org
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