Sandhill Crane Events

Breakfast with the Sandhill Cranes
December 13 & 14, 8:00am – noon
Moody Gardens Golf Course Banquet Facility, 1700 Sydnor Lane

Our morning crane events are sure to be a big hit once again! Back by popular demand, dynamic and charismatic Keanna Leonard will educate participants about crane behavior and entertain us all with her lively videos and engaging stories. After breakfast and the presentation, attendees will embark on a special tour of the island’s West End to observe the three-to-four-foot tall birds, known for their impressive size and the bright red cap atop their heads. We’ll have experienced birders with spotting scopes on hand at some previously scouted crane hotspots to answer questions and make sure you get to observe the cranes.

Early bird registration is $20 for GINTC members, $25 for non-members. After November 21, $25 GINTC members, $30 for non-members. Register online here.

NEW EVENT! Roosting with the Sandhill Cranes
December 13, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Private Home on the West End of Galveston Island

The Sandhill Cranes’ captivating dusk flight to roost is just one highlight of this one-of-a-kind experience at a private home on Galveston’s West End. Join GINTC and Keanna Leonard, crane expert and Education Director at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska, as we toast to the Sandhill Cranes while the sun sets over the wetlands along the shores of Galveston Bay. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, libations, and a distinctively intimate presentation about the cultural and historical significance of cranes. This event is limited to 20 participants.

Registration is $125 per person, and includes a copy of Keanna Leonard’s book, The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes. Prior to the event, you will receive directions via email. Register online here.

Sandhill Crane.
Photo by Barbara Rabek.

About our presenter

Keanna Leonard is the education director at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, Nebraska. Her interest in Sandhill Cranes and crane behavior began thirteen years ago when she helped conduct the first crane behavior workshop for the Festival of the Cranes in New Mexico. Her passion led her to collaborate with illustrator and artist Caryl McHarney in writing a family-oriented book called The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes.

Comments about last year’s Breakfast with the Cranes

This was a fantastic experience!

The speaker was absolutely outstanding. You can invite her back anytime.

This was my first time to the event. The speaker was outstanding. She was informative, interactive and fun. Her "video" format was amazing and I will remember many of the facts presented because of her interesting stories and enthusiasm. The venue was great and the food was good. A+

I enjoyed the birding experience and thought Keanna Leonard's talk was fun and informative. I bought her book, "The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes" which is a useful and interesting guide. The volunteers at the viewing sites were really nice, helpful, and made the event even more meaningful by sharing their knowledge of birds with us.

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Proceeds from the crane events support the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council’s programs to promote the value of natural habitats and resources in the Galveston area, including educational visits to local schools. The events are sponsored by
Moody Gardens Golf Course and Samson Energy.

For more info, call 409.789.8125

Sandhill Cranes.
Photo by Barbara Rabek.

Keanna Leonard, Education Director at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, Nebraska.
Photo by Scott Buckel.

Breakfast with the Cranes participants use spotting scopes to get a bird’s eye view of the Sandhill Cranes as part of the event’s tour of island crane hot spots.
Photo by Scott Buckel.

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