Breakfast with the Sandhill Cranes

Saturday, December 14, 8:00am
Sunday, December 15, 8:00am

Moody Gardens Golf Course
1700 Sydnor Lane

Early Bird Registration from October 14 - November 22
GINTC Members $20    Non-Members $25

After November 22
GINTC Members $25    Non-Members $30

Sandhill Cranes.
Photo by Barbara Rabek.

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC) is pleased to announce the expansion of their annual Breakfast with the Cranes event to two mornings, December 14-15, at the Moody Gardens Golf Course banquet facility. After breakfast and a presentation about sandhill crane behavior, attendees can 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, in their natural habitat.

Featured presenter, Keanna Leonard, education director at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, Nebraska, will present a fun and interactive mini-workshop titled “The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes”. Designed for beginners and experienced birders alike, the presentation aims to introduce common vocalizations, body language such as dancing and aggression, and other characteristics of sandhill cranes.

Leonard’s interest in sandhill cranes and crane behavior began twelve 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. During her visit in Texas for Breakfast with the Cranes, Leonard will also visit school children in Galveston.

Tickets to this historically sold-out event will be available online beginning October 14. Early bird registration is $20 for GINTC members and $25 for non-members. Registration after November 22 is $25 for GINTC members and $30 for non-members.

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council supports nature tourism and education, and promotes the value of area natural habitats. Breakfast with the Cranes is generously sponsored by Samson Energy and the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

Breakfast with the Cranes is part of Galveston’s Passport to Holiday Magic, a two-month celebration of more than 1,000 magical holiday events. Passports will be stamped when visitors attend participating events, and completed passports can be submitted for a drawing to win exciting prizes, including a Carnival Magic cruise for 4. For more information about the Passport to Holiday Magic, visit

A Breakfast with the Crane participant uses a spotting scope to get a bird's eye view of Sandhill Cranes as part of the event's tour of island crane hot spots.
Photo by Scott Buckel.

© 2012 The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.