Sandhill Crane Events

Saturday, December 13
Breakfast with the Cranes

Saturday, December 13
Evening Event Roosting with the Cranes

Sunday, December 14
Breakfast with the Cranes

Moody Gardens Golf Course
1700 Sydnor Lane

Details coming soon!

Sandhill Cranes.
Photo by Barbara Rabek.

Our Breakfast with the Sandhill Crane events last year were both big hits with the dynamic and charismatic Keanna Leonard as the featured presenter. Both sessions were standing room only at the Moody Gardens Golf Course banquet facility as Keanna demonstrated crane behavior with lively videos and engaging stories. After breakfast and the presentation, attendees embarked 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.

Keanna Leonard is the education director at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, Nebraska, and her fun and interactive mini-workshop was titled “The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes”. Designed for beginners and experienced birders alike, the presentation introduced 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 to Texas for Breakfast with the Cranes, Leonard also visited school children in Galveston.

We plan on expanding our crane celebration weekend with a Friday evening Roosting with the Cranes event in addition to the two sessions of Breakfast with the Cranes. Please make sure you subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive updated information about the events and online registration details.

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council supports nature tourism and education, and promotes the value of area natural habitats. Breakfast with the Cranes 2013 was generously sponsored by Samson Energy and the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

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.

© 2012 The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.