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.