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Tennessee Virtual Sandhill Crane Festival

January 11 - January 16

Welcome to the Virtual Celebration of Cranes!

Schedule of Events

The 2021 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival has been canceled. We are planning some fantastic online events. Join us for a CELEBRATION OF CRANES!

January 11-16 –  Interviews with all our partners! Each day on Facebook, we’ll post a brief interview with some of the folks that make this festival successful. Meet the manager of the Hiwassee, Visit with Miss Nancy and the Cherokee Removal Memorial, Learn birding tips with longtime volunteer, Charles Murray AND MORE.

January 11 – The International Crane Foundation Crane Stories –Join educators from the International Crane Foundation as they share stories about cranes from all around the world! This prerecorded program will be a fun, active way for your young Craniacs to learn about cranes and culture. LINK TO BE PROVIDED

January 13 –  The International Crane Foundation Sandhill Crane Talk with the International Crane Foundation-Web Site to be Announced.

Grab your favorite mocktail (or whip up the crane-berry mocktail below) and join Taylor from the International Crane Foundation as she talks about the Sandhill Cranes that we see here in Tennessee. Taylor will also provide us with a special virtual tour of the International Crane Foundation zoo and headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin! A period for questions will follow the program. Information and log in will be provided here soon.

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 25
Yield: 25 (4 ounces) servings

Ingredient Checklist

2 quarts apple cider
6 cups cranberry juice
¼ cup packed brown sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 ½ teaspoon whole cloves
1 lemon, thinly sliced


In a large pot, combine apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon, cloves, and lemon slices. Serve hot.

January 14 –  EAT LUNCH WITH THE EAGLES -American Eagle Foundation Eat Lunch with Eagles and More! Each year the American Eagle Foundation joins us. This year we’re joining them! Grab your lunch and log in to see a behind the scene’s tour of their facility. See the birds, learn about the American Eagle Foundation and what it takes to run this amazing foundation. LINK TO BE ANNOUNCED

January 16 –  Cranes at the Hiwassee! Can’t make it to the festival? Join us on Facebook for time with the birds. We wish we could join you with a live video feed (limited cell service) but we will answer questions live, Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 a.m.


January 11
January 16
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