October 12-13, 2019

CraneFest, sponsored by Michigan Audubon in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek, focuses to raise awareness and appreciation of our natural heritage and to support the ongoing educational and conservation efforts of Michigan Audubon and its Bernard W. Baker Bird Sanctuary. The festival is held at the Kiwanis Youth Area in Bellevue, overlooking Big Marsh Lake.

Events at this family-friendly festival run from noon to dusk and feature artists, vendors, food, and a variety of environmental and conservation-related information and educational activities. The main attraction, the “fly-in” of hundreds of Sandhill Cranes, typically begins slowly throughout the afternoon with the best viewing of cranes between 5 p.m. and dusk. The festival is free, but there is a minimal parking fee.

Interested in volunteering for this event? A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Please click below to tell us about your availability and interests. We’ll provide guidance and training to any interested volunteers.