There’s something for everyone at CraneFest!

Crane Viewing

A crowd gathers to view Sandhill Cranes return to Big Marsh Lake during Michigan Audubon’s Annual CraneFest.

Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of Sandhill Cranes flying into Big Marsh Lake, a brief pit stop on their way to warmer wintering grounds. The “fly-in” typically begins slowly throughout the afternoon with the best viewing of large numbers of cranes between 5 p.m. and dusk. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars if you have them. We also recommend bringing lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy your viewing experience.

Learn more about Sandhill Cranes

Artist and Vendor Booths

Enjoy and buy the work of some of Michigan’s top professional artists! Or grab a bite to eat and visit with representatives from a variety of conservation and environmental organizations to learn more about their important work in Michigan. Find out which vendors are participating by clicking on the Vendor page.

Children’s Education Tent

Visit a variety of conservation-focused and environmental artists, vendors, and organizations to learn more about their important work in Michigan.

CraneFest is a family-friendly event where kids can enjoy a variety of fun and engaging activities at the Children’s Education Tent. Children’s activities will include crafts, the migration game, a crane scavenger hunt, and more!

Live Birds of Prey and Other Animals

We have had Michigan Avian Experience, Nature Discovery, Binder Park Zoomobile, and more on hand with live animal presentations — from snakes, turtles, and frogs to falcons, owls, and eagles, there is something to please everyone.

Guided Nature Walks

Numerous nature walks are scheduled throughout the festival and led by a variety of guides that will help you learn about birds, habitat, and conservation while enjoying the Kiwanis property.