This year's event is organized by the Birchwood School, area volunteers and Meigs County Tourism Council.Although, it won't feel the same without participation from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, who experienced budget cuts this season, in a recent conversation with Dan Hicks, Region III spokesperson, Dan said he expects their participation to return to full swing for next year. This season they are surveying the waterfowl and sandhill cranes for migration and feeding patterns to obtain more information about food plantings and the scheduling of the 2009 festival.The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday this weekend and there will be exhibits, food, presentations and lots of wildlife viewing!
I will be exhibiting my sandhill crane and whooping crane watercolor notecards, prints, gourd art and jewelry. I will also have plenty of information on hand about the history of greater sandhill cranes in Tennessee, the re-introduction of the endangered whooping crane to the eastern flyway and Operation Migration's current ultralight migration.
If you're going to be in the area, come by my exhibit and say 'hello'!