2017 Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival Schedule

2017 Program Schedule  [pdf]

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 3rd 2017

Venue: Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center

2:00PM – 5:00PM A reception introducing Marty Jones, our 2017 Featured Artist, and
his photographic

Venue:  Linton Elks  SR 54 E.

Bill & Theresa Gray Kickoff Banquet

5:00PM Doors open.

Music by Tom Duncan

Cash Bar open.
5:50PM Welcome comments – Dane Strahle, President, Friends of Goose Pond
6:00PM Buffet dinner line opens.
7:30PM Keynote Speaker Anne Lacy International Crane Foundation
8:00PM  Live Auction with Auctioneer Brian Woods.
9:00PM Closing remarks and auction checkout

Saturday March 4th, 2017

Venue:  Roy Clark Community Building in Humphreys Park

7:30AM – 7:00PM Self-guided driving tours (see map)
8:00AM – 4:00PM Fish King Concessions
by Trent Wilkes
9:00AM – 4:00PM Art & Craft Fair
10:00AM – 4:00PM Live Birds of Prey display
10:00AM – 10:45AM Hardy Lake Birds of Prey Program
10:00AM – 4:00PM Wabash Valley Herpetological
Society Live Reptile & Amphibian Display
2:00PM – 2:45 PM Hardy Lake Birds of Prey Progam


Venue:  Girl Scout Cabin in Humphreys Park

11:00AM – 11:45 AM An Owl Pellet Activity for Kids Young and Old. Amy Kearns. Join Amy for a hands-on investigation of the diet of the barn owl. Become a bio-detective as you dissect an owl pellet and identify their favorite prey.

12:00PM – 12:45 PM Tall Tails About Indiana’s Snakes. Andrew Hoffman. Love them or hate them, most of us have heard stories about snakes; and possibly told a few of our own. Come separate fact from fiction in this presentation about Indiana’s native serpents.

1:00PM – 1:45PM Bats of Indiana. Joy O’Keefe.
This presentation will review the bats of Indiana and particularly those found at Goose Pond FWA. Dr. O’Keefe will review the basic life history of bats, including timing of key activity periods. She will discuss the benefits of bats and will give tips for attracting bats to your backyard.

2:00PM – 2:45PM Indiana’s Large Mammalian Carnivores. Taylor Rasmussen.
This presentation will cover the status of the bobcat, otter, black bear and other large carnivores that have the potential to recolonize Indiana. Taylor will address reports that he receives from the public and the problems with confirming such reports. He will also talk about the frequent “black panther” sightings in the state.

Venue:  East Cabin in Humphreys Park

8:30AM – 5:00PM Bus Tours of Area (Refer to bus schedule in this guide)
9:00AM – 5:00PM Also at the East Cabin, Goose Pond: The Story of a Wetland and its Neighbors. This award winning documentary by Bill Barnes will play throughout the day.

Venue:  West Cabin in Humphreys Park
9:00AM – 3:00PM Kids’ Activities, Bird House Construction. Open to kids 12 & under who are accompanied by an adult.

Venue:  Log Cabin in Humphreys Park
9:00AM – 3:00PM Kids’ Activities, Meet Native American storyteller Dark Rain Thom & James Alexander Thom for narratives, book signing and conversations.

Venue: Carnegie Heritage and Art Center. 110 East Vincennes St.

9:00AM – 2:00PM Photography Exhibit by Marty Jones