The Sandhill Crane Festival, Othello, WashingtonThe Othello Sandhill Crane Festival started in 1998. The Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) sponsors this annual festival. Through the collective efforts of committee members, the festival is carefully planned, organized and conducted. The Sandhill Crane Festival Committee includes Grant Conservation District staff, Othello citizens, and residents from the neighboring Columbia Basin communities of Ephrata, Moses Lake, and Royal City.

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
During the festival, which will happen on March 28-30, there will be different tours for crane viewing along with specialty tours that included a wildlife tour of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge/Potholes area, a tour of the Missoula Floods and Channeled Scablands geology, Lower Grand Coulee birding tour, and a Wahluke Slope/Shrub Steppe birding tour.

Some seats fill up quickly, so if you want to reserve your seat as early as now, you would need to pre-register. Admission fees are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors. Children under 12 are free provided they come to the festival with a paid adult. For more details about the registration, please visit this link. You may access the registration form here.

Saturday admission fee gives you access to free lectures that will be repeated throughout the day. For more information about the festival, please visit their website at


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