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      Festival of the Cranes

      Aday of nature walks, live raptors, and refuge tours is planned when the WheelerNational Wildlife Refuge holds the second annual Festival of the Cranes. Setfor{}January 11, 2014, the celebration of Sandhill Cranes and WhoopingCranes will bring together experienced birders and those who would like tolearn more about birding and other wildlife that call the Refuge home.

      Throughout the day,the enclosed Wildlife Observation Building will offer views of thousands ofSandhill Cranes, along with Whooping Cranes, ducks, geese, raptors, and maybe abald eagle. There will be bleachers and spotting scopes available along withvolunteers and staff members on hand to answer questions

      TheWheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located at 3121 Visitor CenterRoad in Decatur. For more information on the Festival of the Cranes,visit{}www.friendsofwheelerrefuge.org{}orcall Teresa Adams, supervisory ranger for Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, at256.350.6639.

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