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Virtual Annual Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival

January 16 - January 17


The Annual Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival will be virtual in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A schedule of online events to celebrate the migration and arrival of the cranes will be posted by December 11, 2020, on our webpage.

As many as 12,000 cranes have overwintered at the confluence of the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers. Whether you’re an avid birder or you’ve never seen a Sandhill Crane before, the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival represents an extraordinary opportunity to witness a natural phenomenon that is truly unforgettable. Experience the migration of the Sandhill Cranes and many other waterfowl, eagles, White Pelicans, and Whooping Cranes.

In 2022, the Festival will be held from 8 am to 4 pm daily. Free buses run the short distance from the Birchwood Community Center to the Hiwassee Refuge and Cherokee Removal Memorial. Volunteers and scopes are set up at each location for birders and curious visitors. The 2022 festival will feature recording artists 2ND Nature, keynote speaker, folk singers, and arts and craft vendors. The Cherokee Memorial will host Native American folklorists and crafts throughout the weekend to celebrate its thriving and rich tradition and culture. The entire region buzzes with birds and birdwatchers alike.

Mime Barnes


Hiwassee Refuge and Birchwood Community Center
5623 TN-60
Birchwood, TN 37308 United States
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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
mime.barnes@tn.gov (Mime Barnes)
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