Once again The Big 400 celebrates autumn with their Cranes, Colors & Cabernet Festival!
The Greater Sandhill Crane is celebrated with this fun, family-friendly festival. One of the largest Crane sanctuaries in Michigan, the Haehnle Bird Sanctuary is located within The Big 400. The Big 400 is a tourism area surrounding the Waterloo and Pickney Recreation Areas. In the fall, Sandhill Cranes gather in staging areas like the Haehnle Sanctuary to begin the migration process. During the height of the staging period thousands of Cranes can be seen at the sanctuary. The cost to birdwatch at the Haehnle Sanctuary, as well as other locations within The Big 400, is free.
In honor of the Cranes, Colors & Cabernet Festival, the Sandhill Crane Winery will release their new vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is open until 7:00 pm for late Crane watchers to stop by and warm up after their visit to the Haehnle Sanctuary. They will offer tastes of mulled wine all day to help warm any cold bird watchers. The winery’s cafe will be open all day! For more information call 517.764.0679. Free admission. Wine tasting: $6 per person.