OTHELLO -- The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is adding events focusing on the Ice Age floods that formed the Mid-Columbia for this year's celebration.
Organizers said the annual festival that honors the unusual migratory birds that spend late winter in the region is on track for March 25-27, and they are accepting event registrations.
The event will include tours of the area and talks focusing on local birds, bird songs, sagebrush conservation and the history of the Potholes area.
Keynote speaker Kevin Bevis, a watershed steward for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's upper Columbia region, will present "The Saga of Washington's Fish and Wildlife: In Picture, Words and Song" at the festival banquet, which starts at 7:30 p.m. today.
For information on the tours being held throughout the month, call the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges complex at 509-546-8300.
To request a copy of the brochure or to register for the events, call 866-726-3445.
For more information, go to othellosandhillcranefestival.org and look at the festival brochure.