Over 14,000 Sandhill Cranes along with several pairs of Whooping Cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Ala. In celebration of the winter migration of these long-legged and long-necked birds, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association hosts an event offering a variety of activities for experienced birders and anyone who would like to learn more about birding and other wildlife that call the Refuge home. A free two-day event featuring storytelling, photography workshops, music, live raptors, children activities, films, and of course thousands of Sandhill cranes and the endangered Whooping cranes, along with ducks, geese, bald eagles, and whatever other wildlife makes an appearance in the fields around the Visitor Center and Observation Building. This year the Auburn University Southeastern Raptor presentations will take place at the historic Princess Theater in downtown Decatur. There will be children's activities, the premier of the latest George Lee video of the cranes of Wheeler, birding walks, “Hope” the mascot of the International Crane Foundation, and the refuge mascot “Blue Goose” will be present.