10th Annual Crane & Sheep Viewing Festival
May 3 - 5, 2013
Don't miss one of North America's most spectacular migrations!
Faro's 10th Annual Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival is quickly approaching and this year promises to be one of the best yet! (This page was last updated on May 2, 2013 - it is the most up-to-date information on this year's Festival ^_^)
Friday May 3, 2013
5:00 – 9:00pm – Chili Dinner
Let’s kick off the 10th Annual Crane & Sheep Festival with a chili dinner at the Interpretive Centre. All are welcome!
Location: Campbell Region Interpretive Centre (CRIC)
8:00 - 9:30pm – Movie Night
"Prospecting in the Pelly River Area"
"The staking of the GAL group of claims at the origin of the Town of Faro"
Come out and see a film about Faro's beginning.
Location: Recreation Centre – Gym
Saturday May 4, 2013
8:00 - 11:00am - Breakfast ($5 per plate)
Enjoy a fundraising breakfast organized by Girls Night Out before a busy day of nature-watching. Buffet-style breakfast (pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc.) with an assortment of baking and smoothies. They will also be selling bagged lunches!
Location: Recreation Centre Concession Area
10:30 - 11:30am – Bear Aware—TJ Grantham
Learn about the bears in the Yukon, and how to stay safe around them. A favourite talk given by Faro’s own Conservation Officer.
11:30am - Musical Interlude - Sonic Boom
Faro's own Glee Club gives a short performance including Is Somebody Singing?, which they will be performing on May 6 as part of Music Monday, a cross-Canada event synced up with Colonel Hadfield on the ISS.
12:00—2:00 - Art Workshops— Anvil Range Arts Society (ARAS)
Dennis Shorty: carving
Jennifer Shorty: beaded earrings
Dale Gibson: wooden crane puzzle
Jackie Irvine: painting
Doris Unruh: stamping cards or painting bags
Rachel Rodnunsky: spinning
Melissa Wilson: keychains
Location - Recreation Centre—Sportsmen’s Lounge
1:00-5:00pm - Art Sale and Demos
Whisky Mountain Artisans
TOURS & TALKS Crane & Sheep Viewing
View cranes flying overhead and spot Faro’s unique Fannin sheep on the mountain slopes. Wildlife experts will be available to answer all your questions.
Location: Mt. Mye Sheep Centre (Blind Creek Road)
TOURS to the Mineral lick 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00pm
CRANE TALKS at the Cabin between 1:00am - 4:00pm
SHUTTLE SERVICE to Mt. Mye Sheep Centre
Meet at the Recreation Centre/DVG School Parking Lot.
Departure and Return times to be posted at CRIC and Recreation Centre
5:00 – 8:00pm - Wild Meat BBQ & Potluck
A Festival favourite! Enjoy tasty bison burgers. Some vegetarian fare available for the non-carnivores among us. Bring a side or salad if you’re able! BBQing services courtesy of the Faro Volunteer Fire Department.
Location: Recreation Centre - parking lot/Gymnasium (weather-dependent)
7:30pm - Desserts & Coffee and Exhibit of Local Photography
Have a sweet treat and see some photos take by local photographers before the keynote presentation. Coffee and desserts provided by ARAS
Location: Recreation Centre Gymnasium
8:00 - 9:30pm - Keynote Presentation – George Happ
Since 1999, George and his partner Kristy Yuncker have documented a mated pair of Sandhill Cranes during their nesting season in Alaska. Join George and learn about Millie and Roy and their family.
Location: Recreation Centre Gymnasium
8:00 - 9:30pm - Children’s Activities
Games, activities, and crafts for children who might not be ready for the keynote presentation. Supervision will be present. Parents are required to register their children (4 & up) in advance.
Location: Recreation Centre – Sportsman’s Lounge
Sunday May 5, 2013
Breakfast Smorg/Buffet available at the Sutdio Hotel
10:00 – 11:00am – Birding Walk at the Lagoon
Join Mary Whitley of the Yukon Birding Club for her popular birding walk at the Lagoons.
Location: Gather at the Recreation Centre
List of Presenters
George Happ Biologist
Carrie McClelland Wildlife Viewing Biologist
Scott Cameron Wildlife Viewing Technician
Jane Harms Program Veterinarian
TJ Grantham Conservation Officer
Mary Whitley Yukon Bird Club
Driving to Mt. Mye Sheep Centre
The road to the Sheep Centre has only recently been opened up, and it is very narrow and very uneven. People are encouraged to use the shuttle service provided in the afternoon.
Make your reservation at Faro’s hotel or one of our fine B&Bs today!
Faro Studio Hotel Restaurant (867) 994-3003
Far-o-way Guest House (867) 332-9011
The Valley B&B (867) 994-2122
The Bear’s Den B&B (867) 994-2103
Lynx Track Farm B&B (867) 994-3102 (evenings)
Town of Faro’s municipal J. Connolly RV Park offers sites for only $15.00 per night with electricity and showers. There are no direct water hook-ups for campers this early in the season.
Faro has a card-lock fuel facility, which accepts Visa or Mastercard.
Maps of the Town of Faro
Pick up your copy of the map of the Town of Faro at the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre or at the Faro Recreation Centre.
If you have any questions regarding the festival, please feel free to contact the Town of Faro by phone at 867-994-2728 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.