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Sandhill cranes draw crowds during migration

The migration of the Sandhill cranes continues thru the area in Jasper and Pulaski counties.  The peak season is still expected to come in mid-November.

 

Indiana DNR’s Jim Bergens with the Jasper – Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area details the type of cranes known for traveling this area.

 

 

The best times to view the birds are at sunrise when flocks rise and fly out of roosting marshes to Goose Pasture. The cranes socialize in the pasture for awhile before flying out to feed in surrounding private fields.

 

Also beginning about one hour before sunset, when flocks of cranes kite into Goose Pasture from all directions. They gab and socialize again before returning to roosting marshes at dusk.

 

 

Bergens talks about the best way to view the cranes.

 

 

The crane spectacle is best seen at the Goose Pasture Viewing Area. Roosting marshes are closed to the public. During the day, cranes can be spotted feeding and dancing in nearby farm fields.

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