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Cranes! - Phil's Rambling Rants
November 4th, 2007
10:37 pm

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Cranes!
Part of me says I shouldn't post without posting pictures, but I'm not likely to get any pictures posted Tuesday, and if not Tuesday, then not until after Windycon, which probably means never.

Saturday, I joined the Champaign County Audubon Society field trip to see the Sandhill Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Refuge in Indiana.  Something like 10,000 cranes pause in their fall migration from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Canada on their way to their winter quarters in Florida, and you can go see them by going to northwest Indiana.  They are beautiful birds and seeing so many of them is a wonderful experience.  CCAS does this trip annually, but this is the first time I've gone.  It probably won't be the last, though.

I would rather sleep than go into a lot of detail about the trip, but I want to remember it for myself and recommend seeing the cranes to anyone else who might have the chance.  Nothing against the Audubon Society, but there's no special reason to go with them, unless it's convenient.  It's easy enough to find the place with a state highway map.  The important thing is to go.

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From:birder2
Date:November 5th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Most people won't go on their own if they have never been there before; and going with the group ia a)fun and b) permits sharing of scopes. And you really do need high magnification to see them properly, although the ones provided on the main viewing platform are fine for that site. And most people don't even know about the second site where they come in at sunset.
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