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Sunset With The Sandhills Tours At Crex Meadows

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 6:50 am

 

Press release:

“Grantsburg, WI – Learn more about the Sandhill Cranes that spend the fall with us. Take a guided tour through Crex Meadows Wildlife Area (WA) at dawn or dusk to see cranes while exploring their habitat. October 4th from 5 pm – sunset, October 5th from 7 am – 8:30 am, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm and October 11th, 19th from 5 pm – sunset.

Begin at the Center with an orientation, and then move out to the property to see the cranes up close while you listen to the sounds of fall. Plan to watch them as they fly in from their day-time feeding grounds to their nightly roosting grounds. Cranes are still completing their parenting duties and getting ready to migrate. Crex Meadows WA has 10,000 cranes that fly through during the fall migration.

Tours led by expert birder volunteers and WDNR staff. Call for reservations, first come, first served. First 10 people may reserve space in the van; up to 30 people can register. $5/person Oct. 4, 11, & 19. October 5th crane tours will be held to coincide with the Fall Wildlife Festival.

The open marshes, wet grasslands and meadows of Crex provides suitable habitat for feeding, breeding, and stopover grounds. The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old and live up to the age of 20. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south in huge congregations with their offspring. Their diet consists of mostly grains and seeds, insects, other invertebrates, and small vertebrates.

For more information and to pre-register, please contact: Kristi Pupak, Wildlife Conservation Educator at 715-463-2739 or via email: Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov

For complete details and updated information join the Friends of Crex. Receive newsletters, event invites, and discounts. For regular updates, photos, news and more, visit www.crexmeadows.org or follow us on Facebook.”

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