Sandhill cranes were slow to gather on the Wisconsin River near our property this fall, thanks to unusually wet and mild conditions. Still, we enjoyed a very successful crane viewing season, with roughly 30 people attending each of our sold out public crane tours. We also debuted a snug, new crane blind that shelters people from the wind, while still affording great views of the river.
And the cranes, of course, did not disappoint: They were as thrilling as ever to behold and listen to. As they begin their journey south, we take a quick look back at the season, in pictures.
All photos by Ed Pembleton © 2016.
Crane expert and Leopold Foundation senior fellow, Stan Temple, speaks to participants before a tour in late October.
Climbing aboard our new “people-hauler,” which transports participants to our crane blind on the Wisconsin River.
Walking the last stretch to the crane blind, at upper left in this photo.
Viewers inside the new blind (a modified shipping container) keep a close eye out for cranes.
Sandhill cranes strutting on a sandbar.
Cranes silhouetted against a dramatic sky.
* Editor’s Note: If you would like to join us on one of our Crane Congregations programs please contact our Public Program Coordinator Anna Hawley or sign up to receive more information.