10/24 to 12/10/2017 Sandhill Crane Migration

posted Oct 24, 2017, 9:51 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 10:53 AM ]
View one of Indiana's greatest wildlife spectacles at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. Each fall, thousands of Sandhill Cranes visit the area's shallow marshes.

Sandhill Cranes can be seen at Jasper-Pulaski from late September through December. Crane numbers peak in mid-November. Magnificent, noisy flocks are usually seen at the northern Indiana property from mid-October through mid-December. Sign in is required at the self service check station.

Sunrise is the best time to see the migration: Gigantic 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 land (agricultural fields). Sunset: Beginning about one hour before sunset, flocks of cranes kite into Goose Pasture from all directions. They gab and socialize again before returning to roosting marshes at dusk.

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 harvested farm fields.

VISIT DNR Website for more information:  https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3109.htm