Sandhill Cranes have been stopping at one of the areas’ wildlife conservation habitats.
The Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area reported more than 7-thousand cranes near the end of October. The numbers have continued to increase into November. The wetland and park territory makes for a prime stopover for many bird species, but an ideal landing spot for the Sandhill Crane species.
Sandhill Cranes are observable in North America and in portions of Northeastern Siberia.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the birds are best viewed at the Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area late September through the end of December.
The DNR says the birds typically leave their roosting marshes in the wetland areas just after sunrise and just before sunset to “socialize” at what’s called the Goose Pasture. The Sandhill Cranes then frequent neighboring farm fields and other open spaces to scavenge for food.
The Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area says there are spots available at the conservation park for those wishing to observe the phenomenon.