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Magnificent, Noisy Flocks Of Sandhill Cranes
Updated November 4, 2016 7:27 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(JASPER-PULASKI) - Sandhill Cranes can be seen at Jasper-Pulaski from late September through December.

Crane numbers peak in mid-November. The sandhill crane count on Nov. 1 was 8,060.

Magnificent, noisy flocks are usually seen at the northern Indiana property from mid-October through mid-December.

The best time to see the cranes are at sunrise. 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). About an 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.

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