Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
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Massive sandhill cranes migration stop in northwestern Indiana

(Photo courtesy of International Crane Foundation)

MEDARYVILLE, Ind. — Thousands of sandhill cranes have been roosting in rural northwestern Indiana as part of their annual fall migration.

More than 10,000 cranes a day have been counted at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. The marsh-filled wildlife area, about 40 miles southeast of Gary, has long been a pit stop for cranes as they migrate from late September through December.

Wildlife area manager Jim Bergens says the young cranes learn the migration route from their parents and each bird typically stays for a few weeks.

The Indiana DNR says the best time to see the cranes are around sunrise and about an hour before dusk.

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