Can We Count On You? Crane Counters Needed In Lake Country
Spring is here, and soon millions of migrating birds will be heading to, and through, our fine state.
In just a few short weeks all of Wisconsin, and portions of surrounding states, will be involved with the 38th Annual Midwest Crane Count in documenting one of the most magnificent birds in North America.
I first became interested as a counter a dozen years ago when a Wisconsin crane hunt was first mentioned. Today the hunt is a lot closer to reality, but I've since discovered other reasons for counting the tallest, and possibly loudest, birds found in the wild.
First, I'm guaranteed at least a couple of peaceful outdoor hours every spring to enjoy a beautiful sunrise over kettles, drumlins and moraines left from the last ice age. Hearing the ancient-sounding crane call takes me back to that long-ago era in Waukesha's history.
Also, documenting the proliferation and movement of the more numerous sandhills helps with establishing the eastern flock of endangered whooping cranes, who share the same habitat.
If you might be interested in joining us for two of the best hours you'll spend this spring, I'm interested in talking with you. Waukesha County has 52 counting sites, with most of them still available. This year's count is April 13th, a Saturday, between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. We hope you'll consider joining us.
Check out the A Sandhill Counter Almanac blog: http://midwestcranecount.blogspot.com/
facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WaukeshaCountyCraneCount
or International Crane Foundation's website: http://www.savingcranes.org/ for more information, or contact me: Brien at (262) 549-5241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org