Saturday, July 30, 2011
Surprise Sandhill CranesPosted by Kirk Mona in: Birds
Sandhill crane fossils (or those of very close relatives) have been found in Nebraska. These fossils are 10 million years old making cranes one of the oldest bird species in the world. The birds nesting at the nature center are part of the Great Lakes or Eastern population of Greater Sandhill cranes that overwinter in Georgia and Florida. We've been fairly certain that they are nesting on the property but it is always nice to have confirmation in the form of young wandering around with their parents.