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Fish & Wildlife > Hunting & Trapping > Properties > Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area > Sandhill Cranes During Their Fall Migration Sandhill Cranes During Their Fall Migration




See one of Indiana's greatest wildlife spectacles at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. Each fall, tens of thousands of sandhill cranes visit J-P's shallow marshes.


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Best days
Greater sandhill cranes can be seen at J-P from late September through December. Crane numbers peak in mid-November.

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

Best times
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).

Sunset - Beginning about one 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.

Best place
The crane spectacle is best seen at the Goose Pasture Viewing Area (see map). Roosting marshes are closed to the public. During the day, cranes can be spotted feeding and dancing in nearby harvested farm fields.

Sandhill Crane Count

12/17/13: 950 cranes

Previous Counts:

12/10/2013: 1,050 cranes
12/3/2013: 11,528 cranes
11/26/2013: 21,074 cranes
11/19/2013: 15,372 cranes
11/12/2013: 10,265 cranes (visibility low)
11/5/2013: 10,000 cranes
10/28/2013: 8,445 cranes
10/22/2013: 7,578 cranes
10/15/2013: 5,678 cranes
10/8/2013: 3,917 cranes
10/1/2013: 2,410 cranes

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