Sandhill Cranes Fall Migration

Sandhill Cranes on marsh

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View one of Indiana's greatest wildlife spectacles at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. Each fall, thousands of Sandhill Cranes visit the area's shallow marshes.

Sandhill Crane counts for 2018-19

During the fall migration, DNR staff at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area make a weekly count.

  • Dec. 12: 7,958
  • Dec. 6: 21,880
  • Nov. 27: 29,661
  • Nov. 20: 23,727
  • Nov. 13: 12,722
  • Nov. 7: 5,361
  • Oct. 30: 5,965
  • Oct. 23: 4,591
  • Oct. 16: 2,067
Sandhill Cranes

Best day to view

Sandhill Cranes can be seen at Jasper-Pulaski from late September through December. Crane numbers peak in mid-November. Magnificent, noisy flocks are usually seen at the northern Indiana property from mid-October through mid-December. Sign in is required at the self service check station.

Best time to view

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 location to view

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. View a property map (PDF).

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