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Join us for an exclusive crane tour – beginning with a presentation from world-renowned Ornithologist Dr. Stan Temple, Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This presentation will orient individuals to the history and behaviors of the Sandhill cranes. An open-air, rustic wagon ride through the floodplain will bring guests within a short walk of the viewing blind situated on the bank of the Wisconsin River within the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area. The blind affords a unique opportunity to observe the overwhelming phenomenon of congregating cranes. This experience runs for about four hours and ends shortly after sunset. Hot beverages will be provided at the blind.
*Optional: Join us for a complimentary tour of the Leopold Shack and Farm starting at Noon for the full experience! Registration starts at 11:45 am. These tours are only open to premium and exclusive crane tour participants. The Visitor Center opens at 11:00 am for time to linger through the Exhibit Hall or to wonder through the Bookstore!
We encourage you come prepared with questions for Dr. Stan Temple. Try your hand at Stumping Stan and win a gift!