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Leopold would marvel today at the spectacle of the sandhill cranes. Their pre-migration gathering each fall on the Wisconsin River’s sandbars and islands just behind his beloved Shack is captivating. During his lifetime, Leopold noted their diminishing population and feared they would succumb to extinction. However, since their resurgence, the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm has become the region’s premier vantage point to experience the incredible sights and sounds as the cranes congregate by the thousands before commencing their annual southerly journey.
Take a sneak peek of Crane Congregations and hear what folks are saying!
Join us each fall for an unforgettable experience and learn first hand why Aldo Leopold felt these birds were so majestic. Your participation in programs like Crane Congregations helps the foundation foster care for people, land, and communities through Leopold’s legacy.
For more on the ritual and history of cranes in the area, read Dr. Stan Temple’s blog article What in the World Did We Do To Deserve All These Cranes?
November 15, 16, *27, *28, 30
December 1, 2, *4, *5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15
*Starred dates do not include reception or lecture.
Registration for the 2018 season will open in late August. Last year’s tour events sold out, so we encourage you to sign up for notifications and register early!
Crane tours are offered each fall and draw nature lovers, bird enthusiasts, and photographers from near and far. Several tour options will be available for the 2018 season.
Feature photo, top, by Greg Dixon © 2017 gregdixonphoto.com