In Leopold’s Eulogy of the Marsh, he lamented on what looked to be the loss of the sandhill crane. Since 1948 when A Sand County Almanac came out, we have seen a dramatic rise of these inspirational creatures. I miss hearing their bugel early in the morning from the Wisconsin prairies. Well, slowly they are starting to get a leg hold in NYS. For the past few years sandhill cranes have nested in Waddington and Tupper Lake New York. There has been a perennial pair in the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in western NYS for years, but they are finally moving our way.
On the 29th of November, I made a run 18 miles north of my house to view a flock of 32 on the Lac-Franaois Wildlife Refuge just north of the border in Dundee, Quebec. I must say it is awesome the sounds of crane bugles echoing around the north country.