Meet the Cranes

Apparently there are only about 600 whooping cranes in the United States and today, I got to see 2 of them! According to the national wildlife park rangers, There are two flyways: one flyway bears about 300 cranes and the other about 100 cranes. Of the 100 cranes on the second flyway, about 20 winter at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. Talk about the sight of a lifetime!

The Whooping Cranes standout bright white – amongst their grey-colored brethren, the Sandhill Cranes. The Sandhills are exceptionally populous. Thousands gathered near the banks of Flint Creek. There were only a few at 7:30 a.m., then through the morning hundreds upon thousands more arrived.

See this video of the Whooping Crane at Wheeler

I have a simple point-and-shoot camera so I was left to the mercy of a scoping lens to see the creatures up close. It was a sight to behold and I praise God for the privilege and opportunity. Today was THE FESTIVAL OF THE CRANES a two-day, all-day annual event at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. I perched at the observation building for about two hours and I could have stayed even longer. Just sitting and viewing the majesty of God’s creation was joyful.

The highlight of the morning came 30 minutes later when I beheld The Song of the Sandhiill. Imagine thousands of cranes singing in unison. It was a magnificent experience and unforgettable.

There is a lot experience at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. I took in a trail, spoke with the rangers and walked the grounds.

The White Whooping Crane is surrounded by grey-colored Sandhill Cranes
The Sandhill Cranes share space with the Whooping Creane
Visitor Center
Entrance to Wheeler from Hwy 67 in Decatur, Alabama
Whooping Crane beside waters of Flint Creek

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