Sandhill cranes by Pacific Southwest Region USFWS
12/15/2018 - Sandhill Crane Viewing Opportunity

With bright red heads, long slender legs, and distinctive bugle calls, sandhill cranes attract the attention of many avid birders and casual observers alike. In the Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Columbia Land Trust manages one of the only sandhill crane habitats within city limits in the United States. While many Oregon and Washington populations were extirpated by the 1940s, some 5,000 sandhill cranes have persevered, adapting to stage in cornfields and other flat farmland as seasonal wetland habitat have disappeared. Today, sandhill cranes are listed as endangered in the state of Washington.

Meet up with Natural Area Manager Dan Friesz to view these elegant birds, and learn how Columbia Land Trust is experimenting with farmed crops that provide food and flat staging areas for this species. Bring your binoculars—you won’t want to miss this opportunity! (We will have a limited amount of binoculars available for use.) We will provide hot drinks and assortment of breakfast items.

Please note: Transportation and lunch are not provided for this meet up. We will confirm the exact meeting location with you approximately four days before the tour based on crane activity at the time. 

Registration for this event is full. Please contact Tanya Mikkelson at or 360-567-1577 if you’d like to placed on the waiting list.