Our Cranes & Croplands tour is here again!
Saturday, December 15
7:00 a.m. to ~1:00 p.m.
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. Join Natural Area Manager Dan Friesz on a tour of our Cranes’ Landing property 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.
This a repeat of the Cranes & Croplands tour we hosted in December 2017. If you already had a chance to attend that tour, we respectfully ask that you leave space to allow others to register. Please note that this date was changed due to crane activity and to accommodate prime viewing conditions.
EASY – Cranes will be viewed from a distance to avoid disturbing species and habitat. Dress for cold temperatures. Light hiking on flat terrain and some hiking up berms and small raised hills.
All transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided. Transportation departs from Columbia Land Trust’s Vancouver office at promptly 7:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 1:00 p.m.
Please note: A list of items to bring and a full itinerary will be sent to you via email one week prior to the tour date.