Sandhill crane, photo by Kenneth Cole Schneider

 

With bright red heads, long slender legs, and distinctive and loud 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 this winter on a tour of our Crane’s 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 rare opportunity.

EASY  – Cranes will be viewed from a distance to avoid disturbing species and habitat. Dress for cold temperatures. Light hiking on flat terrain.

All transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided. Transportation departs from Columbia Land Trust’s Vancouver office at promptly 8:00 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 1 week prior to the tour date.   

Tour Liability Agreement

*If you register anyone other than yourself for a Columbia Land Trust tour, you are confirming that the other person(s) you are registering are aware of and also agree to all the terms and conditions of the tour liability agreement (attached above).