Magnificence Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill cranes at Rowe Sanctuary in Kearney Nebraska
"Those of the Gray Wind" By Paul A. Johnsgard
Rendezvous at Horsehead Lake:
This story is about a teenage boy named Jerry. He goes duck hunting with his father on a cold fall morning. While Jerry's dad was busy somewhere else as Jerry sat in the blind waiting for ducks to fly by. Finally, Jerry saw a bird and loaded his gun with two special buckshot loads that his father gave him. He fired and hit the bird, jumping with joy. "Hey, Dad, look at the big goose I've just shot!" Jerry yelled. "That's not a goose Jerry! It a crane!" Jerry's dad then told him how killing a crane is against the law and people can get fined for shooting them. Jerry then didn't fell very proud anymore. Afraid that Jerry might get in trouble, he put the crane in the weeds for no one to see. Nobody found the dead crane because a fox had it for supper. Jerry was off the hook.
The Rabbit and The Moon:
The little rabbit hopped around the grass land, looking for someone to take him to the moon because that was his life-long dream. So he jumped and jumped as high as he could. But he realized he can't jump that high. Rabbit had an amazing plan! He would ask a bird to fly him to the moon. So rabbit was off. He asked all the birds he could find. They all had the same answer, "I haven't had lunch yet and you seem like a good meal." Finally rabbit found a bird that would take him to the moon. "Hang onto my legs and I'll fly you to the moon." The short, gray bird said to the rabbit. So off they went. As they got higher the cranes legs got longer. Rabbit was worried they wouldn't make it. His paws became bloody from hanging on. They arrived at the moon and rabbit wanted to give the crane something to show his appreciation. Rabbit looked at his bloody paws and put them on the cranes forehead. Some people believe this folktale was how the crane got its long legs and red mark on their foreheads. They also believe that to this day, you can sometimes see the rabbit in the moon.
Cranes Migration Route
Spring Sandhill Crane Migration Route
Sandhill cranes mate for life. After one mate dies, the crane finds another mate. During mating, the cranes dance. Although dancing is usually during mating, they dance all year round. The dance involves flapping of wings, bowing, jumping and just playing around. Sometimes they even throw sticks or grass in the air.
Most sandhill cranes lay only 2 eggs. It takes about a month for the eggs to hatch.
Habitats and Food
Height: 3-4 feet Weight: 6-12 pounds Wingspan: 6-7 feet Lifespan: 20-40 years Diet: 90% grain and 10% plants
Crane fun facts: Rowe Sanctuary, Kearney Nebraska. Sandhill Crane: Crane Trust Visitor Center, Kearney Nebraska.
Cranes stand out as birds because of their unusual red crown and long legs and beak. They also can't stand in trees or power lines because of their fourth leg. Un-like most birds, they dance while mating.
Rowe Sanctuary Trip
I liked the Rowe Sanctuary trip because I learned so much about all types of cranes. I liked listening to the folk tales and stories our guide told us. I was watching the crane cam and it was very fascinating to see them up close. I'm excited to go there next year and learn even more about cranes.
Fictional Examples: "Those of the Gray Wind" by Paul A. Johnsgard http://bunnyrabbitonthemoon.com/Moon_compare.gif
Migration route: http://2c5l122nkz5b1rm4dq34135cuuq.wpengine.netdna...
Habitat and Food: http://rowe.audubon.org/crane-facts