Hi, this is Leslie Harris and over the weekend, we had our Thanksgiving with my mother-in-law, who lives in Northwest Indiana. She lives really close to the Jasper-Pulaski game preserve, and this is the place to go if you want to see thousands of sandhill cranes. One of the bird watchers told me that 23,000 birds were counted on Tuesday November 22nd!
It’s only about 2 hours from Aurora. The best times to go are early morning or late afternoon, when they are coming to roost. We actually went in the middle of the day, and still saw quite a few.
The birds at the preserve are quite a distance from the viewing area, but you can also find some along the road. I took this picture when I had pulled over, so I got much closer to them.
You can also hear them flying overhead, and of course they’re much louder than when you hear them in our area.
They won’t be there much longer, so if you want to go, you can find out more HERE