Do you live near the Jasper-Pulaski or Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife areas? Lucky you! You live/work/play in one of the few areas of Indiana that Whooping Cranes frequent! The cities of Linton and Medaryville, Indiana are very special indeed. Not only do you have the charm of the Midwest, but you have the opportunity to view a very rare bird in the wild. These birds are often spotted at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area (Medaryville), as well as the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area (Linton). Here you will find an observation deck, informative plaques, and even built-in binoculars (Goose Pond only) to view the majestic Whooping Crane. But don’t forget your own binoculars or scope to view these elusive creatures!
Humans can have a big impact on these cranes, so here are the five most important things you can do to help save the Whooping Crane!
1. Keep your distance! Stay 200 yards (2 football fields) away from Whooping Cranes in the wild.
2. Head up, Wings up…Back up! Observe Whooping Crane behavior. If they are alert and staring at you or their wings are up, you are disturbing them. Keep your distance.
3. Respect private property! Is the property private? Keep driving! Is the property public? Park in a designated parking area and keep your distance.
4. Save their tomorrow – Report today! If you see someone harassing, disturbing, or poaching Whooping Cranes call the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.
5. Save the cranes and the places they dance! Contact your local and state legislators asking them to support the protection and conservation of wetlands. Then vote to support those who do.