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International Crane Foundation

 

Ways to Help Whooping Cranes

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Would you like to safely observe a rare Whooping Crane in Indiana but don’t know where to go? Indiana is home to two Fish & Wildlife Areas that serve as stop over points for migrating Whooping Cranes during both the spring and fall migration.

Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area (Medaryville) – Located in northwest Indiana, this property provides over 8,000 acres of suitable habitat for migratory birds. Sandhill Cranes are the predominant visitors, with up to 30,000 individuals per day during peak season, but there have been Whooping Crane sightings in the area also.

Jasper-Pulaski provides an observation deck with great viewing points and informational posters on both Whooping and Sandhill Cranes. Be sure to take the crane quizzes! Quiz yourself on Sandhill Crane trivia as you walk to the observation tower, then quiz yourself on what you have learned about Whooping Cranes as you walk back to the parking lot.

  • Get information on best dates, times of the day to observe cranes, and the latest crane counts here.
  • Get a map of Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area here. Please note the map indicates designated parking areas for observation.

Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area (Linton) – Located in southwest Indiana, this property provides the best opportunity in the state to observe a Whooping Crane during migration. There is a beautiful visitor’s center that provides a panoramic view of the property and includes binoculars and information on Whooping Cranes.

  • Get information on best dates, times of the day to observe cranes, and the latest crane counts here.
  • Get a map of Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area here. Please note the map indicates designated parking areas for observation.

Regardless of which property you visit, we hope you have a great experience looking for Whooping Cranes and other bird species. So, here is a list of 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.