102 E. Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wisconsin
Since historic times, Greater Sandhill Cranes have congregated by the thousands every autumn evening in the marshes and ponds now called Crex Meadows, located on the north side of Grantsburg, WI. People likewise gather to witness the sight of seemingly never-ending strands and haunting sounds as the birds seek and settle into shelter for the night. Perhaps this is your year to experience anew or again this enduring ritual. Meet at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Visitor Center at Crex Meadow State Wildlife Area in Grantsburg WI. We will talk briefly about the cranes and Crex, and leave in our own cars to caravan from the center about 4:30, returning about 8:15 to the same parking lot.
DIRECTIONS Take I-35 North to the Rock Creek/ Grantsburg Exit (Highway 70), approximately 34 miles from Forest Lake. Take exit and turn right (EAST) on Highway 70. Follow for 15 miles (into Wisconsin) to the stop light in Grantsburg. Turn left (NORTH) onto Pine Street. Follow the goose signs through town to the Visitor Center, located on the NE corner of the junction of County Road D and County Road F. Meet in the parking lot.
INSTRUCTIONS Dress for cooling temperatures during the evening. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. Stay by your car at the Visitor Center parking lot and wait for introductory remarks from the trip leaders. We will caravan from the parking lot. REGISTRATION Register with Louise Eidsmoe 651-231- 0453 [email protected]
DIFFICULTY Easy. We stay close to the cars so as not to spook the cranes.