Due to challenging weather conditions both for driving and for crane viewing predicted for tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct 20, the field trip is cancelled.
The Cranes will be at Crex as long as there is food on the ground and the marsh is not frozen solid. So we encourage you to make the trip when the weather is better to view the evening flights into roost for the night! The Auto touring map on the Crex Meadow website has some good info on it for viewing spots. We have most often stopped at Phantom Lake, stop 2 or 3 on the auto tour map, because of the wide vista over the meadow. But once they start coming anywhere will be good. Here is the link to the map. https://www.crexmeadows.org/
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.
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.
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.
Register with Louise Eidsmoe @ 651-231-0453 or [email protected]
Easy. We stay close to the cars so as not to spook the cranes.