A spectacular watchable wildlife event!
The Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest sandhill crane staging areas in the east, second only to Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana. Sandhill cranes stop-over at the Hiwassee Wildlife refuge near Dayton, TN to feed and rest as they migrate south to Georgia and Florida for the winter. As many as 10,000 may remain, over-wintering in Tennessee.
For me personally, having attended this festival since 1999, I enjoyed reuniting with many old friends and the opportunity to share crane stories with many new ones. A special thank you to everyone that said "hello" and introduced themselves. It was a special treat to meet people who know me through my blog posts and to hear their comments!
Links and Resources:
Top Crane Posts on this blog: Hooded Crane at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in TN
Crane Magic--Three Crane Species at Hiwassee. Other posts on: the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival, Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge and sandhill cranes.
At my companion blog, Vickie's Sketchbook: Sandhill Cranes and Art
Sandhill crane art in my website galleries