“Bird Jackson County” This Saturday at Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge

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A banded Whooping Crane forages among the corn stubble on a Jackson County farm along with Sandhill Cranes. The migrating cranes will be the featured attractions at this Saturday’s day-long bird day at the nearby Muscatuck Wildlife Refuge.                                                                               ~photo by Tracie Kovener
A “Bird Jackson County” featuring Sandhill cranes and other migrant birds will be held at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, Feb. 27.

The last weekend of February is usually migration time for Sandhill cranes through Jackson County, and there should be many thousands of birds in the area.

“Everyone who enjoys birds is invited to visit Muscatatuck and join Refuge staff for an afternoon of learning about the visiting ‘Gray Ghosts’,” said Donna Stanley, spokesperson for the nearby refuge.

During the Bird Jackson County event there will be children’s activities at the Muscatatuck Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A program on cranes will take place at noon. Two guided, car-caravan type crane-focused tours will be held at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Both tours will leave from the Visitor Center and no advance registration is needed. Self-guided tour information will be available for those who would like to view cranes on their own.