Sandhill Crane Breeding & Conservation Program
2011 - Mountain View Conservation has welcomed a trio of Sandhill Cranes as the start a new Conservation Program intended to increase our learning about Canada’s migratory avian species.
In March 2013, we announced that our bonded pair has produced two eggs that they are now sitting on. We will keep you informed as to progress. Normally, after about 30 days of the male and female taking turns on the nest, the fedgling start to emerge. Stay tuned for all the latest news and photos!
If you would like to help us with this Wildlife Breeding Program, please
Click here to Donate: Adopt a family of Sandhill Cranes
WILD STATUS: Least concern
DISTRIBUTION: They are widely distributed throughout North America, extending into Cuba and far northeastern Siberia.
SIZE: Body, 31.5-47.2in (80-120cm); Wingspan, 5-6 ft (1.2-1.3m)
WEIGHT: 6.5-14lb (3-6.5kg)
HABITAT: Sandhill Cranes live in wet meadows and grasslands, and they feed in grain fields and pastures. During migration and in winter they live in more open prairie, agricultural fields, and river valleys.
REPRODUCTION: Females usually lay two eggs and incubation (by both sexes) lasts 29-32 days.
DIET: Sandhill Cranes feed on a wide variety of grains, mice, snakes, and insects or worms.
- Average life span in the wild is 20 years
- The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old.
- During migration, the birds may fly as much as 644 kilometers in one day.
- Known for their elaborate courtship dances and graceful flight
It wouldn’t be possible for Mountain View Conservation to continue its programs without your donations! Please continue to support this extremely important work.
You can help! Click here to Donate: Adopt a Family of Sandhill Cranes
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