Sandhill Crane Migration Week, Colorado
Special Wildlife Series
Day One of Seven
For centuries they have come to rest and restore themselves. Shallow braided water channels provide safe nighttime roost sites. Waste grain in crop fields provides food to build up depleted fat reserves needed for migration. Adjacent wet meadows provide critical nutrients and secluded loafing areas for rest, bathing and courting. During their stop, cranes gain nearly 10 percent of their body weight.