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Crane-Watch Clinic offered at Sandhill

BABCOCK, Wis. -- Join biologists in a unique evening on Saturday, October 18th, viewing the daily return of thousands of sandhill cranes to the Gallegher Marsh on Sandhill Wildlife Area, following a day of feeding in surrounding agricultural fields. These majestic birds, once nearly extinct in Wisconsin, have rebounded and now number in the tens of thousands. Participants should arrive by 3 p.m. and expect to leave around 7 p.m. Dress warm in neutral colored clothes (camouflage preferred), and provide water-proof boots. We also suggest you bring cameras, binoculars or spotting scopes. Participants should expect to be here rain or shine because it doesn’t matter to the birds!

Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis and is confirmed by mailing in a registration fee of $10 per person by Oct. 8. Dorm lodging is available for an additional $15, per person, per night. Checks should be made out to DNR-Skills Center. Include the name of each participant, and the address and daytime phone number of one person in each party. Send your registration fee to: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, Box 156, Babcock, WI 54413.

Inquiries on the status of registrations may be sent via e-mail to: <>. More information on the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center can be found on the DNR Web site.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is located 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids on County Highway X, 1 mile north of Highway 80 near Babcock, Wisconsin on the 9,000 acre Department of Natural Resources Sandhill Wildlife Area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandhill Skills Center at: (715) 884-6333 or (715) 884-2437




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