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DWR holds natural world viewing tournament in northeastern Utah

VERNAL — If you reside close to a box within the Uinta Basin, you are no stranger to the loud, damn name of the sandhill cranes that decision the realm house.

You can see sandhill cranes, and learn more about them, at the free viewing event.

You can see sandhill cranes, and be told extra about them, on the loose viewing tournament.

On Sept. 22, you’ll be able to see the birds — and be told extra about them — because the Division of Wildlife Resources and its companions host a sandhill crane viewing day.

The loose tournament runs at 7 a.m. and runs during the day. You’ll haven’t any downside figuring out the cranes: status 4 ft tall, with a pink crown and a grey frame, they are one of the crucial greatest migratory birds on the planet.

See and know about cranes

The first a part of the loose tournament runs from 7–nine a.m. on the Jensen Nature Park, 8775 E. 6000 S. in Jensen. DWR biologists may have recognizing scopes and binoculars to be had so you’ll be able to see cranes in fields close to the park. They’ll additionally be at liberty to reply to your questions on sandhill cranes.

“From the park,” says DWR Regional Conservation Outreach Manager Tonya Kieffer-Selby, “biologists can direct you to additional viewing areas.”

After the morning viewing tournament, head to the Uintah County Library, 204 E. 100 N. in Vernal, to be informed about cranes and take part in amusing crane-related actions. Activities, which occur at other instances from nine:30 a.m. to four p.m., come with sandhill crane yoga, sandhill crane crafts, a documentary movie titled “Crane Song” and being attentive to Van Graham talk in regards to the Rocky Mountain Population of higher sandhill cranes.

The subsequent alternative to view cranes occurs at four p.m. That’s when an auto excursion will depart the library and head to the crane’s roosting grounds at Pelican Lake and the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge. The auto excursion wraps up at 6 p.m.

“Bring your own vehicle, clothes you’re comfortable wearing outside, binoculars if you have them, and drinks, water and snacks,” Kieffer-Selby says. “Also, if you want to get good, quality photos, bring a telephoto lens for your camera.”

For extra details about the sandhill crane viewing day actions, name Kieffer-Selby at 435-781-9453.

Unique birds

Kieffer-Selby says sandhill cranes are distinctive birds. “They have voices that can be heard up to 2.5 miles away,” she says.

Sandhill cranes carry out distinctive dancing and courtship rituals after which make a choice associates that carry out the most efficient. Laying generally two eggs within the spring, the fogeys and juveniles spend the primary wintry weather in combination till they separate the next spring.

Cranes use their further lengthy legs as protection mechanisms, ceaselessly kicking violently when attacked and threatened through predators. During the wintry weather months, the cranes flock to fields, pastures, grasslands and wetlands sooner than returning to roost alongside river banks and shallow lakes at evening.

Damage to agricultural fields

Cranes are opportunistic eaters, grazing on vegetation, grains, bugs, snakes and mice. For farmers, this may also be irritating, because the cranes can injury plants through digging up tubers and agricultural seed.

“We understand the frustration local farmers have with sandhill cranes,” she says. “The crop damage the cranes cause is one of the main reasons the DWR has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pacific Flyway Council in increase hunting permits in the Uinta Basin. In addition to viewing cranes, we hope the event will help teach the public about the importance of wildlife management.”

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